Outline of the Society

The Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare (JSSSW) was founded in 1954 by 196 members. Now the JSSSW has become one of the largest organizations for academics, students and practitioners, as well as service users, in social welfare studies in Japan, with over 5,000 members. The aim of this society is to promote the study of social welfare. The JSSSW continues to:

  • hold an academic convention twice a year,
  • provide some forums for presenting research results and exchange of ideas,
  • publish an academic journal, the Japanese Journal of Social Welfare, since 1960,
  • send a newsletter (Gakkai News) to members.

The continuing crisis in state welfare and its impact on social services and social work reform during the last fifteen years has stimulated members to create various research themes and to develop interdisciplinary approaches to further work. Recent autumn conventions over the last five years have proposed new subjects of research in the light of social change:

[2012] The restoration of Japanese society and the role of the study of social welfare:fields and boundaries of social welfare around the relations of person, community and institution

[2011] Essence of social work:a fundamental question for practice

[2010] The prospects and issues for sustainable social welfare:from the view point of economy, ecology and welfare

[2009] Questioning ‘the Public ’ in social welfare

[2008] Social exclusion and the study of social welfare