About JGS

Our membership is comprised of health care professionals who take care of older people and researchers for aging sciences, all of whom are broadly involved in many issues related to geriatrics and gerontology.
As stated in the articles of incorporation, the purpose of this society is to engage in “the promotion of research concerning geriatric medicine, the distribution of knowledge in this field, and collaboration between members and other related external and internal academic societies to advance the development of geriatric medicine and contribute to the development of the academic culture in Japan as well as to society in general."

As such, to achieve the above-listed objectives, we are involved in the following activities:

  1. (1) Holding academic meetings
  2. (2) Publishing academic journals and other publications
  3. (3) Certifying specialist and attending physicians, as well as educational facilities
  4. (4) Executing, promoting, and recognizing various pieces of investigation and research
  5. (5) Communicating and collaborating with relevant internal and external academic organizations
  6. (6) Spreading awareness about geriatric medicine
  7. (7) Holding projects such as workshops and seminars
  8. (8) Other activities to achieve the ends listed above

Our History

The 1st General Meeting of the Japan Geriatrics Society, as chaired by Tomozaburo Ogata, was held on November 7, 1959. This was around the same time that it was founded as an unincorporated organization.
Since then, we have held academic meetings every year, with 2019 seeing us hold 61 of this type of events. It was on March 9, 1995 that the society was established as a corporate body with the approval of the Ministry of Education which has since become the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The presidents from our establishment as a corporate body up until today have been:

  • 1995-2001: Hajime Orimo (The University of Tokyo),
  • 2001-2005: Hidetada Sasaki (Tohoku University),
  • 2005-2015: Yasuyoshi Ouchi (The University of Tokyo) and
  • 2015-2019: Hiromi Rakugi (Osaka University) and
  • 2019-Present: Masahiro Akishita (The University of Tokyo).

During the period from 1995 to today, our membership numbers have continued to increase and reached 6,400 in July 2019.

Board Members


  • Masahiro Akishita

Vice President

  • Hidenori Arai
  • Koichi Kozaki

Board of Directors

  • Fujiko Ando
  • Atsushi Araki
  • Satoru Ebihara
  • Masato Eto
  • Katsutoshi Furukawa
  • Katsuya Iijima
  • Hiroaki Kitaoka
  • Masafumi Kuzuya
  • Atsushi Nagai
  • Mitsuru Oishi
  • Masashi Okuro
  • Hiromi Rakugi
  • Shigeyuki Saitoh
  • Ken Shimmura
  • Hajime Takechi
  • Yuichiro Yamada
  • Kotaro Yokote


  • Kaoruko Aita
  • Takashi Sakurai
  • Soichiro Shimizu