The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), KANSAI

The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ), Kansai Regional Chapter

The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ) was established on December 2, 1951 and this year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary. The Kansai Regional Chapter is also proud to announce that it was founded at the same time for the purpose of constant and positive growth of polymer science by stimulating and supporting interactions and collaborations among industries and academia in Kansai area. We have approximately 2000 members and is the second largest chapter of SPSJ. Every year we focus to provide occasions for researchers from different backgrounds to share ideas on common research interests and to encourage young workers and students for discussions to foster future leaders.

Our annual activities:

  1. The annual Kobe Polymer Research Symposium (co-organized) with the SPSJ Head Office in July. This Symposium consists of approximately 100 oral presentations, 80 poster presentations and 400 participants. The Young Scientist Lecture Award and Excellent Poster Award are given at the Symposium.
  2. Seminars targeting for younger generation are held at university and industrial sites in rotation, involving tour of facilities, laboratories etc.
  3. Seminars and meetings to discuss and to exchange views on polymer science and technology.
  4. The Kansai Regional Chapter offers two-day course of basic and applied studies on polymer materials, which is aimed mainly for the new company employees.
  5. Two-day course of practical training of basic laboratory experiments on polymer synthesis and characterization.
  6. Other activities: This year we have scheduled the special event for the 60th anniversary of Kansai Regional Chapter.

Steering Committee Members:


NAKA, Kensuke Kyoto Institute of Technology


KOBAYASHI, Hisato Toyobo Co., Ltd.
OHYA, Yuichi Kansai University

Board members

AJIRO, Hiroharu Nara Institute of Science and Technology
HIGASHIOJI, Takuji Toray Industries, Inc.
HARADA, Atsushi Osaka Metropolitan University
KANAOKA, Shokyoku The University of Shiga Prefecture
KATSURAYAMA, Satoru Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
KAWABE, Takuma Daikin Industries, Ltd.
KUBO, Kazuki Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
KUWAHARA, Shintaro Nippon Paint Industrial Coatings Co., Ltd.
MATSUI, Yoshiaki Kao Corporation
MINAMI, Hideto Kobe University
MIYAUCHI, Masahiko Kaneka Corporation
NAKANISHI, Hideyuki Kyoto Institute of Technology
NAKATA, Masakazu Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
OHKITA, Hideo Kyoto University
SAKAMOTO, Hideaki Daicel Corporation
SASAKI, Yoshikuni Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.
SATO, Eriko Osaka Metropolitan University
SUZUKI, Kazumitsu Sanyo Chemical Industries, Ltd.
TANAKA, Kazuo Kyoto University
TANIGUCHI, Koichiro Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
TOHNAI, Norimitsu Osaka University
UEDA, Atsuko Unitika Ltd.
UMEYAMA, Tomokazu University of Hyogo
YAMADA, Kouji Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
YAMAGO, Shigeru Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
YAMAGUCHI, Hiroyasu Osaka University
YASUI, Atsushi Nitto Denko Corporation
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