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Constitution

Constitution
Public Interest Corporation, Japan Academy of Nursing Science

Chapter 1. General Provisions

(Name)

Article 1

The name of this association shall be the Public Interest Corporation, Japan Academy of Nursing Science (JANS) (hereafter referred to as “the Academy”).

(Purpose)

Article 2

The Academy promotes the development of nursing science, facilitates exchange in a broad range of relevant knowledge, and contributes to the health and welfare of people.

(Activities)

Article 3

To fulfill its purposes, the Academy shall conduct the following activities:

 

(1)

Convening an Academic Conference

(2)

Publishing official Journals

(3)

Facilitating research activities of nursing

(4)

Cooperation and linkage with relevant national and international academic societies

(5)

Commendation of nursing research manuscripts

(6)

Facilitating international research cooperation

(7)

Conducting social activities to contribute to people’s health and welfare

(8)

Other activities deemed necessary to achieve the Academy’s purposes

2

The activities in Article 3.1 shall be conducted throughout Japan.

(Office)

Article 4

The Academy shall maintain its Office in Bunkyo-ku Tokyo, Japan.

2

However, upon a resolution passed by the Board of Directors, the Office of the Academy may be shifted to any location required.

(Means of notification)

Article 5

Announcements issued by the Academy shall be published by electronic announcement.

Chapter 2. Total Capital

(Total capital)

Article 6

The total capital shall be entrusted to the Academy.

(Soliciting of capital and rights of contributors of funds)

Article 7

The Academy is allowed to advertise for a party to collect funds.

2

The procedure for advertising for funds etc. shall be decided by a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors.

3

In accordance with the provisions of the agreement with contributors of funds, the Academy must return to the contributors of funds an amount equivalent to the value of the assets provided. However, this amount shall not exceed the return limit amount for the end of each fiscal year, and shall not exceed the capital amount provided.

4

Until liquidation of the Academy, capital entrusted to the Academy shall not be returned unless a resolution to that effect is approved by the Councilors meeting.

5

Bonds relating to return of capital shall not incur payment of interest.

(Procedures for returning funds)

Article 8

Funds shall be returned to a contributor after a resolution on the total amount of funds to be returned has been adopted by the Board of Directors, in accordance with a resolution of the Board of Directors meeting.

2

When capital is to be returned, capital equivalent to the amount of capital to be returned shall be appropriated as substitute capital, and the substitute capital shall not be used.

Chapter 3. Members

(Membership categories)

Article 9

The membership of the Academy shall be as follows.

 

(1)

Regular members

(2)

Supporting members

(3)

Honorary members

(Regular members)

Article 10

A regular member is a person who agrees with and supports the purposes of the Academy, who conducts research in nursing science, and who has been approved by the Board of Directors in accordance with the standard prescribed by the Councilors meeting.

2

A regular member may attend the General Assembly and exercise the right to vote.

3

A regular member may participate in the Academic Conference, contribute an article to the Journals, and receive copies of the Journals.

4

In accordance with the rights of Councilors listed below as prescribed in the Act on General Incorporated Associations and General Incorporated Foundations (2006 Act No. 48, hereafter the ‘Associations and Foundations Act ’), regular members of the Academy may participate in the Academy with the same rights as Councilors of the Academy.

 

(1)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 14.2 (Right to view the Constitution, etc.)

(2)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 32.2 (Right to
view the list of Councilors, etc.)

(3)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 57.4 (Right to
view the minutes of the Councilors meeting)

(4)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 50.6 (Right to view the proxy appointment documents of Councilors, etc.)

(5)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 52.5 (Right to view records of exercise of votes by electronic methods, etc.)

(6)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 129.3 (Right to view accounting documents, etc.)

(7)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 229.2 (Right to view the balance sheet of the liquidated corporation, etc.)

(8)

The rights prescribed in the Associations and Foundations Act Article 246.3, Article 250.3 and Article 256.3 (Right to view the contract of merger, etc.)

(Supporting members)

Article 11

A supporting member is an individual or organization who agrees with the purposes of the Academy and who is approved by the Board of Directors in accordance with the standard prescribed by the Councilors meeting.

(Honorary members)

Article 12

Persons who have given an outstanding contribution to the development of nursing science may be approved for honorary membership by the Board of Directors and the Councilors meeting.

