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To make your donation for orphanages in Japan,
Please ask us by mail with information as follow;

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We'll reply by mail or call to you when we'll coordinate an acceptable orphanage (*It'll takes about 2~3 weeks).
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We don't receive donation directly.

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To support for earthquake TSUNAMI disaster in northeast Japan

Victim's support service in stricken area is widely done in this meeting.
( photo & report here:*language is Japanese )
To support for orphanages and other victims,
we are soliciting the offer by individually and by the enterprise that can cooperate

for a contribution and human support activity.
Please contact us by mail (click here).
We will disclose all contents of how to use contribution and support on the homepage.

Representative, Yugo Takahashi


Articles of Association

of

Registered Non-Profit Organization

”JAPANESE ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION”

 

                                                                                                                   

Article 1 - GENERAL RULES

 

Section 1 – Name

The Name of the Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association, is “Jido Yougo Shisetsu Shien no Kai”, a specified non-profit organization registered in Japan.

The English name of the Association is “Japanese Orphanage Foundation”.


Section 2 – Registered Office

(1)   The Association’s registered office is in Kasukabe City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

(2)   The Association has its offices in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, and Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

 

Article 2 – OBJECTS AND POWERS


Section 3 – Objects

The Association’s objects (the Objects) are to promote the upbringing and care of, to advance the education and vocational training of, and to encourage the establishment in life and contribution to society of children and young people in child welfare organization, orphanage in particular.

 

Section 4 – Powers

To further the Objects in Section 3, on a non-profit basis the Association may:

(1)   promote for the furtherance of the health, medical care and welfare of children in need

(2)   promote and encourage the social awareness of children in need

(3)   provide humanitarian aid and assistance in time of natural disasters

(4)   promote the upbringing and care of children in need

(5)   support and assist the vocational training and expansion of employment opportunity for children in need.

(6)   establish and support other organizations carrying out objects similar to those of the Association; cooperate, exchange information and advice with them.

 

Section 5 – Operations
(1) To further the Objects in Section 3, the Association may undertake the following operations (the Operations):

1. Specified Non-profit Operations

1-a. To partake in activities of child welfare organizations
1-b. To connect donors and donated child welfare organizations

1-c. To provide support children in need for better employment opportunities
1-d. To provide aid and support for natural disaster reliefs
1-e. To manage child welfare organizations

 

2. Other Operations

2-a. To provide nursing-care services

2-b. To purchase and sell used items and manage a trust of such activity

2-c. To manage vocational schools

2-d. To publish on any media platform

 

(2) The Association shall undertake an operation stated in the foregoing Section 5 (1)-2 provided that such operation does not interfere any of the operations stated in Section 5 (1)-1, and any profits generated by such operation shall be appropriated to the operations stated in Section 5 (1)-1.

 

Article 3 – MEMBESHIP

 

Section 6 – Classification of Membership

There shall be two classes of members in the Association. A membership of the Association shall be granted to Full Member under the Law to Promote Specified Non-profit Activities (the Law) in Japan.

(1)     Full Member - Individuals or corporations, who shall be a subscriber to the Objects of the Association and be entered in the Association’s register of member.  

(2)     Associate Member - Individuals or corporations, who shall be a supporter of the activities of the Association and be entered in the Association’s register of member.

 

Section 7 – Admission of Members

(1)    Application for a membership of the Association shall be open to any individual or corporate supporters of the Association.

(2)    Every person who wishes to become a member shall apply to the Association in such form, the membership application, as the President of the Association requires. The President of the Association shall have power to admit persons to membership and shall not refuse the membership application unless the refusal is reasonable and justifiable.

(3)    If the membership is not granted to an applicant fulfilling the criteria stated above, the President of the Association shall be obligated to inform in writing to the applicant in a timely manner and give reasons for so doing.

 

Section 8 – Entrance Fee and Annual Dues
Each member shall be required to pay an entrance fee and annual dues as determined by the general meeting.

 

Section 9 – Cessation of Membership

A person will cease to be a member if he/she

(1)     gives a written notice of resignation to the Association

(2)     In the case of an individual, dies. In the case of a representative of an organization, is dissolved.

(3)     fails to pay the annual dues for more than 12 consecutive months.

(4)     is removed by a resolution of the Trustee Board.

(5)     is proved to be involved in crime syndicate or antisocial forces.

(6)     is proved to have intention of promoting any specific religious or political activity in the Association.

