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Greeting from the President of the Japanese Association of Criminal Psychology (JACP)

Japanese Association of Criminal Psychology is an academic body researching delinquency and crime from psychological perspectives. You can read about the Association members' research in the "Encyclopedia of Criminal Psychology" (2016), published by Maruzen Publishing Co., Ltd., which was compiled through their efforts.

The Association has approximately 1500 members, a relatively large number for a psychology research association. One characteristic of the Association is that many of its members are practitioners working in criminal justice, including the Japanese Ministry of Justice, the police, the courts. As a result, they conduct practical research on criminal psychology.

The study of criminal phenomena in Japanese psychology has an extensive history. We know that Yujiro Motora (1858-1912), the founder of psychology in Japan, encouraged Seiichi Terada (1884-1922) to investigate criminal psychology after learning that Eiichi Makino (1878-1970), a legal scholar, advocated positivism for understanding criminal behavior. The history of the Association is described in the history section of this website. Moreover, all articles published since the inauguration of the Association are available on J-stage. We invite you to read these articles and discover how the Association has fostered empirical research in criminal psychology.

The Association organizes research meetings and other events, an annual conference, and a journal publication. We also offer research grants to young researchers and prizes awarded every three years to encourage research. We look forward to the applications of highly motivated young researchers for these awards and accolades.

We have recently enhanced the Associations' Internet-based information sharing environment, in part because of the need to prevent COVID-19. We will use the pandemic as an opportunity to revitalize the Association by harnessing the Internet for increasing the Association's impact. Also, more universities are offering courses related to criminal psychology because the Certified Public Psychologists Act stipulates taking criminal psychology courses in the university as a prerequisite for becoming the Certified Public Psychologist. Consequently, we intend to disseminate further the Association's knowledge for training the next generation of psychologists.

I was elected the Association's president at the 2021 General Meeting. I am committed to doing everything in my power to energize the Association by taking into account the views and opinions of all its members. I look forward with great pleasure to working with you in the future endeavors of the Japanese Association of Criminal Psychology.

(October, 2021)
Kyoko Fujino, President of Japanese Association of Criminal Psychology


1,501名(As of October 2021)
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • 昭和

    Inauguration of Correctional Psychology Society, regulations of society is established

  • 昭和

    1st "Journal of Correctional Psychology" is published

  • 昭和

    1st issue of "Correctional Psychology" published

  • 昭和

    Meeting regarding the Association of Correctional Psychology is held, marking the two turning points of the reorganization of the Japanese Psychological Association and the clinical psychologists’ qualification issue.

  • 昭和

    Prospectus of JACP established

  • 昭和

    Enforcing regulations of JACP, execution of committee affairs by the committee of preparing establishment

  • 昭和

    Volume 1 the first issue of "Japanese Journal of Criminal Psychology" is published

  • 昭和

    1st Conference of JACP is convened (convened every year afterward)

  • 昭和

    First election of board members and the first general meeting is convened

  • 平成

    50th anniversary special issue is published

  • 平成

    JACP's 51st Conference is convened

Information on Activities

Organization (Directors, Officers)

Executive directors (Term of office: 2021-2024)
Keita Ochi, Izumi Kadomoto, Masayuki Kiryu, Akira Suto, Osamu Takeda, Takayuki Harada, Masayo Yoshimura, Kazumi Watanabe, Hideki Suzuki, Tomoaki Watanabe
*National directors and regional directors are posted on the committee affairs report in the journal.
Organization Chart

The committee is operated by the directors who were appointed in the election.
Important decisions are consulted by the board of directors, then discussed at the general meeting.

Links to Every regulation

About the Office

Please see the following contact details of the office for admission, etc. Please note that we cannot accept any inquiries regarding the personal information of the members.
Also, as a general rule, please contact the office via either an e-mail or FAX.