I welcome you to the inaugural Global Conference on Consumer Electronics-Japan (GCCE 2012). This new conference was planned by Prof Hase from Japan and myself. The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society's flag-ship conference, the ICCE in Las Vegas, which is held in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is the model for his event. Our surveys showed that there is a need for additional IEEE CE Society conferences. We had no real presence in Europe or Asia. Yet the demand for opportunities to network for consumer electronics professionals is real. To help fill that need, we decided to build a series of related conferences based on the ICCE Las Vegas. Like in Vegas, the GCCE-Japan Conference is affiliated with a major Consumer Electronics Show, the CEATEC. We are grateful for the support we received from the Show organisers and we look forward to many years of continuous collaboration. The success of the GCCE is also due to the support of all the Japanese Professional Societies related to Consumer Electronics activities, which have been very supportive of our conference. We look forward to many years of mutually beneficial collaboration.