About JAC

About JAC

Japan Academic Association For Copyright Clearance (JAC) is a management business operator registered by Agency for Cultural Affairs under the Copyright Law of Japan (Registration Number 02004).

We manage and administer intellectual property and deal with copyrights on behalf of academic Organizations. We work as Collective Management Organizations acting in the interest and on behalf of the owners of rights.

We are member of International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO), and we have bilateral agreements with countries around the world which means content users can copy from publications published in 33 international territories.

JAC’s mission is to contribute to the development of academic societies by making it easy for our users to get and use content worldwide as obtaining permission to use copyrighted works is complicated, while protecting the legitimate interests of rightsholders.

We mainly represent the rightsholders’ reproduction rights in academic related works and grant licenses. Our licensing revenue is distributed to rightsholders we represent after deduction of predetermined administration fees.

Top Message

Our continuous contribution to the sustainment and advancement of academic societies in an evolving world

Since its establishment formerly as “The Copyright Council of the Academic Societies” in 1989, Japan Academic Association For Copyright Clearance (JAC) has built the circulative licensing system that protects the copyrights of our member associations who are academic associations and also provides simple ways for users to obtain permissions for the use of copyrighted works.

With the major growth of information and communication technology over the past 30 years, we have been encouraged to take initiative to introduce a paperless environment and take advantage of the cloud instead of using printed paper materials as means of sharing information these days.

Considering digital data is not “things”, people tend to have insufficient awareness about the use of copyrighted works because they can use content so easily, and it may be said that the risk of copyright infringement is relatively high compared to other intellectual property rights infringements.

If copyright infringement should occur, not only would cause economic loss, there is also a danger that their social reputation and credibility could be seriously damaged with the rapid spread of information in the modern age, which makes compliance all the more important to organizations.

We offer simplified services that help you to meet compliance requirements of copyrights and also contribute to the sustainable development for rightsholders of academic associations as well as academic societies.

June, 2022
Japan Academic Association For Copyright Clearance (JAC)
Hiroshi Matsumoto

Organizational Structure

JAC is incorporated association which is organized by 5 member associations with Board of Directors. We currently have 5 member Organizations – The Japan Federation of Engineering Societies (JFES), Japan Association for Dental Science (JADS), Association of Japanese Agricultural Scientific Societies (AJASS), The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan (PSJ) and The Japan Association of Medical Sciences (JAMS).

Officer's Bio

Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, Ph.D.

Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, a professor emeritus at the University of Tsukuba was named the President of Japan Academic Copyright Clearance (JAC) on June 2022.

After graduated from the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Education in 1978, Dr. Matsumoto served as a lecturer at the Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, University of Tsukuba, an assistant professor at the same university, and a professor at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba from 2011 to 2021.

Dr. Matsumoto has served as President of the Pesticide Science Society of Japan, President of the Weed Science Society of Japan, and President of the Asia-Pacific Weed Science Society, and has contributed to research and education in the field of weed science.
Dr.Matsumoto has also been a member of the Science Council of Japan from 2011 to 2017 and a member of the second section of the Science Council of Japan from 2017, working to solve life science-related issues in Japan.

From June 2022, Dr. Matsumoto took office as the Representative Director of JAC and has reached today.



Founded as Academic Association Copyright Council.


Registered as a management business operator under the Law on Management Business of Copyright and Neighboring rights at Agency for Cultural Affairs.Became an associate RRO Member of IFRRO.


Reorganized into limited liability intermediary corporation, Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance.


Became an official RRO Member of IFRRO.


Renamed to general incorporated association, Japan Academic Association for Copyright Clearance with the reform of law by Government of Japan.

Related Organizations

Agency for Cultural Affairs

Address 3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 100-8959
Tel +81-3-5253-4111
URL http://www.bunka.go.jp

International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations(IFRRO)

Address Rue du Prince Royal 85 1050 Brussels Belgium
Tel +32-2-234-62-60
URL http://www.ifrro.org

Japan Reproduction Rights Center(JRRC)

Address 3-3-7-3F Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0061
Tel +81-3-3401-2382
URL http://www.jrrc.or.jp

Copyright Research and Information Center(CRIC)

Address Harmony Tower22F 1-32-2, Honcho, Nakano-ku,Tokyo 164-0012
Tel +81-3-5348-6030
URL http://www.cric.or.jp