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About Science Council of Japan (SCJ)

The Science Council of Japan (The 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 The SCJ

The 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
Roles of the Science Council of Japan

With a focus on the following four activities, The 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, Technology and Innovation, 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 The SCJ

The SCJ consists of 210 Council Members (quota) and approximately 2,000 Associate Members, elected as representatives of scientists nationwide who are engaged in outstanding research or have made great achievements.
The SCJ conducts activities from a universal perspective and a comprehensive and multifaceted viewpoint, taking advantage of the fact that it is comprised of scientists from a broad-range of professional disciplines including humanities and social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences and engineering.

Organization of The SCJ
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