Terms of Use

October 27, 2014

The Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (hereinafter referred to as the “Organization”) has established the terms of use (hereinafter referred to as the “Terms of Use”) for the use of “J-GoodTech (http://jgoodtech.smrj.go.jp/)” (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”), which is operated by the Organization, as follows.
Persons intending to use the Website are requested to agree to the Terms of Use.

Article 1 (General Rules)
1. The Terms of Use shall apply to all relationships between all customers (irrespective of membership registration as specified in Article 14; hereinafter referred to as the “User(s)”) who use the services which are provided by the Organization on the Website (the term “services” is the general term for services provided by the Organization on the Website; hereinafter referred to as the “Services”).
2. When a User uses the Services, the User shall be deemed to have agreed to comply with the particulars of the Terms of Use.

Article 2 (Changes to or Revision of the Terms of Use)
1. The Organization shall be able to change or revise the Terms of Use at any time without giving notice to Users in advance.
2. If a User wishes to know whether or not the Terms of Use have been changed or revised, the User is requested to read the information on the Website before using the Services, or to refer to the latest Terms of Use, which are accessible through the Website.
If a User uses the Services after such information is given on the Website, the User shall be deemed to have agreed to the revised Terms of Use.

Article 3 (Changes to or Abolition of the Services)
1. The Organization may change the whole or part of the Services without giving notice to the Users in advance. The Organization may suspend or abolish the whole or part of the Services after giving notice. In the event of an emergency, however, the Organization may suspend or abolish the whole or part of the Services without notice.
2. The Organization shall give notice of a change, suspension, or abolishment of the Services by means of a method which is deemed appropriate by the Organization, including posting a notice on the Website. The Organization shall not assume any responsibility for compensating Users or third parties for any disadvantage or damage which may arise from the change, suspension, or abolishment of the Services.

Article 4 (Temporary Suspension of the Services)
In any of the following cases, the Organization may temporarily suspend the Services without giving notice to Users in advance.
The Organization shall not assume any responsibility for compensating Users or third parties for any disadvantage or damage which may arise from the temporary suspension of the Services.
(1) Failure, inspection, repair, maintenance, etc., of facilities, systems, etc., used for the Services and other facilities, systems, etc., used by the Organization.
(2) Failure to provide the Services due to fire, blackout, etc.
(3) Failure to provide the Services due to extraordinary natural phenomena, including an earthquake, volcanic eruption, flood, tsunami, typhoon, heavy snow, etc.
(4) Failure to provide the Services due to war, upheaval, riots, strife, terrorism, labor disputes, etc.
(5) The Organization determines that temporary suspension of the Services is necessary for operational or technical reasons.

Article 5 (Establishment of Usage Environment and the Principle of Self-Responsibility)
1. It is the responsibility of the User to prepare machinery, software, means of communication, etc., which are necessary for using the Services at his/her own expense, and the User shall install and operate the machinery, software, means of communication, etc., in a proper manner.
2. If a User or third party suffers a disadvantage or damage from failure to access or suspension of the Services due to the failure of a communication line or other causes, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for compensating them. for any disadvantage or damage.3. A User shall be solely responsible for the use of the Services and all acts committed using the Services (including acts committed by other persons which are deemed to constitute use conducted by the User in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 7 of Article 18, and such interpretation shall apply to all subsequent uses of the phrase “use of Services” and grammatical variants thereof) and their results, while the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such matters. If the use of the Services by a User causes damage to the Services or to a third party (including where non-performance of provisions of the Terms of Use by a User causes damage to the Organization or to a third party), the User shall compensate the relevant party for all such damage based on the principle of self-responsibility and at his/her own expense.
4. A User may post or provide only such information, content, or materials which are not likely to disturb or technically impair the functions of the Services. Users are prohibited from causing inconvenience or damage to, modifying without permission, or infecting with a virus, the Services, the Website, or other information and communications systems of the Organization.

