Last Update:10/20/2016


The Japanese Respiratory Society was founded in 1961. There are now approximately 12,000 members making it the biggest scientific respiratory society in Japan. The purpose of the JRS is to facilitate activities such as research and presentation of theory and practice in respiratory medicine. Through joint ventures and cooperation, knowledge is exchanged between JRS members as well as between domestic and overseas related societies, contributing to the development of science. Furthermore, by focusing on global environmental and respiratory diseases, we energetically support “clean air” activities to reduce air pollution, antigens and infectious agents.

The JRS publishes Respiratory Investigation as an official journal and holds the following events; the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Respiratory Society, Educational Seminar (biannually), Clinical Physiology Seminar (annually), and each regional branch holds several scientific meetings and public open lectures every year. Approximately 7,000 people participate in the annual scientific meeting. The Educational Seminar includes the latest topics in each field of the ten JRS assemblies, and the Clinical Physiology Seminar offers basic and clinical physiology education. Attendance at these is a required part of the examination to become a Board-Certified Member of the JRS, and they also contribute to the education of all members.

The JRS regularly collaborates with the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Korean Academy of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (KATRD). Approximately 80 people from the ATS, APSR, ERS and KATRD participate in the annual JRS meeting. They give invited lectures, symposia and English sessions, and make large contributions towards the exchange of knowledge and culture. Members of the JRS actively participate in conferences of the ATS, APSR and ERS, with some members receiving young investigator awards from those societies. Thus, the JRS not only actively interacts with the Japanese public but also with overseas societies, contributing to scientific development in the world’s respiratory diseases.

Shu Hashimoto

Chairman of the Board of Directors

The Japanese Respiratory Society

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