The Seiwa Scholars Society (3S in short) was established in 1997 with the aim of encouraging the recipients of the Inamori Grants in their pursuits by providing them with opportunities to get to know, befriend, and inspire one another. This program was also prompted by the increasing importance of a horizontal and interdisciplinary perspective in today’s academic world, whose landscape has become fragmented through specialization. Members of 3S communicate with each other across the diverse areas of study they represent － spanning the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences － through a range of activities that include presentations, lectures, parties, and newsletters.
The three curving lines represent the letters “SSS,” for Seiwa Scholars Society. The close alignment of the three S’s symbolizes the communication and friendship among the 3S membership. The circle represents the planet Earth and the global community. The arrangement of the three S’s suggests the spreading motion of waves, which symbolizes the hope that the members will spread their contributions throughout the world and that the Society will continue to grow. The 3S badge is fashioned from a Kyocera’s Inamori Opal.
In accordance with the Society’s founding purpose, General Assembly is held in April each year. Lecture meetings and social dinners are held to promote friendship among members.
Seiwa Scholars Society Newsletter
This annual publication (Japanese only) is packed with a wide variety of information, opinions, and suggestions, aimed at facilitating members’ research activities through exchange and friendship among researchers in different fields.