About Japanese Physical Therapy Association

History

Japanese Physical Therapy Association (JPTA) was formed on July 17, 1966, by 110 licensed physical therapists. It was approved as an incorporated association by the predecessor of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare in January 1972 and became a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) in 1974. In 1990 it was recognized by the Science Council of Japan as an academic research organization.
More than 50 years have passed since the association’s foundation, and physical therapists today are involved in a wide range of occupational areas. The association meets a variety of social needs and is proud to go about its work as the only academic and professional association performing physical therapy in Japan.

Membership Statistics

The association had 71,139 members as of March 31, 2012 – the equivalent of one per 1,794 Japanese citizens. We plan to enhance the association more and more in the future, so we are confident that we will be able to respond even more effectively to treatment requests.
  ’66 ’69 ’74 ’79 ’84 ’89 ’94 ’99 ’04 ’09 ’11
No. of candidates passing
national examination
183 888 1,726 2,517 4,526 8,967 14,185 23,873 41,243 73,862 90,710
membership 110 502 1,127 1,808 3,689 7,599 12,258 20,731 35,172 59,586 71,139

Distribution of Members (As of June 2012) No. of Members No. of Facilities
Health care facilities Hospitals 47,315 6,084
Clinics 6,065 2,288
unknown 3 3
Medical-welfare transitional facilities 7,079 3,556
Welfare facilities for the elderly 879 703
Welfare facilities for the elderly 879 703
Facilities related to Long-Term Care Insurance Act 3 3
Welfare facilities for physically impaired persons 239 183
Child welfare facilitiess 603 181
Self-reliance support facilities for persons with disabilities 4 4
Educational or/and research facilities 2,279 464
Governmental facilities 391 288
health fitness industry 36 18
Others 12,947 12,708

Distribution of PTs by age (As of June 2012)
Ages 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 56-60 61-65 66-70 over71 Total
Male 9,180 11,107 8,851 6,766 3,673 2,314 1,264 632 305 76 126 44,294
Female 7,196 9,981 7,649 4,527 2,274 1,291 384 159 60 14 14 33,549
Unknown 1
Total 77,844

Average Age
Male 33.4
Female 31.8

Distribution of PTs (As of June 2012)
No. of PT per workplace 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
No. of facilities 5,232 2,369 1,447 971 675 551 407 323 238 227

No. of PT per workplace 11-15 16-20 21-30 over31 home-based overseas Total
No. of facilities 672 337 274 181 6,357 48 20,309

Scope of Activities

1. Academic Activities
  • Hosting academic conferences (national, regional and prefectural conferences)
  • Hosting workshops, training sessions and seminars
  • Publishing “Rigaku ryohogaku” (in Japanese) (8 times per year), and an English language journal “Journal of the Japanese Physical Therapy Association” (once per year)
  • Lifelong learning system (education for newcomers)
  • Publishing white papers and other academic papers
  • Hosting seminars in specialized disciplines
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy activities (international exchange)
2. Civic Activities
  • Assisting with public-interest activities for health and welfare at the prefectural level
  • International activities such as dispatching overseas volunteers to places like Southeast Asia and Africa
  • Collaboration and exchanges with related organizations
  • Promoting exchange and friendship among members

Future Directions

1. Enhancement of Postgraduate Education
In terms of postgraduate education, in addition to our extensive workshops and training sessions, we have established an institutionalized system of lifelong learning, thereby beginning a systematic program of education. Our education for newcomers now involves taking 15 credits over the three years following graduation.

2. Working in Communities and in the Home
With the onset of the aging society, we expect to be actively engaged in such areas as nursing homes for the elderly and disabled, the promotion of good health in frail elderly citizens, in-home rehabilitation for the elderly, and the improvement and maintenance of good health―including the prevention of so-called “lifestyle-related diseases”―among local citizens.

Secretariat

Japanese Physical Therapy Association

3-8-5 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 151-0051, JAPAN

TEL 81-3-5414-7911
FAX 81-3-5414-7913
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