Chapter 1. General Rules
(Name) Article 1. This association is named “特定非営利活動法人アニマルライツセンター”, or “Animal Rights Center Japan” in English.
(Office) Article 2. The main office is located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
(Purpose) Article 3. The Association advocates for the animals’ rights to live, promotes the elimination of unethical killings, abuses and abandonment by humans, works together with and mutually supporting those making such efforts, acts toward peaceful coexistence of humans and animals, thereby contributing to the promotion of the benefits of the entire society.
(Types of non-profit activities) Article 4. To achieve the purpose of the preceding Article, the Association will conduct the following types of non-profit activities.
(Types of work involved in non-profit activities) Article 5. The Association carries out the following specific work related to the activities of the preceding Article.
(Matters concerning profitable work and other profitable work) Article 6.
(1) Administrative agency work (2) Data entry and editorial work using personal computers (3) Sales of goods
Chapter 2. Members
(Types and classification of members) Article 7. The members of the Association are of the following three types, and regular members are to be employees under the Act on Promotion of Specified Non-Profit Activities.
(1) General Regular Members (Full members other than the Student Members and Support Members below) (2) Student Members (Students from 16 years of age to graduate students, with the same rights as General Regular Members) (3) Support Regular Members (Have the same rights as General Regular Members, but can receive activity newsletters for free)
(1) General Supporting Member (Supporting Members other than Student Supporting Members, Family Supporting Members, “Support” Supporting Members, and Corporate Members below) (2) Student Supporting Member (Students from 16 years of age to graduate students, with the same rights as General Supporting Members) (3) Family Supporting Members (Supporting Members as family units, with the same rights as General Supporting Members) (4) “Support” Supporting Members (Have the same rights as General Supporting Members, but can receive activity newsletters for free) (5) Corporate Members (Corporate-level Supporting Members with the same rights as General Supporting Members, but receive activity newsletters for free)
(Joining) Article 8.
(Membership fees) Article 9.
(Member withdrawal and loss of qualification) Article 10.
(1) When the member dies or is sentenced for disappearance (2) When the corporation or group breaks up or goes bankrupt (3) When the member fails to pay the dues for over one year
(Expulsion) Article 11.
(1) When the Association’s Bylaw or rule is violated (2) When the prestige of the Association is damaged or the member acts against the purpose of the Association
(Non-return of contribution) Article 12. The Association will not refund dues and other contributions already paid by the members.
Chapter 3. Officers and Advisors
(Type and number) Article 13.
(1) Directors: 5 or more and 15 or less (2) Auditor: 1 or more and 3 or less
(Election etc) Article 14.
(Duty) Article 15.
(1) Monitor the work execution of the Directors (2) Monitor the condition of the Association’s properties (3) If, as a result of the audit in accordance with the provisions of the preceding 2 items, it is found that there is an unfair act or serious facts in violation of the laws or these Bylaws regarding the Association’s work or properties, report to the General Assembly or the authority of the jurisdiction (4) If necessary in order to make a report as in the preceding paragraph, call for the General Assembly (5) Provide opinions to the Directors on the status of the Directors’ work execution or the status of the Association’s properties, or request a meeting of the Board of Directors.
(Terms) Article 16.
(Dismissal) Article 17. When an officer falls under one of the following items, that officer may be dismissed by a majority vote of the regular members present at the General Assembly. In this case, that officer must be given an opportunity to explain before the decision.
(1) When it is recognized that the execution of duties cannot be withstood due to physical or mental breakdown (2) When it is recognized that there is a work violation on duty or other inappropriate act as an officer.
(Remuneration etc) Article 18.
(Advisers) Article 19.
Chapter 4. General Assembly
(Type) Article 20. The General Assembly of the Association shall be of two types: General Assembly and Extraordinary General Assembly.
(Constitution) Article 21. The General Assembly shall consist of full members.
(Authority) Article 22. The General Assembly shall decide on the following matters concerning the operation of the Association:
(1) Approval and change of work plan and budget (2) Approval of business report and balance sheet (3) Appointment and dismissal of officers, duties, and compensation (4) Removal of members (5) Amount of annual fee (6) Decision and change of the Bylaws (7) Merger (8) Dissolution (9) Disposal of residual property in case of dissolution (10) Debts (except for short-term debts to be returned with income within the fiscal year) (11) Other matters decided by the Board of Directors as matters to be submitted to the General Assembly.
(Convocation) Article 23.
(1) In case an auditor is convened by the provision of Article 15, Paragraph 4 (2) When the Board of Directors recognizes it as necessary and requests a meeting (3) When more than 1/5 of the regular members indicate an item warranting a meeting and make a request.
(Meeting) Article 24.
(Chairperson) Article 25. The chairperson of the General Assembly shall be elected from among the regular members present.
