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President Message

Dr. Maki Kawai

President, the Chemical Society of Japan
Director General of the Institute for Molecular Science

Mission & History

The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), initially named the Chemical Society, was founded in 1878 by approximately twenty motivated and enthusiastic young scholars wishing to advance research in chemistry. Later, it was renamed The Tokyo Chemical Society, and eventually given the present English name of "The Chemical Society of Japan."

In 1948, it merged with the Society of Chemical Industry, founded in 1898. Thus the CSJ has a history encompassing 140 years, with a current membership exceeding 34,000, and is one of the most affluent academic societies in Japan, covering most areas of pure and applied chemistry.

It has contributed and circulated the results of chemical research to chemists and industry throughout the world. The prime mission of the CSJ is to promote chemistry for science and industry in collaboration with other domestic and global societies. Above all, the overriding purpose of the Society is to contribute to the betterment of human life.

To pursue these missions, the Society holds various academic conferences, lecture meetings and publishes journals and books. Today, the world shares common pressing issues, interests relating to energy, food, environmental problems, safety, human health and education, which require a rapid exchange of information in every field of research with other countries.

The CSJ has a long history in chemical education and in its outreach program to the public. These activities have recently been redoubled to heighten public awareness, and to stress the importance of chemistry's role in solving the many problems besetting people and the environment today.

Board

Board of Directors

President
Maki Kawai
Institute for Molecular Science

Vice Presidents
Keiji Maruoka
Kyoto University

Osamu Ishitani
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Soichiro Kyushin
Gunma University

Yoshinori Hirai
AGC Asahi Glass

Shin Fukuda
Mitsui Chemicals

Eiji Yashima
Nagoya University

Executive Director
Mitsuo Sawamoto
Chubu University

Directors
Takahiko Akiyama
Gakushuin University

Mio Ishida
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Kazuaki Ishihara
Nagoya University

Shinobu Itoh
Osaka University

Takeshi Ohkuma
Hokkaido University

Akihiro Okabe
Mitsui Chemicals

Tadashi Kato
Tokyo Metropolitan University

Kazuaki Kudo
The University of Tokyo

Hiroaki Takino
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

Ken Tanaka
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Hideki Tanaka
Okayama University

Kin-ichi Tsunoda
Gunma University

Hiromi Tobita
Tohoku University

Yoshiki Nakagawa
Kaneka Corporation

Hideo Nagashima
Kyushu University

Toshinori Hayashi
Tosoh Corporation

Seijiro Matsubara
Kyoto University

Masahiro Murakami
Kyoto University

Shizuaki Murata
Nagoya University

Auditors
Masahiro Asami
Fujifilm Corporation

Hiroshi Nishihara
The University of Tokyo

Akira Harada
Osaka University

Katsuyoshi Yamasaki
Hiroshima University