Japan Shoulder Society JSS
In June 1974, the first orthopedic symposium on the shoulder in Japan was held as a part of the 47th meeting of the West-Japanese Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (President: Prof. Nahoto Takagishi).
In the symposium, the special speakers, Dr. Nagao Adachi, Professor Akira Iwabuchi, Dr. Hisao Endo, and Dr. Katsuya Nobuhara, called upon Prof. N. Takagishi to establish a Japan shoulder society.
During the 43rd meeting of the Central Japan Association of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology, the first meeting of the Shoulder Forum organized by Dr. T. Endo was held on October 18, 1974, in which 10 papers were presented with 87 participants.
The second meeting of the Forum organized by Dr. Kiyohiko Oda was held on October 29, 1975 as a part of the 45th meeting of the Central Japan Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.
The third meeting was held on November 4, 1976. It was organized by Prof. N. Takagishi with 35 papers and 186 participants. From this meeting on, the conference was organized as an annual meeting.
Prof. Koukichi Tsuchiya was appointed as the president for the fourth meeting of the JSS, and also entrusted to the task of forming an organizing committee, drawing up the regulations, and issuance of journal, in consultation with Prof. Takagishi, the former president.
In its first meeting on January 14, 1977, the organizing committee resolved, in addition to the regulations and issuance of journal, that the secretariat be placed in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Fukuoka University.
The Japan Shoulder Society, originally established in 1974, has the oldest foundation in the world as a specialized society focused on the shoulder.