I was elected as the 9th President of the Japan Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine at the General Assembly in July 2022. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the members who have supported me and feel the heavy responsibility of the position, and I will do my best to contribute to our society and to the society.
   The Japan Society of Perinatology and Neonatology is an academic society that has continued its activities since 2004, when the Japan Society of Neonatology, founded in 1965, and Japan Society of Perinatology, founded in 1983, were combined to form the Japan Society of Perinatology and Neonatology. The society is a patient-centered, cross-disciplinary society that protects the health of mothers and children before and after delivery, and has developed as a major subspecialty that covers not only obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, but also pediatric surgery and anesthesiology. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our seniors for their efforts in organizing such a cross-disciplinary society, and at the same time, we would like to open a new page to meet the expectations of young doctors who have joined our society.
   The first issue facing our society is the working environment for physicians, and although the future of the "reform of the way physicians work," which is scheduled to begin in 2024, remains uncertain, it is essential for perinatal care to have a 24-hour response system, and until now this has been based on the self-sacrifice and dedication of our predecessors. This has been based on the dedication and self-sacrifice of our predecessors. As I have been discussing in the Committee for the Promotion of Female Doctors, which I am a member of, it is necessary to urgently establish a working environment that allows female doctors involved in perinatal care to have a fulfilling career while raising children. Although what we can do as an academic society to address this social issue may be small, we need to raise our voices somehow and promote the development of an environment in which female doctors can balance work and family with a sense of fulfillment.
   The next important point is internationalization. As the liaison committee in charge, we have been promoting internationalization through projects such as the Japan-Korea exchange program and the invitation of FAOPS 2023. Although we have come to a slight standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to promote Japan's perinatal care internationally and help improve perinatal care in the world at large and save as many lives of mothers and children as possible. For this purpose, we would like to actively promote international exchange of young doctors.
   I would like to devote myself to the development of the Japan Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine while keeping an eye on the new world after the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to your continued guidance and encouragement.

Mamoru Tanaka M.D.
Japan Society of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine