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要旨集: 歓迎のことば








林原グループ代表 林原 健


Welcome Message

It is a great pleasure for me to be able to hold the 4th International SAGA (Support for African/Asian Great Apes) Symposium entitled, "Evolutionary Neighbors", with so many distinguished participants from Japan as well as from abroad. On this auspicious occasion, I would like to extend my heartfelt welcome to all the participants. The Hayashibara Forum has sponsored many International Conferences in Okayama in different fields, starting with the First International Symposium held in 1985.

At Hayashibara Group, we have been engaged in many activities in different fields with the fundamental belief that living things teach us many things. We have been carrying out long range research and educational activities as a part of our philanthropic work, a strong sector of Hayashibara, in order to establish the Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences adjacent to Okayama Station with the theme of "Considering Human Beings from the History of Living Things".

It is indeed a very happy occasion for Hayashibara to be able to hold this International Symposium on Our Evolutionary Neighbors together with the people of SAGA in the very year when GARI (the Great Apes Research Institute), a research facility in its real sense attached to Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences, is completed. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to all those who have helped us in realizing this International Symposium.

One of the major aims of this symposium is to gather primatologists from different fields who are engaged in research, breeding and protection of great apes, and to stimulate an exchange of information and provide an opportunity for discussion in order to lay a foundation for future collaborations, especially in the improvement of great apes welfare both in captivity and in their wild natural habitats. It is my heartfelt wish that the results of this symposium be fully utilized in each field of great apes research and that they contribute to protecting great apes species forced to the brink of extinction by human activity; in other words deepening the understanding about humans and their environment.

I wish further success to SAGA. Since I believe you all share my convictions about the future of the great apes, I would like to request your earnest support to the Great Apes Research Institute of our Hayahsibara Museum of Natural Sciences so that we can contribute to the welfare of the great apes.

Thank you.

Ken Hayashibara President and CEO Hayashibara Group


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