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

What’s New


1. Greetings from the president

President, Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science
Koichi Kiku
(University of Tsukuba)

 “The Social Significance of our Society “

  In April 2021, the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science changed its Japanese name from Nihon Taiiku Gakkai to Nihon Taiiku Supotsu Kenko Gakkai with the aim of maintaining and developing its core commitment to being a genuine academic society that pursues scholarly principles and academic outcomes. These objectives are laid out in Article 3 of JSPEHSS Constitution which underlines the practical implications of our research endeavors: “We contribute to realizing individual well-being as well as fair cohesive society through various activities related to physical education, sports and health.”

  In accordance with this change, one of the central modifications will be made at the 71st Conference of the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sport Science. At this three-day conference, symposia and presentations in five applied areas will be conducted over two days. The committees of these five different areas (sport culture, health and physical education in school, competitive sports, life-long sports, and health and welfare) will collaborate to solve the common social issues. This may cause a little confusion among those who are accustomed to the vertically divided style of traditional conferences where each specialized committee has an individual topic and holds a break-out session separately. We believe the inter-disciplinary style will make it possible to realize how the topics are interconnected with social issues and objectively examine appropriate solutions. Hence, this new approach should result in promoting and elaborating research from a wider perspective. We continue to review and improve this new concept and structure where applicable.

  COVID-19 has greatly impacted, and continues to impact, our society. We are acutely aware of the current circumstances in which our scholarly purpose is being questioned. A debate over a review of the Science Council of Japan may have provided an opportunity to reconsider the positioning of academic organizations, such as our own, independent of outside political standpoints. Indeed, each academic society is required to consider how they can maintain and promote political neutrality, especially in this challenging climate.

  As JSPEHSS takes its first steps to institute important internal changes, we would like to ask our members to support the organization and look forward to any constructive feedback.

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 2021 and 2022
Title Name Affiliation
President Koichi Kiku University of Tsukuba
Vice-President Kyoko Raita Chukyo University
Vice-President Yoshinori Okade Nippon Sport Science University
Vice-President Norihiro Shimizu University of Tsukuba
Managing Director Tomohiro Kizuka University of Tsukuba
Director Kaori Araki Sonoda Women’s University
Director Tadao Isaka Ritsumeikan University
Director Chie Ikkai Gunma Prefectural Women’s University
Director Akemi Umegaki Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
Director Chihiro Kanayama Ritsumeikan University
Director Mariko Kanaya University of Tsukuba
Director Shohei Kokudo Kobe University
Director Reiko Sasaki Keio University
Director Shiho Sawai Japan Women’s College of Physical Education
Director Koya Suzuki Juntendo University
Director Osamu Takamine Meiji University
Director Makoto Chogahara Kobe University
Director Koyo Fukasawa University of Tsukuba
Director Norihisa Fujii University of Tsukuba
Director Keiko Matsunaga Ryukoku University
Director Hiromi Miki Ryutsu Keizai University
Director Hiroshi Mizukami Nihon University
Director Tomohiko Murase Aichi University
Director Yuji Yamamoto Nagoya University
Director Mieko Ae Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education
Director Kaori Yamaguchi University of Tsukuba
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 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
No. Year Venue
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
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


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