The Calendar association's main activities this
year were concerned with obtaining a favorable attitude
toward calendar reform on the part of the Japanese Government.
Visits were made to the Department of Foreign Affairs, The
Department of Foreign Education and to the Secretary-General
of the Cabinet. These negotiations were carried on chiefly
by Dr; Joe Ueta, Mr. Susumu Imoto and Mr. Eiichi Nobushima.
As a result, the Department of Foreign Affairs replied to
the United Nations to the effect that the Government had
no objection to world-wide calendar reform, but that the
problem should be studied fully as the reform would be of
major importance to the Japanese people.
World Calendar cards were again printed for 1956, as well
as a translation of the pamphlet "A Better Calendar
Means A Better World" to commemorate the 25th Anniversary
of The World Calendar Association. A Japanese edition of
Miss Achelis' recent book, Of Time and the Calendar,has
been published and will be distributed in the New Year.
Calendar Association is particularly hopeful that India's
activities at the United Nations will meet with success,
as calendar reform is essential for human life especially
from the modern statistical point of view.
progress towards international agreement on calendar reform
was reported at the Eighth Annual Meeting 14 January
1955 of The World Calendar Association, International,
held in the International Building, New York City, . Published
highlights (JCR Vol. 24, March 1955) for JAPAN:
3 April the annual meeting was held at Osaka Municipal Planetarium.
The committee organized a survey of public opinion in Jan
pan on The World Calendar. A questionnaire was distributed
among persons attending the conference of the Japanese Astronomical
Society and the Japanese Meteorological Society. The results
of the inquiry proved to be favorable to The World Calendar.
23 July the following cablegram was sent to the President
of ECOSOC: "Endorsement World Calendar ardently requested.
We support Indian proposal." On 28 July a cable was
received with the information that ECOSOC had accepted the
Indian resolution. Letters to the above effect were sent
to leading persons in Japan, including Mr. Katsuo Okazaki,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Shigeo Ohdate, Minister
of Education, together with a pamphlet concerning The World
15 November consideration was given to the writing and publishing
of a book on The World Calendar for the Japanese public
in order to familiarize them with the new calendar and at
the same time to inform them in regard to the present situation.
endeavor will be made in 1955 to have The world Calendar
approved by Japan so as to advance its world adoption Sunday
1 January 1961. This Affiliate is in close touch with the
Japanese Government and other organizations.
progress toward the international enactment of calendar
reform was reported at the Seventh Annual Meeting
15 January 1954 of The World
Calendar Association, International, held in the International
Building, New York City. Published highlights (JCR
Vol. 24, April 1954) for JAPAN:
Calendar Association of Japan, with headquarters in the
Osaka Municipal Planetarium, continued its activities throughout
the year. It distributed widely a brochure entitled "The
Main Object of the Calendar," by Dr. Churyo Noda, vice-president
of the Association. Contacts were established with representatives
of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the International
Chamber of Commerce. In another series of conferences, the
subject of calendar reform was discussed with a committee
of the Japanese Diet. There were also talks with the Standardization
Department of the Japanese government in relation to inquiries
received from the International Standardization Organization
publishers from various parts of the country attended a
meeting of Ohmi Shrine, near Kyoto, on 28 June, and organized
a Calendar Study Association which includes in its membership
several representatives of the calendar reform movement.
of the Japanese committee, Mr. Sadanobu Inoue, returned
from a visit to the United States, during which he conferred
several times with the officers of The World Calendar Association
in New York City. His return was the occasion for a special
meeting at the Osaka Planetarium, where he reported on his
trip and projected interesting photographs he had taken.
the conviction of the Japanese Association that public opinion
is increasingly informed regarding calendar reform, and
that both people and government are generally favorable
to the aims of The World Calendar Association.
The World Calendar Association