Seiji Naito M.D. Editor-in-Chief

Since founded in 1912, the Japanese Urological Association (JUA) has grown into a large society, having 7864 members as of 2010, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. We are going to hold an anniversary ceremony during the 100th Annual Meeting of the JUA scheduled for 21–24 April 2012 in Yokohama. We are also planning to hold the 32nd Congress of the Société Internationale d'Urologie from 30 September to 4 October 2012 in Fukuoka, as one of events for the JUA 100th anniversary. We hope many professionals from all over the world, including Japan, join the meetings and celebrate the 100th anniversary with us. We also expect that the meetings will become a good forum for education in the future and for communication between professionals.

The JUA has been publishing International Journal of Urology (IJU) since 1994 as our official English language journal. Our first impact factor was 0.670, obtained in 2004. Since then, the record has improved year-by-year, and in 2009 it exceeded 1.0 for the first time, reaching our record of 1.158. IJU has been an affiliated journal of the Urological Association of Asia (UAA) since 2001; however, from 2011, it has become a joint official journal of the JUA and UAA. Accordingly, we are going to invite new Editorial Board members from countries in Asia this year. We all expect that IJU will further improve as an international journal. The JUA has been publishing two kinds of Japanese publications: The Japanese Journal of Urology and newsletters, such as reports of various kinds of committees. Since 1995, the JUA has also been publishing the Audio Visual Journal once every 3 months, aiming to provide education mainly in the area of endourology.

We are promoting joint programs with the American Urological Association (AUA), the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the UAA as a part of an international exchange and leadership development program for young leaders of the next generation. Cooperating with the AUA, we started the academic exchange fellowship program and the resident program in 2009 under the name of AUA/JUA Exchange Programs. We also founded the International Foundation for Young Asian Urologists in 2003, accepting many young urological physicians from Asian countries. This foundation has achieved a great accomplishment in the development of endourologists in Asian countries, and it continues to operate, opening to the broader Asian countries from this year.

The JUA is going to positively challenge the education and development of young physicians and activate an international exchange for the future development of our society.