Last year was a really unforgettable year for everyone around the world. During that time, thanks to the understanding and support of all concerned the J-PARC Center, we have been operating our facilities and accepting users in order to keep sharing opportunities for research and education while at the same time taking measures to avoid the spread of infectious disease. Due to the great support we have experienced, we were able to obtain greater results than ever before and share them with the world. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all.
Although the end of the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear, we should not forget that many other big issues facing human society are ongoing. In particular, the divided world caused by nationalism and the conflicts in opinions on the global issues such as climate change should be addressed immediately. The former issue is extremely serious and probably too wide to be solved by just our efforts, but I think it is very important that, no matter how little, we should make every effort to keep contributing to local and global societies by creating further research achievements through international cooperation to demonstrate how open collaboration is beneficial to all human beings. Along this line, as an example of global issues, we would like to contribute to mitigate climate change by the realization of the hydrogen society with unique characteristics of neutron beams and muon beams. To achieve these objectives, we will continue increasing our facility performance and expanding collaboration such as industry-academy partnerships and international cooperation.
Finally, on a personal note, I will be stepping down from the director of J-PARC Center, on March 31st at the expiration of my six-year term. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude for your understanding and support thus far. I will remain involved in J-PARC after April, I sincerely appreciate your continued support.
In ending this New Year's greeting, I would like to say that J-PARC will promise to always continue making the greatest efforts to respond to your expectations for the future of human society.
Naohito Saito, Director, J-PARC Center, New Year's Day 2021