The Japan Society of Applied Physics

Mission and history

The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) serves as an academic interface between science and engineering and an interactive platform for academia and the industry. JSAP is a "conduit" for the transfer of fundamental concepts to the industry for development and technological applications.

To this end, the JSAP holds annual conferences; publishes scientific journals; actively sponsors events, symposia, and festivals related to science education; and compiles information related to state-of-the-art technology for the public.


Annual Meetings

JSAP holds nationwide spring and autumn meetings every year. Between 6000 – 9000 participants, and more than 4000 presentations are delivered at each meeting. The transition of the number of total annual presentations is shown in the figure below.

Transition of the number of total annual presentations
classified by sessions in JSAP Annual Meetings

Transition of the number of total annual presentations classified by sessions in JSAP Annual Meetings

According to the report of
the JSAP Future Vision Reviewing Working Group

The JSAP has been growing ahead of the development of science and technology

  • 1. The number of general research presentations (both oral and poster) at the JSAP academic meetings has dramatically increased by the marked advancement of large-scale integrated circuit (LSI) technology and the enthusiasm for superconductors since around 1980.
  • 2. Then, the researches on semiconductor A have supported the development of LSI technology which is used to be called as the mainstay of Japanese industry, and the number of the presentations on semiconductors A has exceeded 1,000 in 1994.
  • 3. It has been decreasing since then, but on the other hand, the number of presentations in the field of quantum electronics, organic molecules and bioelectronics has been increasing, instead.
  • 4. New sessions such as plasma electronics and spintronics have been added in 2008.


JSAP holds meetings called "JSAP SCHOOL" to inform young researchers of current topics, and "REFRESH RIKA KYOSHITSU" to familiarize children/ juveniles with the charms of applied physics.


JSAP publishes two international academic journals and one membership journal.

Other Activities

JSAP has Chapters, Divisions, Professional Groups and Frontier Research Groups.

These organization have their own activities, such as technical meetings and seminars.

JSAP has reciprocal agreements or cooperative agreements with other academic societies outside Japan.
Partner Societies


JSAP has originated from a voluntary forum of researchers belonging to the University of Tokyo and the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, who were interested in discussing how to apply scientific and technological theories to the actual world. The subjects discussed covered a very wide range of scientific fields, such as Physics, Electronics, Mechanics, Metallurgy, Chemistry, and various interdisciplinary areas. These discussions resulted in the publication of the monthly journal "OYO BUTSURI" in 1932. "OYO BUTSURI", which means Applied Physics in Japanese, was the first technical journal in the world using the title Applied Physics, reflecting the founders’ recognition of the importance of the interaction between Physics and Engineering. "OYO BUTSURI" continued to be published as a valuable information source for many researchers even in the difficult period during and immediately following World War II.

JSAP was established as an official academic society in 1946, and since then, it has been a leading academic society in Japan. The society’s interests cover a broad variety of scientific and technological fields, and JSAP continues to explore state-of-the-art and interdisciplinary topics.