About Us


Organization   The Japanese Society of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology       ('PMUG' for short)
Adress   C/O Research Institute of Environmental Geology, Chiba, 3-5-1, Inagekaigan, Mihama-ku, Chiba city, 261-0005, Japnan 



Academic Society Officer

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Satoshi  Murao  Daiichi Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering


Shinji Takeuchi Nihon University , College of Humanities and Sciences


Takeshi Komai Tohoku University, Graduate School of Environmental Studies
Niichi Nishiwaki Nara University, Honorary professor
Takayuki Kawabe Yamagata University, Honorary professor
Shigeru Kasahara ME-SAI INC.

Audit Committee

Kumiko Iwai Chiba Prefectural Environmental Foundation
Mitsuo Sato Shinko Engineering CO.,LTD.



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Chief Secretary

Hiroshi Takashima Noda City Government


Osamu Kazaoka Research Institute of Environmental Geology, Chiba
Mio Takeuchi Biomedical Research Institute, AIST
Masaru Homma Asano Taiseikiso Engineering Co., Ltd.
Hideki Okano Token Geotec Co., Ltd.
Yoshiyuki Tamura Chiba Prefectural Environment Foundation




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Prof. Saleem H. Ali University of Delaware
Harriet Kelsall Founder and Chairman of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, Chairman of the National Association of Jewellers (UK)
Yoshiki EHARA JICA Nepal Office
Sotaro TSUBOI Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution Research Fellow
Tomomi YAMADA Data Coordinating Center, Department of Medical Innovation, Osaka University Hospital
Kakuko YOSHIDA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme


Editorial Committee of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology

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Chief Editor

Osamu Kazaoka Research Institute of Environmental Geology, Chiba

Deputy Editors

Mio Takeuchi Biomedical Research Institute, AIST
Satoshi Murao Daiichi Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering

Associate Editors

Baatar TUMENBAYAR Sans Frontier Progress, Mongolia
Katsuhiro FUJISAKI Independent Groundwater Consultant
Atsuko FUKUYAMA Faculty of Engineering, Daiichi Institute of Technology
Masaru HOMMA Asano Taiseikiso Engineering Co., Ltd.
Kazuo KAMURA Faculty of Human Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Takayuki KAWABE Professor Emeritus of Yamagata University
Satoshi KOSHIMIZU Yamanashi Prefectural University
Kaoru MARUTANI Research Institute of Energy, Environment and Geology, Hokkaido Research Organization
Takao NAKAGAWA Scientist of Environmental Geology
Kenji NANBA Faculty of Symbiotic Systems Science, Fukushima University
Hisashi NIREI The Society of Geo-pollution Control, Japan
Mitsuo SATO Shinko Engineering Co., Ltd
Sotham SIENG Ministry of Mines and Energy of Cambodia
Ritsuko SUGITA National Research Institute of Police Science
Yoshiaki TAINOSHO Guest Professor of Open University of Japan, Hyogo Study Center/ Professor Emeritus of Kobe University
Hiroshi TAKASHIMA Noda City Government
Yoshiyuki TAMURA Chiba Prefectural Environment Foundation
Hidekazu YOSHIDA Nagoya University Museum


Constitution of the Japanese Society of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology (PMUG)

(Legislated at the General Assembly on November 30, 2008)
(Amended at the General Assembly on November 28, 2015)
(Amended at the General Assembly on December 2, 2017)

Chapter 1. General Provisions

Article 1. The Society is called The Japanese Society of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology.  The abbreviation is PMUG.
Article 2. In order to realize a society based on sustainable development, it is necessary to solve various problems that arise in the relationship between nature and human activities. The Society will try to solve these problems by investigating and studying the laws of nature mainly targeting the geo-environments and reflecting them in the real world.
(Project Business)
Article 3. The Society will carry out the following projects in order to achieve the purpose of the preceding article.

  1. Publishing of "Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology" and other publications.
  2. Holding conferences and other academic meetings.
  3. Encouraging research activity and awarding for achievements.
  4. Promotion of international research activities or academic exchanges.
  5. Other projects that the President deems necessary.

(Change of Constitution)
Article 4. Changes of the constitution of the Society shall be made by a resolution of the General Assembly.

Chapter 2. Members

(Member type)
Article 5. The Society is organized by the members in the next section. Individuals with membership qualifications are regular members, and companies and organizations are corporate members.

  1. General members: Individuals who agree with the purpose of the Society and participate in the activities.
  2. Student members: Among the individuals who agree with the purpose of the Society and participate in the activities, students (including graduate students) who are educated at the university. However, working adult students (including graduate students) are excluded.
  3. Supporting members: Companies, organizations, etc. that agree with the purpose of the Society and support the activities of the Society.
  4. Subscribed members: Among companies and organizations that agree with the purpose of the Society, those who wish only to subscribe the journal.
  5. Honorary members: Those who have excellent research achievements, academic society management, or other achievements that meet the purpose of the Society.

(Membership rights)
Article 6. Regular members have the following rights. Corporate members have the right in paragraph 1.

  1. Receive the society journal and other distributions
  2. Contribute to the Society journal
  3. Present your research at conference

(Membership obligation)
Article 7. All members have the following obligations.

  1. Compliance with the Society constitution
  2. Payment of membership fee within the deadline
  3. Cooperation with the Society management

(Membership application)
Article 8. Those who agree with the purpose of the Society and wish to join the Society (including companies and organizations) shall submit the prescribed membership application form to the Society (including the application from the website) and pay the membership fee.  If necessary, the President can request to submit documents to confirm the affiliation and others.
(Confirmation of membership)
Article 9. Membership shall be confirmed when both the membership application form and the payment of membership fees are verified and the Society approves the membership. The selection of honorary members is based on the rules for selecting honorary members.
(Withdrawing membership)
Article 10. Members who wish to withdraw from the membership shall apply to the Society after paying the membership fee in full.  If the membership fee is defaulted, the membership may be lost according to the judgement by the Society board.

