The Society of Japanese Women Scientists

Mission Statement

The Society of Japanese Women Scientists (SJWS) facilitates friendship and knowledge exchange among women scientists and supports them for their status improvement. SJWS promotes the development of a common ground for all scientists - female and male scientists - to demonstrate their ability and individuality with the ultimate goal of advancing world peace.


The Society of Japanese Women Scientists (SJWS) was established in April, 1958 to foster friendship among female scientists, facilitate knowledge exchange among them in various fields of research and provide support during their career with the ultimate goal of advancing world peace. The establishment of SJWS was wholly supported by the Committee of Seven for World Peace Appeal initiated in Japan in 1955, which included Raicho Hiratsuka, the vice president of the Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) and Hideki Yukawa (Nobel Laureate in physics in 1949). Since April, 2014, SJWS has become the general incorporated association.

SJWS members belong to a wide range of disciplines including basic and applied science, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, agriculture, and home economics. Members are researchers and engineers from academia as well as industry. SJWS welcomes male members.

For over a half century, SJWS has actively organized scientific lectures and symposia focusing on issues involving women scientists. Since 1995, SJWS has annually presented two awards to scientists who have made great contributions to advancing the objectives of SJWS: 1) Early Career Investigator Award to encourage and acknowledge excellence in science, and 2) Distinguished Service Award to recognize outstanding service to scientific community.

SJWS annual meetings provide members with opportunities to present their scientific research and discuss women scientists’ issues. SJWS publishes an annual journal and newsletters twice a year. SJWS members have been attending international conferences to communicate and establish connections with women researchers from other countries and in 1999, SJWS hosted the 11th ICWES (International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists). Since October 2002, SJWS has been an active member of Japan Inter-Society Liaison Association Committee for Promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering (EPMEWSE). SJWS has been closely working with the National Women’s Education Center (NWEC) to establish connections between women scientists from 2003 to 2005, and has co-sponsored “Summer School for High and Junior High School Girls” with EPMEWSE and NWEC annually since 2006. Furthermore, SJWS recently co-sponsored events aiming at upbringing next-generation women researchers with Gender Equality Bureau Cabinet Office. SJWS thus promotes the development of a common ground for both female and male scientists to demonstrate their ability and individuality with the ultimate goal of advancing world peace.

Membership Application

To become a member, a candidate should be a regular member of any scientific society, or be recommended by two members of the Society. An application form can be obtained from the central office of the SJWS. The renewable annual subscription fee is 4,000 yen (2,000 yen for students).

SJWS Branch Office

: Dr. Mikako OGAWA

: Dr. Rie UMETSU Y.

Kanto area
: Dr. Yoriko ATOMI

: Dr. Mayumi YAMAMOTO

: Dr. Emiko OKAMURA

: Dr. Yukiko OGAWA

The Central Office of the Society of Japanese Women Scientists

President: Dr. Yoriko ATOMI, Ph. D.
Professor Emeritus The University of Tokyo
Project Professor,

Material Health Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and 205 Research Center for Science and Technology,
2-24-16 Naka-cho, Koganei-shi Tokyo,184-8588 Japan
Tel/Fax: +81-42-388-7539