Welcome to the JSHET (The Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought) Home Page !

The JSHET, an academic society, was founded in April 1950 and celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2020, consisting of more than five hundred researchers on the history of economic or/and social thought.

The JSHET is one of the original members of the Union of National Economic Associations in Japan, founded in January 1950; the JSHET also formally cooperates Science Council of Japan (SCJ), founded in January 1949.

Our main activities are as follows:
1) to organize an annual conference (once a year), and seminars and workshops by the five local branches and other voluntary groups.
2) to publish a refereed journal (twice a year), History of Economic Thought, established in November1963. HET is the only journal on the history of economics or economic/social thought in Japan.
3) to promote academic exchanges domestically and internationally.
4) to hounor distinguished studies and to award them prizes such as the Jshet Award and Young Scholars Awards.

The JSHET is supported by Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results (16HP3005) from 2016/17 to 2020/21. Based on this grant and other resources, the Jshet attempts to promote both sending young scholars abroad and raising the ratio of English papers in HET.

This website is intended to disseminate members’ research results and to promote exchanges with other academic societies.


About the Society (JSHET)

The Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought (JSHET) was established in April 1950 mainly for two purposes; (1) to promote the study of the history of economics, and the history of social and economic thought, and (2) to foster the international and internal exchange for its members. It holds the annual nationwide meeting and several local meetings in five regional branches, Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai and Seinan. The Society gives open lectures, and keeps contact with the HET societies abroad (US or Economic History Services;

The Annals of the Society for the History of Economic Thought (contents) have been issued since 1963, carrying refereed articles (in Japanese or English submitted by its members); commissioned papers, surveys, book reviews, and communications (in Japanese); and a bibliography of journal articles abroad for the previous year. It carries the news of active study groups on a variety of themes such as Ludwig A. Feuerbach, David Hume, John Maynard Keynes, Thomas Malthus, John Stuart Mill, Thomas More, Robert Owen, Adam Smith, Max Weber, the history of French socio-economic thought, German history, the history of Japanese economic thought, the history of economic thought, the history of economic theory, the history of political economy, the modern history of economic thought, evolutionary economics, methodology, and etc. In 2005, the Journal was renamed The History of Economic Thought (HET), and publishes twice a year. The Newsletter has been issued since 1992.

The Society has published six monographs in Japanese until 2000: The Study of the History of Economic Thought in Japan: A Ten Year History of the Society for the History of Economic Thought (1961), The Formation of “Das Kapital” (1967), The Formation of “The Wealth of Nations” (1976), A Thirty Year History of the Society for the History of Economic Thought (1980), Japanese Economics: Tracking the Economic Thinking of Japanese (1984), and The History of Economic Thought: Surveys and Problems (1992) .

The JSHET e-mail list has been evolutionarily developing. It was officially approved in November 1996. It conveys official information, announcement of local meetings, call for papers, discussions and etc. Most messages are conveyed in Japanese. It is closed to its members for the time being.

JSHET’s membership totaled 685 in June 2012, and 587 in November 2018. The annual membership dues are 10,000 yen.

The incumbent President for 2021/2023 is Tatsuya Sakamoto, Waseda University.

Secretariat of JSHET
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5F Asashi-Nakayama Bldg, 3-5-4 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
113-0033, Japan
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