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President's message


Prof. Hikaru KAWAMURA
The 74th (Mar. 31, 2018 - Mar. 31, 2019) President

March 2018

President's Message

It is my highest honor to serve as the president of the Physical Society of Japan (JPS). I have been in this position since April 2017, and I am now in my second term. I will try my very best to preserve the long tradition of JPS, develop it, and pass it on to the next generation.

Founded in 1877 as Tokyo Mathematics Company, JPS is one of the oldest academic societies for the natural sciences in Japan. Last year, 2017, was the 140th anniversary of JPS. At the time of the organization's foundation, physics and mathematics were not yet separate specialties. The name was changed to the Tokyo Mathematico-Physical Society in 1884 and to the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan in 1919. In 1946 (after World War II), the organization was dissolved, and two independent societies were established. One was our Physical Society of Japan and the other was the Mathematical Society of Japan. Since then, JPS has produced many Nobel laureates from its membership --11 in Physics and two in Chemistry-- and it is active in the research frontier even now.

JPS currently publishes two major international journals. One is Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (PTEP) and the other is the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (JPSJ). Succeeding Progress of Theoretical Physics (PTP), PTEP made a new start as an open-access journal in 2012 in partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP), covering both theoretical and experimental physics. Currently, JPS is partnering with AIP Publishing (AIPP) for global marketing and sales activities. Via this partnership, we wish to increase JPSJ's global footprint and inspire continued evolution and growth.

JPS now faces many issues regarding finances, journal publications, interaction and collaboration with private sectors, international collaboration, etc. Yet, our society remains quite active because of the dedicated members numbering approximately 17,000. We sincerely wish to tackle these problems in collaboration with all JPS members and our many partners worldwide who love physics as a fundamental science.

Professor H. Kawamura's career is as follows:

1977 Bachelor of Science (Physics), Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
1979 Master of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo.
1982 Doctor of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
1982 Research Associate, Faculty of General Education, Osaka University
1989 Associate Professor, Faculty of General Education, Osaka University
1992 Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology
1999 Professor, Faculty of Science, Osaka University (Earth and Space Science)
2013 Senior Program Officer, Research Center for Science Systems, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Mathematical and Physical Sciences Group) (~2016.3)
2014 Member, Science Council of Japan (~2017.9)

Council Member, Science Council of Japan (~present)

For JPS, he served as Director from April 2013 to March 2015, Vice President/President Elect from April 2016 to March 2017 and the 73rd President from April 2017 to March 2018.

Professor Kawamura's major research fields are theoretical condensed matter physics and statistical physics, especially magnetism, including frustrated magnets and spin glasses; phase transition and critical phenomena; and statistical physics studies regarding earthquakes.