||Within the CSJ, educational issues are discussed and promoted by
the Council of Chemical Education. Established in 1997 with Akio Yamamoto as the
first chairman and currently chaired by Haruo Hosoya, the council succeeded the
Committee for the Promotion of Chemical Education (1991-96)), the Division of
Chemical Education (DCE, 1975-90), and the Committee of Chemical Education (CCE,
1951-74), all of which made significant contributions to the advancement and
internationalization of chemical education in Japan under the leadership of,
among others, Bun-ichi Tamamushi, Nozomu Yamaoka, Osamu Shimamura, Michinori
Oki, John T. Shimozawa, Kenzi Tamaru, Yoshito Takeuchi, and Takashi Ito.
CCE organized the Chemical Education Symposia annually from 1951 through 1961
and then in 1962 gave birth to the quarterly Japanese language journal Chemical
Education, which in 1987 was renamed Chemistry and Education. It was published
bimonthly until 1992, when it became a monthly publication.
The DCE, the
first division established within the CSJ, in 1977 organized the first
binational seminar on chemical education, which was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
This paved the way for special symposia on chemical education, which have been
held at Pacifichem Congresses since 1979. The same year as the first Pacifichem Congress, a group
of seven members, led by Shimozawa, published the English language booklet
Chemical Education in Japan, which was distributed to participants of the
Congress. The booklet was revised in 1994, and in 1997 Takeuchi and Masato M.
Ito edited another booklet Chemical Education in Asia-Pacific with the
assistance of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS). The
organization of the 8th International Conference on Chemical Education in 1985
in Tokyo, where about 600 people from 53 countries gathered, is also a DCE