History of Japan Shoulder Society

A Greeting from the President

Yozo Shibata, President of the Japan Shoulder Society

Welcome to the website of the Japan Shoulder Society. My name is Yozo Shibata; I was recently elected President of the Society to succeed former President Kazuya Tamai. I will assume this post as the Societyfs third president, following Professor Eiji Itoi, the inaugural president, and Professor Kazuya Tamai, the second president. Our Society was launched in 1974 as a private organization. It has contributed to the development and spread of shoulder surgery. Our society became a general incorporated association in 2014, clarifying its responsibilities and obligations under the law. It was the first worldwide to be established as a sectional meeting specializing in the shoulder joint. It is indeed a great honor for me to represent the Japan Shoulder Society which has such an old history. At the same time, I feel the tremendous responsibility of my position.

Two years have elapsed since the Japan Shoulder Society was changed to a general incorporated association on August 1st, 2014. I will continue to do my utmost to fulfill our mission which is set forth in the Charter: gContribute to the development and spread of shoulder surgery and improve human health.h

To promote the globalization of our Society, we currently implement a periodic fellowship program with the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Association (ASES), the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (SECEC), and the Korean Shoulder and Elbow Society (KSES). These information will be posted on our Societyfs website, so I strongly encourage all JSS members to apply. It would no doubt be a wonderful experience for you to visit operation room and discuss with outstanding shoulder surgeons whom you have had no opportunities as yet to become acquainted with, other than through the scientific papers. Power points and posters for use in general oral presentations at the Annual Meetings of the Japan Shoulder Society must now be prepared in English, and programs of international symposia, both oral presentations and discussions, are being carried out in English. Ifm sure that, by attending the Annual Meetings, all of our members will become accustomed to giving presentations in English, and you can all continue upgrading your activities and knowledge to inform to all over the world.

To foster the development of shoulder surgeons, we have thus far been offering education and training seminars including practical skills guidance on arthroplasty using cadavers. The program is highly rated by participants since they can receive surgical guidance and instructions on fine points as well as gaining know-how directly from outstanding shoulder surgeons in Japan. I hope to continue our efforts to train and foster the growth of the next generation of shoulder surgeons.

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) was started two years ago, in April 2014. Since then, the number of patients undergoing RSA has gradually been increasing. This is the first artificial joint which became eligible for insurance coverage in Japan without performing a clinical study. I believe that, with a rigorous set of guidelines drawn up by the relevant physicians, training courses, obligations to undergo practical training and lessons at dry labs, and the system of registering all of the patients, we expect to produce fabulous results.
JSS delegates play a crucial role in allowing our Society to contribute to the progress and spread of shoulder surgery, which is our mission. At present, eleven standing committees, one special committee, and two working groups are carrying out activities. These committees receive cooperation not only from the Councilors but from general members as well, and carry out activities by broadly incorporating their views and opinions. Should you wish to make any comments or requests to the Society, please inform the Secretariat. I am committed to making the Japan Shoulder Society grow and prosper even further while protecting the history and tradition that my predecessors have built.

¡ Board of Directors

from left to right
Vice President Yukihiko Hata, Vice President Junji Ide, Director Teruhiko Nakagawa,
Director Kazuomi Sugamoto, Director Eiji Itoi, President Yozo Shibata, Director Yu Mochizuki,
Director Naoki Suenaga, Director Yusuke Iwahori, Director Hiroyasu Ikegami

¡ Inspectors

from left to right
Masao Eto, Keizo Morisawa, Koh Maruyama

History of Japan Shoulder Society

In June 1974, the first orthopedic symposium on the shoulder in Japan was held as a part of the 47th meeting of the West-Japanese Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (President: Prof. Nahoto Takagishi). In the symposium, the special speakers, Dr. Nagao Adachi, Professor Akira Iwabuchi, Dr. Hisao Endo, and Dr. Katsuya Nobuhara, called upon Prof. N. Takagishi to establish a Japan shoulder society. During the 43rd meeting of the Central Japan Association of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology, the first meeting of the Shoulder Forum organized by Dr. T. Endo was held on October 18, 1974, in which 10 papers were presented with 87 participants. The second meeting of the Forum organized by Dr. Kiyohiko Oda was held on October 29, 1975 as a part of the 45th meeting of the Central Japan Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. The third meeting was held on November 4, 1976. It was organized by Prof. N. Takagishi with 35 papers and 186 participants. From this meeting on, the conference was organized as an annual meeting. Prof. Koukichi Tsuchiya was appointed as the president for the fourth meeting of the JSS, and also entrusted to the task of forming an organizing committee, drawing up the regulations, and issuance of journal, in consultation with Prof. Takagishi, the former president. In its first meeting on January 14, 1977, the organizing committee resolved, in addition to the regulations and issuance of journal, that the secretariat be placed in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Fukuoka University. The Japan Shoulder Society, originally established in 1974, has the oldest foundation in the world as a specialized society focused on the shoulder.

