The Acoustical Society
of Japan (ASJ) promotes
the advancement of the science and technology of acoustics,
in all its disciplines, and the exchange of ideas in relation
thereto. It was founded on April 15th, 1936by 15 members.By
the end of 2001, more than 65 years later, the membership
had reached 4,812 including 3,997 Members, 22 Honorary Members,
74 Life Members, and 719 Student Members. Members are drawn
from varying backgrounds and have varying interests.In addition
to these individual members, the Society is supported by 251
Sustaining Members and 174 Special Members. The ASJ also has
8 Friends of the Society. There are four Regional Chapters
of the ASJ; in Kansai, Tohoku, Tokai and Kyushu.
in spring and autumn, the Society holds a three-day national
meeting, the venue in different cities in Japan. The meetings
cover a wide range of topics in acoustics and interdisciplinary
areas. In addition to regular sessions, several special sessions
are organized, with invited lectures and contributed papers.
In total, roughly 600 papers are presented and 1,200 people
participate in each meeting.
The ASJ publishes
the Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan (in Japanese)
monthly, and Acoustical Science and Technology (in English)
bimonthly, which has been an electronic online journal from
the beginning of this century (http://ast.jstage.jst.go.jp/en/).
These Journals include technical papers and review papers.
Special issues are organized occasionally. The Society also
publishes textbooks and reference books for students, professors,
and researchers, to promote acoustics by the dissemination
of information on various topics.
The Society has eight Technical Committees:
Architectural Acoustics, Electroacoustics, Musical Acoustics,
Noise and Vibration, Psychological and Physiological Acoustics,
Speech, Ultrasonic and Underwater Acoustics, and Acoustical-chemistry.
Each Committee holds a meeting with paper presentations almost
every month at various places in Japan. The ASJ periodically
offers fundamental training courses as well as continuing
education in various areas, such as psychological measurement
and signal processing.
The Society has hosted or sponsored
a large number of International Conferences, including the
6th ICA in 1968, Inter-Noise in 1975 and 1994, the ASA-ASJ
Joint Meetings in 1978, 1988 and 1996, the Japan-Korea Joint
Meetings on Acoustics in 1981, 1982, and 1991, WESTPRAC since
1982, the Sino-Japanese Joint Symposium on Acoustics in 1985,
ICASSP in 1986, the Congress of the International Association
of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics in 1986, the Japan-China Symposium
on Ultrasonic in 1987, the International Conference on Music
Perception and Cognition in 1989, the International Conference
on Spoken Language Processing in 1990, the International Symposium
on Active Control of Sound and Vibration in 1991, and the
International Symposium on the Contribution of Acoustics to
the Creation of a Comfortable Sound Environment in 1992, International
Symposium on Simulation, Visualization and Auralization for
Acoustic Research and Education in1997, WESTPRAC VII and Japan-Germany
Joint Symposium on Acoustics in 2000.
The Society will sponsor the ASJ-EAA Joint Symposium in 2002,
the Second China-Japan Joint Conference on Acoustics in 2002,
and host the 18th ICAin 2004.
The ASJ presents several awards.
The Prize for Distinguished Achievements in Acoustics is
given to at most three persons a year for outstanding scientific
achievements in acoustics. The Sato Prize is awarded for at
most two outstanding papers appearing in journals of the ASJ
(either in Japanese or in English) every year to commemorate
Dr. Koji Sato, a founding member. The Awaya Prize is given
to six (or fewer) promising young researchers every year for
outstanding presentations given at the ASJ meetings, to commemorate
Dr.Kiyoshi Awaya. The Prize for Outstanding Technological
Development in Acoustics is given to about three groups or
persons a year.
An Executive Council Meeting
is held every month, and the Board of Directors Meeting is
For more information about the ASJ
The Acoustical Society of Japan
Nakaura 5th-Bldg., 2-18-20 Sotokanda,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
FAX. +81 3 5256 1022