JSPP History

The meeting to establish the JSPP was attended by 46 of the 208 founders, and was held on April 4, 1959 at Gakushi Kaikan (University Alumnae Association) in Tokyo. The society was launched at this meeting. The prospectus stated the need for a society that would establish ties with the International Association of Plant Physiologists (IAPP) and that would enable Japanese researchers working on plant physiology and related subjects in the fields of basic science, agriculture, and pharmacology to communicate with one another.

2015 Update of the English web pages: the English versions of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were prepared.
2014 JSPP was granted juridical status as a non-profit organization (registration: January 6, 2014).
Publication of Plant and Cell Physiology (PCP), the JSPP’s journal, was transferred to the Oxford University Press on a for-profit basis.
The first meetings of the Board of Directors and Board of Delegates were held after acquisition of legal status.
The web site was revised in December 2014 (e.g., the Japanese Forum page was improved and expanded).
2012 Cooperative efforts for the International ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ were initiated.
2011 Gender Equality Committee was established.
Due to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the Sendai Annual Meeting was cancelled (conference proceedings were published as scheduled).
2010 The English pages of the website were revised.
JSPP became a member of the Global Plant Council.
2009 JSPP celebrated the 50th anniversaries of its own founding and that of PCP.
A new cover page format and a new logo were adopted for PCP. The journal began to be printed in color.
JSPP provided support to Plant Biology 2009, Hawaii, hosted by the American Society of Plant Biologists. Approximately 180 individuals from Japan participated, along with participants from six other countries of the Pacific Rim.
2008 The website was revised.
2007 Open access to the PCP journal was initiated.
2006 The memorandum of the Nam-Hai Chua Foundation was formulated.
The typesetting process of PCP was transferred from Nakanishi Printing Company to the Oxford University Press.
PCP Editorial Meeting was held, with the participation of overseas editors.
2005 The first JSPP Outstanding Contribution Award was presented.
The annual number of articles published in PCP exceeded 500.
2004 The first JSPP Award was presented.
2003 The JSPP web site is improved.
JSPP participated in Plant Biology 2002, Hawaii, hosted by the American Society of Plant Biologists.
The Public Relations Committee was established.
2002 E-mail announcements to members begin.
The Public Relations Committee is created, and the Secretary of Public Relations is added to the Steering Committee.
The JSPP Award and the JSPP Outstanding Contribution Award are established.
The JSPP Young Investigator Award and PCP Award are revised, and the Rules Concerning the JSPP Awards Committee and the Rules Concerning the Selection of Honorary Members are enacted.
Online acceptance and review of PCP manuscripts is implemented.
2001 The JSPP Special Award is granted to the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, Department of Plant Gene Research (represented by Dr. Satoshi TABATA). Online registration for the Annual Meeting begins.
2000 In collaboration with Oxford University Press (OUP), online PCP subscriptions begin (starting with the July issue).
The JSPP Special Award is established.
1999 Special features and articles to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the society were included in Vol. 76 of the JSPP Newsletter (Only in Japanese version).
1997 Monthly publication of PCP begins and the cover is changed to a color photograph.
The joint meeting Plant Biology '97 is held in conjunction with plant physiology societies in the US, Canada, and Australia.
The JSPP web site is launched.
1994 The first JSPP Young Investigator Award and PCP Award are granted.
1993 Publication of the Supplement to Plant and Cell Physiology (collection of English abstracts from the Annual Meeting) starts.
PCP cover color is changed to dark green.
The JSPP Young Investigator Award and PCP Award are established.
1988 The PCP paper size increases from B5 to A4.
The JSPP logo is created.
1985 PCP publication frequency increases to eight issues per year.
1978 The Council becomes the primary decision-making body and the Annual Meeting Committee is established.
Distribution of the JSPP Newsletter to international members starts.
The Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Japan) for PCP publication is increased substantially.
1970 The JSPP headquarters moves from the University of Tokyo to Nakanishi Printing Co., Ltd. (Kyoto).
The positions of Secretary General, Secretaries, and Treasurers are added to the management structure.
The publication of Plant Physiology - Basics and Application - is halted.
PCP moves from quarterly to bimonthly publication.
1968 The position of "Editor" is formally established for PCP.
Dr. Atsushi TAKIMOTO becomes the first Editor.
Publication of the Gakkai Tsushin (Newsletter in Japanese) begins (first issue is published July 1).
1966 Annual Meetings begin to be held in venues throughout Japan(beyond just Tokyo).
1965 The 6th Symposium "Chemically Control of Plant Growth" is held in Tokyo. The first general presentations are held at this symposium(the title "Annual Meeting" first comes into use).
1964 The Japanese journal is renamed Plant Physiology - Basics and Application
1960 The first symposium entitled "The Physiology of Flowering" is held in Tokyo.
A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research is received for the publication of PCP from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Japan (received every year hereafter).
1959 The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists (JSPP) is established.
Dr. Jouji ASHIDA becomes the first JSPP president.
The positions of Secretary General and Secretaries are established on the Steering Committee.
Start publication of the Japanese journal Nihon Shokubutsu Seirigaku Kaihou.
Start publication of the international journal Plant and Cell Physiology (PCP).
Journals are edited by the Editorial Office established at the Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Tokyo.