On Friday April 1, Akita University conducted an inaugural press conference. New President Fumio Yamamoto gave a speech. President Yamamoto said, "Be aware of the university's role. I will aim to contribute to the region while also promoting education and research with a conviction to continuously make distinctive progress step by step." The press asked President Yamamoto some questions such as, "What concrete actions do you plan to take to contribute to society?" President Yamamoto answered saying, "I would like to promote cooperation between the university and the region through the Center for Regional Development's work that was newly-established this year." He also said, "I would like to contribute to society through the implementation of the university's already established ideas which have been steadily carried out before."