The Center of Aichi Unit of the JECS / research Center of Mother-and-Child Health and the Enviroment

Greeting from the Director

 TO ALL FUTURE MOTHERS AND TO EVERYONE IN SOCIETY,

WON'T YOU JOIN US IN THE STUDY IN ORDER TO DO ALL THAT WE CURRENTRLY CAN DO FOR THE CHILDREN'S FUTURE?

Recently, statistics have shown that the number of the children suffering from bad health, such as asthma and obesity, has been increasing. Researchers around the world have pointed out that one of the causes of their bad health supposedly lies in the environment where the children spend their growth phase from fetus to infancy. However, it seems difficult to find cause-and-effect relationships between "environmental pollutants (chemicals)" and "diseases", such as pollution-related illnesses spread in the sixties, under the present conditions in Japan today where pollution-control measures and environmental protection technologies have been highly developed. Consequently, it is necessary to examine the relationship between the factors possibly affecting the children's health, such as chemicals and lifestyle habits, and the actual states of health by surveying as many children as possible in order to identify the environmental cause of the children's bad health.

It was for this purpose that the "Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS)" was started as a national project. The JECS will investigate the environment children grow up in from pre-birth to age 13 as well as their states of health during the same period. It takes approximately twenty years to acquire all the study results, though there are some results that can be gained within a few years. When the JECS is successfully completed, the cause of many diseases and states of bad health, including the influence of chemicals in our daily lives, will also be determined as well as what each individual person should be careful of and the measures that our society should take will be clarfied.

That is to say, the JECS is a study by which we prepare a secure and safe environment for the future generations of children born to us as a gift. Since much tax money is invested in this Study project, it would not be considered as successful until not only the Study is conducted but also a lot of highly medically qualified JECS results have been obtained. Needless to say, we (the JECS Aichi who is in charge of the Study in Tokai region), exert ourselves to recruit as many study participants as possible. The success of this Study truly depends on how many pregnant women living in the study target locations will participate in this Study.

We would like to ask future mothers to help us by participating in our Study for the children's futures. We would also like to eagerly ask everyone in society, including non-target people for the Study, to take an interest in the Study and observe how we obtain the study results.

Michihiro Kamijima

 

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