About Science Council of Japan (SCJ)
Science Council of Japan (SCJ) is the representative organization of Japanese scientist community ranging over all fields of sciences subsuming humanities, social sciences, life sciences, natural sciences, and engineering.
Function of SCJ
SCJ was established in January 1949 as a "special organization" under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister, operating independently of the government, for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the field of science, and having science reflected in and permeated into administration, industries and people's lives. It represents Japan's scientists both domestically and internationally with the firm belief that science is the foundation upon which a civilized nation is built.
Following are its two functions:
- To deliberate on important issues concerning science and help solve such issues
- To make coordination among scientific studies to achieve higher efficiency
With a focus on the following four activities, SCJ is extremely active in its deliberations, helping to improve and develop science in Japan, and strengthening the inseparable alliance with the Council for Science and Technology Policy, which is the command center for Japan’s science and technology policies.
- Policy recommendations to the government and public
- International activities
- Promotion of scientific literacy
- Establishment of networks among scientists
Organization of SCJ
SCJ consists of 210 council members and some 2,000 members.
SCJ organization comprises the General Assembly, three Section Meetings, the Executive Board, 30 Specialty Committees, four Administrative Committees for Operation, and Issue-Centered ad hoc Committees.