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President Message

Dr. Yoshimitsu Kobayashi

President, the Chemical Society of Japan
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings

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 27,000, 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
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.

Vice Presidents
Masahiro MiuraOsaka University

Hiroyuki UmetaniTeijin Ltd.

Yoshiaki OdaSumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.

Takeshi ShionoHiroshima University

Mitsuhiko ShionoyaThe University of Tokyo

Koji WatariNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Executive Director
Mitsuo SawamotoChubu University

Directors
Masahiko AnnakaKyushu University

Junji Ichikawa University of Tsukuba

Takashi OkazoeAGC Inc.

Tomomichi OkanoLion Corp.

Masaru OguraThe University of Tokyo

Sensuke OgoshiOsaka University

Hiroyuki OsadaInstitute of Physical and Chemical Research

Kenji KitayamaDaicel Corp.

Nobuo KimizukaKyushu University

Teruyuki KondoKyoto University

Yasutaka SumidaNippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

Rika SekineShizuoka University

Hiromi Nakai Waseda University

Atsushi NakajimaKeio University

Shinjiro HayakawaHiroshima University

Yujiro HayashiTohoku University

Michikazu HaraTokyo Institute of Technology

Atsushi FukuokaHokkaido University

Akane MiyazakiJapan Women's University

Auditors
Tsugio Kitamura Saga University

Soichiro KyushinGunma University

Naoto ChataniOsaka University

Makoto NishimotoAsahi Kasei Corp.