During the Japan Goat Network (JGN) General Assembly held on November 4, 2017, I (Yoshitaka Nakanishi) was appointed as the new President and successor of former President Akio Imai, who has served since 2005. The JGN currently has more than 600 members including individuals and organizations, so it is a comparably sized association to some other academic organizations in Japan, or even larger. Representing such a large and diverse group might seem like a burden; however, I am willing to fulfill my mission during this term.
The JGN was founded in 1999 and the National Goat Summit, one of the main activities, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The greatest achievement that the JGN has been engaged in so far is revising the “Ministerial Ordinance on Component Standards of Milk and Dairy Products” (Food Sanitation Act, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Ordinance). For a long time, the Ministerial Ordinance constrained pasteurized goat milk production in Japan. In 2009, the JGN and the Japan Livestock Technology Association jointly requested a revision of sterilizing goat milk standards (milk fat contents 3.6% or more → 2.5% or more and milk solids nonfat 8.0% or more → 7.5% or more) to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. After five years, the revision was finally approved through the Pharmaceutical Affairs and Food Sanitation Council Subcommittee on December 26, 2014.
Additionally, JGN has activities, such as issuing a newsletter twice a year, updating the website, international exchange, and holding research meetings (the Japanese Society of Goat Science). Further issues, including support for launching and cooperating with regional networks, expansion of the subcommittee groups, the supply of excellent dairy breeders, and request for resumption of slaughtering goats at slaughterhouses, are also accumulated. We will improve our administrative management system to address each issue more effectively.
As shown in the constitution, JGN has been managed with the vision of promoting goats in Japan with love. I have helped its operations as a secretariat with former Presidents Dr. Nagano and Mr. Imai from the establishment of the Network under the vision, that I will follow. Our members consist of producers, technicians, researchers, and veterinarians, as well as those who do not have goats. Therefore, this organization is not only for academic researchers but also for goat lovers. That being said, JGN wants to capture goats broadly, focus on management and production, explore various utilization of goats, and aim to find potential values. Unlike cattle, pigs, and chickens, goats may not have a leading role, but perhaps a supporting role.
I would like to work with all the members to further the development of JGN and appreciate your continued support and cooperation in the future. Thank you.
President of the Japan Goat Network
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.