Article 6 (Prohibition on Processing or Dealing with Information without Permission)
1. The copyrights, trademark rights, other intellectual property rights, personality rights, publicity rights, and all other rights to the information provided in the Services, and the whole or part of the content which constitutes the Website (including but not limited to text, photos, designs, logo marks, software, etc.) shall belong to the Organization or to the legitimate owners.
2. A User may use the Services in such ways that are permitted by the objectives of the Services, the Terms of Use, and related laws and regulations, and may print content only for his/her own use.
3. Irrespective of the means, whether by electronic means, mechanical means, or other means, Users are prohibited from transferring, editing, adapting, using, duplicating, reprinting, publicly transmitting, or forwarding the information provided in the Services, and the whole or part of the content which constitutes the Website (including but not limited to text, photos, designs, logo marks, software, etc.) for any purpose, without obtaining permission from the Organization or the legitimate owners in advance, or providing third parties with the foregoing through the above acts, or printing the foregoing and providing the same to third parties, or imitating the Services or the Website, or utilizing the know-how which is contained in the Services or the Website, or infringing the rights as specified in paragraph 1, irrespective of the means employed.

Article 7 (Prohibition of Inappropriate Contributions and Acts)
1. When using the Services, Users shall neither post contributions nor conduct acts, whether intentionally or negligently, which fall, or are likely to fall, under any of the following subparagraphs, irrespective of the form of the act.

(1) Contributions or acts which are offensive to public order and morals.
(2) Criminal acts, or contributions or acts which facilitate crimes or promote the commission of crimes.
(3) Contributions or acts which infringe intellectual property rights (including but not limited to copyrights, design rights, patent rights, utility model rights, trademark rights, and know-how), other property rights, privacy rights, personality rights, and other rights of the Organization, other Users, or third parties, and other acts which cause economic damage to the Organization, other Users, or third parties.
(4) Contributions or acts which slander the Organization, other Users, or third parties, or damage their reputation, or could cause non-economic damage to them.
(5) Contributions or acts which could damage the reputation of the Organization, other Users, or third parties, or cause concerns regarding their reliability.
(6) Contributions or acts which violate laws and regulations, equivalent guidelines, rules, etc.
(7) Contributions or acts which cause annoyance or feelings of discomfort for the Organization, other Users, or third parties.
(8) Contributions or acts which involve making a large number or long duration of telephone calls, or in which similar inquiries are repeatedly made in an excessive manner, to the Organization, other Users, or third parties; contributions or acts which utilize the message function to transmit a large quantity of messages to the Organization, other Users, or third parties; contributions or acts which coerce the Organization, other Users, or third parties to do something which they have no obligation or reason to do; and other contributions or acts which disturb business operations.
(9) A delayed response to, or disregard of, communication from the Organization or other members, or other improper acts.
(10) Pre-election campaigning, election campaigning, or similar acts, and contributions or acts which violate the Public Offices Election Act.
(11) Contributions or acts which advertise the business of a User or a third party, or are conducted for profit (excluding a case in which a member uses the sales support service or the transaction support service).
(12) Contributions or acts which utilize the Services or the Website as a means of advertisement or to conduct sales activities for the business of a User or a third party.
(13) Acts to use the Services, the Website, and attached functions for commercial purposes; pyramid schemes or multilevel marketing, or like acts, or acts suspected to be such acts; contributions or acts to post content which is determined by the Organization to be a pyramid scheme or multilevel marketing, or like acts, or acts suspected to be such acts.
(14) Activities for commercial or business purposes utilizing, duplicating, publicly communicating, or adapting the whole or part of the Services and the Website (including content, information, functions, systems, programs, etc.); acts to use the whole or part of the Services and the Website to make profit, or acts preparatory to the making of profit; and other acts utilizing the whole or part of the Services and the Website for purposes apart from the Services.
(15) Contributions or acts which aim to conduct missionary activities for, or negative activities against, a certain religion.
(16) Contributions or acts which indicate that a User or his/her interested persons are antisocial organizations; and contributions or acts which contribute to antisocial organizations.
(17) Contributions or acts which facilitate racial discrimination, Buraku discrimination, or other types of discrimination.
(18) Contributions or acts which are determined to adversely affect minors.
(19) Acts to post, transmit, or display expressions regarding sexual acts or sex-related services, obscene pictures, images of child pornography, or images of child abuse; acts to sell media which contain the foregoing; and acts which reference or transmit advertisements regarding the transmission, display, or sale of the foregoing.
(20) Multiple contributions which have the same content.
(21) Acts to take advantage of security holes or bugs in the Services and the Website, acts to artificially generate high access loads; acts to access, without authorization, facilities of others or those of the Services (such as communication equipment, communication lines, computers, other equipment, and software which are utilized for providing the Services); acts to disturb the use or operation of the aforesaid facilities; and acts to reverse assemble, reverse compile, or reverse engineer the Services or the Website.
(22) Acts to transmit or write to the Website fraudulent or harmful programs, scripts, etc., which contain computer viruses; and acts to make such programs, etc., available to others.
(23) Acts to falsify or delete information which is accessible in the Services; acts to illegally collect information or data; and all other acts of unauthorized access.
(24) Dangerous acts, and contributions and acts which lead to, or encourage, the aforesaid acts.
(25) Contributions and acts such as the discovery, etc., of criminal acts, including fraud, and false entries, which must be reported to the competent authorities.
(26) Contributions concerning personal complaints or trouble.
(27) Contributions concerning false content or content for which the verification of its basis is difficult.
(28) Contributions or acts for which a User himself/herself cannot assume responsibility.
(29) Contributions of information which has no relationship with the purpose of individual services on the Website.
(30) Contributions of information or acts which disturb the operation of the Services or the Website, or other operations of the Organization, or damage the credibility of the Organization.
(31) Contributions of information or acts which violate the Terms of Use.
(32) Contributions or acts which are determined by the Organization to be inappropriate for Users of the Services.

