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October 3, 2014

1. Using the content on this website

 Information made available on this website (hereinafter referred to as “Content”) may be freely used, copied, publicly transmitted, translated or otherwise modified on condition that the user complies with provisions 1) to 6) below, with the exception of Content where other terms of use are applied. Commercial use of Content is also permitted.
 Use of the Content constitutes agreement by the user with these terms of use for using the Content described herein (hereinafter referred to as “Terms of Use”).

1) Source citation
 a. The user must cite the source when using the Content. Sources should be cited in the following manner:
 (Examples of source citation)
  Source: Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (URL of the relevant page)
  Source: XX Survey (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) (URL of the relevant page) (accessed on year/month/day)

 b. If you have edited the Content for use, you must include a statement expressing that the content has been edited, in addition to the abovementioned source citation. Making public or using edited information in a format that may be misconstrued as having been created by the Government of Japan (or its ministries and/or agencies) is prohibited.
 (Example of citation when using edited content)
  Created by editing the XX Survey (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) (URL of the relevant page)
  Created by Company YY based on XX Survey (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan) (URL of the relevant page)

2) No infringement of third party rights
 a. In some cases, a third party (refers to a party other than the state. Hereinafter referred to as “Third Party”) may hold copyrights or other rights to a part of the Content. For Content where a Third Party holds copyrights or other rights (e.g. portrait rights in a photograph, publicity rights etc.), it is the responsibility of the user to obtain consent for use from the Third Party unless there is explicit indication that the rights have already been cleared.

 b. If a Third Party holds rights to a part of the Content, said fact may be directly or indirectly stated or indicated through source citations, but in some cases the part of the Content to which the Third Party holds the rights may not be clear or may not be explicitly stated. It is the responsibility of the user to confirm the rights pertaining to use of the Content.

 c. Even if a Third Party holds copyrights to the Content, some use of the Content, such as quoting, may be allowed without the consent of the copyright holder, under the Copyright Act of Japan.

3) Prohibited use
 The Content must not be used in the following ways:
 (a) Usage that violates laws and ordinances, regulations, or public policy *

 (b) Usage that represents a threat to the safety of the state and/or its citizens

* Usage violating public policy means criminal use, use that is contrary to moral principles (marital order, sexual morality), use that severely restricts personal freedom, profiteering or unfair dealings etc.

4) Governing law and jurisdiction
 a. The Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan.

 b. In case of disputes relating to the use of the Content based on the Terms of Use, or the Terms of Use, the user agrees that the exclusive court of first instance shall be the district court with jurisdiction in the place where the organization that has published the disputed Content or Terms of Use is located.

5) Disclaimer
 a. The state bears absolutely no responsibility for any action taken by the user involving the use of the Content (including use of information based on edited Content).

 b. The Content may be modified, moved or deleted without prior notice.

6) Other
 a. The Terms of Use does not limit those types of uses for which, under Copyright Act of Japan, license from the right holders are not required.

 b. The Terms of Use was established on Oct 3, 2014. The Terms of Use is based on the Government of Japan Standard Terms and Conditions (Version 1.0). The Terms of Use may be modified in the future. Further, the Terms of Use shall be reviewed for revision in fiscal 2015.

2. Disclaimer

 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan provides information on this website with every possible care to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this website. However, the Ministry shall not assume any responsibility for any consequences whatsoever that may result from actions taken by users based on the information of this website.

3. Links

1) As a rule, users are not required to ask permission to link to pages on this website. The above-mentioned rule applies when the users provide a link to any page of this website including the top page, unless otherwise indicated on this website. In addition, it is not necessary to notify us of the fact of providing links. Users must, however, indicate clearly on their web pages that they are link(s) to this website. When the link is created, users are requested to ensure that the link to this website does not open as a frame within another website.

2) There will be a change of this website's URL including the top page without prior notice. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is not responsible to users for any damages or consequences such as inconveniences related to indicators of broken links caused by changes or deletions of information on this website or changes of this website's URL.