The Japan Society of Urban and Regional Planners



Our organization consists of professional urban planners, academians, governmental officials and citizens who wish to participate in various community activities. It is a self-motivated, volunteer-based organization founded in 1994. In 2001 it was legally incorporated as a “Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO)”, and in 2014 it has become a “Certified NPO” - an NPO that is certified to have good public benefit and supported widely. We have total of 459 members as of March 2016.



We mission is to increase and improve public well-being by creating rich and attractive places and cultures through the activities mainly in the field of urban and regional planning. For the mission we do research, advocate, propose, support and educate from various perspectives, in collaboration with the other organizations and persons.



We do variety of activities in regard with the following issues of urban and regional planning, design and development.

1. Researches and studies

2. Proposals of policies

3. Social promotion and improvement of awareness

4. Support for, or collaboration with local organizations

5. Education and training

6. Research on the profession and social establishment

7. International communication and collaboration

8. Sending out useful information and knowledge



President: Dr. Hidetsugu KOBAYASHI

  Emeritus professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University

Vice President: Seiji WATARAI, Takeo ISHIKAWA

Executive Director: Kunio UCHIBAYASHI

Secretary General: Hideo DOI

Number of Board Member: 36

Number of Auditor-secretary: 2



Dr. Hidetsugu KOBAYASHI, President, JSURP

An NPO is an organization consists of those who wish to contribute to make our society better, act by his/her will and collaborate, without seeking for monetary profit. JSURP wishes to make our living places to be safe, comfortable and beautiful. And those who share the vision are here from the world. That vision cannot come true by the governments or professionals. It can be realized only when those who live and work there take the issue as their own matters and work together.

JSURP members are in action to contribute to build, repair, preserve, improve and enrich the places in Japan and world that are face to various challenges in the 21st century. Everyone is welcome - professional planners, community activists, city residents, urban walkers and anyone who loves city and community. Your participation and support is very important. I look forward to having you as our member.



Anyone who has interests in urban and regional planning, community design and actions, local revitalization is very welcome to join us. This is where you can share and develop your vision and find someone to act together.


Only a “Full Member” exercises his or her voting right in the General Assembly.

Every member can participate in any of our activities and equally receive services including the Society’s quarterly magazine “Urban and Regional Planners” (in PDF format through email).


Annual membership fee:

Full Membership: 30,000 yen

Associate Membership: 10,000 yen

Student Membership: 1,000 yen

Patronage Membership: 100,000 yen per share



Please contact the Secretariat Office for any questions or requests.


Secretariat Office, Japan Society of Urban and Regional Planners (JSURP):

2nd Floor, Katori-Annex,

2-10 Kanda-Ogawamachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 101-0052, JAPAN


Telephone: +81-3-6273-7491

Facsimile: +81-3--6273-7492

e-mail: jimukyoku[at]