Japanese Society for Parapsychology
Interest in parapsychology spread in Japan in the decades
following World War II (1939–45) and a desire to engage in related
research emerged at Tokyo University in the 1960s. Over
the decades of the last half of the twentieth century, Japanese
researchers had become known for their work on the Philippine
psychic surgery, thoughtography (a form of psychic photography),
and psychokinesis. As early as 1963, university professor
Akira Onda, along with Soji Otani, a professor at the
National Defense Academy, and Motoki Kanazawa, an instructor
at Takenodai High School, created an informal organization
to pursue parapsychological studies. This information organization
was superseded by the Japanese Society for
Parapsychology in 1968. Toranousuke Oguma (1888–1978), a
professor of psychology at Meiji University, was the first president
of the new society.
The society holds an annual convention each December and
an annual seminar each August. In 1996 it launched the Japanese
Journal of Parapsychology, a biennial scholarly journal that
includes research articles in both Japanese and English. Scholars
and researchers with the society conduct a variety of research
attuned to the most recent experimentation being conducted
in the West. The society also publishes an e-mail
periodical, the Electronic Newsletter of the JSP, for those members
and subscribers who have Internet access.
Soji Otani, now retired, serves as the current president of
the society, and Arika Oda, also retired, has been named the
society’s advisor. The society’s headquarters is at 29-24-204
Sakuragaoka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031, Japan. Its webpage
is at httpwwwsoc.nacsis.ac.jpjsppjspp_e.htm.
Japanese Society for Psychical Research. http
wwwsoc.nacsis.ac.jpjsppjspp_e.htm. April 14, 2000.