About JPTA


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 World Physiotherapy 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 professional 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.

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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.


Year 1966 1969 1974 1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014 2019
No. of Members 110 502 1,127 1,808 3,689 7,599 12,258 20,731 35,172 59,586 65,453 99,240
No. of candidates
passing national examination
183 888 1,726 2,517 4,526 8,967 14,185 23,873 41,243 73,862 119,979 172,285

JPTA has defined a number of membership, when members of JPTA paid an annual fee at the end of March due to it is the deadline for invoice of JPTA membership.

For further details, see this page (in Japanese)

Scope of Activities

  • 1.

    Membership activities

    • Holding workshops, academic activity, training sessions and seminars
    • Publishing "Rigaku ryohogaku" (in Japanese, 6 times per year), and an English language journal"Physical Therapy Research" (2 times per year)
    • Implementing and updating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system
    • Publishing white papers and other academic papers
    • International activities with "World Physiotherapy" (eg: international exchange)
  • 2.

    Civic Activities

    • Public-interest activities for health and welfare with collaborating the prefectural associations
    • International cooperation and collaborative work with professional associations of other countries / territories,
    • Collaboration and exchanges with related organizations
    • Promoting and developing relationship and friendship
  • 3.

Purpose of Activities

  • 1.

    Enhancement of Postgraduate Education

    Continuing Professional Development: 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 Office

Japanese Physical Therapy Association

7-11-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 106-0032, Japan
TEL +81-3-6804-1141(*English available)

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