 

Section 10 – Resignation of Membership
Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Association in such form, as the resignation form, as the President requires.

 

Section 11 – Termination of Membership

The Association shall have power to terminate the membership of any member by a resolution of the general meeting if he or she;

(1)     fails to fulfill any criteria for the membership set out for standing order under this Articles of Association.

(2)     is involved in any activity harmful to or is likely to be harmful to the reputations and interests of the Association.

Such resolution shall not be passed unless the member has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard of or of making written representation before the time of such general meeting.

 

Article 4 – TRUSTEES AND EMPLYEES

 

Section 12 – Number of and Qualification for Elected Trustees
(1) There shall be Elected Trustees in the Association as follows.
 1)-1. Trustee – at least five (5) and not more than ten (10)
 1)-2. Auditor – at least one (1) and not more than two (2)

 

(2) There shall be one (1) President, and one (1) Vice President included in the Trustees members.

 

Section 13 – Appointment of Elected Trustees

(1)     Trustees and Auditors shall be elected and appointed by a resolution of the general meeting

(2)     President and Vice President shall be selected and appointed among the Elected Trustees.

(3)     There shall not be more than one (1) individual, who is a spouse or relative within the third degree by consanguinity or affinity, per every Trustee in the Elected Trustees, or the total number of such Trustee and a spouse or relative within the third degree by consanguinity or affinity shall not exceed one-third of the total number of the Elected Trustees. 

(4)     Auditor(s) shall not concurrently serve as Trustee or Member of the Association.

 

Section 14 – Powers and Responsibilities of Trustees

(1)     The President shall manage the business of the Association and may exercise all the powers of the Association unless they are subject to any restrictions imposed by the Articles or any special resolution.

(2)     The Vice President shall support the President. In case of his/her absence from fulfilling its responsibility, the Vice President shall be delegated to act on behalf of the President. All acts and proceedings of the Vice President in that period shall be fully complied in the pre-determined order by the President.

(3)     Subject to the Articles and any special direction given by a resolution of the general meeting, the Trustee Board shall be composed of the Elected Trustees and shall manage the business of the Association.

(4)     Auditor(s) shall undertake the following responsibilities.

(4)-1. To audit and examine the status of the business proceedings of the Trustee Board

(4)-2. To audit and examine the status of the asset management and accountings of the Association

(4)-3. In case of finding the ground for a suspected improper conduct in the business proceedings or the accountings, or the violation of laws, regulations and the provision of the Articles of Association pursuant to the foregoing clause (4)-2, the Auditor must report to a general meeting or the competent authority.

4)-4. The Auditor shall submit a requisition for a general meeting, if necessitated, to make a report of the finding described in the foregoing.

4)-5. The Auditor shall state his/her opinions on the business proceedings of the Trustee Board or the accountings of the Association, or submit a requisition for a general meeting of the Elected Trustees.

 

Section 15 - Terms

(1)     All members of the Trustee Board shall serve two-years terms, and are eligible for re-election.

(2)     Notwithstanding the foregoing, if no Elected Trustee is appointed to fill a vacancy, the retiring Trustee shall extend the term of service and hold office until the first general meeting is held after the date of the retirement.

(3)     A Co-opted Trustee appointed to fill a vacancy or an addition of the position shall serve until the end of the term of his/her predecessor or the present holder of the office.

(4)     A Trustee after the resignation or retirement shall retain office until someone is elected in his/her place.

 

Section 16 – Vacation of a Trustee’s office
If more than one-third of fixed number of the Trustees or the Auditors fall vacant, the offices shall be filled without delay.

 

Section 17 – Disqualification and Removal of Trustees
The Association shall have power to remove a Trustee from the office by a resolution of the general meeting if he or she;

(1)     becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing and administering his or her own affairs.

(2)     ceases to be a member of the Trustee Board by virtue of any provision of the Act or is prohibited by law from being a Trustee.

Such resolution shall not be passed unless the Trustee has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard of or of making written representation before the time of such general meeting.

 

Section 18 – Remunerations

(1)     Not exceeding one-third of the total number of the Elected Trustees, they shall be paid remuneration.

(2)     The Elected Trustees shall be reimbursed for any expenses incurred while acting on his/her duties.

(3)     The President shall have power, by a resolution of the general meeting, to decide any necessary matters in relation to the foregoing provisions in this Section.