2

An honorary member may attend the Councilors meeting to state his or her views.

3

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors is required to report approval of honorary membership described in Article 12.1 to the General Assembly.

(Admittance to the Academy)

Article13

A person who wishes to join the Academy as a regular member or a supporting member must submit a complete membership application form for entry to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and receive the approval of the Board of Directors in accordance with the standard prescribed by the Councilors meeting.

(Obligations)

Article 14

A member must pay the membership dues set by the Councilors meeting.

2

Irrespective of Article 14.1, an honorary member is not required to pay the membership dues.

3

Paid membership dues shall not be refunded for any reason.

(Termination of membership)

Article 15

A member shall lose membership in the Academy in case of the following:

 

(1)

Withdrawal from the Academy in accordance with Article 16.

(2)

Failure to pay membership dues within one year after the membership invoice date.

(3)

Expulsion from membership for cause in accordance with Article 17.

(4)

For other reasons specified by ordinance.

(Withdrawal from the Academy)

Article 16

A member who wishes to withdraw from the Academy must submit a notice of withdrawal to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

(Expulsion)

Article 17

If a member damages the reputation of the Academy or does not comply with the purposes of the Academy, the applicable member may be expelled from the Academy after a resolution of the Councilors meeting to that effect.

2

If expulsion of a member is proposed in accordance with Article 17.1, the applicable member must be notified at least one week before the applicable Councilors meeting, and be given the right of appeal at the Councilors meeting.

3

If a member is expelled, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall notify the expelled member.

Chapter 4. Councilors and Councilors Meeting

(Councilors)

Article 18

The Academy’s Councilors shall be represented by elected Councilors.

2

In order to elect Councilors, Councilors election shall be conducted by regular members according to the regulations separately determined by the Board of Directors.

3

Councilors shall be elected from among regular members. In the Councilors election mentioned in Article 18.2 above, each regular member has an equal right as other regular members to elect a Councilor, and has a right to be elected as a Councilor.

4

Councilors shall be elected for each zone specified by the Board of Directors, and the quota of Councilors for each zone shall be set as follows.

 

(1)

Councilors shall be elected from among regular members at a ratio of one Councilor per 30 regular members.

(2)

If the number of regular members per zone exceeds 30 members, one Councilor shall be elected for each 30 regular members, and the remaining number of members shall be rounded down if 15 members or less, but if the number of members is 16 members or more, the number of Councilors shall be increased by one.

5

A Director or the Board of Directors is not able to select a Councilor.

6

The Councilor election described in Article 18.2 shall be conducted once every 4 years, between January to April.

(Terms of office)

Article 19

Councilors shall remain in office until the completion of the Councilors election conducted four years after their election, and re-election is permitted. They may not, however, serve consecutively for more than two terms.

2

Regardless of Article 19.1, if a Councilor proposes a resolution protesting against a Councilors meeting resolution, seeks dissolution,  pursues liability, or  seeks dismissal of a Director or Auditor (Associations and Foundations Act, Article 266.1, Article 268, Article 278, or Article 284) (including when proposing items prescribed in Associations and Foundations Act, Article 278.1), the applicable Councilor shall not lose his or her position as Councilor until the protest is resolved. In this case, the applicable Councilor shall not have a vote in election or deposing of Directors or Auditors (hereinafter Officers) (Associations and Foundations Act, Article 63 and Article 70), and concerning changes to the Academy’s Constitution (Associations and Foundations Act, Article 146).

3

When a Councilor’s position becomes vacant due to resignation, death or other reason, the person who had the next highest number of votes after those elected in the Councilors election immediately preceding the applicable vacancy will substitute in the vacated Councilor’s position.

4

The term of the substitute Councilor specified in Article 19.3 shall be until the end of the term of the Councilor who resigned before the end of their term.

(Councilors meeting)

Article 20

The Councilors meeting shall be composed of Councilors.

2

The Academy shall hold an ordinary Councilors meeting once every year within three months of the day following the final day of the fiscal year. If the Board of Directors recognizes it as necessary, an extraordinary Councilors meeting shall be convened.

(Authority)

Article 21

The Councilors meeting shall vote on the following matters.

