Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences English Website contents

What’s New


1. Greetings from the president

top-speech-ae Michiyoshi Ae, Ph.D., the president We are pleased to inform all that the home page of our Society, The Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Scineces has been renewed this spring. Our previous home page has been favorably accepted by various kinds of users, from students to senior experienced scholars, especially in that it has provided the users with an scietific paper retrieval function which is able to search papers in “Taiikugaku kenkyu” in Japanese and “International Journal of Health and Sport Sciences” in English. The former is known for one of the leading journals in the area of physical education and sport in Japan. However, we have decided to renew our home page for globalization and further development of our society. The pysical education, health and sport, PEHS or “Taiiku” in Japanese has narrow and broad concepts. Taiiku in the narrow concept is an educational conduct to cultivate man to human in a physical aspect through human movement and sports. In the broad concept, it is a conduct or phenomenon to cultivate the people, maintain and promote their health, enhance human performance including athletes, and finally to live in vital and wealthy life. The science of Taiiku or Taiiku science provides Taiiku with scientific bases to implement these objectives properly. Since the National Institute of Gymnastics was established in 1878, the Meiji era, as the first school for the training of leaders of gymnastics in Japan, the Japanese people’s involvement in physical activity and exercise, physical education and sports have been largely changed. The Japanese citizens can now enjoy a bliss of sports and physical activity. The Japanese people from the young to the elderly have begun to recognize roles of physical activity and exercise, physical education and sports in the life of the 21st century. Therefore, nowadays the Japanese term Taiiku has been well accepted and properly functioned to mean sports and physical activities in addition to physical education. The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is held in the City of Tokyo. This implys that our Society and all the members have been charged with an mission to send our legacy and something invaluable toward the world before and beyond 2020, which will be derived from our original Japanese Taiiku in both academic and practical aspects. For the purposes we have to continue a high level of academic activities, cultivate knowlegeable professionals and leaders in physical education, health and sport sciences, and to enhance international exchanges in various aspects. We expect that the newly built home page should be an exchange plaza for a wide variety of society members and a window to and from the world, as well as a supporter to promote scientific research and develop the academic level of physical education, health and sport sciences, Taiiku Science.

2. About us

The Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sports Sciences (JSPESS), which is a general incorporated association, was first founded as the Japan Society of Physical Education (JSPE) on February 11, 1950 with 60 members. When the first conference was held at the University of Tokyo in November 1950, the membership had increased to 345 and the presentations covered 51 topics. The 49th conference in 1998 had 514 presentations, 12 symposia and 11 keynote lectures covering 13 subdisciplines in physical education and sports. A special symposium was also held to mark the third year of JSPE’s special program on “Specialization and Integration of Disciplines of Physical Education and Sports”. The 50th conference, held from October 7-11, 1999, was the first joint conference with other organizations working in physical education and sports. The JSPE was a private academic society until an organizational meeting was held in April 2002; the JSPE was approved as an incorporated association in June 2002. In 2008 the corporate status shifted to a general incorporated association due to the 2008 reform of the public-interest corporation system. As of December 2013, JSPESS is the largest academic organization in Japan with 5,830 regular members dedicated to research in physical education and sports.

3. Purposes

JSPEHSS works to promote scientific interest and research in physical education and sports; to enhance interdisciplinary communication; to advance physical education and sport sciences; to apply the knowledge acquired through research to practice; and ultimately to contribute to academic development in Japan. JSPEHSS engages in the following:

  • Organizes conferences for research presentations and lectures
  • Publishes academic journals and other publications
  • Encourages research and commends research achievements
  • Conducts research and investigations
  • Communicates and collaborates with related academic societies
  • Promotes international research collaboration
  • Executes other projects required for its mission


4. Organization

JSPEHSS presides over the following geographical areas and specialized fields to improve research.

Areas(18 branches)
Hokkaido, Tohoku, Ibaraki, Kita-Kanto, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Koshin, Niigata, Hokuriku, Tokai, Kyoto-Shiga, Nara, Osaka, Hyogo, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu


Subdisciplines (15 specialized committees)
Philosophy, History, Sociology, Psychology, Biomechanics, Management, Growth and Development, Test and Measurement, Coaching and Training, Aging and Health Promotion, Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Adapted Sport, Nursing, Welfare and Health Promotion


5. Board Members

JSPEHSS Board Members for 2013 and 2014
Title Name Affiliation
President Michiyoshi Ae University of Tsukuba
Vice-President Mieko Ae Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education
Vice-President Izumi Tabata Ritsumeikan University
Vice-President Senshi Fukashiro Tokyo University
Managing Director Kyoko Raita Chukyo University
Director Toshiro  Endo Daito Bunka University
Director  Satoshi Otomo  Ritsumeikan University
Director  Sho Onodera  Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare
Director  Kazumi Kitada  Osaka Women’s Junior College
Director  Katsuro Kitamura Tohoku University
Director  Seiichiro Kihara Hiroshima University
Director Katsunori Kobayashi Bunkyo University
Director Mayumi Saito University of Tsukuba
Director Shinji Sakurai Chukyo University
Director Shiho Sawai Japan Women’s College of Physical Education
Director Norihiro Shimizu University of Tsukuba
Director Kazuko Takahashi Yokohama National University
Director Junko Tahara Kokushikan University
Director Hisashi Naito Juntendo University
Director Arihiro Hatta Tokai University
Director  Kiyoshi Maeda University of Tsukuba
Director Hiroko Maeda National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya
Director  Kaori Yamaguchi  University of Tsukuba
Director Yoriko Atomi Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Director Tsuneo Sogawa Waseda University
Director Atsuko Matsuno


