The Japan Medical Association (JMA) is a private professional academic organization of about 165,086 members (as of December 2008).

The JMA was established in 1916 by Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato and his colleagues and has been recognized as a corporation since 1947.

The members of the JMA belong to any of the 47 prefectural medical associations in Japan, each of which functions as an independent corporation. Membership includes 84,000 self-employed physicians, 81,000 physicians employed by hospitals or clinics, and 1,300 hospital residents.

The JMA's activities are extensive and aim at enhancing the level of medical ethics, encouraging continuing medical education, promoting comprehensive progress in medicine and related sciences, and other objectives.


The Journal of the Japan Medical Association (Nihon Ishikai Zasshi)
The official publication of the JMA is published monthly for distribution to all members.

JMA News (Nichii News)
This newsletter deals with matters related to medical policies and is published semimonthly for distribution to all members.

Japan Medical Association Journal (JMAJ)
A bimonthly English journal mainly publishing reports of JMA activities.

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