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Materials Research Society of Japan (MRS-J)

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Recent and Future Meetings






About MRS-J

Since its establishment and in cooperation with related organizations, MRS-J has organized IUMRS-ICAM93 (Ikebukuro, August 1993), IUMRS-ICA97 (Makuhari, September 1997), MRS-J 10th Anniversary symposium (Tokyo, July 1999), IUMRS-ICAM2003 (Yokohama, October 2003), IUMRS-ICA2008 (Nagoya, December 2008) and MRS-J 20 th anniversary symposium as well as approximately 50 symposia and conferences. IUMRS-ICA2008 became a large-scale conference with more than 1800 participants. The next IUMRS-ICEM2012 will be held in Yokohama in September of 2012. Periodic publications include MRS-J News and Transactions of the Materials Research Society of Japan. As a founding member of IUMRS (International Union of Materials Research Societies), commitment to the promotion of international activities is one of the main characteristics of our organization.

MRS-J considers that science and technology have become too fragmented and too specialized. This organization aims at contributing to the development of material science and technology through their reintegration, bringing the academic theory to industrial and social applications, and disseminating the knowledge in materials development, processing and application technologies, from the experts in each field to the citizens and policy-makers, providing a forum for discussion of all issues related to materials, and offering research results and data as common property. MRS-J strives to become a forum to discuss all issues in a timely manner in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary way. This can be only achieved through the active participation and support of many people from various fields, for which we are deeply thankful.

Symposia and conferences

MRS-J holds academic symposia, which include international sessions, every December, and international conferences, such as IUMRS-ICA and IUMRS-ICEM, occasionally.

Annual publications

Transactions of Materials Research Society of Japan (in English)

MRS-J Bulletin (MRS-J News), quarterly (mainly in Japanese, partially in English)


The 10th Anniversary in 1999

The MRS-J celebrated its 10th anniversary of establishment at Ishigaki Memorial Hall in Tokyo, September 17, 1999. The day was highlighted with presentations featured seven major lectures covered by various fields from science and technology to social science and recruiting. "Materials Research and Development of the New Millenium" Dr. Hiroaki Yanagida, Director, the Japan Fine Ceramics Center, gave the first symposium lecture. Dr. Masatoshi Okada, Director, the National Research Institute for Metals, addressed a lecture on "Material Science and Technology that Opens the 21st Century." Ms. Sakie Tachibana-Fukushima, Vice-President, Japan KornFerry Co., Ltd., presented her speech, "Scientists as a Global Standards." Dr. Kazuo Inamori, President Emeritus, Kyocera Corp., discussed his career as an engineer who has been expericing technological innovations during past 40 years in the Geld of advanced ceramics in the lecture, "Innovation in Ceramic Technologies -My Way as an Engineer." Dr. Hiroo lguchi, Director, Space Environment Utilization Systems, NASDA, delivered a lecture entitled "Materials and Functions." Prof. Emeritus, Dr. Yasuhisa Sakurai, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, spoke about "Biomedical Materials and Medical Innovation" Professor Akira Asada, Economic Research Institute, Kyoto University, gave a presentation on "Material/Immaterial Reconsideration upon Post Industrial Society." Successive presidents, Drs. Masao Doyama, Shigeyuki Somiya, Takeshi Masumoto, Masaki Hasegawa, and Toshiki Takagi, and Secretary General Mr. Masataka Agata, director of MRSJ, were honoured for extraordinary services to the MRS-J during the reception of the 10th Anniversary held at the Alumni Hall, Tokai University, in Tokyo.

