Psychology in Japan

Hiroshi Imada, Junko Tanaka‐Matsumi
Published Online:
19 Feb 2016
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 51 Issue 3

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The purpose of this article is to provide information about Japan and its psychology in advance of the 31st International Congress of Psychology (ICP), to be held in Yokohama, Japan, in 2016. The article begins with the introduction of the Japanese Psychological Association (JPA), the hosting organization of the ICP 2016, and the Japanese Union of Psychological Associations consisting of 51 associations/societies, of which the JPA is a member. This is followed by a brief description of a history of psychology of Japan, with emphasis on the variation in our approach to psychology in three different periods, that is, the pre‐ and post‐Pacific War periods, and the post‐1960 period. Next, the international contributions of Japanese psychology/psychologists are discussed from the point of view of their visibility. Education and training in psychology in Japanese universities is discussed with a final positive remark about the long‐awaited enactment of the Accredited Psychologist Law in September, 2015.

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