Outline of the Society
The Japanese Society for the Study of Social Welfare (JSSSW) was founded in 1954 by 196 members. By today, with over 5,000 members, JSSSW has become one of the largest organizations for academics, students and practitioners, as well as service users, in social welfare studies in Japan. The aim of this society is to promote the study of social welfare. JSSSW continues to:
- hold academic conventions twice a year,
- provide forums for presenting research results and exchanging of ideas,
- publish an academic journal, the Japanese Journal of Social Welfare, since 1960, and
- send a newsletter (Society 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 engage in various research topics and to develop interdisciplinary approaches for further work. Recent autumn conventions over the last ten years have proposed new subjects of research in the light of social change:
 Proposed opinions with regard to ‘inclusive society’: deprivations in living and their restoration
 ‘Creation of coexistence’ nurtured by social welfare
 How have social welfare studies made a contribution to contemporary society?
 How should social welfare imagine the future of Japan?
 Poverty and social welfare: thinking about creative practice for problems related to poverty
 Restoration of Japanese society and the role of social welfare studies: fields and boundaries of social welfare regarding the relations of people, communities and institutions
 Essence of social work: fundamental questions for practice
 Prospects and issues for sustainable social welfare: from the perspectives of economy, ecology and welfare
 Questioning ‘the Public ’ in social welfare
 Social exclusion and social welfare studies
 Questioning the uniqueness of social welfare studies once again