EASTS has recently undergone a smooth transition in its editorship. After her three-year term as editor in chief came to an end in December 2015, Chia-Ling Wu stepped down, and it is an honor for me to be able to carry on from her leadership, continuing to maintain the academic reputation of this journal and expanding its intellectual influences beyond East Asia proper. We not only recognize the achievements of past editors in chief by listing their names along with current editors; we also keep inviting new people to join us, adding to our capability in driving forward our field of scholarship.

The articles in this issue showcase two of EASTS's specialist fields: social studies of biotechnology, and the history of medicine. Based on twenty years of data from three major Japanese newspapers, Ryuma Shineha's article shows how stem cell...

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