6. Committee

  1) Management Committee
  2) General Affairs Committee 
  3) Treasury Committee
  4) Editorial Board for “Japan Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences”
  5) Editorial Board for “International Journal of Sport and Health Science”
  6) Conference Committee
  7) International Committee
  8) Conference Planning Committee
  9) Public Affairs Committee
 10)Research Ethics Committee
 11)Policy and Advisory Committee 
 12)Academic Alliance Committee
 13)Gender Equality Committee


7. Conferences

1) The 65th Conference of the Japanese Society of Physical Education, Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Iwate


  • Date: Monday to Thursday, August 25-28, 2014
  • Venue: Aiina, Malios and Iwate University
  • Website: The 65th Conference of the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences in Aiina, Malios and Iwate University


2) Past Conferences

No. Year Venue
1 1950 University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
2 1951 University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
3 1952 University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
4 1953 Nagoya University and Nagoya Institute of Technology
5 1954 Tokyo Gakugei University
6 1955 Kyoto University
7 1956 Chuo University
8 1957 Kurume University
9 1958 Nippon Sport Science University
10 1959 Osaka University
11 1960 Waseda University
12 1961 Aichi Prefectural Cultural Hall
13 1962 Keio University
14 1963 Doshisha University
15 1964 Nihon University
16 1965 Hokkaido University
17 1966 University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus)
18 1967 Osaka University
19 1968 Tokai University
20 1969 Hiroshima Institute of Technology
21 1970 Kokushikan University
22 1971 Kokushikan University
23 1972 Fukuoka University
24 1973 Chukyo University
25 1974 Tokyo Institute of Technology
26 1975 Tenri University
27 1976 Tohoku University
28 1977 University of Yamanashi
29 1978 Kochi University
30 1979 Kanazawa University
31 1980 Tokyo Gakugei University
32 1981 Kobe University
No. Year Venue
33 1982 University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus)
34 1983 Hokkaido University
35 1984 Kagoshima University
36 1985 Gifu University
37 1986 University of Tsukuba
38 1987 Ritsumeikan University
39 1988 Fukushima University
40 1989 Yokohama National University
41 1990 Okayama University
42 1991 University of Toyama
43 1992 Otsuma Women’s University
44 1993 Osaka International House, etc.
45 1994 Yamagata University
46 1995 Basia Cultural Hall, etc.
47 1996 Chiba University, etc.
48 1997 Niigata University, etc.
49 1998 Ehime University, etc.
50 1999 University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus)
51 2000 Nara Women’s University, etc.
52 2001 Hokkaido University
53 2002 Saitama University
54 2003 Kumamoto University
55 2004 Shinshu University, etc.
56 2005 University of Tsukuba
57 2006 Hirosaki University
58 2007 Kobe University
59 2008 Waseda University
60 2009 Hiroshima University
61 2010 Chukyo University
62 2011 National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya
63 2012 Tokai University
64 2013 Ritsumeikan University


8. Journals

1)Japan Journal of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences


2)International Journal of Sport and Health Science

■IJSHS Vol.10 To View the seven essays in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the IJSHS, please click “The 10th Anniversary Essays”.


Editorial Board



1)Membership benefits

JSPEHSS members are entitled to receive the following benefits:

  • Regular members can submit a brochure or paper to our academic journal, Japan Journal of Physical Education Health and Sport Sciences, or present at our Japan Congress. The Journal welcomes papers related to Philosophy, History, Sociology, Psychology, Biomechanics, Management, Growth and Development, Testing and Measurements, Coaching and Training, Aging and Health Promotion, Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Adapted Sports, Nursing, Welfare and Health Promotion.
  • Members have the opportunity to share their research with other researchers from different fields, countries and regions by applying to present at our annual congress.
  • Other member countries participate in JSPEHSS under an academic exchange agreement. Members may participate in our congress where international researchers gather and establish distinguished networks of personal contacts.
  • Member scholars and students engaged in the study of physical education and sport science will be able to obtain valuable information on a regular basis.


2)How to become a member

Please print and fill out the Membership Application Form listed below and send it to the regional secretariat in your vicinity by post.

Note: For more information, please refer to the “Admissions Guide” and “Entry Example”. If you prefer to have the membership application form sent to you by post, please contact the JSPEHSS Secretariat by e-mail and state your address. E-mail: taiiku-info@taiiku-gakkai.or.jp

3)Initial Fee and Annual Membership Fee

→ For more information: (PDF A4)

10. Contact us(Secretariat)

JSPEHSS Secretariat Kishi Memorial Hall 1-1-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8050 TEL: +813-3481-2427  FAX: +813-3481-2428 E-mail: taiiku-info@taiiku-gakkai.or.jp