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

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1. Greetings from the president

President, Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science
Kyoko Raita
(Chukyo University)

   In the midst of globalization, our society faces major challenges as the world undergoes fragmentation resulting from the escalation of economic and military tensions and has also been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the positive and negative influences of the development of information technology, digitalization, and generative artificial intelligence. Under such circumstances, the roles of physical activities and sport, which constitute a culture that enables humans to develop their humanity and create a society where we accept differences and nurture mutual respect, are growing. 
   The Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences (JSPEHSS) promotes research in the fields of physical education, health and sport sciences and academic exchanges among its members pursuant to Article 3 (Purpose and Business Activities) of the Articles of Incorporation, which provides that the JSPEHSS shall “contribute to realizing individual well-being as well as a fair and cohesive society through various activities related to physical education, sports and health”. The Articles of Incorporation were amended in 2021 when the Society changed its name from the Japanese Society of Physical Education, which was established in 1950. At that time, Article 3 was amended to express the strong commitment of the JSPEHSS to connect its academic activities with society and to place emphasis on the social significance of the JSPEHSS. Pursuant to this purpose, members in sixteen specialized fields and at eighteen regional branches work together.
   Since revision of the election system in 2015 to increase the number of female council members, the proportion of female Executive Board members has been between 30 to 40%. Young researchers are also actively engaged in research activities. The fact that a female president was elected for the first time in 70 years since its establishment represents one of the most symbolic events for the JSPEHSS as a member of international society and academia that aspires to diversity and inclusion. 
   The Annual Convention of the JSPEHSS is a forum where discussions are held in five application fields (sport culture, health and physical education in school, competitive sports, life-long sports, and health and welfare) from a broader perspective and more comprehensive point of view. JSPEHSS members participate in any of the five areas application fields, transcending their specializations to attend symposia that address social topics or to give presentations. The discussions by members from different areas sometimes lead to some confusion due to different usage of terminology, but such discussions provide productive opportunities for members to obtain creative ideas for their research work.
 The JSPEHSS, however, also faces challenges. Organizational reforms of the Ministry of Education undertaken after World War II abolished the Physical Education Bureau, which resulted in a division of jurisdiction over school physical education and social physical education. Emphasis on the proliferation and development of competitive sports increased after the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. The historic context tended to lead to restriction of research activities to three fields: physical education in school, life-long physical education and competitive sports so that more effective feed-back could be reflected in actual practice. We must realize that inter-disciplinary discussion in these three fields and more mutually relevant discussions should be promoted and deepened in order to create an inclusive society and overcome gender norms and disabilities. The 2023-2024 Executive Board is fully committed to the promotion of activities with these issues in mind and further contributing to society through our academic activities.
 Your support and cooperation are kindly requested.
                                        June 17, 2023

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 (16 specialized committees)
Philosophy, History, Sociology, Psychology, Physiology, Biomechanics, Management, Growth and Development, Test and Measurement, Coaching and Training, Aging and Health Promotion, Pedagogy, Cultural Anthropology, Adapted Sport, Frailty Prevention for Successful Aging, Policy for Physical Education and Sport


5. Board Members

JSPEHSS Board Members for 2023 and 2024
Title Name Affiliation
President Kyoko Raita Chukyo University
Vice-President Kaori Yamaguchi University of Tsukuba
Vice-President Norihiro Shimizu University of Tsukuba
Vice-President Norihisa Fujii University of Tsukuba
Managing Director Koyo Fukasawa University of Tsukuba
Director Yoshiko Aoki Bukkyo University
Director Yu Aramaki Chukyo University
Director Tadao Isaka Ritsumeikan University
Director Yuji Ishizaka Nara Women’s University
Director Chie Ikkai Gunma Prefectural Women’s University
Director Yoshiko Oda Hosei University
Director Mariko Kanaya University of Tsukuba
Director Chihiro Kanayama Ritsumeikan University
Director Yasuko Kudo Daito Bunka University
Director Motoki Kozaki Kyoto University
Director Shohei Kokudo Kobe University
Director Kenji Saito University of Tsukuba
Director Masami Sekine Nippon Sport Science University
Director Osamu Takamine Meiji University
Director Makoto Chogahara Kobe University
Director Taishi Tsuji University of Tsukuba
Director Senshi Fukashiro Japan Women’s College of Physical Education
Director Toshihiko Fujimoto Tohoku University
Director Hiroshi Mizukami Nihon University
Director Mitsuyo Yoda Nippon Sport Science University
Auditors Takanori Ishii Nippon Sport Science University
Auditors Hironobu Tsuchiya Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
Auditors 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)Diversity Committee


7. Conferences

1) The 72nd Conference of the Japanese Society of Physical Education, Health and Sports Sciences at the Juntendo University


  • Date: August 31st, 2022 – September 2nd, 2022
  • Venue: Juntendo University
  • Website: In preparation


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
33 1982 University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus)
34 1983 Hokkaido University
35 1984 Kagoshima University
36 1985 Gifu University
37 1986 University of Tsukuba
No. Year Venue
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
65 2014 Iwate University
66 2015 Kokushikan University
67 2016 Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
68 2017 Shizuoka University
69 2018 Tokushima University
70 2019 Keio University
71 2021 University of Tsukuba
72 2022 Juntendo University
73 2023 Doshisha 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 JAPAN SPORT OLYMPIC SQUARE 4-2 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0013 TEL: +813-6812-9290  FAX: +813-6812-9291  E-mail: taiiku-info@taiiku-gakkai.or.jp