公益社団法人有機合成化学協会 SSOCJ - The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan

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Preface to the First English Issue of Yuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokai Shi (J. Synth. Org. Chem., Jpn.)
森 謙治


 The year 1992 marked the coming of age for the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan; it was the year of our 50th anniversary, and to commemorate such a momentous year several events were held under the generous financial support of our industrial corporate members. In August the Society was honoured to be able to hold the 50th anniversary symposium in Tokyo in the presence of several distinguished overseas guests including Professor E. J. Corey of Harvard University. It was to be a busy period indeed; in the same month we published a compendium of Japanese organic chemistry entitled "Organic Synthesis in Japan - Past, Present and Future -. This book was well-received among our overseas readership. Finally in December, we published a Special Issue of our Japanese-written Journal, Yuki Gosei Kagaku Kaishi (J. Synth. Org. Chem., Jpn.), to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.

 For this year as a means of strengthening international ties between the society and our overseas friends in the field of organic synthesis, we have launched two new projects. One of these is to invite eminent synthetic chemists overseas to give their lectures at the Society's Summer Seminar. The 1994 lectureships were awarded to Professors T. J. Marks (Northwestern University) and A. G. Myers (California Institute of Technology) at our Seminar in Okayama in July. The other project is to publish one of the monthly issues of our Journal in English. Without undue bias I believe that our journal publishes many excellent accounts in synthetic organic chemistry. However, because they are written in Japanese, only few of our overseas friends can understand them. Thus we felt it important to publish accounts in English at least once a year as an effort to overcome such a confinement of readership. This issue is the first outcome of our effort, and therefore I thank the authors who provided their accounts in camera-ready forms. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of Professor Kenji Koga, the Editor-in-Chief of our Journal along with all the members of the Editorial Board, to have made this project possible.

 Our modem system of education and research in natural science began as late as 1877 when the Meiji government established a western style university in Tokyo. Since then a number of chemists went abroad to study. In particular, the first president of our Society, Professor Riko Majima (1874-1962) spent his young days with C. D. Harries (Kiel, Germany) and R. Willstatter (ETH, Switzerland). Difficulties in importing organic chemicals during the two World Wars were the major driving force to develop our own synthetic organic industries. Accordingly in 1942 during the Second World War, our Society was founded for the purpose of stimulating research in organic synthesis through the close cooperation of academia, industries and the government. At the time of its foundation, our Society had only 322 members and 82 corporate members. After 50 years of scientific and industrial development in Japan, the membership has increased to 5650 (May, 1994) with 252 corporate members.

 Science and technology, including organic synthesis, are intellectual and cultural properties common to all human beings. If I am to speak for all chemists and chemical engineers affliated with Japanese science, I would be inclined to stress that we have a common endeavour, to continue to contribute to this discipline of organic synthesis for the betterment of the human civilization. In order to be understood by others, however, we consider it to be a wise choice to use English, which of course is today's common language in science.

 May I finally add that we would greatly appreciate if either the domestic or overseas readers of this Journal have any constructive viewpoints, opinions etc. with regard to this English version of our Journal, then could they kindly send them to us.


(1994年7月9日受理)
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