 

(1)

Standards and membership dues amount for regular members and supporting members

(2)

Approval of honorary members

(3)

Expulsion of members

(4)

Selection and dismissal of Officers

(5)

Remuneration amount for Officers and provision standards for remuneration of Officers

(6)

Approval of statement documents and asset statements

(7)

Revision of the Constitution

(8)

Dissolution and disposal of remaining assets

(9)

Other matters specified by this Constitution and by law as resolutions of the Councilors meeting.

(Convocation)

Article 22

The Councilors meeting shall be convened by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors in accordance with a resolution by the Board of Directors, except when otherwise prescribed by law.

2

A Councilor who has one-fifth of votes of all Councilors can demand that the Chairperson of the Board of Directors convenes a Councilors meeting, indicating the items that are the reasons for the Councilor’s meeting and the reasons for convening it.

3

The Chairperson of the Councilors meeting shall be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. However, if the Chairperson of the Board of Directors is absent or incapacitated, the Vice-chairperson shall occupy the position of Chairperson of the Councilors meeting.

(Means of adopting resolutions, and voting rights)

Article 23

Resolutions of the Councilors meeting shall be determined by a simple majority of the Councilors in attendance. The quorum for the Councilors meeting is at least a simple majority of the total number of Councilors.

2

Each Councilor shall have one vote when voting at the Councilors meeting.

3

Irrespective of Article 23.1, the following resolutions require a quorum of half or more of all Councilors, and approval by two-thirds or more of votes from all Councilors.

 

(1)

Expulsion of members

(2)

Dismissal of an Auditor

(3)

Amendments to the Constitution

(4)

Dissolution

(5)

Other matters specified by law

4

Approval of a motion for selection of a Director or an Auditor requires the approval of a motion in accordance with Article 23.1 for each candidate separately.

(Resolution by written vote, etc)

Article 24

By submitting to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, a proxy notification or other document as proof of delegation of voting right, a Councilor may assign their voting right to another Councilor. In this case, the Councilor who has delegated their vote shall be regarded as having attended the Councilors meeting in accordance with Article 23.

2

When the Board of Directors decides that Councilors not attending the Councilors meeting can delegate their vote in writing, Councilors who are not able to attend the Councilors meeting may exercise their vote by written Proxy vote or by electronic record. In this case, the number of applicable Proxy votes shall be included in the number of votes exercised by Councilors attending in Article 23.

(Minutes)

Article 25

Minutes of the Representatives meeting shall be produced.

2

The Chairperson and at least two persons appointed as minutes-secretary during the Councilors meeting must sign and affix their seal for confirmation of the minutes specified in Article 25.1.

Chapter 5. Officers and Board of Directors

(Appointment of Officers)

Article 26

The Academy shall have the following officers.

 

(1)

Directors : Not more than fifteen

(2)

Auditors : Not more than two

2

From among the Directors, one person shall be appointed Chairperson.

3

From among the Directors other than the Chairperson, one person shall be appointed Vice-chairperson.

4

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors in Article 26.2 shall be the representative Chairperson in accordance with the Associations and Foundations Act.

(Selection of officers)

Article 27

The officers of the Academy shall be elected by voting at the Councilors meeting.

2

The Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the Board of Directors shall be selected from among the Directors by voting by the Board of Directors.

3

An Auditor cannot also serve at the same time as a Director of this Academy or its subsidiary company or as an Office staff.

4

No more than one-third of all Director positions is allowed to be occupied by a single Director and related parties of that Director, such as the Director’s spouse, family relative within three degrees of kinship, or other extraordinary relationship. The same rule applies to Auditors.

5

The total number of Directors who also serve as Director or Office staff of a similar organization (excluding Public Interest Corporations) or in a similar mutually close relationship to the Academy must not exceed one-third of all Director positions. The same rule applies to Auditors.

(Term of office)

Article 28

Directors shall remain in office until the completion of the ordinary Councilors meeting for the fiscal year ending two years after their election. Reappointment of Directors is permitted. They may not, however, serve consecutively for more than three terms.

2

Auditors shall remain in office until the completion of the ordinary Councilors meeting for the fiscal year ending four years after their election. Reappointment of Auditors is permitted. They may not, however, serve consecutively for more than two terms.

3

Irrespective of Article 28.2, the term of office for a Director or Auditor appointed as a replacement for a Director or Auditor resigning from their position before the expiry of their term of office shall be for the remaining term of the vacated position.

