Dr Kobayashi

Hello colleagues. My name is Tetsuya Kobayashi. I am the chairman of the World Veterinary Cancer Congress (WVCC). The Tokyo 2020 WVCC was postponed due to COVID-19 and will now be held in Tokyo in 2024. We would like to express our gratitude to the WVCC International Organization for giving us the opportunity to once again hold the conference in Tokyo, Japan. As Chairman of the WVCC Committee, I would like to share the highlights of our program.

The WVCC will be held over 4 days from March 21-24, 2024. The first 3 days will feature approximately 100 research abstracts from dozens of countries around the world. There will be 9 keynote lectures by specialists from many different countries. Most of the research abstracts are clinically oriented, so general practitioners, as well as researchers and specialists should enjoy the lectures. All lectures will be in English; however, the keynote lectures will have simultaneous Japanese translation. The 4th day will entail an international symposium. We will have in-depth discussions on canine lower urinary tract cancer in the morning and
canine histiocytic sarcoma in the afternoon. There will be a panel of experts and up-and-coming Japanese researchers with vast knowledge of cancer biology and treatment. On the 1st and 2nd nights, we also organized evening seminars by well-known specialists (with simultaneous Japanese translation).

We have also planned several other conference activities. There will be a Welcome Party on the first day and a Wine & Cheese Party on the second day, where you can taste a wide variety of Japanese wines and cheeses carefully selected by the Executive Committee in cooperation with the New Otani Hotel. The Closing Event will be at "The Cherry Blossom Viewing" restaurant in the garden of the New Otani Hotel, where people can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms while enjoying delicious food. And don't forget your running shoes! We have planned a "Walk & Run" at the Imperial Palace on the morning of March 22. For those with young children, we have arranged daycare to make it easier to attend the conference (reservations required).

Thanks to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo has been transformed into a foreigner-friendly city. Although you may have heard that prices are high in Japan, Japan ranks 65th out of 78 countries in the world for the McDonald's Big Mac Index, which compares Big Mac prices worldwide (The Economist-Big Mac Index 2023). In addition to the New Otani Hotel, there are many inexpensive and safe business hotels in Tokyo for around $100.00-150.00 US per night. Finally, we were able to reduce the registration fee considerably thanks to the many sponsors of this meeting.

The Executive Committee members, including Dr. Takuo Ishida, the Chairman of the JVCS, are working hard to ensure that all who attend the Tokyo WVCC 2020 conference will experience excellent hospitality (o-mo-te-na-shi), culminating in a transformative experience. We look forward to your participation in this exciting meeting.

Tetsuya Kobayashi, DVM, MSpVM, ACVIM (Oncology), AiCVIM (Small Animal) Japan Veterinary Cancer Society Committee of WVCC & International information.

皆様、こんにちは。World Veterinary Cancer Congress(WVCC)実行委員長の小林哲也です。WVCC in Tokyo 2020年がCOVID-19の影響で延期となりましたが、2024年に東京で開催することが決定しました。東京での開催の機会を再度与えてくださったWVCC国際組織の皆様に感謝の気持ちを表すとともに、世界獣医がん学会が日本で開催できることを大変嬉しく思います。それでは、WVCC Tokyo委員会委員長として、2024年WVCCのプログラムのハイライトを簡単にご紹介致します。



2020年の東京オリンピックにあわせた開発で、東京は外国人フレンドリーな街に生まれ変わりました。COVID-19が少し落ちついた最近、東京に外国人の姿が多数見られるようになりました。日本の物価は高いと昔はよく言われていましたが、マクドナルドのビッグマックの価格を国際的に比較したビッグマック指数では、日本は世界第65位/78カ国です(The Economist-Big Mac Index 2023)。比較的早めに飛行機の予約をとれば、1,000-1500USドル程度でニューヨークから往復できます。また、東京には、1泊100.00USドルくらいの安価で安全なビジネスホテルを多数見つけることができます。さらに、今回もたくさんのスポンサーからご協力を得ることができたので、登録費をだいぶリーズナブルに抑えることができました。

WVCC 2024 in Tokyoに参加していただく皆様には「おもてなしと感動」を経験して頂くことができるよう、石田卓夫会長をはじめ、実行委員が精進しています。皆様のご参加を、心よりお待ちしています。

小林 哲也
公益財団法人 日本小動物医療センター付属 日本小動物がんセンター センター長
一般社団法人日本獣医がん学会 WVCC・国際情報委員会 委員長