Message from the President

Naoto Oku


The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan

The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan is one of Japan's most distinguished academic societies, with 140 years of tradition since its foundation in 1880. The Society advances the fields of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical sciences, including the discovery, development, and production of pharmaceuticals, as well as the study of their safety, efficacy, and so on. We strive to promote and develop the pharmaceutical sciences in Japan and around the world. We have around 18,000 members, including approximately 2,000 graduate and undergraduate student members, and eight local branches from Hokkaido to Kyushu. We also have ten subcommittees covering the major research fields of the pharmaceutical sciences.

A key activity of the Society is the publication of our three monthly scientific journals, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, and Yakugaku Zasshi. These journals advance pharmaceutical science, clinical practice, and pharmacy education through research reports, information exchange, and high-quality discussion. The average review time for articles submitted to the journals is around one month. Moreover, the complete texts of all of our journals can be freely accessed through J-STAGE, the academic e-journal platform operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency. The interface of the platform has been recently renewed to improve its usability.

We place great value on our relationships with overseas pharmaceutical associations. We have well-established relationships with the International Pharmaceutical Federation and the Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemistry. We are also in close contact with the pharmaceutical societies of Germany, the U.S.A, and Korea. We are now planning the establishment of an overseas membership for the Society.

We have a strong commitment to pharmaceutical education. We played an active role in the recent evaluation and revision of the Model Core Curriculum for Pharmacist Education that is overseen by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. We also frequently organize and support a variety of workshops related to pharmaceutical education.

As the President of the Society, I would like to express our deep appreciation for the support of our members, and to pledge our continued commitment both to the further development of the Society and to the promotion of the pharmaceutical sciences in Japan and around the world.