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Greetings from the president of JAOT

This year is my fifth term as a president of JAOT, and it's my sincere desire to continue working for our country. JAOT has continued to grow since its foundation in 1996 and the number of members is now approaching 60,000. This year, JAOT’s definition of “Occupational Therapy” was amended after 33 years of its announcement. Based on this new definition, “The Third “Five Year Strategy for Occupational Therapy (2018~2022) was developed, and JAOT is ready to work harder in collaboration with relevant organizations in order to achieve these strategies.

Definition of Occupational Therapy 2018
Occupational Therapy is occupation-focused therapy, guidance and support provided in fields such as medical care, public health, welfare, education and employment, with the aim of promoting human health and well-being. “Occupation” refers to daily activities that are purposeful and meaningful to each person.
(Notes)
・Occupational therapy is grounded on the fundamental principle and academic evidence that “people’s health and well-being can be promoted through occupation.”
・“Clients” are individuals or groups of people who have or are expected to have difficulties in their daily activities as a result of physical, mental, developmental, or age-related disabilities or difficulty adjusting to their environment.
・“Occupations” include daily activities such as activities of daily living, housework, work, hobbies, play, interpersonal interaction, and rest; and are founded on physical and mental components for each activity.
・“Occupations” are activities that a person wants to, needs to, or is expected to do, and have purpose and meaning for each person.
・Occupation-focused practice involves using occupations as ends to restore, maintain, or prevent the decline of physical and mental function, and occupations as means to practice and achieve occupational engagement, and modifying environment to support its achievement.

Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists
President
Haruki Nakamura