2. If contributions or acts as specified in the preceding paragraph are made or carried out, the Organization shall, in consideration of the situation, change or delete the contributed information, issue a warning, etc., to persons who have made contact through the communication functions of the Services, and, if a User is a member, take proper measures, including the cancellation of his/her membership.

3. If contributions or acts as specified in the following subparagraphs are made or carried out, the Organization shall regard the person concerned as being a malicious unauthorized User, and change or delete the contributed information, issue a warning, etc., to persons who have made contact through the Services, and, if the User is a member, take proper measures, including the cancellation of his/her membership. The Organization may publicize the name of a malicious unauthorized User after taking the procedures designated by the Organization.
(1) Acts to ask for the opening of a bank account in a certain place for requesting the making of a loan, the entrustment of assets, etc., for the purpose of the illegal use of assets.
(2) Acts to obtain an invitation letter from overseas for the purpose of obtaining a visa whereupon a person concerned discontinues communication and disappears.
(3) Unreasonable acts to ask for the payment of money, including commissions or registration fees for project tenders, temporary advance payment for opening an account for overseas remittance, and various expenses for foreign trade.
(4) Fraudulent contributions or acts which could cause financial damage to other Users of the Services; and other contributions or acts which could lead to the occurrence of crimes.

4. Users are prohibited from making such contributions or carrying out such acts (including exchanges outside of the Services and the Website) which violate export and import regulations or laws and regulations concerning national security, or which could constitute espionage or have the purpose of conducting espionage activities.
With respect to foods, drugs, etc., which could violate Japanese laws (in respect of their identity, labeling, etc.) and items for which exportation and importation are regulated or prohibited by the Export Control Regulations and international conventions, including the Washington Convention, Users shall be responsible for confirming or amending the contents and details of such items at their own expense. If the Organization determines that certain registered information or contributed information in the Services violates, or could violate, an aforementioned law or regulation, the Organization may, at its discretion, refuse or delete such information registered or contributed without giving notice to the User concerned.

5. If the Organization determines that a User has violated the Terms of Use or their purpose, or has conducted inappropriate acts in view of the spirit of the Terms of Use, the Organization may take the measures mentioned in the preceding paragraph. In addition, the Organization may, at its discretion, take similar measures without giving notice to the User concerned.
Please note in advance that even if the Organization receives information from a User that an inappropriate contribution exists as mentioned in the preceding paragraph, in some cases the Organization will not be able to respond quickly.
Please note in advance that contributions posted on the bulletin board may be deleted by the board administrator.

6. Pursuant to the provisions of this article, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for any disadvantage or damage incurred by a User.

7. As the Terms of Use are revised, the provisions of the subparagraphs of paragraph 1 may be added to or amended as needed. Therefore, Users are obligated at all times to check the latest information before using the Services and the Website.

Article 8 (Exclusion of Anti-Social Organizations)
1. The Organization has and will have no relationship with gang groups, gang members, associate gang members, gang-related companies, corporate racketeers, gangs pretending to be social activists, crime groups specialized in intellectual crimes, etc., (hereinafter referred to as “Antisocial Groups”) in accordance with the “Basic Policy for Responding to Antisocial Groups” (http://www.smrj.go.jp/kikou/policy/057691.html). The Organization refuses the use of the Services and the Website by Antisocial Groups and members of or persons related to Antisocial Groups (hereinafter referred to as “Antisocial Group Members, etc.”). Therefore, Users are requested to state and guarantee that they are not Antisocial Group Members, etc., before using the Services and the Website.
2. If the Organization determines that a User belongs to an Antisocial Group or is an Antisocial Group Member, etc., or if a User makes contributions or carries out acts which indicate that the User belongs to an Antisocial Group or makes contributions or carries out acts which encourage Antisocial Groups, the Organization shall, at its discretion, delete such contributions or take proper measures, including the cancellation of membership. The Organization shall not assume any responsibility for compensating the User for any disadvantage or damage that may result from the said measures.

