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Open Access Editorial

New year address on the state of psychosomatic medicine in Japan

Chiharu Kubo

Author Affiliations

International College of Psychosomatic Medicine, Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine, Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan

Kyushu University Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan

BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013, 7:2  doi:10.1186/1751-0759-7-2

Published: 30 January 2013

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The Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine was founded in 1959, and its first congress was held in 1960, with fewer than 100 members. The society has grown tremendously since then, both in terms of scope and size. In 2012, we had 3,600 members. We have hosted the World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine two times, first in 1977 in Kyoto, then in 2005 in Kobe, where we were very honored by the attendance of the Emperor and Empress and privileged to hear the Emperor’s encouraging speech.