The 18th Japan National Summit, entitled “Ecological Life and Agriculture with Goats,” took place on November 12-13, 2016 in Aso, Kumamoto. The Aso area was severely damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 foreshock on April 14 followed by a magnitude 7.0 main-shock on April 15, which killed more than 50 people and evacuated 44,000.
The organizers faced difficulties in implementation of the Summit this year; however, they decided to make the Summit as a symbol of recovery. With their strong tie and efforts, the Summit was successfully conducted. Despite harsh accessibility due to reconstruction and damaged roads, the Summit welcomed more than 280 participants from all over the country.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.