In October 1994, the FE exam was launched in Tokyo, as the first outside USA exam provided mainly for Japanese, by the Oregon PE board (Osbeels), with the help of the Japan Technology Transfer Association (JTTAS).
In 1996, the PE exam was open to Japanese FEs in Yokosuka, and toward 2000, the number of Japanese engineers who had gotten PE license had accumulated to some hundreds.
The Japan Society of Professional Engineers (JSPE) was formed in September 2000 by some foresighted Japanese engineers, and other supportive volunteers. The prospectus of the organization was to advocate the engineering and professional ethics integrated within the U.S. PE licensure system within Japan.
In August 2001, the affiliation agreement with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) made effective. JSPE has been an affiliate group of NSPE since then.