The Ceramic Society of Japan (CerSJ) was established in 1891 to promote the development of industry, science and technology related to the ceramics field.CerSJ is the only comprehensive association concerned with ceramics in Japan that brings together the industrial and academic sectors. Through its members' efforts over the past century and more, ceramic technology has maintained a firm position in the field of materials science and technology as one of Japan's key technologies.Today, ceramics are recognized as indispensable materials for contemporary human life. Advanced ceramics are, moreover, among the core materials in the field of nano-technology.The backgrounds of theCerSJ's individual members range widely, from inorganic and organic chemistry and mineralogy to physics, electronics, civil engineering and the arts. Its corporate members are leading companies in the ceramic industry in Japan.CerSJ provides opportunities for learning, acquisition of new technology and exchanges of research activities. It awards prizes to encourage and acknowledge endeavors and achievements in the field of ceramics.