Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies was established as a federation of member associations of related professional societies. The aim of the Association is to contribute to the advancement and development of agriculture and its technologies through the cooperation of member academic societies. The founding general meeting was held in November 1929, with the AssociTheation’s inception in 1930. The Association now has a history lasting 89 years and, as of 2020, 52 academic societies are members.
The Association was re-registered on November 1, 2017 and in 2018, we began operations anew as a “general incorporated association”: the Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies.
Agricultural science is an applied science that supports the development of agriculture and enrichment of diet, and over the years has responded to the needs of society. With improved productivity in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and technological innovation in the food industry at the core, the science has expanded to other areas such as the environment, natural resources, food safety and disaster prevention. As a result, the Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies now consists of over 50 societies.
On the other hand, with the remarkable progress made in molecular biology, ecology, and information science technologies since the latter half of the 20th century, each specialized field has increased its understanding at an unprecedented rate. Our member academic societies have boldly tackled new fields and produced remarkable results. We clearly saw expansion and increased understanding of agriculture science. This followed the creation of the “Japan Prize of Agricultural Science”, awarded by the Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies for the highest level of research in Japan since 1925.
As a representative of academic societies in the field of Agricultural science, the Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies connects domestic and overseas academics, technology, education and research. In this context, the Association awards the Japan Prize of Agricultural Science for achievements that result in a paradigm shift as well as for those that transform our approach. The Prize showcases the achievements of agriculture to the world and provides incentive for further advancement. We also organize high-standard symposiums; at these, academic information and technology are shared with society, and information is exchanged between specialists.
In other words, the Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies has an important mission as an organization that represents the Japanese agricultural community. I have been given the responsibility to manage the Association’s operations. I will undertake this task to the best of my ability.
24th President, Naoko Nishizawa