Section 19 – Employees

(1)     The Association shall have a Secretary and other employees

(2)     Employees shall be appointed and may be removed by the President of the Association as he/she may think fit.

 

Article 5 – GENERAL MEETINGS

 

Section 20 – General Meetings
The Association shall hold two types of general meetings, annual general meeting and extraordinary general meeting.

 

Section 21 - Members
The Full Members shall have the right to attend general meetings.

 

Section 22 - Powers
One or more of the followings shall be discussed at general meetings.

(1)     Any amendments in the Articles of Association

(2)     Dissolution

(3)     Merger

(4)     Operation strategies, planning and related budgets of the Association, and amendments of such matters

(5)     Operation reports, account settlements of the Association

(6)     Appointments, removals, responsibilities and remunerations of the Elected Trustees

(7)     Entrance fees and annual dues

(8)     Loans (Except short term loans which shall be settled within a fiscal year, in accordance with Section 49) Other new burdens of responsibility or renunciations of right.

(9)     Management of the secretariat

(10)  Other important matters in the management

 

Section 23 – Holding General Meetings

(1)     The Association shall hold an annual general meeting once in every calendar year.

(2)     An extraordinary general meeting shall be held if

(2)-1. the Trustee Board finds it fit and makes a requisition to that effect.

(2)-2. a written requisition to call the meeting with the general nature of the business to be transacted shall made by at least one-fifth of the Full Members

(2)-3. Subject to Section 14 (4)-4, the Auditor shall submit a requisition to that effect.

 

Section 24 – Calling of Meetings

(1)     The President of the Association shall call a general meeting except in the case of Section 23 (2)-3. 

(2)     The President shall be obligated to call an extraordinary meeting within 14 days on receiving a requisition to that effect in accordance with Section 23 (2)-1 and (2)-2.

(3)     All general meetings shall be called by at least 5 days prior to the date of the meeting. Every notice calling a general meeting shall specify the place, day and time of the meeting, and the general nature of the business to be transacted.

 

Section 25 – Chair at General Meetings
A general meeting shall be chaired by one of the Full Members present at the general meeting and who has been appointed to chair the meeting.

Section 26 – Quorum for General Meetings
No business shall be transacted at any general meeting unless a quorum, more than 50% of the Full Members, is present.

 

Section 27 - Resolutions

(1)     Resolutions to be transacted in the general meeting shall be the general nature of the business informed before such meeting in accordance with Section 24 (3).

(2)     Other than those stated in the Articles of Association, resolutions proposed in the general meeting shall be passed by a simple majority of the total votes of the Full Members present. In the case of the equality of votes, the chair of the meeting shall be entitled to a casting vote.

 

Section 28 - Voting and Proxy of Members

(1)     Every Full Member, whether an individual or an organization, shall have one vote.

(2)     A Full Member who under unavoidable circumstance is unable to attend the general meeting may appoint another Full Member as a proxy. The proxy notice shall be in writing in the form specified by the Trustee Board and signed by the Full Member appointing the proxy, or shall specify how the proxy appointed under them is to vote on one or more of the proposed resolutions.

(3)     Voting by a proxy or a duly authorized representative of a corporate member shall be counted in the quorum as required by Section 26, Section 27 (2), Section 29 (1)-2, and Section 50.

(4)     No member shall be entitled to vote on a proposed resolution at any general meeting or at any adjourned meeting if he or she has a conflict of interest with the resolution.

 

Section 29 – Minutes
(1) The Association must keep minutes of all:

(1)-1. Date, time and place of general meeting

(1)-2. Total Number of Full Members and number of the members present at each such meeting. (Number of proxy and appointed representative must be included)

(1)-3. List of proposed resolutions  

(1)-4. Proceedings and decisions on proposed resolutions

(1)-5. Appointments of signatory of the minutes of the meeting

 

(2) Any such minute must be signed and stamped by more than two (2) signatories appointed in the meeting.

 

Article 6 – TRUSTEES’ MEETINGS


Section 30 – Trustees’ Meetings
A Trustees’ meeting shall be attended by the Elected Trustees of the Association.

 

Section 31 – Powers
A Trustees’ meeting shall discuss and transact resolutions on any one of the followings as well as the ones stated in the Article of Association.

(1)     Any business and resolutions to be transacted in the general meeting

(2)     Matters related to execution of the resolutions passed in the general meeting

(3)     Matters related to execution of the business with no resolution required.