Article 9 (Use of Contents of Contributions)
1. Rights to information posted by Users in the course of use of the Services shall belong to the authors of such information as works, copyright owners, or persons having valid authorization for the rights concerned.
2. When a User contributes certain information in the course of his/her use of the Services, the Organization shall deem that the User has given to the Organization, free of charge, the right to use, duplicate, edit, change, post, reprint, publicly transmit, distribute, sell, provide, transfer, lend, translate, or adapt the said information on a non-exclusive basis in or outside of Japan, and an original copyright owner’s rights concerning the use of derivative works (rights specified in Article 21 or 28 of the Copyright Act; rights of commercial use are included). The rights which are given from a User to the Organization shall include the right to grant a license for reuse to third parties. A User shall not exercise an author’s moral rights against the Organization or a third party who is granted a license for reuse from the Organization.
3. With respect to any information which is contributed by a User in the course of his/her use of the Services, the User guarantees that he/she has rights to the said information under the Copyright Act, including the right to duplicate, publicly transmit, distribute, translate, or adapt the said information, and that he/she is not infringing the intellectual property rights of a third party.
4. If a User makes a contribution by using the work, etc., of a third party, the User guarantees that he/she has obtained permission at his/her own expense, from the original copyright holder concerning the license mentioned in the preceding paragraph (including but not limited to the granting of a license from the User to the Organization and the granting of a license for reuse from the Organization to third parties).
5. If a User violates any of the provisions of this article and infringes the rights of the Organization, the Organization shall have the right to ban the violating act, a right to ban the use of matter which is created by the violating act, a right to remove an outcome brought about by the violating act, and a right to ask for compensation for damage, etc., arising from the violating act. Even if a User uses a third party’s information without obtaining the permission of a provider of the information, the Organization shall not be obligated to ban or remove a violating act on behalf of the said provider, and shall not assume any responsibility for damage to the provider. In such a case, it is the said provider’s responsibility to take proper measures against the violator at the provider’s own expense.
6. The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall remain in force after a User discontinues the use of the Services or ceases to be a member of the Services.

Article 10 (Preservation and Guarantee of Information)
1. The Organization shall not guarantee that information which is contributed by a User in the course of use of the Services is reliably recorded or preserved. If the whole or part of the information is lost or changed or leaked, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such events irrespective of their cause.
The Organization may, at its discretion, delete or discard the contents of contributions.
2. Users are requested to keep backup data in their own computers, etc., before posting contributions as a precaution against the loss of the said information.
3. If a claim, dispute, or claim for compensation for damages arises as a result of the loss of information which had been stored in the Services or the suspension of operation of a server, the User shall exempt the Organization from any responsibility.

Article 11 (Prohibition of Unauthorized Diversion or Reprinting of Trademarks)
All trademarks used by the Organization in the Services are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by the Organization, or trademarks or registered trademarks for which the Organization has obtained licenses from the rights holders. Therefore, Users are not allowed to use or reprint such trademarks for other purposes without obtaining the permission of the Organization.

Article 12 (Contact or Notification)
1. Users intending to communicate with the Organization are requested to send e-mail to, or telephone, the contact point designated by the Organization.
2. Users are requested not to visit the Organization for communication purposes.
3. A notification from the Organization to the Users shall be given by means of e-mail posted or provided to the Website, or by any other means which the Organization determines to be appropriate. If any User suffers a disadvantage, including the unavailability of the services of the Organization, for the reason that the User has not provided an accurate contact address, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for the matter.

Article 13 (Use of Personal Information)
1. Unless otherwise provided for, the Organization shall handle information, including names, the identities of organizations to which a User belongs, e-mail addresses, mail addresses, or telephone numbers, by which a specific individual could be identified (including information which can be easily collated with other information to identify a specific individual; hereinafter referred to as “Personal Information”) in accordance with the “Privacy Policy” (https://jgoodtech.smrj.go.jp/info/policy) to be established separately.
2. In respect of certain parts of the Services, information concerning the use of the Services of the Organization may be made public in a manner by which individuals cannot be identified.
3. When outsourcing operations are necessary for providing the Services, the Organization may disclose the whole or part of the membership information to any party providing services as part of such outsourcing operations.

