Developing a Professional Base
Started as an organization for secondary mathematics teachers, The Japan Society of Mathematical Education (JSME) was established in 1919. Now members of JSME are located in all areas of Japan, and include teachers from kindergartens to universities, administrators and researchers.
The JSME is officially acknowledged by the Science Council of Japan. The JSME also plays an important role in researching and improving Japanese mathematics education.
Promoting Professional Development
The main activity of the JSME is the annual meeting of mathematics teachers which is held every summer, the biggest meeting of mathematics education in Japan. It includes several workshops and lectures focusing on up-to-date teaching and learning issues. The annual meeting involves teachers at all levels, two-thirds of whom are non-members.
The JSME also organizes a research-oriented annual conference which is held every autumn.
Encouraging Research and Classroom Practice
The JSME publishes three kinds of Journals: The Arithmetic Education (6 issues a year) focusing on elementary school mathematics, The Mathematics Education (6 issues a year) focusing on secondary mathematics education, and The Reports of Mathematical Education (2 issues a year), a research-oriented journal.
Newsletters are attached with the first two journals to send useful information to teachers from domestic and/or international view points.
The first volume of JSME Yearbook published in 1995, entitled as Views of Mathematics Learning toward Theorizing.
Leading Curriculum Reform
The JSME has played a critical role in developing the school mathematics curriculum of Japan, which is revised about every ten years and is officially authorized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbusho).
Corresponding with Other Organizations
Domestically the JSME has been recognized as the leading mathematics education organization, and has had a great influence on local educational organizations.
Internationally the JSME has cooperated with organizations such as NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), GDM (Gesellschaft fur Didaktik der Mathematik) and AAMT (Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers) to recognize each other as Corresponding Societies.
ICME 9 in Japan in the year 2000
IThe JSME is looking forward to meeting you in Japan in the year 2000 at the ICME-9 (9th International Congress on Mathematical Education).
It will be held in Tokyo/Makuhari at the beginning of August.
Besides research and scientific activities we are planning social and cultural activities which will give you a better understanding of Japan.
PME (International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education) also will be held in Hiroshima located in the west of Tokyo before ICME 9.
Special Issues on Japanese Mathematics Education written in English
Editorial Department of JSME has just published four English books on mathematics education of Japan in July 2000,
Titles and prices are as follows:
1 . Mathematics Education in Japan during the Fifty-five Years since the War:
Looking towards the 21st Century
  ¥1,600 Yen $14.00
2. Exploring Elementary School Mathematics Education of Japan in the 21st Century
Based on Practical Studies in the 1990s

¥1,600 Yen $14.00

3. Exploring Secondary School Mathematics Education of Japan in the 21st Century
Based on Practical Studies in the 1990s

¥1,600 Yen $14.00

4. Mathematics Program in Japan
Elementary, Lower Secondary & Upper Secondary Schools

¥1,000 Yen $9.00

The prices include shipping cost to you.
Please pay by Bank Cheque or International Money Order by Post Office.
You can use US dollars or Japanese Yen.
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Japan Society for Mathematical Education (JSME)
Address: Private Postbox No.18, Koishikawa Post Office, 112-8691,
Tokyo, Japan
Fax: +81-3-5988-9873
Japan Society of Mathematical Education
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