I. The Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International

[The objective]
The Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International (President: Akio Matsumoto, Professor Emeritus, Chuo University) aims to contribute to the advancement of regional science by promoting comprehensive and interdisciplinary academic research on regions and providing opportunities for exchange among members and with related organizations. In addition, it will actively promote exchanges with related international organizations, provide members with opportunities for international exchanges of opinions and research, and provide researchers in regional science and related fields around the world with opportunities to publish their research results and conduct research exchanges.

[Our activity]
Activities of The Japan Section of the Regional Science Association International are as follows.

Holding of the annual convention
Organizing or co-organizing a study group/workshop etc.
Publication of academic journal (“Studies in Regional Science”), and other occasional publications
Cooperative activities with relevant domestic and international organizations
Promotion of academic research and research
Recognition of individuals with an outstanding track record in research and education of regional science and adaptation to society
Other activities to achieve the purpose of the Society


Our society is organized by the following members.
Regular members (Individual members): Individuals with specialized knowledge or experience in the study field related our society or related fields.
Corporate member: A corporation that supports the purpose of this society and supports the project of this society, or a group equivalent thereto.

[International and Regional Association (The Regional Science Association International: RSAI)]
The English name of the Regional Science Association of Japan is The Japan Section of The Regional Science Association International. The Japan Section of The Regional Studies Association of Japan (RSAI) is an official member of the RSAI in Japan and is actively involved in international activities. In recent years, universities and research institutes have been placing a lot of emphasis on research reports and presentations at international conferences. While universities and research institutes have been placing a lot of emphasis on research reports and presentations at international conferences in recent years, the Regional Science Association of Japan (RSAI) has been receiving a high reputation internationally through its activities at the International Regional Science Associations for more than 40 years.
RSAI is a member of three supra-regional science associations with different historical backgrounds: The North American Regional Science Council, The European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and The Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization (PRSCO), and as a key member of PRSCO since its inception, the Regional Studies Association of Japan has been guiding the development of regional science in the Pacific Rim. The RSAI plays a central role. The RSAI is managed by nine members, three from each Supra-Regional Science Association and six others from around the world, for a total of 15 members.

Full membership 13,000 yen (including membership fees for the above-mentioned international regional academic societies).
Also, for students (master’s degree or higher), there is a benefit that the membership fee is discounted to 8,000 yen.
(However, these membership fees are applied only when delivery is done by the end of the previous fiscal year, or when bank automatic withdrawal procedures are in advance)
Corporate member bid 50,000 yen. You can join from a bite. Benefits: Up to 5 groups of one organization, exemption from annual convention fee registration fee and social gathering fee will be exempted.

[Membership Benefits]

Members can enjoy the following services.
Domestic members.
1. Distribution of the journal (“Studies in Regional Science”  1 volume (2 numbers) / year) and other publications (Newsletter).
2. Submission of research paper to the journal and other publications published by our society.
3. Participation in various academic meetings (annual conference, international symposium) held by our society.

International members (applicable to Online Subscriber category).
Internet access to the journal issued by RSA (Papers in Regional Science, published four books a year).and distribution of other publications (RSAI NEWS) by internet.
Posting to the magazine published by RSAI and other publications.
Participation in international conferences organized by the Regional Science Association and discounts on registration fees.

[Recent Activity]
The Society was established on June 19, 1962, and currently consists of about 950 members, who belong to the Third Division of the Science Council of Japan and the Union of Economic Societies of Japan.
The PRSC holds an annual conference every year, and recommends representatives to the Union of Economic Societies of Japan and other organizations for participation in the Supra-Regional Science Association.
The PRSCO International Regional Conference and PRSCO Summer Institute are held biennially on a rotating basis with the other main members of PRSCO (recently, the 8th PRSCO Congress in Tokyo in 1983, the 11th PRSCO Congress in Singapore in 1989 year), the 4th PRSCO Summer Institute (1996), and the 5th PRSCO Summer Institute (1998)).
The 5th World Congress of the RSAI, one of the most important congresses of the RSAI, was held in May 1996 in the presence of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan and co-sponsored by the Regional Studies Association of Japan and the Japan Economic Policy Association in collaboration with the Science Council of Japan. The PRSCO conference was jointly organized by the Department of Economics of the University of Tokyo (PRSCO) and the international participants, who praised the highly professional management of the conference and its unprecedented level of achievement in all respects.
Recently, the 19th PRSCO Tokyo Conference was held with great fanfare in 2005 at the Department of Economics, Nihon University.

Please see this website for the officials of our society.

MIZUNOYA Study room, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572 Japan
tel, fax: 029-853-7221
Executive director
Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572 Japan
Hatsumi Uchimura
II. For admission procedure

Application for membership

Please fill out the application form and submit it to the secretariat with the recommendation of one current member. Based on the submission application form, we will deliberate at the Board of Directors and contact the Secretariat at a later date.
If you can not obtain a nominee, please inform the secretariat to that effect. We will recommend nominee etc.
Please contact the secretariat above for application for membership of corporate members.

Notes on filling in application form
Signature: Be sure to sign and seal.
“Institution” Box : Please fill in the year and month when you started working on the institution as well.
“Home” Box: Please be sure to specify the mailing address for receiving our Newsletter etc.
Field of expertise, degree field: Please fill in exactly without omitting it.
Specialty field, research area of RSAI Classification column: Please fill in the alphabet according to the following RESEARCH AREAS (multiple answers possible). Please fill in all

A. Migration and Mobility
B. Population
C. Employment
D. Housing and Households, Housing Markets
E. Labour, Labour Markets
F. Services(includes Retailing, Producer Services)
G. Industry
H. Agriculture
I. Infrastructure
J. Land Use
K. Small Firms
L. Large Firms and Transnationals
M. Planning Organ.Institutions
N. Regional Development Restructuring (general issues)
O. Metropolitan Areas
P. Non-metropolitan Areas
Q. European Integration
R. Trade Economic
S. Transportation, Travel
T. Recreation Tourism
U. New Technologies, Innovations (flexible production, telecommunication)
V. Ecological Issues (include Economy-Environment)
W. Resources
X. Others

A. General Methodological Philosophical Issues
B. Location Theory
C. Input-Output Analysis
D. MultiInterregional Modelling
E. Spatial Statistics and Spatial Data Analysis
F. Spatial Dynamics
G. Spatial Choice and Behaviour
H. Environmental-Economic Modelling
J. Others

A. Descriptive Inventory
B. Exploratory
C. Explanatory
D. Forecasting
E. Normative Policy (local, urban/regional, national, supranational)
A. North American
B. South America
C. Europe (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, EC)
D. Asia/Pacific (Japan, Australia, China, etc.)
E. Africa