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The Japan Science Society (JSS)

The Japan Science Society

The Japan Science Society has a history of over 90 years having been established in 1924 with the aim of promoting science and then becoming a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.

Since its establishment, the Society has considered the nature of science and scientists in future generations and changing social conditions and has conducted activities to further the connection between science and society. Since1988, the Society has received support from the Nippon Foundation and has developed projects focusing on The Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant Project that it established.

The Society’s mission can be said to be to question how to tackle many challenges such as creating an information revolution in 21st century science and technology through IT and apprehensions about sustainable development through fluctuations in the global environment and the emersion of the super-ageing society, etc. We hope that the young people who are responsible for the future will solve diverse issues through science to contribute to building an even better society.

The Mission of the Japan Science Society

  • To support the scouting of young people who will be responsible for next-generation scientific research and technology.
  • To develop human resources who will become a bridge between science and society, communicating scientific results to society in an easy-to-understand manner.
  • To develop human resources who can solve social problems from a global viewpoint.
  • To contribute to the healthy development of science and technology and to work on diffusing scientific knowledge to the general population.
  • To promote international exchange through the donation of educational/research texts, etc.

History

1921 Scientific Knowledge first published by the Society for the Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge (until 1950).
1924 The foundation, the Society for the Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge was established.
1939 The (monthly) magazine, Collecting and Breeding was first published (until 1990).
1941 Almost all operations were on hold due to the influence of the Second World War.
The issue of scientific books continued frequently.
1944 Merged with the Japan Science Society at the Tokyo Institute of Technology to establish the foundation, The Japan Science Society
1975 Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation (currently The Nippon Foundation) Chairman, Ryoichi Sasakawa and Science Council of Japan Chairman, Seiji Kaya re-started the dormant foundation.
1976 Japan-issued Wildlife (monthly) first published (until 1984).
1988 With aid from the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation, The Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant Project was started.
1999 The Education and Research Library Project to donate texts to universities in China, etc. was started.
2007 Developed a series of sensory experimental equipment and started scientific/touring exhibitions nationwide (until 2013).
2012 Received authorization as a Public Interest Corporation from the Cabinet Office and became the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, the Japan Science Society.
2013 Donated the series of sensory experimental equipment (Here comes the typhoon!) to the National Science and Technology Museum in Taiwan (Kaohsiung City).
2014 Gave the series of sensory experimental equipment (Solving the puzzle of light!) to Hofu Science Museum Solar.

Main Ongoing Projects

①The Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant
-Cultivating human resources by supporting young researchers

Assistance for academic research by young researchers and practical research by practitioners. We support innovative, creative and embryonic research, research into fields for which it is difficult to acquire other funding and research that contributes to the various social problems that occur in all sorts of areas. From 1983 to the present, we have provided assistance to approximately 8,300 projects (approx. 48 billion yen).

In addition, we have provided assistance with travel expenses, etc. when researchers who have received The Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant go overseas to present their research results.

②Education and Research Library Project
-International exchange for the development of human resources who understand both Japan and China.

We collect Japanese texts from publishing houses, libraries, schools and private collectors and donate them based on demand to Chinese universities and research institutes. From 1999 to the present, we have donated approximately 3.5 million texts. In addition, we conduct exchange between young people in Japan and China through competitions in which students learning Japanese in China compete on knowledge and information about Japan and bidirectional essay contests with the theme of China or Japan for young people in both China and Japan.

③Linking science to society to develop the next generation.
-Communicating the fun of learning science to young people and cultivating next-generation science literacy.

Science Mentor Project

Scientific research professionals (mentors) such as university teaching staff give a year of personal research guidance outside of the school education framework to senior high school students who are interested in science (around 20 per year). The mentors teach students the basics of scientific research and train young people who aim to be scientists in the future.

Meteorology/biology specialists gathered to produce a scientific computer graphics film posing the question: Cubic Earth – if the Earth was cubic? This film is used as a teaching resource in school and social education and we send out lecturers to give classes with easy-to-understand explanations of Earth Science as well as renting out DVDs.

Publication of the scientific experiment database

We have set up a website separating experiments and subjects relating to science and technology into the two categories of scientific experiment database and formative experience column. Users can easily search for scientific experiments and fun experiences and the column communicates science subjects that anyone can enjoy.

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