About us

Some 9,964 members of practicing physicians, research scientists and academic scholars from all major scientific and hospital institutions in Japan are members of the Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR).

The JCR holds the Annual Scientific Meeting every spring and provides a platform for rheumatologists and other specialists to share knowledge on the prevention and treatment of rheumatic diseases. The Annual Scientific Meeting welcomes thousands of rheumatologists and researchers from Japan, as well as from the rest of the world.


The aims of the JCR are to reduce the burden of rheumatic diseases on individuals and society by sharing knowledge of the pathogenesis of rheumatology so that the treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of rheumatic diseases can be improved. To this end, JCR fosters excellence in education and research in the field of rheumatology. It promotes basic science and clinical research, as well as the translation of research advances into daily care, and fights for the recognition of the needs of people with rheumatic diseases.

Annual meeting

The JCR organizes the Annual Scientific Meeting, its premier scientific forum, which covers a broad spectrum of rheumatic diseases. The JCR also holds the International Rheumatology Symposium, organizes central and regional educational courses, and holds special interest group sessions and state-of-the-art lectures.

Modern Rheumatology

The JCR publishes its official journal, Modern Rheumatology, which provides information on the latest developments in rheumatic diseases. Modern Rheumatology is indexed in MEDLINE and articles published in Modern Rheumatology can be accessed worldwide.

Join JCR

JCR is delighted to welcome new members from the Asia-Pacific region, as well as those from Europe, America and Africa. If you would like to enquire for further information, please fill out our contact form. If you would like to join the JCR, please fill out our application form. Do not forget to return the form to us.



Kazuhiko Yamamoto
RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences Laboratory for Autoimmune Diseases, Yokohama, Japan

Vice President

Naoki Ishiguro
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Aichi, Japan

Shinichi Kawai
Department of Inflammation & Pain Control Research, Toho University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan


Hiromi Oda
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saitama Medical University, Saitama, Japan

Yasuo Suzuki
Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Tokai University School of Medicine, Kanagawa, Japan

Committee on International Affairs


Tsutomu Takeuchi
Division of Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Vice Chairperson

Tatsuya Atsumi
Department of Medicine at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, in Sapporo, Japan

Committee members

Under Construction


Shinichi Kawai
Committee on General Affairs

Takayuki Sumida
Editor-in-Chief, Modern Rheumatology

Yoshiya Tanaka
Editor-in-Chief, Modern Rheumatology Case Reports

Hisaaki Miyahara
Committee on Medical Terminology

Hiroaki Matsuno, MD
Committee on Health Care Financing

Yoshiya Tanaka
Committee on Certification Systems

Hitoshi Kohsaka
Committee on Eligibility Determination (of certified Rheumatologist)

Eiji Sugiyama
Committee on Certified Educational Facilities

Naoki Ishiguro
Committee on life-long Rheumatology Education

Atsuko Murashima
Committee on Information Technology

Hisashi Yamanaka
Committee on Scientific Meeting

Hajime Sano
Committee on Finance

Hiroshi Takayanagi
Committee on Basic study Promotion

Atsuko Murashima
Committee on Gender Equality

Hajime Ishikawa
Committee on COI management

Kazuhiko Yamamoto
Committee on Research and Study


Membership benefits

  1. Six issues of the Modern Rheumatology journal is delivered per year.
  2. Members will be able to access the latest full-text Modern Rheumatology journal papers in PDF format online.


The “international subscribing member” is based on Rule 2 of Article 3. Regulations are outlined as follows:

  1. Those who reside outside Japan.
  2. Those who are involved in medicine.
  3. Those who agree to the purpose of the Annual Scientific Meeting and the International Symposium, and who subscribe to the Modern Rheumatology journal (Rule 2 of Article 7).


To become a member of the JCR, please fill out this application form (a new window will open up and you will be asked to enter the required information before submitting your application)

Once the JCR is satisfied that the correct information has been entered, a reply e-mail will be sent asking you to enter your credit card details via a link.

Your membership to the JCR will be activated as soon as payment has been received.

Please note that your request for membership to the JCR may be turned down if you do not meet the requirements.


  1. Membership to the JCR runs from 1st March until Lastday of February every year.
  2. The annual membership fee is 12,000 JPY and must be paid by 31st May every year.
  3. If you would like to join the JCR in the middle of the membership year, the annual membership fee of 12,000 JPY is still applicable. When applying for membership, you are required to pay the full fee.
  4. Your membership will be renewed automatically at the end of the membership year, unless you have informed us that you do not wish to continue to be a member of the JCR.
  5. If you have not paid your membership fee for more than 2 years, we are required to stop your membership to the JCR (Article 9 of the Memorandum of Articles).
  6. If any of your registered information changes (i.e. address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc) please notify our office via e-mail or fax.
  7. Should you wish to withdraw your membership to the JCR, please notify our office via e-mail or fax.
    (Please note that we do not offer a refund should you decide to withdraw in the middle of the membership year)
  8. Please pay your membership fee via credit card.
    The credit card processing link will be sent to you in the reply e-mail after you have sent your application form and you have passed the screening process.

The following credit cards can be used for payment:

  • VISA
  • Master
  • JCB
  • AMEX