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President's message


Prof. Tomofumi NAGAE
The 75th (Mar. 31, 2019 - Mar. 31, 2020) President

President's Message

It is my great honor to be the 75th President of the Physical Society of Japan. My personal research field is Nuclear Physics Experiment. Over 140 years ago, in 1877, the Physical Society of Japan was founded as the Tokyo Mathematics Company. In 1946, this company dissolved into two societies: The Physical Society of Japan (JPS) and the Mathematical Society of Japan. Throughout our long history, we have promoted scientific research across a wide range of physics topics. As of 2019, the JPS has 16,000 members, which makes us one of the largest academic societies in Japan.

To communicate with members, the JPS publishes "BUTSURI," which is a monthly journal in Japanese. We also publish two international journals: "Journal of the Physical Society of Japan" (JPSJ) and "Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics" (PTEP). In 2018, we established a partnership with AIP Publishing to globally market and sell JPSJ. Since 2012, we have partnered with Oxford University Press (OUP) to publish PTEP online. With these partnerships, we hope to increase the international visibility of these journals.

The JPS's revenue relies mainly on annual membership fees and the registration fees for our spring and autumn meetings. We are concerned that as the member numbers gradually decrease, our income will also decrease. To address this, we raised the membership fees in 2016. Last year, we increased the registration fees. These hikes could improve our budgetary situation for several years. However, the university's charge for facility rentals has been steadily increasing as well.

Therefore, we took two actions. In 2017, we opened the affiliateship to students who withdrew from the JPS. They can apply for an affiliateship at graduation and have online access to "BUTSURI" at a reduced annual rate. We would also like to extend the affiliateship to university undergraduates and high school students. Another action we took is to establish a "project to foster the next generation of human resources." This project includes science seminars and lectures open to the public, "junior sessions" at the JPS meetings for high-school students, career development for graduate students, and more. We welcome financial support from both industries and individuals for this project. Donations are accepted through the JPS home page.

As an international academic society, the JPS's role in the Association of Asia Pacific Physics Societies (AAPPS) has increased. AAPPS is now trying to extend the number of divisions. We need an international strategy to reorganize the AAPPS and its management.

Very soon, we will be 20 years into the 21st century. As a leader in Asia, the JPS must contribute to creating new intellectual activities in physics along with other academic societies in both Japan and around the world. Taking industrial and academic corporations, we will promote physics research as a global human activity and foster the next generation of physicists.

Professor T. Nagae's career is as follows:

1981 Bachelor of Science (Physics), Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
1983 Master of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo.
1986 Doctor of Science (Physics), Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo
1986 Research Assistant, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo
1987 Research Associate, Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo
1996 Associate Professor, Institute for Nuclear Study, University of Tokyo
1997 Associate Professor, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
2002 Professor, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
2007 Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kyoto University

For JPS, he served as Director from April 2016 to March 2017, Vice President from April 2017 to March 2018 , Vice President/President Elect from April 2018 to March 2019.

Professor Nagae's major research fields are strangeness nuclear physics and hadron physics in experimental nuclear physics, working at J-PARC.