Section 32 – Holding Trustees’ Meetings
A Trustees’ meeting shall be held in cases where it falls under any one of the following conditions.

(1)     the President of the Association think it fit.

(2)     two-third of the Trustees submit a requisition in writing for a Trustees’ meeting with the general nature of the business to be transacted in the meeting.

(3)     the Auditor submits a requisition for a Trustees’ meeting in accordance with Section14 (4)-5.

 

Section 33 – Calling of Trustees’ Meetings

(1)     A Trustees’ meeting shall be called by the President of the Association.

(2)     Subject to Section 32 (2) or (3), a Trustees’ meeting shall be held within 14 days upon the requisition for the meeting.

(3)     A Trustees’ meeting shall be called by at least five (5) clear days’ notice in writing specifying the place, day and time of the meeting and the general nature of all business to be considered at such meeting.

 

Section 34 – Chair

The President of the Association shall chair a Trustees’ meeting.

 

Section 35 – Decision Making

(1)     Subject to Section 33 (3), the general nature of the business to be transacted in the Trustees’ meeting shall be informed to the Trustees before such meeting.

(2)     Questions arising at a Trustees’ meeting shall as far as possible be decided by consensus and otherwise shall be decided by a majority of votes. In the case of the equality of votes, the chair shall be entitled to a casting vote.

 

Section 36 – Voting and Proxy of Trustees

(1)     Every Trustee shall have one vote.

(2)     A Trustee who under unavoidable circumstance is unable to attend the Trustees’ meeting may cast a vote or appoint a proxy in writing to a proposed resolution. Resolution in writing signed by the Trustee absent shall be effective.

(3)     Voting by a proxy or a duly authorized representative of the Trustee shall be counted in the quorum as required by Section 35 (2), Section 37 (1)-2.

(4)     No Trustee shall be entitled to vote on a proposed resolution at any Trustees’ meeting or at any adjourned meeting if he or she has a conflict of interest with the resolution.

 

Section 37 – Minutes

(1) The Trustee Board must keep minutes of all:

(1)-1. Date, time and place of general meeting

(1)-2. Number of Trustees and number of the Trustees present at each such meeting (Number of proxy and appointed representative must be included)

(1)-3. List of proposed resolutions 

(1)-4. Proceedings and decisions on proposed resolutions

(1)-5. Appointments of signatory of the minutes of the meeting

 

(2)     Any such minute must be signed and stamped by more than two (2) signatories appointed in the meeting.

 

Article 7 – ASSETS AND ACCOUNTS

Section 38 - Assets
The assets of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the Objects. The assets of the Association shall consist of the followings;

(1)     Assets stated in the list of assets at the time of the registration of the Association

(2)     Entrance fees, and annual dues

(3)     Donor contributions

(4)     Revenues from the properties

(5)     Revenues from the business

(6)     Other revenues and liabilities if any

 

Section 39 – Categories of Assets
The assets of the Association shall be categorized into two types, assets related to the registered non-profit activities and assets related to other activities.

 

Section 40 – Asset Management
The assets of the Association shall be managed by the President. The President shall have power to determine methods of the asset management after such resolution is passed in the general meeting.

 

Section 41 – Accounts Rules
The accounting records of the Association must be kept as required by Section 27 of the Law.

 

Section 42 – Categories of Accounts
The accounts of the Association shall be categorized into two types, accounts related to the registered non-profit activities and accounts related to other activities.

 

Section 43 – Operation Strategies, Planning and Budgets
The operation strategies, planning and related budgets of the Association must be prepared for by the President, and be approved by a resolution of the general meeting.

 

Section 44 – Provisional Budgets

(1)     Notwithstanding the provision of the foregoing Section, if the budget is not approved under unavoidable grounds, until the date of the budget approval the President shall have power to control the expenditure and the income of the budget in accordance with the ones in the previous fiscal year approved by a resolution of the general meeting.

(2)     The expenditure and income of the budget stated in the foregoing shall be regarded as the ones of the new budget when approved.

 

Section 45 – Contingency Funds

(1)     Contingency fund can be reserved in the budget for an excess over the estimated budget or extraordinary expenses.

(2)     Usage of the contingency fund shall be approved by a resolution of the general meeting.

 

Section 46 – Addition or Amendment of Budgets
The Association shall under unavoidable circumstances add or amend the approved budget by a resolution of the general meeting.

