The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, FACS, was established in 1978 based on a
solicitation by UNESCO's Division of Scientific Education & Research. The
initial member societies were Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, and Iraq. The CSJ
officially joined the Federation in 1981. The objective of the FACS is stated in
its Statutes as "to promote the advancement of chemistry and the interest of
professional chemists in the Asia-Pacific region in a way that does not detract
from the autonomy of any of the member societies."|
Michio Kobayashi of the
Tokyo Metropolitan University, then a Vice President of the CSJ, contributed
much to the earlier activities of the FACS. In 1993, the position was taken over
by Hitoshi Ohtaki of Ritsumeikan University.
Japan was the host country of
the FACS for 1997, with Ohtaki as President, Yoshito Takeuchi of Kanagawa
University as Secretary General, and Hajime Akimoto of the University of Tokyo
as Chairman for the Publications Committee. The 7th Asian Chemical Congress was
held in Hiroshima in May 1997 with 900 participants.
Matsumoto of Waseda University represents the CSJ in the FACS, and Masato M. Ito
of Soka University serves as the Coordinator of Projects.
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