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Invitation to the Primate Society of Japan

Since 1950, the study of primates in Japan has been leading primatology with many world-renowned achievements. In addition to the field study of Japanese macaque monkeys and apes, primatology involves a wide spectrum of scientific fields: study of cerebral organization, consciousness, memory, cognition, and communication based on neurophysiology and psychology, the primate lineage based on morphology, phylogenetics, biochemistry, and population genetics, and research in reproductive physiology and pathology. Recent progress in primatology has been so remarkable that it might change our conventional conception of human beings. Primatology will also play a major role in helping us create a vision of human life in the 21st century.

In 1985, the Primate Society of Japan was founded in the context of these developments in primatology. The Society aims to provide researchers of primates, in a wide array of academic fields such as anthropology, ecology, morphology, psychology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, medicine, and laboratory animal science, with opportunities for obtaining a better knowledge of the present situation of primates as a research subject as well as scholarly work in other scientific fields, and for exchanging documents, information, and opinions.

Since the foundation of the Society, we hold an annual academic conference, and publish a journal, gPrimate Research,h and a subjournal, gPrimates,h to promote achievement results in primatology both nationwide and internationally. Through these activities, we have offered opportunities for communication among researchers, and improved the awareness of primatology so that opinions from researchers of primates are reflected in other academic fields. The society also supports promising young researchers for their research work from a broader perspective. So we built the Takashima Award, an international research grant, and a fellowship support, especially for young researchers, as a part of scientific activities.

The Society also puts emphasis on improving social conditions surrounding primates. Today, primates are evaluated for their usefulness as laboratory animals while many of the wild species are on the verge of extinction. We formed a protection committee in the Society for appropriate measures, and have worked toward the establishment of ethics in animal breeding and experiments, and the proper provision of laboratory animals. We often have discussions with the government and NGOs as well as researchers at academic meetings and symposiums, and make statements in public, especially on important issues including the preservation of Japanese macaque monkeys and other primates, and the coexistence with nature.

In 1990, we collaborated with the International Primatological Society (IPS) to host the 13th Congress of the International Primatological Society in Nagoya and Kyoto. For five consecutive years from 1996 to 2000, Japanese researchers served as the president of the congress to contribute to the scientific field. Many other Japanese researchers were selected as specialists in primates for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) by IPS to focus on nature conservation activities through research work. We will continue these academic studies on a global basis, and promote nature preservation and research ethics.

As of July 4, 2005, the Society has 658 members. We sincerely hope that you will agree with the purpose of the Society and the regulations attached, and participate in the Society. To apply, please fill out the application form, and use the transfer form to pay the membership fee.

Juichi Yamagiwa
President of the Primate Society of Japan