Past Annual Meeting

Congress Presidents Meeting Dates
1st Hisao Endo Tokushima Oct 18, 1974
2nd Kiyohiko Oda Yamaguchi Oct 29, 1975
3rd Nahoto Takagishi Fukuoka Nov 4, 1976
4th Koukichi Tsuchiya Yokohama Nov 4, 1977
5th Atsuhiro Miyazaki Kagoshima Oct 22, 1978
6th Katsuya Nobuhara Aioi Oct 20, 1979
7th Wataru Kawaji Tokyo Oct 18, 1980
8th Nagao Adachi Hiroshima Oct 3, 1981
9th Ryuji Yamamoto Tokyo Oct 2, 1982
10th Ryohei Suzuki Nagasaki Oct 1-2, 1983
11th Hiroaki Fukuda Yokohama Nov 10-11, 1984
12th Shigeo Matsuno Sapporo Oct 5-6, 1985
13th Nahoto Takagishi Fukuoka Oct 28-30, 1986
14th Motohiko Mikasa Tokyo Oct 31 - Nov 1, 1987
15th Minoru Sakurai Sendai Oct 14-15, 1988
16th Akio Matsuzaki Fukuoka Nov 23-24, 1989
17th Fumio Kato Tokyo Oct 12-13, 1990
18th Kosaku Mizuno Hyogo Nov 15-16, 1991
19th Shiro Tabata Iwaki Oct 2-3, 1992
20th Nobuyuki Ito Nagasaki Oct 1-2, 1993
21st Tomomitsu Kutsuma Kofu Oct 14-15, 1994
22nd Jiro Ozaki Nara Oct 21-22, 1995
23rd Seiji Sano Oomiya Oct 31 - Nov 1, 1996
24th Yasusuke Hirasawa Kyoto Oct 31 - Nov 1, 1997
25th Etsuo Fujimaki Tokyo Oct 29-30, 1998
26th Kiyohisa Ogawa Omiya Nov 18-19, 1999
27th Katsumasa Takagi Kumamoto Nov 10-11, 2000
28th Takeshi Morioka Yokohama Sep 15-16, 2001
29th Kimitaka Fukuda Sapporo Sep 20-21, 2002
30th Kenji Takagishi Maebashi Sep 12-13, 2003
31st Hiroaki Tsutsui Yokohama Oct 8-9, 2004
32nd Shigehito Kuroda Urayasu Sep 2-3, 2005
33rd Hiromoto Ito Tokyo Sep 29-30, 2006
34th Kazuya Tamai Utsunomiya Oct 12-13, 2007
35th MinoruYoneda Osaka Nov 28-29, 2008
36th Toshihiko Ogino Yamagata Oct 9-10, 2009
37th Jun Kumagai Sendai Oct 8-9, 2010
38th Yozo Shibata Fukuoka Oct 7-8, 2011
39th Teruhiko Nakagawa Tokyo Oct 5-6, 2012
40th Masao Kurokawa Kyoto Sep 27-28, 2013
41st Keizo Morisawa Saga Oct 24-25, 2014
42nd Eiji Itoi Sendai Oct 9-10, 2015
43rd Yu Mochizuki Hiroshima Oct 21-22, 2016
44th Hiroyuki Sugaya Tokyo Oct 6-8, 2017
45th Kazuomi Sugamoto Osaka Oct 19-20, 2018
46th (plannning) Yukihiko Hata Nagao Oct , 2019



  In order to achieve the objectives of the Japan Shoulder Society (JSS) as set forth in Article 3 of the Articles of the Society from the standpoint of international exchange, JSS shall appoint Corresponding Members who perform the important role of exchanging information with the Society, from among medical doctors and researchers residing overseas, who are specialized in shoulder surgery, and who are making a contribution to the progress of shoulder surgery.


  A person intending to become a Corresponding Member shall satisfy the following requirements:
1.Must be a medical doctor or researcher specializing in shoulder surgery and/or shoulder joint who is able to contribute to international exchange with JSS;
2.Must have notable achievements in research and/or produced notable written works in the field of shoulder surgery and/or shoulder joint; and
3.Must be recommended by three or more Executive Members of JSS
  Executive Members of JSS nominating a candidate for a Corresponding Member shall submit a recommendation along with a curriculum vitae and achievement list of the candidate to the President of JSS by the date decided upon by the International Committee of JSS.
  The International Committee of JSS shall review the achievements and contributions to JSS of the proposed candidate for Corresponding Membership and shall report the results to the President of JSS. Whether to appoint the candidate recommended by the International Committee as a Corresponding Member shall be decided by the resolution of the Board of Executive Members. With the approval of the candidate himself/herself, the candidate shall be appointed as the Corresponding Member.

[Limitation on Number of Corresponding Members]

  The number of Corresponding Members is not decided.

[Rights of Corresponding Members]

  Corresponding Members have the following rights:
The annual membership fee for JSS shall be waived. Corresponding Members shall receive Katakansetsu(The Shoulder Joint: the official journal of JSS) and other publications of JSS; Corresponding Members shall be able to submit papers to the Shoulder Joint and other publications of JSS and apply for presentations at meetings of JSS.

[Duties of Corresponding Members]

  Corresponding Members shall have the following duties:
Corresponding Members shall have the following duties: Corresponding Members are requested to promptly notify the secretariat of JSS of any changes in address for correspondence, and other relevant data affecting membership.

[Membership Expiration]

  Corresponding Membership shall expire when the Member reaches sixty-six years of age.


  Corresponding Members shall notify the secretariat of the President of JSS when he or she wishes to resign from JSS.


  The Board of Executive Members can expel a Corresponding Member from JSS, if the individual tarnishes the honor of JSS or acts against the purpose of JSS.


  With the approval of the Corresponding Members, the Board of Executive Members shall publish the names of the Corresponding Members in Katakansetsu(The Shoulder Jointj

[An Additional Clause]

These Membership Bylaws shall come into force as from the date of enforcement of the Articles of the Society of JSS.