Welcome To The New ISJP Website!
by Lois M. Evans-de Violini
The ISJP website, as it existed until about mid-July, presented a number of problems for its users, especially for those wishing to use PayPal on the site, and for those visiting the site using smartphones or tablets. Because of these difficulties, we have undertaken a full revision of the website, abandoning the old technology previously used, and now employing state-of-the-art website development tools. One of these tools is called WordPress and over 30% of all websites today use this tool.
If you did not have an email recorded with the ISJP or if you changed your email, you need to contact me to gain membership access.
A lot of the new website, which uses the same URL as before (www.isjp.org), will seem familiar. Its appearance was copied from the old website and uses the same colors, logo, and some of the graphics. But the backbone of the site is completely new. It is responsive and can be seen on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers. And now, PayPal works properly.
In the process of moving the website, all members had to be reloaded into a new database on the new site. No login id’s and passwords could be saved. All members will have to login on the new site to gain access to the membership sections of the website. If you had an email recorded with the ISJP, WordPress automatically sent out an email with my return address and a link which you should use to change your password and gain access to the membership sections of the site again. Watch for this email, sometimes it goes to your spam folder. If have any questions or concerns, please contact me by using the contact us link at the bottom of the page.
While we hope and expect that the new website will work perfectly, we would like to be informed of any difficulties, errors or omissions that users encounter, and we would be happy to receive suggestions for website improvements. Please use the “contact us” webpage to let us know.
Many of the ISJP services available are open to both members and non-members.
The collection and study of Japanese stamps and the philately of related countries can be very intimidating. While the stamps are some of the most beautiful in the world, the early stamps of Japan are unique and challenging in many ways. There are forgeries, overprints, surcharges, perforation varieties, color varieties. So whether you are a beginning collector or have collected for years, the ISJP provides services and education to broaden your interests and your collecting enjoyment.
Founded in Canada in 1945, the Society is non-profit, non-political and non-commercial with one objective: to promote intelligent interest in the philately and postal history of Japan and former Japanese colonies (Korea, Sakhalin [Karafuto], Taiwan), territories (Kwantung, the South Manchurian Railway Zone, and the mandated Caroline, Mariana, and Marshall Islands), and occupied areas (China and Southeast Asia), including Manchoukuo, the Ryukyu Islands, Japanese seapost offices and other civilian and military post offices abroad, and foreign post offices in Japan.
The ISJP’s chief endeavor is publishing, and it has three major series of publications, all in 8.5 x 11 inch size, offset lithographed with high quality illustrations in color.
The ISJP has no paid employees. Except for printing, most work of the ISJP is done by unpaid volunteers in their spare time. Thus issues of Japanese Philately cannot be published on a precise rigid schedule. We try to work in an efficient and professional manner but we are volunteer business and could not survive if we had to pay for the long hours of service that are donated to the Society. The ISJP has been very fortunate over the years in having so many members willing to contribute their time and share their knowledge with others.
The Society encourages formation of autonomous regional chapters the activities of which include the holding of regular meetings, publication of chapter magazine, and the sponsoring or taking part in regional exhibitions. Currently, we have active chapters in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Washington DC, and Southern California.
Since ISJP members are spread all over the world, it is difficult to hold general meetings or to sponsor exhibitions. Although with the majority of members resident in the USA, in recent times meetings together with the sponsoring of The Robert M. Spaulding ISJP Award for the best Japanese exhibit. A membership list is published annually which provides a facility for members to make contact and discuss collecting areas of mutual interest. Members can choose not to be listed by notifying the Secretary.
Explore, learn and enjoy!!