The 20th Anniversary in 2009

The MRS-Japan 20th Anniversary Symposium was successfully held at Yokohama Media & Information Center on December 6, 2009. The symposium was organized by the Materials Research Society of Japan(MRS-J) to commemorate its 20th Anniversary, discussing on "Materials for 21st Century" as the main theme. The commemorative ceremony began with MRS-J Present's opening remarks followed by congratulatory addresses by the past presidents of MRS-J, Profs. M. Doyama,

Prof. R. Yamamoto and Vice President Dr. S. Sawai. The special lectures by the invited speakers were "MRS-J: A Leading Society for the Promotion of Global Materials Research" by Prof. Robert P.H. Chang (Northwestern Univ.), "Materials for New Generation Aircrafts & Propulsion" by Prof. Yafang Han (C-MRS, BIAM), "Computational Study on the Phase and Structural Stability of Ag-based Nanoclusters and its Catalytic Applications" by Dr. Hyuck Mo Lee (KAIST), "Solid State Lighting: Current Status and the Impact of the Technology on the Reduction in Energy Utilization and Environmental Pollution" by Prof. Robert F. Davis (Carnegie Mellon Univ.) and "Microstructural Evolution in Polycrystalline Materials with Control of the Interface Structure" by Prof. Suk-Joong L. Kang(KAIST). The invited poster session gathered over 50 papers among active MRS-J members, followed by the celebration party.

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Main Contact

Materials Research Society of Japan
507D Yokohama building,
3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 231-0002 Japan
TEL: +81-45-263-8538
FAX: +81-45-263-8539

Established: March 16, 1989


Main object is to promote development of research and practical applications of advanced materials through the promotion of interdisciplinary research activities of science and technology experts.


  1. To organize technical symposia, research conferences, and academic lectures.
  2. To cooperate with relevant institutions at domestic and international level.
  3. To publish technical journals (, newsletter and books.
  4. To enhance other academic activities.

Board of directors (June 2014 to May 2015)


Atsushi Suzuki


Yasuro Ikuma, Yuichi Azuma, Toshiyuki Mori


Shunichi Arisawa, Toshihiro Okabe, Toshihiko Koseki, Hitoshi Sakai, Yuichi Setsuhara, Koki Takanashi, Atsushi Takahara, Takaaki Tsurumi, Yukichi Deguchi, Shigeki Nakagawa, tsukasa Hayashi, Kazuhiro Hara, Mutsuyoshi Matsumoto,


Nagahiro Saito, Hiroshi Yamamoto


Shigeyuki Somiya, Masao Doyama, Tsuyoshi Masumoto, Ryoichi Yamamoto, Tisato Kajiyama, Masahiro Yoshimura, Teruo Kishi, Takai Osamu, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Naoki Kishimoto,

Honorary consultant

Saburo Nagakura


Total Membership: 1013 members (as of November 30, 2012)

647 individual members, 346 student members, 3 international member, 6 corporate members, 10 honorary members, and 11 associate members.

Annual fees:

  • Corporate member: (per business unit) 100,000 yen
  • Individual member: 8,000 yen
  • Student member: 4,000 yen
  • International member: OECD countries: 7,000 yen
  • Non-OECD countries: 4,000 yen

Membership benefits

Discounted registration fee for symposia, free subscription to the MRS-J News, free delivery of the Journal "Transactions of the Materials Research Society of Japan", and discount for delivery of symposia proceedings.

MRS-J establishment process and current activities

The importance of creative research has become increasingly evident. It is widely recognized that technical innovation and new materials development are complementary and together constitute the key for further scientific and technical progress. In order to achieve a sustainable economic society and life, and to solve the problems that humankind are currently facing, such as environmental problems, with their multiple facets and interwoven elements, the development of new materials and advanced materials is of crucial importance.

For this kind of research development of new materials, it is not only efficient but essential to discard the conventional classification of materials into metals, organic and inorganic materials, or into structural and functional materials, or in accordance to the involved industries, such as chemical industry, steel industry, machinery industry, food industry, health industry, transport industry, communication, and to take and interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach where experts from diverse fields work in a coordinated way.

The MRS International Conference on Advanced Materials, held at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro in May of 1988, became the turning point for the launch of the Materials Research Society of Japan, in March of 1989, based on the premises above described and with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary stances. (The first name for the society was Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Society, which was modified to Materials Research Society of Japan in 1990).

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