for their skills and knowledge. Many other medical societies are now introducing educational curricula and examination systems for qualifying board-certified doctors. JSA was the first to adopt this system in Japan. More than 5000 Board Certified Anesthesiologists have been qualified by JSA. In view of these facts, we thought JSA should be incorporated in consideration of its responsibilities to society and the importance to the public of the work that we do. We began preparing for this step, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Atsuko Toyama, approved the foundation of JSA as an incorporated association on June 20, 2001. The foundation of JSA as an incorporated association made our responsibilities and obligations more significant, and at the same time it has become easier to have our suggestions and requests accepted. We are trying to lead the way to a better future based on our 50 years of history and achievement. Toward that end we adopted the following mission statement on April 17, 2002, embodying our principles.