Primary Member - APAN-JP
At the APEC Tsukuba conference in March, 1996, during the process of submitting an application for funding from National Science Foundation, USA for a trans-Pacific backbone network, the need for an Asia-wide research and education network was identified. APAN was established in Tokyo in June, 1997, and Professor Kilnam Chon of Korea became its first Chair.
APAN-JP was formerly organized soon after the birth of APAN in 1997. Members of APAN-JP have held key positions in APAN working groups, NOC and the Secretariat.
The membership of APAN-JP include the government-based link owners as the primary members. In addition, academia as well as industries support its activities, especially for research & development, network operation and international collaborations.
Japan accounts for the maximum number of participants as well as the presentations at APAN meetings. APAN-JP also is capable and willing to help international projects related to international human relations, stable operation of advanced networks, etc.