Haruhiko Abe(University of Occupational & Environmental Health, Japan) Haruhiko Abe 
(University of Occupational &
Environmental Health, Japan)

Koichiro Kumagai(International University of Health and Welfare, Japan) Koichiro Kumagai 
(International University of
Health and Welfare)

Naomasa Makita(National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Japan) Naomasa Makita 
(National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center)

The 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS) will be held at the Hakata International Exhibition Hall & Conference Center, a new facility opening in Hakata, for four days from July 1 (Thu.) - July 4 (Sun.), 2021, after its postponement from July 2020 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19.)

This annual meeting will be co-chaired by three congress presidents: Haruhiko Abe at University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, Koichiro Kumagai at International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School, and Naomasa Makita at National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute. This is the first time to have three presidents for the meeting, and our hope is that a highly fruitful and meaningful meeting will grow out of the cooperative effort by three persons who specialize in basic medicine, catheter ablation, and device therapy respectively.

At this annual meeting, a special program "summit" will be introduced for the first time. The summit will be an extended program that offers concentrated learning at a single venue, from educational content to the latest knowledge. Each of the three presidents will prepare a thoughtful and earnest presentation on their area of specialization (“cutting-edge basic research,” “atrial fibrillation,” and “syncope”) to present with confidence to members of the Society. Prominent speakers will be invited from overseas to give special lectures and present at symposia. We are also planning multifaceted programs including public lectures (oral and poster), debate sessions, various kinds of training sessions for medical professionals, joint symposia of academic societies, and educational presentations.

We will do our best to ensure that this annual meeting of JHRS2021 is a very fulfilling experience for participants. Fukuoka in July is at the height of summer, and because Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival will take place during the period of the annual meeting, participants will have even greater opportunities than usual to enjoy the lively nightlife of Fukuoka as well. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society in Fukuoka.