Japanese URSI Commission-K  Activity Report

March  \ July  2003

S.Ueno, M.Taki and T.Shigemitsu


1.       MEETING

A  Domestic Meeting

1) May 8, 2003: 7th regular meeting of URSI-K Japan chapter. Sanjo-Kaikan Conference Room, University of Tokyo. In addition to business talking by Prof. Ueno, Prof. Shoda of Tokyo Institute of Technology  and Dr. Yamao of NTT DoCoMo gave two talks. Prof. Shoda presented the biological reactions under high magnetic field. Using of Escherichia coli, and mammalian cells, P388, V79, the growth patterns of cells under high magnetic field, 5.2-6.1T (inhomogeneous) and 7T (homogeneous) were investigated. A 7T magnetic field exerts no adverse effects on mammalian cells, however, the death rate of bacteria and enhancement of their survivability depend on the exposure condition under magnetic field. He also suggests and comments the difficulty in conducting magnetic field exposure experiment because of the weakness of magnetic field effect. Dr. Yamao presented the overview of Japanese mobile telecommunication research including engineering and biological issues. His talk is to review the development and future trend of mobile telecommunication systems and to comment the consideration of concerns about the possible health effects from the use of mobile phones, base stations and transmitters. He showed the in vitro RF exposure equipment to do the biological effects of RF.

2) May 30-31: The 18th Annual Conference of Japan Biomagnetism and Bioelectromagnetic Society.  http://www.biomag-j.org/JBiomag2003/

3) June 3-5, 2003: The 42th Annual Conference of Japanese Society for Medical and

  Biological Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido


4) June 25, 2003: Magnetic study meeting of IEEJ, IEEE Magnetic Society Tokyo Chapter was co-sponsored. It was held in the conference room of Hokkaido Institute of Technology, Sapporo. This half-dayfs meeting covered all of magnetic issues from medical and industrial applications to biological effects. There were 11 papers from ELF to RF. In addition to regular presentations, Dr. Kato, Prof. Emeritus of Hokkaido University gave the special lecture on history of biological effects of electromagnetic field research with emphasis on his own research.


B International Meeting

1) April 14-17, 2003: International Conference on Non Ionizing Radiation, with WHO, CIGRE and IEEE. Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. (Postponded)

2)     April 18-22, 2003: WHO Working Group on EMF Standards Harmonization, Guilin,@China, sponsored by WHO, ICNIRP (Postponded)

3)     May 11-16, 2003: The 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic @

Compatibility (EMC), Istanbul Hilton Hotel, Turkey, http://www.ortra.com/emc2003

4) May 14-15, 2003: COST Management Committee Meeting and Workshop. Dublin,

5) June 8-11, 2003: 22nd Annual Scientific Conference of the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine (SPRBM), San Antonio, TX, http://www.sprbm.org

6) June 8-15, 2003: IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) International Symposium, Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.ims2003.org

7) June 11-13, 2003: ElectroMed 2003, 3rd International Symposium on Nonthermal Medical/Biological Treatments using Electromagnetic Fields and Ionized Gases. San Antonio, Texas, USA, http://www.electromed2003.com

8) June19-24, 2003: 17th International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics (BEB 2003), Florence, Italy, http://www.beb2003.org

9) June 22-27, 2003: 25th Annual Meeting of Bioelectromagnetic Society, The Wailea Marriott, an Outrigger Resort, Maui, Hawaii

   According to the announcement of Prof. Ueno of University of Tokyo, Technical Program Chair, 347 papers have been accepted for this meeting. There are 409 participants from all over the world. About 50 persons from Japan joined this meeting. The meeting covered the broad spectrum of bioelectromagnetic research (DC, ELF, IH, RF), bioeffects, dosimetry, epidemiology, beneficial therapeutic and medical applications. Many Japanese researchers have made important contributions through oral and poster presentations. This meeting was successful with high quality scientific programs for exchanging new research results among the participants. As a result through discussing at Business Meeting on 26th, Prof. Ueno was elected as New President of BEMS from 2003 to 2004.

10) June 222-227, 2003: IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, OH. http://aps2003.eng.ohio-state.edu



A.  Domestic meeting

1)     September 16-19, 2003: 27th regular meeting of the Magnetic Society of Japan, Osaka University, Suita, www.wdc-jp.com/msj/kouenkai/index.html

2) September 22, 2003: Tutorial Session g Human Phantoms for electromagneticsh, the 2003 IEICE Communications Society Conference, Niigata University.

3) January 20, 2004: Meeting co-organized by Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMCJ) Technocal Group of IEICE and Magnetic Study Group of IEEJ, Tokyo Metropolitan University

4)     June 4-5, 2004: 20th Annual Conference of Japan Biomagnetism and Bioelectromagnetic Society, Tokushima, www.bes.d.dendai.ac.jp/JBBS/members.htm

5)     October 20-22, 2003: 17th Autumn meeting of the Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, Nara, http://chihara.aist-nara.ac.jp/jsmbe17/index_html

6)     May 19-21, 2004: The 43rd Annual Conference of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, Kanazawa,  http://web.kanazawa-u.ac./jp/^me2004/index.htm 


B.  International meeting

1) August 18-22, 2003: IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, EMC 2003, Boston, Mass. USA. www.emc2003.org

2) September 17-21, 2003: 25th Annual International Conference of the IEEE  Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Cancun, MEXICO, http://itzamna.uam.mx/cancun

3) October 13-17, 2003: WHO working group on EMF standards harmonization, Guilin, China, sponsored by WHO, ICNIRP. http://www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/china?oct2003/en/

4) October 20-23, 2003: International Conference on Non Ionizing Radiation (ICNIR),hElectromagnetic fields and Our healthh, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. www.uniten.edu.my/go/icnir2003/

5) November 13-15, 2003: The European Bio Electromagnetics Association (EBEA), 6th International Congress, Budapest, Hungary, in conjunction with COST281 Autumn Workshop (Nov 15), http://www.ebea.org

6) November 15-16, 2003: COST 281 Management Committee meeting and workshop: Potential health implications from mobile communications systems. Budapest, HUNGARY, www.cost281.org/events.php

7) January 26-30, 2003: World Health Organization & U.S.Air Force Asia Pacific EMF Conference. Bangkok, THAILAND. http://www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/thailand2003/en/

8) April 14-15, 2004: National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) 2004 annual meeting. Crystal city Marriott, Arlington, Va. USA www.ncrp.com/dates.html

9) April 20-24, 2004: 9Th International Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (ICHO), St.Louis, MO, USA. http://castor.wustl.edu/^moros/ICHO2004.html

10) May 23-28, 2004: IRPA International Congress. Madrid,Spain. Home page;


11) May 20-22, 2004: ICNIRP/WHO 5th Non-ionizing Radiation Workshop. Sevilla, Spain. www.icnirp.org/NIRWorkshop5.htm

12) June 1-4, 2004: International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility  (EMCf04/Sendai), Sendai, Japan, http://www.ieice.org/emc04/

13) June 21-24, 2004: The Bioelectromagnetics Society 26th Annual Meeting, Omni

   Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. www.bioelectromagnetics.org

14) October 4-8, 2004: 3rd workshop on biological effects of EMFs. Kos, Greece. http://imm.demokritos.gr/bioeffect or www.telecomlab.gr/bioeffects