About EIM Japan

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About EIM Japan

Head Office
The Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention

Kansai Medical University Health Science Center,
2-3-1 Shimmachi, Hirakata-shi, Osaka, Japan 573-1191  MAP
TEL&FAX:072-804-2554

What Is EIM??

EIM is a project for promoting sports and exercise therapy that was launched in 2007 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in the United States of America, and today, more than 40 countries across the world are participating in this project. While coordinating their efforts with governmental organizations to address the specific conditions faced in each of their individual countries, project members work toward the goal of integrating sports and exercise therapy into their respective health care systems.

Objectives

Here in Japan, Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) Japan was established on September 1st, 2018, as a subsidiary organization of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention through guidance provided by the ACSM, related ministries and agencies, and academic societies and organizations that focus on fields related to exercise therapy. The operational objectives of EIM Japan are as follows:

  1. To raise awareness among doctors and members of the medical world, health and fitness professionals, as well as individuals involved in governmental affairs and other industries on the medical benefits of sports and exercise and on the safe and effective prescription of exercise as a treatment/creation of exercise programs.
  2. To support professional fitness instructors (health fitness instructors, physical therapists, etc.) in their social activities.
  3. To bridge the gap between local doctors and professional fitness instructors.
  4. To disseminate information to the world on the best practices in Japan related to sports and exercise therapy and its systems for promoting increased levels of physical activity.
  5. To coordinate its efforts with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in order to eliminate the worldwide epidemic of illnesses caused by lack of exercise.

Goal

To take sports and exercise therapy and interventions to increase levels of physical activity and to integrate them into the Japanese health care system.

Greetings from the Chairperson

トレーニングルームの木村 譲
  • Director, the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention
  • President, EIM Japan

YUTAKA KIMURA, Kansai Medical University

With the discovery that exercise and sports act as effective means to prevent and treat lifestyle related diseases and illnesses, in 1988, the Research Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention (the predecessor of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention) was established with the aim of coordinating efforts being made in the fields of clinical medicine and health care. Further expanding on its initial goal, the American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM) launched the EIM (Exercise Is Medicine) project in 2007 with the aim of taking sports and exercise therapy and integrating them into the health care system. In 2014, in order to better coordinate its efforts with health care providers and to promote the advance of exercise therapy as a medical discipline, the Research Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention further evolved from a research association into an academic society.

Finally, in 2019, the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention established the EIM-ACSM Japan Branch to globally promote the usage of exercise therapy in the field of health care. In light of this historical background, at the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention, we consider it to be a great honor to take on our responsibilities in representing the Japan Branch of EIM.

Furthermore, we believe that we are positioned to play a vital role in the process of promoting future collaboration to link health care with sports and exercise therapy. With that said, it must be recognized that there are numerous academic societies and research associations here in Japan that advocate for increased coordination between the fields of exercise/sports and medical research. Here at EIM Japan, we hope to cooperate with these other academic societies and research associations in order to contribute to the further dissemination and promotion of the EIM project throughout Japan.

We sincerely appreciate your warm support and cooperation in helping us as we work towards furthering the scientific and practical advance of exercise therapy and in promoting collaboration that bridges the gaps between sports, health care, and medical research in Japan.

September, 2019

Board/Committee Member Directory

氏名所属
YUTAKA KIMURA Kansai Medical University
SHINJI SATO Teikyo University
RYOICHI NAGATOMI Tohoku University
YUTAKA HATORI Japan Medical Association
MOTOHIKO MIYACHI Waseda University
YUKO OGUMA Keio University
SHIGERU MAKITA Saitama Medical University
YOSHIHUMI TAMURA Juntendo University
AKIRA TORII Tokyo Medical Association
MASAAKI MIYAGAWA Japan Medical Association

Charter and Operating Regulations

Name

Article 1 The name of this organization shall be Exercise Is Medicine (hereinafter referred to as EIM) Japan.

Purpose
Article 2  EIM Japan’s stated purpose shall be to proceed with efforts to take exercise therapy and interventions to increase levels of physical activity and to integrate these into the Japanese health care system.
Operations
Article 3  In order to serve its purpose as given in the previous article, EIM Japan shall engage in the following operations.
  1. It shall raise awareness among doctors and members of the medical world, health and fitness professionals, as well as individuals involved in governmental affairs and other industries on the medical benefits of exercise and on the safe and effective prescription of exercise as a treatment/creation of exercise programs.
  2. It shall support professional fitness instructors (health fitness instructors, physical therapists, etc.) in achieving social recognition.
  3. It shall act to bridge the gap between doctors and professional fitness instructors.
  4. It shall disseminate information to the world on the best practices in Japan related to exercise therapy and its systems for promoting increased levels of physical activity.
  5. It shall coordinate its efforts with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in order to eliminate the worldwide epidemic of illnesses caused by lack of exercise.
Organization
Article 4   EIM Japan is a subsidiary organization of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention, a non-profit organization (hereinafter referred to as the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention).
Board of Directors
Article 5 EIM Japan’s Board of Directors shall be comprised of at least 5 voting members.
Article 6 EIM Japan’s Chairperson shall be selected from among the members of the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention.
Article 7 EIM Japan’s Secretary-General, who is entrusted with management and support duties, shall be selected from among the members of the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention.
Article 8 Members of EIM Japan’s Board of Directors shall include at least 1 member representing a nationally recognized sports medicine academic society other than the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention or a doctors’ association.
Article 9 EIM Japan shall interact with members from health-related ministries and agencies, governmental institutions, and the industrial sector, and it shall make every effort to invite representatives of such organizations to serve as consultants at its board meetings.
Article 10  While EIM Japan’s Board of Directors shall be comprised of representatives from multiple academic groups and organizations, only one person from the same group or organization shall be granted voting rights. Additionally, consultants shall not be granted voting rights at its board meetings.
Article 11 EIM Japan shall hold either face-to-face or email conferencing board meetings a minimum of 3 times per year, and it shall reflect on the contents of such meetings and shall conduct a renewal of its Board of Directors at least 1 time per year.
Voting Rights
Article 12  Decisions made by EIM Japan shall be determined by obtaining a majority vote of the members of its Board of Directors.
Article 13 In the event that a decision is made by EIM Japan, it shall be necessary for the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention to grant the Board of Directors its approval in order for such decisions to be executed.
Article 14 In the event that EIM Japan’s decision making is found to conflict with the intentions of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention, the Executive Director of the Japanese Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention reserves the right to submit a proposal to call for the revision of any resolution items established by EIM Japan’s Board of Directors.
Accounting
Article 15  EIM Japan’s financial affairs shall be consolidated with those of the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention.
Article 16 In the event that EIM Japan is to earn revenue, the EIM Japan Board of Directors may submit a proposal related to its usage to the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention.
Mutual Support
Article 17  For cases where a particular need is identified for work duties to be performed, regardless of whether or not such work duties have been set forth in these regulations, EIM Japan and the Association of Exercise Therapy and Prevention shall mutually support each other in performing such duties.
Supplementary Provision
Article 1  These regulations shall come into force on September 1st, 2018.