The Japanese Psychological Association
Greetings from the President
Welcome to the website of the Japanese Psychological Association (JPA).
I am extremely delighted to announce that the JPA will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2027, as explained on the “About Us” page. Hosting nearly 8,000 members, our organization is devoted to a wide array of academic and professional activities. We periodically issue peer-reviewed academic journals in both Japanese and English and information brochures, hold annual conference, and offer educational meetings for public audiences. Moreover, the JPA promotes its own psychologist certification program, named JPA Certified Psychologists, and presents various awards to outstanding authors and researchers. The JPA’s longstanding history and social commitment have made it an home for many outstanding psychologists in Japan.
Over the past 100 years, the discipline of psychology has gained increasing social and academic recognition in Japan. In the past, psychology was often a minor subject taught in the philosophy department within the Faculty of Letters. Today, many universities and colleges have established a psychology department, and it has become one of the most popular majors for high school graduates. One major milestone in academic and professional psychology is the start of the national licensing program in 2018 for psychologists in the applied areas (Certified Public Psychologists). Old-timers might be surprised to find that psychology graduates are now entitled to a state-certified professional title, like attorneys and accountants.
We, individuals in the discipline of psychology, should celebrate the establishment of the Certified Public Psychologist system. However, we also need to be aware that introduction of a new legislative system will have a large impact on undergraduate and graduate education and curriculum, as was the case with the recent reformation of the national bar examination system and the Japanese law school system. Existing psychology curriculum will need to be thoroughly revised to meet the new criteria for licensing standards. While many unforeseen circumstances and challenges may come on our way, the JPA will continue to contribute to evidence-based psychology education and research. We would be honored to have you join us for this journey to enrich the discipline and pass on a legacy to the next generations.
The world as we see it today is full of impulsive, self-absorbed, intolerant, and violent actions. How should we understand to alter such situations? Let us consider the rich arsenal of psychology-based approaches to human behaviors. Thanks to the efforts of our forerunners, there are many methodologies available to us: rational and empirical, top-down and bottom-up, qualitative and quantitative, cognitive and behavioral, normative and descriptive, experimental and clinical, basic and applied, to just name a few. As persistent students of psychology, we are skilled in multi-dimensional thinking and problem solving, placing ourselves in the shoes of others. The JPA is going to advance multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary approaches to psychology for every all creatures. I would appreciate your continued understanding and support.
Takayuki Sakagami, Ph.D.
President, Japanese Psychological Association