Article 14 (Membership Registration)
1. As a part of the Services, a User who intends to receive certain services (hereinafter referred to as “Member Services”) is requested to apply for membership registration.
2. A “member” means a User who agrees to the Terms of Use, applies for membership registration through designated procedures which are necessary for the use of Member Services, and receives permission from the Organization. Membership registration procedures shall be undertaken by the User who intends to be a member.
3. If individual rules for services under specific titles (hereinafter referred to as “Individual Rules”), including “terms of use,” “guidelines,” “matters to be noted,” “instructions,” “prohibited acts,” “rules,” etc., appear on a screen where Member Services are provided, and if a User uses such services, the User shall be deemed to have agreed to such Individual Rules, unless otherwise provided for by the Organization.
4. A member can have one account only. Unless otherwise provided for by the Organization, a member is prohibited from having multiple accounts.

Article 15 (Membership)
1. Conditions for membership registration for the Services shall be as follows.
(1) The person must be an adult.
(2) The person is able to understand English or Japanese.
(3) The person must agree to the Terms of Use.
(4) The person is not, nor has he/she ever been, a member of an anti-social organization, and has never made use of an anti-social organization, and his/her main equity investors and officers/employees are not members of an anti-social organization.
(5) The person’s membership of the Services has never been cancelled, nor has the person ever been prohibited from using the Services.
(6)The person must have an email address other than free email address.
2. If the Organization determines that a person is in violation of any of the subparagraphs of paragraph 1, the Organization may refuse to accept an application for membership registration.
3. If the Organization refuses to accept an application for membership registration, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for disclosing or explaining the cause of refusal to the applicant concerned. In addition, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for damage which the applicant may suffer due to the said refusal.

Article 16 (Members’ Registered Information)
1. When registering his/her membership, a person is requested to enter true, accurate, and up-to-date information concerning himself/herself and to transmit the said information to the Website. So as to ensure that the registered information is true, accurate, and up-to-date, a member is requested to confirm the accuracy of the registered information. If any registered information changes, a member is requested to give notice to the Organization by the designated method.
2. If a member violates the provisions of the preceding paragraph, or if the Organization determines that true, accurate, and up-to-date data has not been provided, the Organization may delete the member’s login ID, cancel his/her membership, temporarily suspend his/her membership, or prohibit the member from using the Services thereafter.
3. Except where a request is made by a member himself/herself or by a person who can be considered by the Organization to be equivalent to the member and the Organization accepts the request, the Organization shall not change the member’s registered information. However, if any item (it is assumed that such item will be made public) of the member’s registered information contains information which is considered by the Organization to be inappropriate, the Organization may ask the member concerned to change the contents of such item, or may delete such part of the item as the Organization deems fit.
4. When it is necessary for the Organization to give a notification to members, the Organization shall give an e-mail notice to the e-mail addresses in the members’ registered information, or by other means which are considered by the Organization to be appropriate. If a member suffers a disadvantage or damage for the reason that he/she has not entered up-to-date and accurate information in his/her registered information or he/she has not submitted notification of a change, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for the matter. If a member fails to provide an up-to-date and accurate e-mail address, or if a problem occurs with e-mail transmission to a member, the Organization may delete the member’s information without giving notice in advance by telephone or by other means.

Article 17 (Transaction and Sales Support Service)
1. When a member intends to use the member message service by which members can mutually exchange messages on transactions, the bulletin board service by which members can mutually exchange information, the transaction review service by which the evaluation of transactions is conducted, and the service by which members can transmit their requests for products to be purchased, or for technology to be received, by them to other members who have posted information (hereinafter referred to as the “Transaction Support Service”), the member shall submit an application by means designated by the Organization and shall obtain permission from the Organization.
2. In addition to the Transaction Support Service, if a member intends to use the service that carries, in a designated form, information, etc., on his/her company and the company’s products and technology for the purpose of the sale of products or the provision of services (hereinafter referred to as the “Sales Support Service”), the member shall submit an application by means designated by the Organization and obtain permission from the Organization.
3. If a member submits an application specified in either of the preceding two paragraphs, the Organization may, for the purpose of determination of acceptance or refusal of the application, provide the whole or part of the registered information containing the personal information of the applicant (hereinafter “the Applicant”) to the corporation or organization which has been registered as an organization to which he/she belongs, without, in advance, giving notice to, and obtaining the approval of, the member who has submitted the said application. The Organization shall not assume responsibility for any damage which may be caused to the Applicant due to the provision of the information or the use of the information by third parties, including the organization to which the Applicant belongs.
4. If a member submits an application as specified in paragraph 1 or 2 and the application is not accepted by the Organization, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for disclosing or explaining the cause of refusal to the applying member. In addition, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for damage which the applying member may suffer due to the said refusal.
5. If the Organization determines that a member has conducted an inappropriate act when using the Transaction Support Service or the Sales Support Service, the Organization shall take proper measures, including the suspension of the use of the service concerned by the member, the cancellation of approval of use of the service concerned, and cancellation of his/her membership.

