The Acoustical Society of Japan社団法人 日本音響学会

The Acoustical Society of Japan

The Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) promotes

the advancement of the science and technology of acoustics, in all its disciplines, and the exchange of ideas in relation thereto. It was founded on April 15th, 1936 by 15 members. At the end of December 2009, the membership had reached 4,425 including 3,412 Members, 18 Honorary Fellows, 97 Life Members, and 898 Student Members. Members are drawn from varying backgrounds and have varying interests. In addition to these individual members, the Society is supported by 195 Sustaining Members and 103 Special Members. The ASJ also has 8 Friends of the Society. There are five Regional Chapters of the ASJ; in Kansai, Tohoku, Tokai, Kyushu and Hokuriku.

Each year,

in spring and autumn, the Society holds a three-day national meeting, the venue in different cities in Japan. The meetings cover a wide range of topics in acoustics and interdisciplinary areas. In addition to regular sessions, several special sessions are organized, with invited lectures and contributed papers. In total, roughly 600 papers are presented and 1,200 people participate in each meeting.

The ASJ publishes

the Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan (in Japanese) monthly, and Acoustical Science and Technology (in English) bimonthly, which has been an electronic online journal from the beginning of this century (http://ast.jstage.jst.go.jp/en/). These Journals include technical papers and review papers. Special issues are organized occasionally. The Society also publishes textbooks and reference books for students, professors, and researchers, to promote acoustics by the dissemination of information on various topics.

The Society has nine Technical Committees:

Architectural Acoustics,
Musical Acoustics,
Noise and Vibration,
Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Speech,
Ultrasonic and Underwater Acoustics,
and Acoustic Imaging.
Each Committee holds a meeting with paper presentations almost every month at various places in Japan.

The Society also has seven Research Committees:

Education in Acoustics,
Road Traffic Noise,
Acoustic Barrier-Free,
Exposition to Airborne Ultrasounds,
Sound and Brain Science,
Thermoacoustic Technology,
and Sound Design.

The ASJ periodically offers

fundamental training courses as well as continuing education in various areas, such as psychological measurement and signal processing.

The Society has hosted or sponsored

a large number of International Conferences, including
the 6th and the 18th Ingernational Congress on Acoustics in 1968 and 2004, respectively,
Inter-noise in 1975 and 1994,
ASA-ASJ Joint Meetings in 1978, 1988, 1996 and 2006,
Japan-Korea Joint Meetings on Acoustics in 1981, 1982, and 1991,
WESPAC (WESTPAC/WESTPRAC) in 1982 and 2000,
China-Japan Joint Conference on Acoustics in 1985, 2002 and 2007,
nternational Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal processing in 1986,
Congress of the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics in 1986,
Japan-China Symposium on Ultrasonic in 1987,
International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in 1989 and 2008,
International Conference on Spoken Language Processing in 1990,
International Symposium on Active Control of Sound and Vibration in 1991,
International Symposium on the Contribution of Acoustics to the Creation of a Comfortable Sound Environment in 1992,
International Symposium on Simulation, Visualization and Auralization for Acoustic Research and Education in 1997,
Japan-Germany Joint Symposium on Acoustics in 2000, and
ASJ-EAA Joint Symposium in 2002.
International Workshop on Principles and Applications of Spatial Hearing in 2009,
The Society will sponsor
the 11th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing in 2010 (INTERSPEECH 2010),
the 19th International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics in 2011, and
the 40th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (Inter-noise 2011).

The ASJ presents several awards every year.

The Award for Distinguished Achievements in Acoustics is given to at most three persons for outstanding scientific achievements in acoustics.
The Sato Prize Paper Award is given to at most two outstanding papers appearing in journals of the ASJ or Acoustical Science and Technology to commemorate Dr. Koji Sato, one of the Society's founding members.
The Prize for Distinguished Research in Environmental Acoustics is given at most two researchers or groups for outstanding contributions in environmental acoustics.
The Itakura Prize Innovative Young Researcher Award is given to at most two innovative young researchers in speech research areas founded by Dr. Fumitada Itakura's Asahi Award.
The Awaya Prize Young Researcher Award is given to at most ten promising young researchers for outstanding presentations given at the ASJ meetings, to commemorate Dr.Kiyoshi Awaya.
The Student Presentation Award is given to almost 30 student members for outstanding paper presentations given at the ASJ meetings.
The Technical Development Award is given to representatives, individuals or groups of sustaining members for at most three outstanding technological applications of acoustical engineering achievements, technological developments applied to acoustical R&D or contributions to improvement of acoustical environment.

An Executive Council Meeting

is held every month, and the Board of Directors Meeting is held occasionally.

For more information about the ASJ contact:

The Acoustical Society of Japan
Nakaura 5th-Bldg., 2-18-20 Sotokanda,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
FAX. +81 3 5256 1022