Chapter 3. Accounting

Article 11. Membership fees and donations will be applied to the expenses of the Society.
(Membership fee)
Article 12. The annual membership fee is as follows.

  1. Regular members: 6,000 JPY.
  2. Student members: 4,000 JPY
  3. Supporting members: 20,000 JPY per share, more than a share.
  4. Subscribed members: 10,000 JPY

(Accounting period)
Article 13. The fiscal year of the Society begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th every year.
Article 14. The accounting of the Society shall be audited every year before the general meeting.

Chapter 4. General Assembly

(General Assembly)
Article 15. The general assembly consists of regular members. The general meeting resolves matters related to the basic policy, membership fees, business, budget, and income and expenditure settlement of the association. The general assembly is convened by the president once a year, and an extraordinary general assembly can be held as needed. The quorum of the general meeting shall be one tenth or more of the regular members. However, a power of attorney can be used to attend the general meeting.

Chapter 5. Officers

Article 16. The officers of the Society shall be one president, one vice president, some councilors, and two auditors. The term of office of officers shall be three years, and reappointment shall not be hindered.
Article 17. The president can appoint advisors and obtain advice on the operation of the association.
(Election of President, Vice President and Councilors)
Article 18. The president, vice president, and councilors are elected from among regular members. The auditor is elected by the board of councilors from among the regular members, and the secretary is recommended by the president and elected by the board of councilors. The secretary recommended by the president requires the approval of the board of councilors. Officers will be elected according to the officer election rules specified separately.
(Executive office work)
Article 19. The president, on behalf of the Society, supervises the affairs of the Society and convenes a board of councilors to chair it. The vice president assists the president and takes over the duties of the president in the event of an accident. The councilors form a council and deliberate on matters necessary for formulating and operating the basic policy of the Society. The auditors audit the accounting and report the results to the General Assembly.
(Board of Council)
Article 20. The board of council shall consist of the president, vice president and councilors, and shall operate in accordance with the purpose of the Society. The quorum of the board of council shall be at least half of the members. However, the councilor can change to attend by a power of attorney.
(Secretary office)
Article 21. The secretary executes the affairs related to general affairs, accounting, editing, events, etc.
Article 22 The secretary constitutes the secretariat. The secretariat will elect one secretary-general. The secretariat can set up committees on general affairs, accounting, editing, events, etc. to execute the affairs. The members of each committee are selected by the secretariat from among the regular members and appointed by the president.
Supplementary provisions
Article 1 This constitution will come into effect on January 1, 2009.
Supplementary Provisions (November 28, 2015, revised constitution)
Article 1 This constitution will come into effect on January 1, 2016.
Supplementary Provisions (December 2, 2017, revised constitution)
Article 1 This constitution will come into effect on January 1, 2018. 

Professional Ethics

The following guidelines have been developed by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and are accepted by a number of geoscience-related societies. The Japanese Society of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology (abbreviation: PMUG) accepts this and will operate it as a guideline for the Society with the consent of the AGI.
Geoscientists play a critical role in ethical decision making about stewardship of the Earth, the use of its resources, and the interactions between humankind and the planet on which we live. Geoscientists must earn the public’s trust and maintain confidence in the work of individual geoscientists and the geosciences as a profession. The Japanese Society of Geo-Pollution Science, Medical Geology and Urban Geology (PMUG) expects those in the profession to adhere to the highest ethical standards in all professional activities. Geoscientists should engage responsibly in the conduct and reporting of their work, acknowledging the uncertainties and limits of current understanding inherent in studies of natural systems. Geoscientists should respect the work of colleagues and those who use and rely upon the products of their work.
In day-to-day activities geoscientists should:

  • Be honest.
  • Act responsibly and with integrity, acknowledge limitations to knowledge and understanding, and be accountable for their errors.
  • Present professional work and reports without falsification or fabrication of data, misleading statements, or omission of relevant facts. 
  • Distinguish facts and observations from interpretations.
  • Accurately cite authorship, acknowledge the contributions of others, and not plagiarize. 
  • Disclose and act appropriately on real or perceived conflicts of interest. 
  • Continue professional development and growth. 
  • Encourage and assist in the development of a safe, diverse, and inclusive workforce.
  • Treat colleagues, students, employees, and the public with respect. 
  • Keep privileged information confidential, except when doing so constitutes a threat to public health, safety, or welfare. 

As members of a professional and scientific community, geoscientists should: 

  • Promote greater understanding of the geosciences by other technical groups, students, the general public, news media, and policy makers through effective communication and education.
  • Conduct their work recognizing the complexities and uncertainties of the Earth system.
  • Sample responsibly so that materials and sites are preserved for future study.
  • Document and archive data and data products using best practices in data management, and share data promptly for use by the geoscience community.
  • Use their technical knowledge and skills to protect public health, safety, and welfare, and enhance the sustainability of society.
  • Responsibly inform the public about natural resources, hazards, and other geoscience phenomena with clarity and accuracy.
  • Support responsible stewardship through an improved understanding and interpretation of the Earth, and by communicating known and potential impacts of human activities and natural processes.


By Train

JR Inagekaigan Station(Keiyo Line of JR East): About 10 minutes on foot
Keisei Inage Station(Keisei Chiba Line): About 12 minutes on foot

By Bus

JR Inage Station(Soubu Line of JR East), West Exit No. 5: For Inagekaigan Station (via Proud City) or for Kemigawahama Station get off at Takasu Pool and walk for about 1 minute