Article 18 (Management of Member’s ID and Password)
1. When registering a membership, a member is requested to register a login ID and password.
2. A member is responsible for managing his/her password, including changing the password to avoid the misuse thereof by third parties.
3. If a login ID or password is, or could have been, leaked to third parties, the member concerned shall immediately give notice to the Organization. Without notice to the member concerned, the Organization may, at its discretion, suspend or terminate the use of the Services by means of preventing the login of the member concerned (including the cancellation or temporary suspension of the membership).
4. If expenses (including but not limited to expenses for investigating a cause, expenses for taking measures to prevent recurrence, attorney’s fees, expenses for responding to claims, etc.), losses, damage, lost earnings, etc., arise in connection with the temporary suspension or termination (including the cancellation or temporary suspension of membership) of the use of the Services due to the theft, loss, or unauthorized use of a login ID or password by a third party, with or without intention or negligence on the part of a member, the member shall have no right to ask the Organization to compensate him/her for any and all such expenses, etc.
5. In addition to the circumstances outlined in the preceding paragraph, if a member or a third party suffers a disadvantage or damage due to the theft, loss, or the unauthorized use of a login ID or password by a third party, with or without intention or negligence on the part of a member, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such a matter.
6. Members are prohibited from allowing third parties to use their login IDs and passwords, or transferring, selling and buying, or lending their login IDs and passwords, or of disposing of them in any manner.
7. All acts which are undertaken using a login ID and a password shall be regarded as having been undertaken by the member to whom the login ID and the password belong, even if a third party undertakes an act without obtaining the approval of the member or illegally undertakes an act, and the member shall agree to take responsibility for the foregoing.
8. If a member violates any of the provisions of paragraphs 2, 3, or 6 and causes damage to the Organization or a third party, the member shall be solely responsible for the said matter.

Article 19 (Member’s Responsibility)
1. A member shall guarantee that the contents of his/her registered information are true and accurate, and shall quickly update such registered information as required, to ensure that such information is up-to-date at all times.
2. A member shall be solely responsible for the contents of information registered by him/her. The Organization shall neither take responsibility for any content (including information, data, documents, software, music, photos, images, videos, messages, text, etc., and such interpretation shall apply to all subsequent uses of the word “content”) which is created based on the member’s registered information, posted on the Website, and disclosed, provided or transmitted to other persons on behalf of the member, nor shall the Organization manage the contents of the member’s registered information.

Article 20 (Transfer or Lending of Membership)
1. A member is prohibited from allowing a third party to use his/her membership, or transferring, selling and buying, or lending his/her membership, or disposing of it in any manner. A member is also prohibited from transferring the whole or part of his/her rights and obligations under the Terms of Use to a third party, allowing a third party to use such rights and obligations, or giving such rights and obligations in pledge to a third party.
2. If a member violates the provisions of the preceding paragraph and causes damage to the Organization or a third party, the member shall be solely responsible for the said damage.

Article 21 (Withdrawal from Membership)
1. In any of the following cases, the Organization shall suspend the provision of services to the member concerned within an appropriate, reasonable period of time.
(1) The member intends to withdraw from membership and completes the predetermined procedures for withdrawal or applies to the Organization for the suspension of use of services by other means.
(2) The Organization receives such a request from a person who can be considered by the Organization to be equivalent to a member, and the Organization accepts the request.
(3) The Organization determines that there are unavoidable circumstances due to business necessity.
2. On withdrawing from membership, a member shall lose all rights relating to the use of services for members.

