Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.
Japan Mensa was founded by Richard C. Fisher (a US citizen) in 1970; he served as the group's chairman until 1980. Their first meeting was held in January 1970. The group was recognized as "permanent" in November 1970. It obtained full membership status in May 1980, but was reduced to provisional status a couple of years later. The group published a regular newsletter through most of the 1970's and 1980's.
Recognition was withdrawn in mid-1992, following its failure to file reports and otherwise comply
with Mensa International's requirements for continued recognition. As of March 1996, Japan was again listed, as an "Emerging Mensa," but was not shown as a separate group in MIL statistics for August 1997.
(Above) *Statistics up until 10/97 were transcribed from The Mensa Book of Lists, compiled by Victor
Bonzagni, American Mensa Historian, and the International Archivist.
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