Message from the President

 

Increasing the Visibility of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Japan

Yoshinobu Takakura
President
The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan

The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (PSJ) is one of the most distinguished academic societies in the country, with a long history and traditions of about 140 years since its foundation in 1880. The basis of the PSJ was established by its first president, Dr. Nagayoshi Nagai, and its history and traditions have been carried on by successive presidents over the years. The PSJ has also changed with the times and made significant contributions to basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences. At present, approximately 17,000 research-minded individuals are PSJ members, along with some 200 supporting organizational and pharmaceutical industry members. Academic activities are developed by a variety of members representing academia, industry, medical and research institutions, government agencies, etc. We are doing our best to increase the visibility of the PSJ worldwide.

One of the key academic activities of the PSJ is the publication of its three monthly scientific journals, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin (launched in 1953), Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin (1978), and Yakugaku Zasshi (1881). These journals have contributed to advancing the various fields of pharmaceutical science by publishing regular high-quality articles, notes, reviews, etc. The average review period for articles submitted to the journals is short, i.e., around one month. Moreover, the complete texts of all of the scientific journals are available online through J-STAGE, the academic e-journal platform operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The interface of the platform has recently been renewed to improve its usability. In October 2018, the PSJ launched a new open-access journal published online, BPB Reports.

Another key academic activity of the PSJ is organizing scientific conferences. Annual meetings of the society have been held since immediately after its foundation in 1880, and the 139th annual meeting in 2019 was at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba. Currently, the PSJ has eight local branches covering the area from Hokkaido to Kyushu, with 10 divisions that promote scientific activities in specific pharmaceutical science research fields. The academic activities of the local branches have a regional focus, involving exchanges with local pharmaceutical associations and providing opportunities for local society members to meet. The major activity of the 10 divisions is holding symposia and forums to advance specific fields of the pharmaceutical sciences and nurturing the development of excellent scientists among the younger generations.

The PSJ places great value on international exchanges and close relationships with overseas pharmaceutical associations. It has well-established ties with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (AFMC). It is also in close contact with the pharmaceutical societies of Germany, the USA, and the Republic of Korea. The PSJ has also recently introduced an overseas membership system.

As part of its strong commitment to pharmaceutical education, the PSJ played an active role in the recent evaluation and revision of the Model Core Curriculum for Pharmacist Education that is overseen by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. It also frequently organizes and supports a variety of workshops related to pharmaceutical education.

As the current President of the PSJ, I would like to express our deep appreciation for the support of our members. I would also like 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.