Article 22 (Cancellation, etc., of Membership)
If a member falls within any of the following subparagraphs, the Organization may cancel or temporarily suspend his/her membership, cancel rights attached to his/her membership, or prohibit the member from using the Services in the future. The Organization shall not assume any responsibility for any damage which may occur, directly or indirectly, to the member or a third party.
(1) The whole or part of the contents entered by a member into an application contains inaccurate, treacherous, false, or misleading information.
(2) A User has in the past failed to perform a contractual obligation in an individual service, etc., which was provided by the Organization, or has in the past failed to perform a contractual obligation with respect to transactions with other Users; or the Organization has determined that the User could fail to perform a contractual obligation in the future.
(3) A member has violated a law or regulation or the Terms of Use.
(4) A member has committed, or could commit in the future, any of the prohibited acts specified in the Terms of Use.
(5) A member wrongly uses a login ID and/or a password.
(6) A member wrongly uses information provided from the Organization, or a member commits any other wrongful act.
(7) It becomes clear that a member does not satisfy the membership requirements, or the member has failed to satisfy the membership requirements.
(8) A dispute arises between a Member and other Users or a third party.
(9) Other Users or third parties raise a complaint against a member.
(10) The Organization determines that there is a risk that a member could cause damage to the Organization, other members, or third parties.
(11) A member fails to log in a certain number of times during a certain period of time as determined by the Organization.
(12) The Organization reasonably determines that the continuous provision of the Services is difficult.
(13) In addition to the above, in a case in which the Organization determines that there is a matter which is inappropriate or causes problems in the operation of the Services or the Website.

Article 23 (Disclaimer)
1. With respect to the information to be provided as part of the Services or on the Website (hereinafter referred to as the “Provided Information”), whether or not the Provided Information is created based on contributions from Users, the Organization shall not make any representations or warranties (whether explicitly or implicitly) regarding the Provided Information. The Organization has no means and has no obligation to verify, and therefore shall not make any representations or warranties (whether explicitly or implicitly) with respect to, the contents, quality, accuracy, legality (including non-infringement of others’ rights, including intellectual property rights, etc.), usability, believability, timeliness, or completeness of the Provided Information.
2. The Organization shall not assume any responsibility for any damage which may arise from the use of the Provided Information by a User or a third party (including but not limited to errors concerning its acquisition, collection, editing, interpretation, analysis, compilation, translation, transmission, communication, or distribution, and trouble which may arise from the purchase of products based on the Provided Information) or the non-usability of the Provided Information by a User or a third party.
3. The Provided Information as specified in paragraph 1 shall not be considered as a recommendation by the Organization with respect to purchase, sale, possession, use, or subscription (hereinafter referred to as “Purchase, etc.”). As the contents of the Provided Information may change from hour to hour, Users are requested not to entirely rely on the Provided Information and make a Purchase, etc., of products based on their own judgment. The Organization shall not become a party to business negotiations or contracts made by Users by way of the Services or the Website, and shall not assume any responsibility for such matters.
4. Websites linked from the Services and the Website and websites linked from the information posted on the Services and the Website are operated by the administrator of each website.
The Organization has no connection with such websites, and shall provide no guarantee that they are not illegal, that their contents are accurate, that they do not contain unpleasant information, or that they do not contain other information which Users do not wish to consume.
5. Even if a User makes a contribution to the Services or the Website and a third party, in violation of the provisions of Article 6, transfers, edits, uses, duplicates, reprints, or forwards such a posted contribution, or infringes rights of genuine rights holders, and as a result the User suffers damage, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such a matter.
6. In connection with the Services or the Website, if a conflict arises between Users or between a User and a third party (including a conflict arising from the infringement of intellectual property rights), or if a User or a third party suffers damage due to a third party’s act, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such matters. Such conflicts or damage shall be resolved between the parties concerned through lawsuits, etc. If the Organization suffers damage due to such a dispute, the parties involved in such dispute shall jointly and severally, and rapidly, compensate the Organization for all of its expenses, losses, and damage, including any attorney’s fees.
7. The Organization shall not intervene in any communications or transactions between members in connection with the Services or the Website. Members are responsible for preparing documents and paperwork, mutually communicating with each other, fulfilling their legal obligations, resolving disputes, etc. Even if damage occurs in connection with transactions made based on information posted in the Services or on the Website, or even if damage occurs due to the posting of information, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such damage.
8. Even if damage occurs to computers, communication lines, software, etc., as a result of downloading from the Services, the Website, or websites of third parties, including advertisers, or due to a computer virus, etc., the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such damage.
9. If the Organization incurs expenses, or pays compensation, etc., in response to any and all complaints or claims occurring due to, or in connection with, violations of the Terms of Use by any User, the User shall be solely responsible for compensating the Organization for such expenses, compensation, etc. (including any attorney’s fees paid by the Organization).
10. The systems, content, and links in the Services and the Website are provided on an as-is basis. Therefore, Users are requested to use them at their own risk and at their own expense within the scope permitted by laws and regulations. With respect to the status of provision of the Services, the possibility of access, the status of a User’s utilization of the Services and systems of the Services (including content, hardware, software, and links), the Organization shall provide no guarantee, whether explicitly or implicitly, of their suitability for certain purposes, merchantability, competence, non-infringement, outcome, accuracy, integrity, accessibility, compatibility, security, freedom from computer viruses, etc.
11. In addition to the above, the Organization shall provide no guarantee of the contents, quality, and level of the Services and the Website, the stable provision of the Services, the outcome of use of the Services, and other matters. Even if damage occurs, directly or indirectly, to Users or third parties, intentionally or negligently, due to inaccurate, inappropriate, or vague contents, expressions, acts, etc., in the provision of the Services or on the Website, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for such damage. Although the Organization may give advice or provide information to a User, the Organization shall not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or usability of such advice or information, or for the realization of an outcome which is desired by a User.
12. The responsibilities of the Organization shall be limited to those specified in the provisions of the Terms of Use.

