President:Yuko Kitagawa Masafumi Inomata
Congress President, WCES 2020
Department of Gastroenterological and Pediatric Surgery
Oita University Faculty of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,
In 2020, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Tokyo. It is a great honor and privilege to host the 17th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (WCES) and the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery (JSES) in such a memorable year in Japan.

Our topic for 2020 will be "Visit the Past, Imagine the Future -Next 30 Years-". The Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery (JSES), promoting technological innovation and scientific verification, has grown into one of the largest endoscopic surgery societies in the world, boasting over 13,000 members. Its characteristics include “an educational system based upon the pioneering world-class skill qualification system,” “publication of the International Official Journal to pursue academism,” and “monozukuri (manufacturing) based upon medical-engineering collaboration between enterprises and engineering researchers.” While fully displaying the characteristics of our society, we will continue to contribute to the development of endoscopic surgery in the future.

We hope the world congress takes an international perspective in exploring and discussing how we can carry on, build on, and innovate from the endoscopic technologies as well as the knowledge and wisdom of those who came before us.

We look forward to seeing you in Yokohama, Japan in 2020.

Yours sincerely,


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Date:March 10 (WED) – 13 (SAT), 2021 Venue:PACIFICO YOKOHAMA NORTH, JAPAN
Masafumi Inomata Congress President of WCES 2020 Oita University,Masahiko Watanabe  President of JSES,Seigo Kitano Honorary President of JSES,Toshiyuki Mori Congress President of ELSA 2020 Kyorin University
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The 33rd Annual Meeting of
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