About HGSJ


The Human Geographical Society of Japan (HGSJ) was founded in 1948. It is one of the most important and influential geographical societies in Japan. The HGSJ is an organization of geographers from various universities and research institutions, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers from secondary schools, and other devotees of geography who share a fascination with the subject and recognize its importance. It is committed to the dissemination of human geographic research and its promotion as a key discipline in education, research, and in the public and private sectors in Japan. For seventy years, the HGSJ has contributed to the advancement of human geography in Japan.

President and Councilors


  • YANO Keiji (Ritsumeikan University)

Executive Councilors

  • Secretary, YOSHIDA Yoko (Nara Women’s University)
  • Chief Editor, FUJII Tadashi (Otemon Gakuin University)
  • Treasurer, KATO Masahiro (Ritsumeikan University)
  • Planning and Public Relations, YAMAZAKI Takashi (Osaka Metropolitan University)
  • Meeting Coordinator, KAWAHARA Norifumi (Ritsumeikan University)


  • FUJII Tadashi (Otemon Gakuin University)
  • FUJITA Hirotsugu (Kobe University, Emeritus)
  • FUTAMURA Taro (Doshisha University)
  • HAMADA Takuji (Kwansei Gakuin University)
  • IKEYA Kazunobu (National Museum of Ethnology)
  • IMAZATO Satoshi (Nagoya University)
  • KATO Masahiro (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KAWAHARA Norifumi (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KOGA Shinji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • KUWATSUKA Kentaro (Ryukoku University)
  • MIKI Masafumi (Nara University)
  • MIZUNO Masahiko (Osaka Metropolitan University)
  • MURATA Yohei (Hosei University)
  • NISHIMURA Yuichiro (Nara Women’s University)
  • OGATA Noboru (Kyoto University, Emeritus)
  • YAMAGAMI Tatsuya (Wakayama University)
  • YAMAGUCHI Satoshi (Kwansei Gakuin University)
  • YAMAZAKI Takashi (Osaka Metropolitan University)
  • YANO Keiji (Ritsumeikan University)
  • YOKOYAMA Satoshi (Nagoya University)
  • YOSHIDA Yoko (Nara Women’s University)


  • AKIYAMA Michio (University of Shiga Prefecture, Emeritus)
  • UCHIDA Tadayoshi (Nara Women’s University)

*The Executive Board of Councilors consists of the President and the Executive Councilors.
*The Board of Councilors consists of the Councilors and the Auditors.

Office Address

The Human Geographical Society of Japan

Kinkichiho Hatsumei Center, 14 Yoshida-kawaracho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8305, JAPAN

E-mail: jimchi48[a]yahoo.co.jp (replace [a] with @)
Telephone: +81-75-751-7687 (+81: the country code of Japan)
Fax: +81-75-708-5515 (+81: the country code of Japan)

Join the HGSJ


Full member: Annual fee of 9,500 yen. Privileges include: Free subscription of Japanese Journal of Human Geography. Rights to submit papers to the journal. Rights to participate in the meetings of HGSJ. Rights to elect or to be elected President and Councilors of HGSJ. Rights to use the facilities of HGSJ.

Student discount: Undergraduate and graduate students can get the privilege of discount with the annual fee of 6,000 yen and enjoy all the privileges of full members.


Please fill out an admission form and send it to the HGSJ office. After the society accepts your admission, please pay the annual fee (9,500 yen for a full member, 6,000 yen for student discount) in the form of cash or an international money order.

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