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   The Magnetics Society of Japan is an advanced society dealing with a wide range of fields, from the fundamental theory of magnetism to leading-edge practical applications. Under the keyword magnetism, the Society is a collection of about 2400 researchers in different fields such as physics, electricity, electronics, chemistry, biology, medicine, pharmacology, and dentistry. It is a unique association that discusses issues in the open and conducts information exchange and joint research. The discussions of this Society range widely from fundamental fields to real-world applications, covering topics such as magnetic recording, hard and soft magnetic materials, the physics of magnetism, thin films, fine particles, multilayers, artificial lattices, spin electronics, measurement and high-frequency devices, power magnetics, and biomagnetics and medical applications.

  The Society was established in 1977 as an organization in Japan dealing with magnetism. In the 35 years since, we have pursued a range of activities in Japan to promote industrial and academic research related to magnetism. First and foremost, we hold an annual conference each autumn. Six times a year, we also present topical symposia to introduce the newest research fields. Each year we offer magnetic engineering lectures that present the basics to young researchers, a summer school, and multiple topical symposia for specialists in six fields. We produce bulletins every other month as Magnetics Japan (Magune), and also publish an academic journal called the Journal of the Magnetics Society of Japan every other month.

  In cooperation with other international professional societies, the Society cosponsored the IEEE Intermag Conference in Tokyo in 1987 and in Nagoya in 2005, and the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM) in Kyoto in 2006. With regard to international symposia, we have also sponsored the Magnetics and Optics Research International Symposium (MORIS) thirteen times, once every year and a half. The Society has cosponsored many professional gatherings as well, including the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference (PMRC), the International Symposium on Advanced Magnetic Materials and Applications (ISAMMA), and the International Colloquium on Magnetic Films and Surfaces (ICMFS).

  In 2010, in cooperation with academic societies in Asia that focus on magnetism, the Society established the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies. The Society is now preparing to cooperate with foreign societies planning to hold the International Conference of the Asian Union of Magnetics Societies in Nara in October 2012.

  The Magnetics Society of Japan looks forward to greater participation in the academic activities of young researchers who have just started doing research in the magnetics field, persons in other fields who hope to collaborate with researchers in the magnetics fields, and engineers at companies engaged in the development of products that use magnetic materials.