Acoustics was originally a branch of physics. However, as a result of incorporating aspects of physiology, psychology, and computer science, it became an extensive field with various applications. The Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ) was founded in 1936 by 15 physicists and has evolved into an interdisciplinary society along with the development of acoustics.
ASJ has nine Technical Committees, as below, and an Educational Committee:
- Architectural Acoustics,
- Musical Acoustics,
- Noise and Vibration,
- Acoustic Imaging,
- Psychological and Physiological Acoustics,
- Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics,
- Speech Communication.
Each Technical Committee holds a meeting with paper presentations almost every month at various places in Japan. In addition to these Technical Committees, several temporary Research Committees are formed to study specific important and timely problems.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan
ASJ publishes a monthly journal in Japanese, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of Japan as well as a bimonthly journal in English, Acoustical Science and Technology, which is available online at no cost (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/ast). These journals include technical papers and review papers. Special issues are occasionally organized and published. The Society also publishes textbooks and reference books to promote acoustics associated with various topics.
ASJ holds regular meetings (general conferences) in the spring and autumn every year. The meetings cover a wide range of topics in acoustics. At each meeting there are about 600 papers presented and an average of 1,200 participants. Both Japanese and English can be used when writing a paper and making presentation.
Sponsoring International Conferences
The Society has also hosted or sponsored a large number of international conferences, including five ASA-ASJ Joint Meetings in 1978, 1988, 1996, 2006, and 2016. Some other major conferences are ICA in 1968 and 2004; Inter-Noise in 1975, 1994, and 2011; ICASSP in 1986 and 2012; International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in 1989; ICSLP in 1990 and 1994; the International Symposium on Active Control of Sound and Vibration in 1991; International Symposium on Simulation, Visualization and Auralization for Acoustic Research and Education in 1997; WESTPRAC VII in 2000; and ASJ-EAA Joint Symposium in 2002.
The Acoustical Society of Japan
Nakaura 5th-Bldg., 2-18-20 Sotokanda,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
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