Mission Statement
    The Japanese Society for Lymphoreticular Tissue Research is dedicated to elucidating the pathology of lymphoma and related diseases, and to improving the diagnostic accuracy, treatment outcome, and quality of life of patients.

       The Japanese Society for Lymphoreticular Tissue Research, originally named the Japanese Reticuloendothelial Society, was established in 1939 to facilitate communication among its members who were involved in research on reticuloendothelial cells, which were thought at that time to be lymphoid stem cells. The founders of the society were Dr. Kaneyoshi Akazaki, Seizou Katsunuma, Shigeyasu Amano, Syoichi Yamagata, Susumu Hibino, Gyoichi Wakisaka, and Sadataka Tasaka among others. The society worked actively in the fields of reticulum cells, endothelial cells, and macrophages that target reticuloendothelial cells. Specific topics included morphology, function, cell origin, and neoplastic counterparts and disorders. Later, it was clarified that reticuloendothelial cells and lymphocytes are closely related, and the society began investigating lymphocytes and their neoplastic counterparts. However, in recent years, most of the reports from the society have involved lymphomas; therefore, in 1996, the society applied to the Japanese Medical Association to change its name. On April 1, 1997, a name change from the Japanese Reticuloendothelial Society to the Japanese Society for Lymphoreticular Tissue Research was approved.

       This society has many features in common with the Japanese Hematopathological Committee. Therefore, these two organizations are trying to plan a joint meeting. Moreover, in order to facilitate communication with hematopathologists in other Asian countries, The Japanese Society for Lymphoreticular Tissue Research is trying to hold a joint meeting among Asian hematopathologists. Thus, this society is actively working as a center of Asian hematopathological research. In addition, research activities on the functional analyses of dendritic cells and macrophages other than lymphocytes are now underway. The official journal of the society was changed from Japanese to English and is named the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology. Studies published in this journal can be searched on numerous databases, including PUBMED.