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The symposium for children with Prof. Luc Montagnier (April 19, 2003)

The symposium for children with Prof. Luc Montagnier was opened with Mr. Yukiyasu Hayashi, Secretary General of World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention, Japan Office. The opening speech was made by Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama, Mayor of Ono-town, which was followed by Piano Concert by Ms. Yoko Tokue. After the piano concert, the children received a lecture by Prof. Kihara (graduate school of Kyoto University), who is a leading expert in the filled of AIDS research in Japan. Then 900 junior high school students received a message from Prof. Luc Montagnier saying that they have two responsibilities. One is to protect oneself from getting infected by the HIV virus by educating oneself. And the other is to help people suffering from this disease in poverty. Then the children had an opportunity to ask questions of the world famous scientist. He answered respectfully all the questions posed by the children.

Prof. Montagnier (Left) and Ms. Motono (translator), answering questions from childrenDate:April 19, 2003 10:00-12:00 AM
Place:Ono Town Center, Fureai Hall
Host:Ono Aids Education Promotion Committie Sponsor:Ono-town government, Ono-town Board of Education, World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention Japan Office

The symposium appeared in the Sankei Newspaper dated April 30, 2003.

Following the symposium, a discussion of AIDS was held at YMA Hall of the World Foundation for Aids Research and Prevention Japan Office in the afternoon. Besides the main participants listed below, local school teachers, housewives and university students also joined the discussion as to how we can deal with AIDS and how to proceed with AIDS education.

SUMMARY
  1. To get the best result, we should start educating children about AIDS before the age of 13 years old.
  2. It is most important to talk about AIDS with children in order to protect them. Even if we think it is a difficult topic to talk about AIDS with children, it must be easier than difficulties they would have if they were to become infected by the HIV virus.
Main Participants
  • Prof. Luc Montagnier President of World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention
  • Dr. GregoireFages Medical and Pharmaceutical expert at French Embassy in Japan
  • Dr. Masahiro Kihara Professor at Graduate school of Kyoto Univercity,, Chairman at 17th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Aids Research
  • Dr. Junichi Mimaya Shizuoka Children's Hospital chief doctor, Chairman at 18th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Aids Research
  • Dr. Yoshizo Totani National Nagoya Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chief Doctor
  • Dr. Masaya Takikawa Tokushima University Medical Department obstetrician and gynecologist
  • Mr. Shigeru Sugiyama Mayor of Ono-town
  • Ms. Yoko Tokue Pianist
  • Mr. Kazuo Mimaya  Sankei newspaper Assistant Manager of editorial board
  • Dr. Pierre Mantello Director of Osato Research Institute
  • Mr. Yukiyasu Hayashi World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention Japan Office Secretary General

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