About Us

  1. Editors
  2. Editorial advisory boards
  3. Honorary members
  4. Japan Mendel Society
  5. Membership of Japan Mendel Society
  6. Cytologia News
  7. Acknowledge for Wada-Kunkokai Foundation

1. Editors

(1) Editor-in-Chief

(2) Editors

(3) Managing Editor

(4) Associate Editors

2. Editorial Advisory Boards

3. Honorary members

4. Japan Mendel Society

The Japan Mendel Society (JMS) is a nonprofit organization founded on October 22, 1985, under the jurisdiction of the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education. The founder of the JMS, Dr. Yosito Sinoto, passed away in September 1989, and was a genetics scientist and the former President of the International Christian University. The founding promoters of the JMS were Emeritus Professor Nobunori Tanaka (cytology) of the University of Tokyo, Emeritus Professor Singo Nakazawa (genetics) of the Yamagata University, and 15 others. The JMS headquarters are located in Shimo-suwa-machi in Suwa-Gun, Nagano Prefecture, but the Tokyo Branch is in Bunkyoku, Tokyo. The current membership structure consists of an 18 member board of trustees, including the president, Professor Nobunori Tanaka. In addition to the board of trustees, there are 3 vice presidents, 5 executive trustees, 1 executive secretary, 2 supervisors, and 30 councilors.

The JMS was established “in honor of the scientific achievements of genetics pioneer, Gregor Johann Mendel (1822–1884). Overlooking the international research community, the JMS promotes reciprocal, cooperative, and friendly relations between those in Japan and overseas who seek to further understand genetics, as well as admirers of Mendel’s work. The aims of the Society are to develop and promote research on genetics and related sciences, to further educate personnel involved in collecting and preserving genetics-related data, and to make the resulting data publicly available as general information to a wide audience. By contributing to the diffusion and development of genetics and to educational provision in this field, the Society aims to promote peace and prosperity for the world.” All of this will be accomplished through the activities of the JMS.

The focus of the society’s work is to establish the Japan Mendel Museum (provisional name), which will exhibit Mendel’s data and materials, overseas genetics materials, and domestic genetics data. To explain genetics in a way that is comprehensible to the average person, flora and fauna will also be exhibited. In addition to the museum, we are considering a center for genetics counseling, marriage counseling, and other services for regional citizens.

With enthusiastic support from the Shimo-suwa-machi Municipal Assembly, a scenic site on Suwa Lake has been promised for the construction of the new museum. However, because fundraising activities for construction are still in the planning stage, a concrete schedule has yet to be established.

Other current JMS projects include, “Research into the systemization of information on chromosome-related literature” and “Collection of lists of Mendel-related materials and data.”

In June 1990, the publishing rights for “Cytologia,” the international journal of cytology, which began publication over 60 years ago, were transferred to the JMS from the International Society of Cytology (ISC), Cytologia, Tokyo. Beginning with Vol. 55 (No. 2), the JMS has taken over the editing and publishing of the journal. In addition, the JMS produces its own publication, “Mendel-JMS” News: (July 1, 1992).

5. Membership of Japan Mendel Society

The JMS, which incorporates the former publishing body of the ISC, publishes Cytologia. The JMS is an academic society. Please refer to our homepage for details of our activities.

(1) Membership Fee

Any individual or group that joins the JMS is welcomed to the society. A membership fee is required to become a member after approval by the society.

Ordinary Membership Fee: US$ 94.00/year (9,800 yen/year)

(2) Membership benefits

  • Free publication in Cytologia (twice a year)
  • Free subscription to Cytologia
  • Free subscription to the annual report of the JMS, “Mendel”
  • Fee online-access to Cytologia in J-STAGE for each year of membership

(3) Application Form

Completed applications should be sent by e-mail to the JMS office at the following address: isc-mendel-cytologia@edu.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Information for Membership Application

Name: (first Name) / (middle name or initial) / (family name)
Mailing address:
Web site:

(4) Payment method of JMS membership fee

(i) Credit Card

Please tell us the “type of membership” and “if automatic renewal is required” by e-mail first. We need this information to make your personal URL, which is used for the credit card payment. We will inform you of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible. You should confirm the price on the top of the first page and click the “pay” button. You will then be directed to the second page for the credit card payment. This page is in Japanese (for security reasons we have to use Japanese text). Please confirm the price, input the credit card number, chose the type of credit card, enter the expiration date, and click on the button at the bottom of the page. A confirmation screen will appear. Please check the details and click the final acceptance button. At this point payment is completed.

(ii) Transfer from a post office (Japanese only)

JMS will send you a transfer form from a post office, so please pay the annual membership fee by the due date.

6. Cytologia News

(1) Meet the author

(2) Announcement

  • On July 22, 2023. Instruction for authors has been substantially revised, so please be sure to check it before submitting your manuscript. Short Communication and Karyotype Report have been added as new publication types. The publication fee has also been revised.

(3) Others

7. Acknowledge for Wada-Kunkokai Foundation

The publication of Cytologia is supported by Wada-Kunkokai Foundation, a general incorporated foundation in Japan. Born in Nakatsu Town, Shimoge County, Buzen Province (Oita Prefecture), as the eldest son of Kaoroku and Sachi Wada, warriors of the Nakatsu Domain, Toyoharu Wada, who became a great industrialist in the Meiji and Taisho periods, established an organization named after his parents to provide broad support for social projects. It all started when Dr. Bungo Wada, a nephew of Toyoharu Wada, told Professor Kenjiro Fujii about the aid fund. With this fund, the first issue of Cytologia was published in 1929. Dr. Wada became a professor at the University of Tokyo in 1949, and after retiring from the University of Tokyo in 1961, he devoted himself to the development of Cytologia until 1987. The reason why the paper award of Cytologia is called the “Wada Award” is to commemorate and acknowledge for Wada-Kunkokai support.

Celebration May 9, 2022