The 50th anniversary of the National Convention on Blood Donation Promotion

“A Need for Widespread Understanding of Blood Donation across Generations.”
His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross Society, remarks

The 50th National Convention on Blood Donation Promotion was held on July 11 at the Aichi Arts Center, located in Nagoya city, and in the presence of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross Society. About 1,500 people attended the event, where they discussed and confirmed the importance of increasing the number of blood donors, the core of which if formed by young people.

During the convention, His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince stated, “We need to understand the necessity of blood donation beyond generations. Especially, we need understanding and cooperation with teens and twenties who will become leaders in the future.” He also said, “I was reassured very much that I faced the scene where high-school students are discussing each other how they can contribute to blood donation.” in reference to the blood and blood donation seminar at which he made an appearance before the convention.

Mr. Konoe, President of the Japanese Red Cross Society, introduced efforts that are being made to improve safety in blood donation, following last year’s HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) contamination incident which was occurred by imported blood transfusion, The president stressed that “It is necessary to advocate ‘responsible blood donation’ by taking the time to answer people’s questions, and continually emphasizing how crucial this is.”

During the convention, the All Japan Druggist Association, and Canon Inc. were awarded the Showa Emperor Memorial Blood Donation Promotion Award, and Mr. Kamiya Tadashi was awarded the Showa Emperor Memorial Scholarship Award, by His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince. Later, Ms. Sakakibara Ai (Toyota city), who has some experience in blood transfusion, and Goto Mayu (a third year undergraduate of Nagoya University of Arts and Science) – both Red Cross youth volunteers – discussed the importance of blood donation based on their personal experiences.