BYLAWS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY OF HUMAN GENETICS
As amended October 14, 2004
ARTICLE 1 – OFFICIAL NAME
This Society is named “The Japan Society of Human Genetics”.
ARTICLE 2 – OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Society are to encourage researches and spread of knowledge on human genetics.
ARTICLE 3 – ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
The main administrative office is placed at Department of Molecular Cytogenetics, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Yushima 1-5-45, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo.
ARTICLE 4 – MEMBERSHIP
Any person who is engaged or interested in research in human genetics is eligible for membership in the Society upon recommendation by Councilor of the Society.
ARTICLE 5 – ADMISSION TO THE SOCIETY
Any person who admits to the Society fills out the application form and submits it to the secretary office.
ARTICLE 6 – TYPES of MEMBERSHIPS AND DUES
Memberships are composed of personal membership, institutional membership, and maintenance membership. The personal membership consists of regular membership and emeritus membership. Annual dues are assessed on a calendar year basis in amounts and shall be set by detailed regulations. Any society member who falls behind in his/her dues for one or more years shall lose his/her membership. Emeritus member shall be requested by President after approval at the plenary assembly.
ARTICLE 7 – PUBLICATIONS
The Society shall publish “Journal of Human Genetics” as an official publication, and a copy of the Journal will be sent to each member without additional charge.
ARTICLE 8 – PLENARY ASSEMBLY
The Society shall hold plenary assembly at least once a year. The plenary assembly consists of regular and emeritus members, and sits regarding annual reports by Secretary and Treasurer, revision of the bylaws, appointments of Executives, and other important issues to be discussed. The Society can hold extraordinary plenary assembly.
ARTICLE 9 – ANNUAL MEETING
The Society shall hold at least once a year Annual Meeting in which members shall report their research data and discuss about them.
ARTICLE 10 – BOARD OF EXECUTIVES
The Society shall be managed by Board of Executives composed of President, Directors, Councilors, Secretary, Treasurer, Publication Manager, and Auditors.
ARTICLE 11 – PRESIDENCY AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President represents and manages the Society. Directors partake managements in general affairs, public relations, general accounting, and other affairs.
ARTICLE 12 – GENERAL AFFAIRS
All important affairs need approval or final decision at a plenary assembly after taken into deliberation at Board of Councilors.
ARTICLE 13 – TERM OF EXECUTIVES
No Directors, Councilors, or any other Executives serve in that capacity for more than four years. President also terminates his/her four-year presidency and shall not be reappointed.
ARTICLE 14 – ELECTION OF EXECUTIVES
Executives shall be elected under direction by Election Management Commission as follows:
Councilors shall be elected from each of six regions of Japan, such as Hokkaido-Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku-Shikoku, and Kyushu-Okinawa, by ballot of regular members residing in each region. One councilor is elected in every 15 regular members within each region. President shall appoint 20 or less other councilors. Directors and Auditors shall be elected among Councilors through ballot by themselves. President shall be elected among Directors by ballot of Councilors. Other officers, such as Secretary, Treasurer, and Publication Manager shall be appointed by President.
ARTICLE 15 – JOURNAL EDITOR
President shall appoint Journal Editor (Editor-in-Chief) after approval by Board of Directors. Term of Journal Editor shall be set separately.
ARTICLE 16 – COMMITTEES
President shall appoint committees after approval by Board of Councilors. Every member of committees has a two-year term but may serve again on the committee. No chairperson generally serves in that capacity for more than four years.
ARTICLE 17 – BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL YEAR
Business and financial year of the Society starts from September 1 to August 31 next year.
These bylaws are brought into practice from January 1, 2005.