4

If the number of Directors or Auditors falls below the quota specified in Article 26, even after their retirement from office due to expiry of term of office or resignation, the retired Director or Auditor shall retain the rights and obligations of Director or Auditor until their newly appointed replacement assumes their duties.

(Duties of Officers)

Article 29

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall have overall control of the Academy’s activities as a representative director, and shall represent the Academy.

2

The Directors shall form the Board of Directors and administer the Academy’s official duties.

3

The Auditors will audit the implementation of the duties of the Directors, and produce and audit report in accordance with the law. An Auditor can at any time demand an activities report from a Director or Office staff, and investigate the business and assets of the Academy.

4

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors must report to the Board of Directors the status of duties performed by the Chairperson, at least twice each fiscal year at an interval at least 4 months apart.

(Dismissal of Officers)

Article 30

Employment of an Officer can be terminated by approval of a resolution to that effect at the Councilors meeting.

(Remuneration, etc)

Article 31

Officers receive no remuneration

2

Irrespective of Article 31.1, Officers may be repaid for necessary expenses incurred in pursuit of their responsibilities as an Officer.

(Damages Compensation Liability)

Article 32

In accordance with Article 112 of the Associations and Foundations Act, damages compensation liability shall apply to Councilors as Regular members.

(Composition of Board of Directors)

Article 33

The Academy shall be governed by the Board of Directors.

2

The Board of Directors shall comprise all Directors.

3

The Auditors may attend the Board of Directors meetings and express their opinions.

(Convocation)

Article 34

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall convene a meeting of the Board of Directors at least four times each fiscal year.

2

A Director other than the Chairperson can indicate an item that is the purpose for a meeting, and request the Chairperson to convene a meeting of the Board of Directors.

3

When applicable under the Associations and Foundations Act Article 101.2, an Auditor may request the Chairperson of the Board of Directors to convene a meeting of the Board of Directors.

4

If within five days from the day that the Chairperson receives the request in accordance with Article 34.3 to convene a meeting of the Board of Directors, notice is not received of the convening of a meeting of the Board of Directors on a day within two weeks of the day the request was made, the Director or Auditor who made the request may convene a meeting of the Board of Directors.

5

The meeting of the Board of Directors shall be chaired by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. However, in cases where the Chairperson is absent or has had an accident, the Vice-chairperson shall act for the Chairperson.

6

Each Director and Auditor must be sent notification at least one week in advance of the day on which the Board of Directors meeting is to be convened.

(Authority of the Board of Directors)

Article 35

The Board of Directors shall perform the following duties in addition to the matters prescribed separately by law and in this Constitution.

 

(1)

Decide the date, location and matters to be listed on the agenda for the Councilors meeting and the General Assembly.

(2)

In addition to matters in the preceding item, decide other matters deemed necessary to manage the Academy’s operations.

(3)

Supervision of implementation of the duties of the Directors.

(4)

Election and dismissal of the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson.

2

The Board of Directors cannot delegate to Directors decisions about the following items and other important business operations.

 

(1)

Disposal and acceptance of important assets.

(2)

High value loans

(3)

Selection and dismissal of important Office staff.

(4)

Establishment, changes and abolition of the Academy office and other important organizational aspects.

(Resolution)

Article 36

Motions of the Board of Directors must be attended by a majority of Directors excluding those Directors who have a special connection of advantage or loss regarding the particular agenda item at the Board meeting, and that majority shall vote on that issue.

2

Irrespective of Article 36.1, if a Director has proposed an agenda item for a Board meeting, when all Directors who are qualified to vote on that item have indicated agreement in writing or by electronic record, it shall be deemed that the Board has voted to adopt the proposal. However, if the Auditor states an objection to the proposal, this does not apply.

(Conditions for omitting report to Board of Directors)

Article 37

When a Director or Auditor has notified all the Directors and Auditors about an item that should be reported to the Board of Directors, it is not required to report that item to the Board of Directors.

2

Article 37.1 does not apply concerning reports specified in Article 29.4.

(Minutes of Board meetings)

Article 38

The minutes of the Board of the Directors meeting shall be recorded by the Chairperson of the meeting and must be signed and stamped by a designated Director and an Auditor who attended the meeting, and then retained.

