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Non Profit Organization(NPO)
International Shogi Popularization Society(ISPS)
"NPO Shogi wo Sekai ni Hiromeru Kai" NPO 将棋を世界に広める会
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< Our Brief History >
Shogi (Japanese chess "将棋") is a kind of chess like games. There are many kinds of chess like games in the world, but Shogi is the most interesting one because of its sophisticated rule (we believe). Japanese Shogi lovers, who wish to popularize Shogi in the world, gathered to establish the "ISPS (International Shogi Popularization Society)" in May 1995. Later ISPS became a Non Profit Organization getting a legal personality in October 2000.
The objective of ISPS is to popularize Shogi in the world and thus to promote Japan's friendly relations with other countries. ISPS is doing various activities to spread Shogi in many countries. One of our goals is to hold an International Shogi Olympic Game regularly. We have done and are doing following activities.
- gathering and providing informations on the promotion of Shogi outside of Japan
- enhancing network of foreign Shogi players
- making textbooks of Shogi in foreign languages
- assisting foreign people to learn Shogi etc.
< Shogi events organized by ISPS >
Feb. 1997 First International Shogi Friendship Games
Apr. 1997 Invitation of a Chinese junior team for the friendship game
Dec. 1997 Second International Shogi Friendship Games
Nov. 1998 Tour to Beijing for the cultural exchange through Shogi games
Jun. 1999 Party for foreign players who participated in the First International Shogi Forum
Aug. 1999 Third International Shogi Friendship Games
Aug. 1999 Invitation of Chinese junior high school students
Nov. 1999 Tour to Shanghai for the cultural exchange through Shogi games
May. 2000 Tour to Sankt Peterburg (Russia) for the cultural exchange through Shogi games
Oct. 2000 Fourth International Shogi Friendship Games
Feb. 2001 Tour to Sweden for the cultural exchange through Shogi games
July 2001 First Shogi Championship Game of elementary school pupils, Tokyo-Beijing (at Tokyo)
July 2002 Second Shogi Championship Game of elementary school pupils, Tokyo-Beijing (at Beijing)
Sep. 2002 Send Shogi Instructor for Sweden National Team
Feb. 2003 First Shogi Championship Game of elementary school pupils, Yokohama-Shanghai (at Yokohama)
Aug. 2003 Third Shogi Championship Game of elementary school pupils, Tokyo-Beijing was suspended by SARS. Shogi Championship Game of rooting for Beijing with only Japanese pupils were opened.
Aug. 2003 Two week study tour for Ukraine and Russia by our two directors.
Nov. 2003 4 day tour to Seoul in Korea for cultural exchange between Japanese shogi and Korean shogi.
Jan-Feb 2004 Sending two Japanese coachers in order to develop local shogi coachers in Seoul.
Apr.-Sep. 2004 Sending one Japanese coacher to Sankt. Peterburg to teach shogi mainly to a local Japanese language school.
Members of ISPS are about 300, as of July 2003. If you have interest in Shogi and are a resident in Japan, you are welcome to ISPS any time. A seasonal magazine "Kakehashi" in Japanese is sent to members. If you are further interested in ISPS, then you would like to contact us by sending an email to: email@example.com