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October 1978

The International Congress in Japan

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(10):1797. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910060309001

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The International Congress was held in Kyoto, the old imperial capital of Japan, during the third week of May 1978.

Ophthalmology has held international congresses for more than 100 years. This was the first time that a congress took place in the Far Orient. (The only preceding International Congress held in Asia was in 1962 in New Delhi.) This congress was organized by the Japanese Ophthalmological Society and proved to be a tremendous success. Nearly 6,000 participants registered for a week of uninterrupted scientific and social activities.

The meeting was held in the modern and luxurious new International Convention Hall, which lies somewhat outside of the city in the middle of beautiful gardens. The facilities were superb and simultaneous translation was provided for in the official languages, Japanese, English, French, and Spanish.

The opening session was a most festive event. The Kyoto Symphony Orchestra began the festivities punctually at 10

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