In 1962 the first Japanese Peptide Chemistry Symposium was held in Osaka, organized by Professor Shiro Akabori, Osaka University. Since then, the symposium has been held every year, changing the name of the symposium from “Peptide Chemistry Symposium” to “Peptide Symposium” in 1998. Last year the 45th Japanese Peptide Symposium was held in Tokyo with 550 participants. At present the total number of the society members is over 500.

To build a closer relationship with the international peptide communities, the Japanese Peptide Society organized the first Japan Symposium on Peptide Chemistry (JASPEC) in 1987 in Kobe and the second in 1992 in Shizuoka. Based on these efforts, which were highly esteemed by the international peptide communities, the Japanese Peptide Society hosted the first International Peptide Symposium in 1997 in Kyoto. The 5th International Peptide Symposium will be also held in Kyoto in 2010. Another contribution was the establishment of the Asia Pacific International Peptide Symposium and the first symposium was held in 2004 in Fukuoka.

The Japanese Peptide Society supports the plans of peptide forum, which is organized by society members, publishes Peptide News Letters, and provides the Akabori Memorial award, the Japanese Peptide Society award, the young investigator’s award, and travel awards for attending international symposiums. The Japanese Peptide Society will contribute to the progress of Science and human welfare through our activities.