(Quorum) Article 26. The General Assembly can not vote without the presence of more than half of the regular members.
(Vote) Article 27.
(Right to vote, etc) Article 28.
(Minutes) Article 29.
(1) Date, time, and location (2) The number of regular members and the number of attendees (If there are written voters or proxy voters, add those numbers) (3) Matters to be discussed (4) Summary of the progress of the proceedings and results of decisions (5) Matters concerning the appointment of the signatories for the minutes
(1) Contents of matters deemed to have had the General Assembly for (2) Name or title of person who suggested the matter of the preceding item (3) Date deemed to have had the resolution by the General Assembly and the total number of regular members (4) Name of the person who performed duties involving the creation of the minutes.
Chapter 5. Board of Directors
(Constitution) Article 30.
(Authority) Article 31. The Board of Directors shall vote on the following matters in addition to those specified in these Bylaws.
(1) Work plan and income and expenditure budget (2) Organization and operation of the secretariat (3) Matters to be discussed at the General Assembly (4) Other matters concerning the operation.
(Meeting) Article 32. The Board of Directors shall meet when one of the following items applies.
(1) When the Chief Director or the Managing Director finds it necessary (2) When a request for a meeting is made by the Chief Director or 1/3 or more of all the Directors with a document describing matters that are the purpose of the meeting (3) When there is a request for convocation from an Auditor in accordance with the provisions of Article 15, paragraph 5, item 4.
(Convocation) Article 33.
(Chairperson) Article 34. The chairperson of the Board of Directors is the person mutually elected by the Directors.
(Quorum) Article 35. The Board of Directors can not vote without the presence of the majority of Directors.
(Vote) Article 36.
(Written voting, etc) Article 37.
(Minutes) Article 38. The Chair prepares minutes of the proceedings and results of the board meetings, and two signatories appointed by the board from among the Chair and the Directors in attendance shall sign and they must be saved.
Chapter 6. Assets and Accounting
(Asset configuration) Article 39. The assets of the Association shall consist of the following.
(1) Assets listed in the property list at the time of establishment (2) Membership fee (3) Donations (4) Revenue from business (5) Income from assets (6) Other income
(Management of assets) Article 40. The assets of the Association are managed by the Chief Director, and the management method is by the resolution of the Board of Directors.
(Classification of assets) Article 41. The assets of the Association shall be divided into two types: assets related to work associated with the specified non-profit activities and assets related to profitable work.
(Payment of expenses) Article 42. The expenses of the Association will be covered by the assets.
(Classification of accounting) Article 43. The accounting of the Association shall be divided into two types: accounting for work related to specified non-profit activities and accounting for profitable work.
(Fiscal year) Article 44. The fiscal year of the Association begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year.
(Work plan and income and expenditure budget) Article 45.
(Provisional budget) Article 46.
(Setting and use of reserve funds) Article 47.
(Business report and fiscal closing) Article 48.
(Disposal of surplus) Article 49. When a surplus exists after the Association’s fiscal closing, it shall be carried forward to the next business year.
Chapter 7. Bylaws Changes and Dissolution, etc
(Amendment to the Bylaws) Article 50.
(Dissolution) Article 51.
(1) Resolution of the General Assembly (2) Inability to succeed in the work for the purpose of the specified non-profit activity (3) Lack of regular members (4) Merger (5) Bankruptcy (6) Cancellation of authorization by the jurisdiction authority.
(Assignee of residual property) Article 52. The remaining property held by the Association at the time of dissolution shall be donated to a specified non-profit organization, corporation, or foundation decided on by a majority of regular members present at the General Assembly.
(Method of public notice) Article 53. The public notice of the Association shall be posted within the administration of the Association and also published in the official gazette. However, the public announcement of the balance sheet prescribed in Article 28 paragraph 2 item 1 of the Act shall be made on the website of this organization.
Chapter 8. Miscellaneous Rules
(Committee) Article 54.
(Secretariat) Article 55.
(Details of implementation) Article 56. With regard to the implementation of the Bylaws, the necessary bylaws shall be separately specified by the Chief Director following approval by the Board of Directors.
(1) Regular Member
① General Regular Member 12,000 yen ② Student Member 6,000 yen ③ Support Regular Member 36,000 yen
(2) Supporting Member
① General Support Member 12,000 yen ② Student Support Member 6,000 yen ③ Family Support Member 6,000 yen ④ “Support” Supporting Member 36,000 yen ⑤ Corporate Members 36,000 yen
Chief Director Susumu Kawaguchi Deputy Director Hitomi Sasaki Deputy Director Miki Fujimoto Director Satoshi Oyama Director Miyuki Sato Director Atsuko Takahashi Auditor Kumiko Kubota