History of CASP JAPAN
by Toshio Fukuoka
Based upon the presentation at CASP training week 2001 at Oxford on 20th July 2001.

Pre-historic period

Before 1998: Though very few Japanese people knew CASP, some of them attended CASP workshops in some occations and enjoyed them very much.
October 1998: An e-mail from Peter in 1998 asking Toshio Fukuoka to translate a brief introduction of CASP international into Japanese.
July 1999: 1st CASP international meeting was held in London, UK. Three of the participants were Japanese.
December 1999: 1st workshop using CASP method in Japan was held for librarians.

Establishment of CASP Japan

January 2000: We started to use the name of "CASP Japan" at the EBM workshop in Nagoya Japan.
April 2000: 1st CASP workshop with consumers was conducted.
September 2000: Homepage of CASP Japan (http://CASPjp.umin.ac.jp) came up.

Arising issues of CASP JAPAN

1) Misunderstanding of meaning and policy of CASP.

Some people thought that "CASP workshop" is a workshop of critical appraisal of articles. They thought that they can use the name of "CASP workshop" when they conduct a workshop of reading and appraising articles.
When limitation of use of "CASP" was clearly declared, some people thought that the policy is a sort of exclusion of the people.
Then we clarify our policy of free use of our material for non-commercial purpose, and limitation of its use. (see CASP homepage)

2) Building cascade model in our country.

We are now preparing to establish the CASP cascade model in our country. When whole system sets up, we will annouce it on this web.
Key point: Though we will transform methods and materials of CASP, we do not change purpose and concept of CASP activity.

3) Resource of funding.

We basically do not get any financial support from government or pharmaceutical companies. We try to keep our activity on non-commercial basis.
Anyone who is willing to give your expertise and knowledge to our activity, is really welcome. You will surely reward your contribution by sharing decisions and experience with other people during the workshops.
Our activity is non-commercial but it does not mean that the workshop we support is free of charge.