Seismological Society of Japan

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Seismological Society of Japan
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Purposethe advancement of seismology

The Seismological Society of Japan (日本地震学会, Nihon jishin Gakkai) or SSJ is a learned society (professional association) with the goal of advancing the understanding of earthquakes and other seismic phenomena.


John Milne joined James Alfred Ewing, Thomas Lomar Gray[1] and Thomas Corwin Mendenhall[2] in founding the Seismological Society in 1880.[3] These men were teaching at the Imperial College of Tokyo (now called the University of Tokyo)[1] and were foreign advisors to the government in Meiji period Japan (o-yatoi gaikokujin).[4]

The founding president of the society was Hattori Ichizo.[5]


The organization publishes the Journal of the Seismological Society of Japan (地震, Jishin) abbreviated at "J Seismol Soc Jpn". The publication is also known as Zisin, which is a syllabic abbreviation.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Understanding Earthquakes".
  2. ^ "Self Styled Genius: The Life of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall".
  3. ^ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Inventor, John Milne
  4. ^ Clancey, Gregory. (2006). Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868–1930, p. 63., p. 63, at Google Books
  5. ^ Clancey, p. 101., p. 101, at Google Books
  6. ^ All acronyms, Zisin, J Seismol Soc Jpn


  • Clancey, Gregory. (2006). Earthquake Nation: The Cultural Politics of Japanese Seismicity, 1868–1930. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520246072; OCLC 219039402
  • Davison, Charles. (2014). The Founders of Seismology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107691490; [1]
  • Robinson, Andrew. (2016). Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilizations. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0500518595; [2]

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