The Japan Mendel Society

The Japan Mendel Society (JMS) is a non-profit organization founded on October 22, 1985 under the jurisdiction of the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education. The representative founder of JMS, who passed away in September 1989, was a genetics scientist and the former President of the International Christian University, Dr. Yosito SINOTO, and the Founding Promoters of JMS were Emeritus Professor Nobunori TANAKA (cytology) of the University of Tokyo, Emeritus Professor Singo NAKAZAWA (genetics) of the Yamagata University, and 15 others. JMS headquarters is located in Shimo-suwa-machi in Suwa-Gun, Nagano Prefecture, but the Tokyo Branch is in Bunkyoku, Tokyo. Presently, the member structure consists of an 18 member board of trustees, including the president, Professor Nobunori TANAKA. In addition to the board of trustees, there are three vice presidents, five execute trustees, and one executive secretary, two supervisors, and 30 councilors.

JMS is "in honor of the scientific achievements of genetics pioneer, Gregor Johann MENDEL (1822-1884). Overlooking the international scene, the Society strives for reciprocal, cooperative, and friendly relations between those in Japan and overseas who seek to further understand genetics, as well as admirers of MENDEL'S work; to develop and promote research on genetics and related sciences, to further educate involved personnel while collecting and preserving genetics-related data, and to make said data publicly available as general information to a wide audience. By a contributing to the diffusion and development of genetics and of education thereon, the Society aims to promote peace and prosperity for the world." (All this will be accomplished by JMS's contributory activities.)

The focus of JMS's work is to establish the Japan MENDEL Museum (provisional name), which will exhibit mainly MENDEL'S data and materials, overseas genetics materials, and domestic genetics data. To explain genetics in a way comprehensible to the average person, flora and fauna will also be exhibited. In addition to the museum, we are considering a center for genetics counseling, marriage counseling, and other services for regional citizens.

With the enthusiastic support from the Shimo-suwa-machi Municipal Assembly, a beautiful scenic site on Suwa Lake has been promised for the construction of our new museum. However, as fundraising activities for construction are still in the planning stage, a concrete schedule has yet to be established.

Other current projects of JMS include "Research into systemization of information on chromosome-related literature" and "Collection of lists on Mendel-related materials and data."

In June 1990, the publishing rights for "CYTOLOGIA", the international journal of cytology initially published over 60 years ago, were transferred to JMS from The International Society of Cytology, Cytologia, Tokyo. Beginning with Vol. 55, No. 2 of this journal, JMS has taken over editing and publishing. In addition, JMS publishes its own organ, "MENDEL-JMS" News: (July 1, 1992).