 

Section 47 – Annual Reports and Annual Accounts

(1)     In respect of each fiscal year, the Association’s annual report, annual accounts, balance sheet, inventory of the assets must be prepared for by the President, audited by the Auditor(s), and approved by a resolution of a general meeting in a timely manner.

 

(2)     Surplus in the balance sheet shall be carried forward to the following fiscal year.

 

Section 48 – Fiscal Year
The Association’s fiscal year shall start on 1st of April and end on 31st of March of following year.

 

Section 49 – Contingency Measures
Other than the ones approved in the budget, any new loans, undertake of other new responsibilities or renunciation of the rights must be approved by a resolution of the general meeting.

 

Article 8 – AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION, DISSOLUTION AND MERGER

 

Section 50 – Amendment of Articles of Association
The Articles of Association may be amended in accordance with a resolution of the general meeting, adopted with a simple majority of votes cast by the Full Members present in the meeting. The amendments to the Articles of Association shall not take effect until approved by the competent authorities except the following minor changes to the Articles listed in Section 25 (3) of the Law;

(1)     The locations of the principal office and other offices, which shall not involve a change of the reporting competent authorities.

(2)     Matters related to the assets

(3)     Matters related to public announcements

 

Section 51 - Dissolution

(1)     The Association shall be dissolved by; 

(1)-1. Resolution at general meeting

(1)-2. Non-performance of the approved Specified Non-profit Operations

(1)-3. Insufficiency in numbers of Full Member

(1)-4. Merger

(1)-5. Bankruptcy

(1)-6 Revocation of the attestation of legal establishment of the Association by the competent authority.

(2)     Subject to the above Section 51 (1), in the case of dissolution of the Association, a special resolution must be passed by at least 75% majority of all the Full Members.

(3)     Subject to the above (2), in the case of dissolution of the Association, it must be approved by the competent authority.

 

Section 52 – Jurisdiction of Remaining Assets
If upon the winding-up or dissolution (with the exception of by a merger or a bankruptcy) of the Association there shall remain, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any asset whatsoever, the same shall be given or transferred to such other institution(s) listed in Section 11 (3) of the law which have objects similar to the objects of the Association.

 

Section 53 - Merger
In the case of merger of the Association, a special resolution must be passed at general meeting by at least 75% majority of all the Full Members, and approved by the competent authority.

 

Article 9 – PUBLIC NOTICES

 

Section 54 – Public Notices

A public notice of the Association shall be posted in a notice board of the Association and given by publishing it in the official gazette.

 

Article 10 – MISCELLANEOUS RULES

 

Section 55 - Rules
By a resolution of the Trustees’ meeting, the President shall have power from time to time to make, alter or repeal the rules or bye laws as they may deem necessary or expedient for the proper implementation of the Articles of Association.

 

Supplementary Provisions

 

(1)     The Articles of Association shall take effect at the date of the establishment of the Association.

(2)     The members of the Trustee Board of the Association are as follows;
President       Mieko Sakurai
Vice President              Keiko Teruya
Trustee                        Ken Watanabe

Trustee                 Mina Ueno
Trustee
                 Satoshi Yamato

Trustee                  Hiroyuki Numano
Trustee
                   Kouji Kirihara
Trustee                        Yugo Takahashi
Auditor                        Yukihisa  Jo

 

(3)     Notwithstanding the provision of Section 15 (1), the term of the initial members of the Trustee Board shall be terminated on 31st of May 2013.

(4)     Notwithstanding the provision of Section 43, the initial operation strategies, planning and related budgets of the Association shall be governed by the resolution in the initial general meeting.

 

(5)     Notwithstanding the provision of Section 48, the first fiscal year of the Association shall start on the date of the establishment and end on 31st of March 2012.                     

 

(6)     Notwithstanding the provision of Section 8, the initial entrance fees and the annual dues of the Association shall stand as follows,  

 

1. 

Individual Full Membership                – Entrance Fee      JPY 5,000-

Individual Full Membership                – Annual Due        JPY 5,000-
Corporate Full Membership               – Entrance Fee      JPY 10,000-
Corporate Full Membership               – Annual Due        JPY 10,000-


2.
 

Individual Associate Membership       – Entrance Fee      JPY 3,000-
Individual Associate Membership       – Annual Due        JPY 3,000-
Corporate Associate Membership      – Entrance Fee      JPY 5,000-
Corporate Associate Membership      – Annual Due        JPY 5,000-

 

 

 

Dated: 9th February, 2012