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AICA JAPAN Background Statutes of International Association of Art Critics Japanese Section Officers 2016 Office

Statutes of International Association of Art Critics Japanese Section
Article I. Name
This association shall be called AICA JAPAN.


Article II. Aims
The aims of this association are to foster solidarity among art critics in Japan, as well as promote international cooperation and contribute to the development of visual culture.


Article III. Office
The office of this association shall be located in Tokyo.


Article IV. International Network
This association shall be a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA = Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) and serve as its Japanese section.


Article V. Activities
This association shall carry out the following activities to achieve the aims in Article II:
(i) Organize study groups, discussions, and other meetings;
(ii) Study issues connected with visual culture and present joint opinions;
(iii) Coordinate and collaborate with relevant organizations and groups;
(iv) Promote international coordination and collaboration;
(v) Carry out activities connected with the welfare of members;
(vi) Carry out other activities deemed suitable.


Article VI. Members
(1) Members shall be those in the field of art criticism as well as support the purport of this association and cooperate with its activities.
(2) All members shall have the qualifications and duties of international associate members of AICA and shall become international members.


Article VII. Admission
To be admitted into this association, candidates need to be nominated by two (2) or more sponsors and shall obtain the consent of the General Assembly; provided, however, that one (1) of the sponsors shall attend the General Assembly meeting. The admission fee shall be 20,000 yen.


Article VIII. Membership Fee
The annual membership fee for members shall be as follows. Member (international member): 15,000 yen.


Article IX. Resignation and Dismissal
If members express their wish to leave this association in writing by the end of November, they shall be exempt from their obligation to pay the membership fee from the following fiscal year. Anyone who has neglected to pay the membership fee for two (2) years shall be deemed to have resigned from this association. Anyone who has used language or engaged in behavior that is inappropriate as a member may be dismissed from this association pursuant to a resolution of the General Assembly; provided, however, that in either case they shall remain obligated to pay the membership fee until the fiscal year of their resignation or dismissal.


Article X. Officers
This association shall have the following officers for conducting its activities:
     One (1) President
     One (1) Chairman of the Standing Committee
     One (1) Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee
     Twenty (20) Standing Committee members in principle
     Several commissioned members of the Standing Committee
     One (1) Secretary-General
     One (1) Deputy Secretary-General
     Two (2) Auditors
The President and Standing Committee members shall be elected from the members and obtain the consent of the General Assembly.

Supplementary Provisions
To elect a President, members shall nominate candidates including themselves in advance, and the Standing Committee shall announce all candidates. From among all candidates all members shall elect the President by postal mail, and consent shall be received from the General Assembly. If there is only one (1) candidate, consent shall be received from the General Assembly. If a candidate fails to receive majority support at a General Assembly meeting, candidates shall be solicited once again by self-recommendation or by recommendation from others, and another round of elections shall be held.
The Chairman of the Standing Committee shall be elected from among the Standing Committee members.
The Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee shall be designated by the Chairman of the Standing Committee and obtain the consent of the Standing Committee.
The Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General shall be designated by the President and obtain the consent of the Standing Committee.
Auditors shall be decided based on the nominations of the Standing Committee.
The Chairman of the Standing Committee may designate commissioned members of the Standing Committee with the consent of the Committee.

Vote counting for the election of Standing Committee members shall take place before the General Assembly meeting in the presence of several Standing Committee members not up for re-election.


Article XI. Term of Officers
The President shall be permitted to serve a term of four (4) years and reelected for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. The term of the second term shall be two (2) years.
Standing Committee members shall be permitted to serve a term of two (2) years and reelected for no more than two (2) consecutive terms. The President shall concurrently serve as Standing Committee member.


Article XII. Duties of Officers
The President shall represent this association and attend the meetings of the Standing Committee.
In the absence or disability of the President, the Chairman of the Standing Committee shall perform the duties of the President on his behalf.
The Chairman of the Standing Committee shall convoke meetings of the Standing Committee and preside over their affairs as the Chair of the meetings.
The Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee shall support the Chairman of the Standing Committee, and in his absence or disability shall perform the duties of the Chairman on his behalf.
The Secretary-General shall be responsible for general affairs and accounting and facilitate the affairs of Standing Committee meetings.
The Deputy Secretary-General shall support the Secretary-General, and in his absence or disability shall carry out the duties of the Secretary-General on his behalf.


Article XIII. Eligibility to Attend Standing Committee Meetings
If the Chairman of the Standing Committee deems it necessary, members who are not Standing Committee members may attend Standing Committee meetings.


Article XIV. General Assembly
The General Assembly shall be the supreme decision-making body of this association, and an annual meeting of the General Assembly shall be held once a year.
A meeting of the General Assembly shall be attended by a majority of all members, including those represented by power of attorney.
The President shall convoke meetings of the General Assembly and serve as its Chair. Extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly may be held whenever the President deems them necessary.


Article XV. Activity and Accounting Report
Activity and accounting reports from each fiscal year shall be submitted to the annual meeting of the General Assembly and obtain its consent.


Article XVI. Activity Plan
The activity plan for each fiscal year shall be submitted to the annual meeting of the General Assembly and obtain its consent.


Article XVII. Business Year
The business year of this association shall be from January 1 to December 31.


Article XVIII. Reform of the Statutes
Modifications to the Statutes require a resolution of the General Assembly.