Article 24 (Confidentiality)
1. Members shall keep in confidence confidential information which is designated as confidential and disclosed to them by other members as counterparties to transactions in inter-member transactions in connection with the Services or the Website or as part of the process of such transactions; confidential information which they come to know in the course of the performance of transactions; and personal information held by counterparties to transactions. Members shall not use such confidential information for any purposes other than the purposes of the relevant transactions, and shall not disclose or leak such confidential information to third parties.
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, information which a member proves falls within any of the following subparagraphs shall not be confidential information. In the case of personal information, only information which falls within subparagraph (6) shall not be confidential information.
(1) Information which is already publicly known and used.
(2) Information which becomes publicly known and used through no fault of a member after the disclosure of confidential information.
(3) Information which was already known or was obtained prior to the disclosure of the confidential information.
(4) After the disclosure of confidential information, information which is obtained legally, without breaching any confidentiality obligation, from a third party having legitimate authority to disclose such information.
(5) Information for which the disclosing party approves in writing its disclosure to a third party.
(6) Information in respect of which disclosure is required by laws and regulations or a final and binding judgment, etc.
3. When dealing with confidential information, a member shall disclose such information only to the minimum number of persons required to achieve the purpose of such disclosure. In such a case, a member shall be obligated to supervise, or take other necessary measures, to ensure that persons to whom confidential information is disclosed will neither leak it nor use it for purposes other than the purpose for which disclosure was made.
4. Members shall be obligated to treat confidential information in confidence, and take all reasonable safekeeping and leakage prevention measures.
5. Before making inter-member transactions or beginning negotiations, members shall conclude a confidentiality agreement, as required, and mutually make efforts to hold the counterparty’s confidential information in confidence. Whether such a confidentiality agreement is concluded or not, members shall mutually fulfill the confidentiality obligation as specified in this article in inter-member transactions or negotiations.
6. The Organization shall provide no guarantee that the confidentiality of inter-member transactions and negotiations is secured, and shall not assume any responsibility for such matters.

Article 25 (Validity of the Terms of Use)
1. The Terms of Use shall take effect on March 1, 2014, and the revised Terms of Use shall supersede the past terms of use.
2. Even if part of the provisions of the Terms of Use is declared invalid or unenforceable by competent judicial authorities, etc., their judicial ruling shall not be valid outside their jurisdiction and other provisions of the Terms of Use shall be in full force and effect.
3. The outstanding liabilities, if any, of Users under the Terms of Use shall not be nullified and shall remain enforceable even after the expiration of the Services or discontinuation of the Website, or the discontinuation of use of the Services by Users, or the expiration of the Terms of Use.

Article 26 (Governing Law)
The Terms of Use shall be governed by, and construed and interpreted under, the laws of Japan.

Article 27 (Jurisdiction)
If any dispute arises under the Terms of Use, the Tokyo District Court shall be the court of exclusive jurisdiction in the first instance by agreement.

Enacted on March 1, 2014.
Revised on October 27, 2014