The Sinological Society of Japan Chairman of the Board of Directors:
(2017 - 2018)
Kenjiro Tsuchida


The Sinological Society of Japan is a leading Japanese academic society devoted to Chinese studies. Its members specialize mainly in Chinese thought and philosophy, literature and linguistics, and traditional Chinese learning in Japan, but some of them are also working in related fields such as history and art. In addition, research papers on cultural exchange between China and Japan have been increasing in recent years, and there has also been a growing interest among members in the mass media, entertainment, and performing arts in contemporary China. In the future, the Society will continue to take up a variety of topics relating to China.

The Sinological Society of Japan was established in October 1949, and initially it had 246 members. As of June 2015, its membership had grown to almost 2,000. The research and educational institutions to which its members are affiliated extend from Hokkaido in the north of Japan to Okinawa in the south, and we also have some overseas members.

The Societyfs main activities are an annual conference held every October and the annual publication of the Bulletin of the Sinological Society of Japan. We also hold symposiums for nurturing the next generation of scholars, and their proceedings are published on our website. In addition, a revised membership list is sent to members each year, and a newsletter with conference reports and academic information, both local and overseas, is sent out twice a year. Further, we have established a Society Prize to recognize up-and-coming researchers and vitalize academic activities in this field.

The Sinological Society of Japan strictly maintains an academic stance and is not influenced by political or economic relations between China and Japan. Bound by a sense of solidarity in their capacity as researchers involved in Chinese studies, members are actively engaged in the exchange of academic opinions and information.

We welcome new members involved in academic research in the field of Chinese studies and related disciplines.

1 May, 2017

Note: Prospective members may apply for membership by downloading and filling in an application form and sending it by post. For details, go to