University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

University-Industry Research Cooperation Societally Applied Scientific Linkage and Collaboration

University-Industry Cooperative Research Committees

Aims and Goals

Color fastness tests are conducted to evaluate and measure the fastness of dyed products under various environmental conditions and conditions of use that include exposure to light, washing, and sweat and under different conditions in the dyeing process. Thus, they are relevant to important testing methods used in architecture, machinery, nonferrous metals, chemistry, physics, color science, and so forth. This committee was originally established as a joint committee of the 116th and 120th committees, which started with research on the chemical structures of dyes, to address color fastness testing methods involving various factors.

Research Themes

1. Research on blue scales (made of polyester or nylon) for use in color fastness tests
2. Research on the preparation of standard dyed cloth and fading samples for use in nitrogen oxide tests
3. Research on Gakushin-type friction testing methods
4. Participation in international standardization exchanges (participation in ISO/TC and 38/3C1 conferences and deliberations)

Committee Chairperson

Teruo Hori
Visiting Professor
University of Fukui


April 1963

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 20
Industry: 18
Total membership: 38

Committee Achievements and Special Activities

1. Achievements and activities of the 134th Committee
 (1) Research on revision of blue scales and proposal of international standards
 (2) Incorporation of research findings of xenon tests of fastness to light (high energy method) into Japan Industrial Standard (JIS) and successful proposal for inclusion in international standards
 (3) Research on and standardization of colorimetry and luminosity methods
 (4) Standardizations in JIS L-1916 based on research findings on whiteness. Preparation of whiteness Tw scale.
 (5) Research on other color fastness testing methods (in particular against friction, nitrogen oxides, dry cleaning, and ozone), and proposals for JIS revision and international standardization