Welcome to the MWE 2009

On behalf of the 2009 Microwave Workshops and Exhibition (MWE 2009) steering committee, it is my honor to welcome you to MWE 2009 in Yokohama for three days from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27, 2009.

The MWE has been the only comprehensive event in Japan covering technologies, industries and education related to microwave since 1991. The MWE comprises workshops giving an overview of the state-of-the-art technologies and future visions, basic educational courses for young engineers, and an exhibition of the latest products. This year is the twentieth anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC) / MWE started in Japan since 1990.

The keynote concept of the MWE 2009 is "Microwave for Enriching the Future Society."

Thus in the opening ceremony, Emeritus Professor Tsukasa Yoneyama, who was a chair of APMCf90, will present a keynote adress entitled "20 Years of APMC/MWE - Past and Future -." Furthermore, Mr. Charley K. Watanabe (Ministry of Internal Affaires and Communications) will give a special lecture entitled "Outlook and Issue of Radio Use in the 2010s - Strategy for Creating of New Radio Industry -" which involves prospects, trends and technical problems in radio wave application systems.

In the workshops, 5 basic tutorial lectures for beginners, 1 special session, and 19 technical sessions focusing on the latest microwave technologies including applications to different areas such as secure and safety, human-friendly technologies and environmental problems are going to be presented based on the keynote concept.

In the exhibition, more than 400 companies, from both Japan and overseas, and about 30 universities and colleges will exhibit their new products, technologies and research activities. The special exhibition will demonstrate how microwave technologies have contributed to social environments. Some of the exhibitors will also give technical seminars regarding their products.

We believe that the contents of workshops and exhibition will be enhanced. So, please come and enjoy your microwave journey in the MWE 2009, which reaches the twentieth anniversary.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who has been supporting us in organizing the MWE 2009.

Toshihiro Nomoto,
MWE 2009 Steering Committee Chair
(Tohoku Institute of Technology)