I am honored to take responsibility as the JSA president from June 1, 2013, taking over this position from Ai Ishikawa, who served as President from 2010 to 2012. Here I am happy to introduce our institution, our aim, and what we do for our members.

Japan Secretaries & Administrative Professionals Association (JSA) was established in 1968 as the only legal organization for secretaries approved by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. JSA has been very active over the years in achieving its objectives to increase public awareness of the vital role played by secretaries, to improve secretarial qualifications and to promote mutual understanding and networking among secretaries.

About 450 people are registered as "Individual Members" and 150 groups, companies and organizations as "Corporate Members." Any secretary who works at a "corporate member company" can join our activities as a member. Thus our membership is fairly large as one corporate member may have 3-10 or an even larger number of secretaries in their Secretarial Office.

To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, JSA is carrying out various and numerous activities. Domestically, JSA publishes a magazine 10 times a year in Japanese, conducts monthly meetings (inviting prominent speakers), hosts social gatherings with entertaining events, etc. One of the main business pillars of JSA is to provide a large number of secretarial training seminars annually. Another important business goal is to organize CBS seminars and examinations to certify bilingual secretaries. More than 500 top-level secretaries are certified at present and their quality and efficiency are acknowledged to be very high.

Internationally, JSA is an official member of Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals in Asia-Pacific (ASA) and an affiliate member of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in U.S.A. Many members have attended ASA congresses and IAAP conventions in the past to enhance their experience and networking.

JSA's activities are planned and administered by the Board of Directors and supported by the voluntary work of many members who are secretaries, secretarial managers, trainers/instructors of secretarial courses in colleges and others. JSA is also eager to expand its activities because of its belief in the role of secretaries as an indispensable part of management in the ever-changing business environment.

Accordingly, I believe that JSA is helping our member secretaries expand their professional networks, realize professional value of administrative work, and most importantly enjoy their very responsible role as the partner to their bosses.

Yuji Mizuno, President

Yuji Mizuno, President
 
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