Editorial

Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 8 (1998), 33.


This issue sees the first installment of papers from the Third International Tsukuba Bioethics Roundtable, that I hosted 30 Oct - 2 Nov, 1997. More papers will follow in the May issue (I have still to receive files with some papers), and the abstracts of all papers are on-line (In English and Japanese for the 9th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of Bioethics which was held concurrently). We will be revisiting some of these themes in the Fourth Tsukuba Roundtable (TRT4), 31 Oct - 3 Nov 1998. For those readers submitting abstracts to TRT4 please note the deadline for abstracts is 30 April (the same as IAB4), and following this for TRT4 I expect a concise but full paper by 1st Sept. At the roundtable each person will have 10 min. to present the paper, with at least 10 min. for discussion (it has been up to 60 minutes for some papers in 1996 and 1997). By having the paper submitted before, and placed on the Internet, people can read copies before attending - so the roundtable can be focused on discussion. I do not envisage simultaneous interpretation at TRT4 (actually the effort involved in arranging this at ABC was exhausting, and Nobuko and I cannot repeat it).

Already we have some registrations in for TRT4 (most of whom continue on for IAB4), and probably as in 1997, the roundtable format will be more satisfying for those who seek discussion on papers. I look forward to more submissions of papers. For those of you that are impatient, please note the Email address on the left usually follows my travels to New Zealand - whereas the Email I give for the conferences (asianbioethics@yahoo.co.nz) is not usually opened when I am out of Japan, so there may be some delay in response.

We are also hoping to report more from India in the May issue, persons interested in the newly formed All India Bioethics Association (AIBA) should contact the president, Prof. Jayapaul Azariah to join. Under our network project this year, besides the autmun in Japan, we welcome colleagues to also join us about 18-23 August in Israel, 26-29 August in Ankara, Turkey; and the first two weeks of 1999 in India. Please feel welcome to write if you think you can join us on these occasions. Also in the coming issue news of ABA, and the newly founded Korean Bioethics Association (contact Prof. Sang-yong Song).


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