Seismological Society of Japan

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Seismological Society of Japan
Seismological Society of Japan (logo).jpg
Abbreviation SSJ
Formation 1880
Type Non-profit
Purpose the 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 Ichizō Hattori.[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]



  • 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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