2

Irrespective of Article 38.1, if the minutes of the Board of the Directors meeting concerned a change of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, it shall be signed and stamped by other Directors who attended the meeting.

Chapter 6. General Assembly

(Categories of General Assembly)

Article 39

There shall be an ordinary General Assembly, and an extraordinary General Assembly may be convened.

(Composition of General Assembly)

Article 40

The General Assembly shall be composed of Regular members.

(Authority of General Assembly)

Article 41

The General Assembly shall report to the Board of Directors its opinions on important matters necessary for operation of the Academy.

(Holding of General Assembly)

Article 42

The ordinary General Assembly shall be convened once every year.

2

An extraordinary General Assembly shall be convened under one of the following circumstances.

 

(1)

A resolution of the Board of Directors

(2)

When the Chairperson is requested to by one-fifth or more of Regular members

(3)

When so requested by an Auditor

(Convening of General Assembly)

Article 43

The General Assembly shall be convened by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2

In cases where any one condition of Article 42. 2 applies, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors must convene an extraordinary General Assembly within thirty days from the date of the request.

3

When the Chairperson convenes the General Assembly, it is required that written notification to this effect (date, time, venue, purpose, and agenda) is sent to Regular members at least seven days before the date of the General Assembly.

(Chairperson of General Assembly)

Article 44

The General Assembly shall be chaired by a person selected from among the Regular members in attendance by a majority vote of the Regular members present. However, at an ordinary General Assembly, it shall be chaired by the Chairperson of the Academic Conference.

(Quorum of General Assembly)

Article 45

The quorum of the General Assembly requires attendance by at least one-tenth of the total number of Regular members.

(Resolution of General Assembly)

Article 46

Resolutions of the General Assembly shall be determined by a simple majority of the Regular members in attendance, unless otherwise prescribed in this Constitution.

2

Each Regular member shall have one vote.

(Resolutions by Proxy)

Article 47

Regular members who are unable to attend the General Assembly can submit their Proxy vote to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, notifying that their vote is delegated to another regular member. In this case, the number of applicable Proxy votes shall be added to the number of votes of Regular members present in the preceding three Articles.

(Minutes)

Article 48

Minutes of the General Assembly shall be produced.

2

The Chairperson and at least two persons appointed as minutes-secretary during the General Assembly must sign and affix their seal for confirmation of the minutes.

Chapter 7. Academic Conference Chairperson

(Selection of Chairperson of Academic Conference)

Article 49

The Academy shall have a Chairperson of the Academic Conference.

2

The Chairperson of the Academic Conference shall be selected from among the Regular members in accordance with a resolution by the Councilors meeting.

(Term of Chairperson of Academic Conference)

Article 50

The term of the Chairperson of the Academic Conference shall last until the conclusion of the Councilors meeting that is the final one in the fiscal year concluding within 4 years of selection of the Academic Conference Chairperson. Repeated appointment is permitted.

(Duties of Chairperson of Academic Conference)

Article 51

The Chairperson of the Academic Conference shall perform the following duties. However, this Constitution and the law do not limit these duties to those within the authority of the Councilors meeting or the Board of Directors.

 

(1)

Select presentations for the Academic Conference

(2)

Appoint committee members of the Academic Conference Planning Committee

(3)

Hold and operate the Academic Conference

Chapter 8. Committees

(Establishment of Committees)

Article 52

The Academy shall have an Academic Conference Planning Committee.

2

For smooth management of its activities, the Academy can establish Committees other than the Committee in Article 52.1 by resolution approved by the Board of Directors.

3

Committees shall investigate, research and deliberate on matters relating to their aims and report to the Board of Directors.

4

Necessary details for the composition and management of the Committees shall be decided by resolutions of the Board of Directors, except for matters stipulated elsewhere in this Constitution.

Chapter 9. Assets and Accounts

(Management of assets)

Article 53

Article 53   The assets of the Academy shall be managed by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, by methods in accordance with resolutions of the Board of Directors.

(Payment of expenses)

Article 54

The Academy’s expenses shall be paid from the following income.

 

(1)

Membership dues

(2)

Donations

(3)

Other income

(Fiscal year)

Article 55

The Academy’s fiscal year shall start on April 1 each year and end on March 31 of the following year.

