Edward Ong

Asia Pacific Area Convention Committee Chairperson

It was not so longer ago that Asia Area lost Korea when they set off to form their own Korea Area. And, Asia Area shrank significantly. Nevertheless, we have had the addition of Australia two years ago and we are now known as the Asia Pacific Area.We had our last wonderful Convention in the beautiful city of Chiangmai, Thailand. We now sound the call for all Members and their families to assemble next year in Sendai. Our Host Committee is working hard to organise an exciting programme to tease your senses for a lifelong experience. You will immerse yourself in the cultural appreciation, appreciate the historical events that have shaped the human lives, enjoy local delights and bring home wonderful memories once again.This is the opportunity to meet up with old friends, connect with new ones, engage with your respective Brother Clubs and learn more about the movement.Take the opportunity too to extend your time to visit nearby counties and the big city.Get your Clubs to start planning and organising your attendance. Be there with us!

Hiroyuki Tanaka

2018- 2020 Area President, Asia Pacific Area

On March 11, 2011, the unprecedented earthquake of magnitude 9 and subsequent vast tsunami as high as 40m attacked the north east coastal area of Japan. Nearly 20,000 people died and still over 2,500 are missing.The 28th Asia Pacific Area Convention is going to be held in Sendai, the central major city of the devastated area. I thank you very much, Japan East Region and Japan West Region, for willingly accepting my proposal and having been working hard for the planning and preparation. One of the highlights of the Convention is one full-day tour of the affected area. Please see how the area has been reconstructed and what are the challenges that still exist. The Asia Pacific Area has been struck by many natural disasters. I would like this Convention to be a good opportunity for you to think about what Y's Men and Women and Y's Menettes can do at the times of natural disasters and how Y's Men's Clubs can collaborate effectively with YMCAs.I hope that this Convention, with many participants, will deepen our friendship, stimulate and encourage each other and provide you with the energy to start taking actions.Looking forward to seeing you all in Sendai!

Toshiaki Yamada

The 28th Asia Pacific Area Convention
Host Convention Committee Chairperson

The 28th Asia Pacific Area Convention will be held from July 19th to 21st, 2019, in Sendai, the City of Trees, under the theme of "Action! Let's Move On!" The Japan East and Japan West Regions will work together to host you.We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your emergency assistance and long-term support for reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. At the same time, we would like to ask everyone to help us pump up the convention with a future vision for the devastated areas. By doing so, it is hoped that everyone will feel something at the convention that will drive him to move on and start taking actions.Please join us and play a part in making the Convention full of Y's good spirit.We will be waiting for you in Sendai, the major city of the Tohoku (northeast) Area in Japan.