History of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (April 1, 2012)

The origin of this institute dates back to May 1911 when the Second Study Group was formed within the Second Department of the then Electric Laboratory of the Ministry of Communications.

In March 1914, this group was renamed the “Study Group on Telegraph and Telephone” and began accepting members from outside the Ministry. As telegraph and telephone services developed and research and development of related technologies intensified, both in Japan and abroad, there arose a call for reforming the “study group” into an “institute of engineers.”

In May 1917, the Institute of Telegraph and Telephone Engineers of Japan was founded with the aims of studying the science and art of telegraphy and telephony, exchanging relevant knowledge and promoting related industries. It established its articles of association and began publishing journals and hosting paper presentation meetings.

In light of progress in the relevant science and technology and expansion of the technical areas which it addressed, the institute was renamed the “Institute of Electrical Communication Engineers of Japan” in January 1937. In May 1967, it became the “Institute of Electronics and Communication Engineers of Japan.” As electronics technology underwent rapid development and computerization penetrated into society, the name of the organization was further changed in January 1987 to the “Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers” (IEICE) in order to embrace the information technology (IT) field.

In line with a growing desire to further vitalize the institute through activities suited to individual technical areas, the IEICE, mainly through its Fundamental Issues Study Committee, studied how best to incorporate such activities. In 1985, it adopted a group system as an interim solution.

Then, in April 1995, the society system was introduced as the final form. Today, the institute has four societies (Engineering Sciences Society, Communications Society, Electronics Society, and Information and Systems Society) and one group (Human Communication Group).

In accordance with the national policy of reforming public-interest organizations, the legal status of the institute was changed to that of a general incorporated association.


By its nature, the institute draws its members from the ranks of researchers and engineers specializing in electronics, information and communications. Its membership has grown steadily due to the rapid advances in electronics in the 1970s and the expansion of information and communications R&D over recent years as part of efforts to integrate computation and telecommunications. The IEICE now ranks as one of the largest institutes of engineers in Japan.

☁Eember categories
Honorary member:
Individual who has made special contributions to science, technology or related business, and has been recommended by way of a resolution of the Board of Directors.
Individual who has knowledge and/or considerable experience in a relevant technical field.
Student member:
Individual who is studying at a university or other educational institute
Affiliate member:
Individual who is seeking to acquire knowledge and/or significant experience in a relevant technical field.
Associate supporting member:
Research institute, library, etc. that supports the objectives of this institute
Supporting member:
Individual, company or other organization that supports the IEICE and has been recommended by way of a resolution of the Board of Directors.

☁Eumber of members
(As at March 31, 2014)
Number of subscribers to each society
Honorary members
Engineering Sciences Society
Communications Society
Student members
Electronics Society
Affiliate members
Information and Systems Society
Associate supporting members
Human Communication Group
Supporting members
☁Eperational organization
The institute is organized as shown in the figure below and operates under the leadership of the Board of Directors, which comprises officers (20-30 directors and two auditors) elected by the members.
☁Erganizational chart for the institute
Societies and group

Since their establishment in May 1995, the societies and the group have been operating in accordance with policies suited to the characteristics of each body in line with efforts to further vitalize their activities, bring them closer to their members, and encourage them to play an active role in those activitie.

The respective societies and group have the following technical committees:

Local sections

Currently, the IEICE has ten sections nationwide. Each section operates under the leadership of a section chief, four section secretaries and about 20 section councilors. Sections host lecture meetings, seminars and industrial tours, and carry out other activities.
As a part of the institute’s services directed to student members, who will forge the future of the organization, a Students EAssociation has been established. Each year, it hosts paper presentation meetings, lectures, industrial tours, and seminars, and publishes newsletters

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