(Business plan and cash budget)

Article 56

The Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall produce a business plan and cash budget for the Academy by the day before the start of each fiscal year, and these must be approved by the Board of Directors. Revisions made to the approved business plan and cash budget must also be approved by the Board of Directors.

2

The documents in Article 56.1 shall be kept at the main Office until the end of the applicable fiscal year, and shall be available for general inspection.

(Business report and account statement)

Article 57

For the Academy business report and account statement, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall produce the following documents within 3 months of the end of each fiscal year, and get them audited by the Auditors and approved by the Board of Directors to submit to the Councilors meeting. The contents of the documents in Item 1 and Item 2 below must be reported, and the documents from Item 3 to Item 6 must be approved by the Councilors meeting.

 

(1)

Business report

(2)

Supplementary statement to the business report

(3)

Balance sheet

(4)

Net assets balance report

(5)

Supplementary statement to the balance sheet and net assets balance report

(6)

List of assets

2

In addition to the documents in Article 57.1, the following documents must be kept at the main Office for 5 years, available for general inspection.

 

(1)

Audit report

(2)

List of Officers

(3)

Documents listing standards for provision of remuneration etc. for Officers

(4)

Outline of management structure and business activities, and documents listing important figures relating to these business activities

3

The Constitution, Academy members list and Councilors list shall be kept at the main office, available for general inspection.

4

Irrespective of Articles 57.2 and 57.3, among details included in the list of Officers, list of Academy members and list of Councilors, the addresses of individuals shall not be available for general inspection.

(Calculation of property for business for public interest purposes)

Article 58

Based on the regulations of Article 48 of the Ordinance for Enforcement of the Act on Authorization of Public Interest Incorporated Associations and Public Interest Incorporated Foundations, each fiscal year the Chairperson of the Board of Directors shall calculate the valuation of assets acquired for public interest purposes by the last day of the applicable fiscal year, and list this in the documents specified in Article 57.2 .4.

(Limitation on distribution of surplus funds)

Article 59

The Academy cannot distribute surplus funds.

Chapter 10. Amendments to Constitution and Dissolution

(Amendments to Constitution)

Article 60

This Constitution can be amended by resolution of the Councilors meeting.

(Dissolution)

Article 61

The Academy may be dissolved by resolution of the Councilors meeting, or for reasons prescribed by law.

(Transfer accompanying revocation of public interest authorization)

Article 62

If the Academy has its public interest authorization revoked or the Academy ceases to exist through amalgamation (except when the corporation inheriting the rights and obligations is a public interest corporation), on the day that public interest accreditation is revoked or within one month that of the day that amalgamation occurs, by resolution of the Councilors meeting assets to the amount equivalent to the valuation of assets acquired for public interest purposes shall be transferred to a corporate body, Japanese national or regional public body described in the Act on Authorization of Public Interest Incorporated Associations and Public Interest Incorporated Foundations (2006 Act No. 49, hereinafter Authorization Act) Article 5 Clause 17.

(Reversion of surplus funds)

Article 63

In the event of liquidation of the Academy, surplus funds of the Academy shall, after approval by the Councilors meeting, be transferred to a corporate body, Japanese national or regional public body in accordance with Article 5 Clause 17 of the Authorization Act.

Chapter 11. Staff

(Staff)

Article 64

In the Office mentioned in Article 4, the Academy shall have Office staff.

2

Employment and dismissal of Office staff shall be conducted by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors after approval by the Board of Directors.

3

The Office staff shall be salaried.

Chapter 12. Supplementary Regulations

(Implementing regulations)

Article 65

Items necessary for the implementation shall be decided by the Board of Directors, except for when there are regulations in laws or the Constitution.

Supplementary Provisions

This Constitution takes effect from January 30, 2007.

Supplementary Provisions

Amendments to this Constitution were executed from April 1, 2009.

Supplementary Provisions

1

Amendments of this Constitution were executed from January 1, 2010.

2

Irrespective of the preceding item, the regulations in Article 58 and Article 62 shall be executed from the day that Public Interest authorization was received under the Authorization Act Article 4.

3

Irrespective of the regulations in Article 55 above, the first fiscal year after amendment of this Constitution shall be from October 1, 2009 until March 31, 2010.

Supplementary Provisions

Amendments to this Constitution were executed from June 1, 2010.

Supplementary Provisions

Amendments to this Constitution were executed from June 25, 2011.

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