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The International Society for Cultural Expression
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c/o Nihon University, International Relations
2-31-145 Bunkyocho, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8555 Japan
Phone:055-980-0777  Fax:055-980-0871
E-mail: munakata.kenji@nihon-u.ac.jp
Web Site: http://culturalexpression.at.webry.info
Objectives of the International Society for Cultural Expression
 On the eighth of May in 2004, the Seventh Conference of the Comparative Culture & Literature Society of Nihon University was held on the Surugadai campus of the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University. On that occasion, all the members of our society proposed that we reorganize our society in order to promote more active progress in our studies and contribute to people worldwide. As a result, The International Society for Cultural Expression was newly established with the support of all members.
 According to its regulations, the Society “aims to study the cultural characteristics and their expressions in countries of the world from an interdisciplinary and international point of view. Although we recognize that globalization is in progress worldwide, we will conduct our research while respecting the culture, literature, images, people and language of each country and share our results with the world.”
 Currently in our highly networked society, globalization is occurring rapidly in the fields of politics, industry, science and technology, and education. On the other hand, even though many countries have become globalized, each of them expresses its own characteristic national identity in their actions and thoughts, their artistic and literary works, their manners and customs, their etiquette, and their traditional events. In our society, we intend to conduct research on these cultural aspects from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. We do not regard globalization and national identity as being opposed to each other. Rather, we should view both of them from a holistic point of view and endeavor to harmonize one with the other; our objective is to use this approach to our research. I look forward to all members’ active participation.
The Regulations of the International Society for Cultural Expression
Article 1 (Name)
The Society is called the “International Society for Cultural Expression”
Article 2 (Purpose)
The Society is organized for the purpose of studying characteristics and expression of cultures in the world from the viewpoint of interdisciplinary and international perspective. Recognizing the progress of globalization in the world, the members of the Society shall engage in the research and study of cultures, literature, visual images, races and languages of the world and transmit the study results widely to relevant individuals and organizations.
Article 3 (Activities)
In order to achieve its purpose, the Society performs the following services for the members: (a) Holding of annual national convention (b) Organization of study meetings, meetings for the presentation of research papers and lecture meetings (c) Publication of bulletins and newsletters (d) Production and administration of membership list (e) Promotion of intellectual exchange with scholars abroad (f) Conferment of Society Award (g) Any other activities deemed necessary to achieve its purpose 2. All activities of the Society must be submitted to its Council and be approved by the General Meeting.
Article 4 (Membership)
The Society is composed of the following members: (a)Ordinary members: those who carry out a study on cultural expression of the world (b) Student members: those who carry out a study on cultural expression of the world as a student (c) Supporting members: individuals or groups who endorse the purpose of the Society (d) Honorary members: those who have contributed to the development of the Society, and who have been approved by a General Meeting as such when they were recommended by the Council 2. Those who want to join the Society shall apply for membership with endorsement of existing two members, and be approved by the Council. 3. Members are required to pay annual membership dues. Those who have not paid the due for three or more years shall be disqualified from the membership. Honorary members are not required to pay the due.
Article 5 (Officials)
The Society shall have the following officials: (a) President (b) Vice President (c) Secretary General (d) Chairpersons of committees provided for by Article 16 (e) Council members (except for those mentioned in the above Sub-Sections (a) to (d) ) (f) Two inspectors.
Article 6 (President)
The President shall be elected by the Council among its members and be approved by the General Meeting. 2. The President represents the Society and monitors the proper functioning of the Society and its structures.
Article 7 (Vice President)
The Vice President shall be selected by the President among Council members after consultation with the Council and be approved by the General Meeting. 2. The Vice President assists the President, and performs the President's duties in the event of the President being prevented from performing his duties.
Article 8 (Secretary General)
The Secretary General shall be selected by the President among Council members after consultation with the Council and be approved by the General Meeting. 2. The Secretary General, under the orders of the President, shall be in charge of running the Secretariat prescribed by Article 17.
Article 9 (Committee chairpersons)
Committee chairpersons are selected by the President among Council members or among Society members after consultation with the Council. They must be approved by the General Meeting. 2. Each chairperson is responsible for respective committee affairs in his charge.
Article 10 (Council members)
Council members are selected by the Council among Society members. They must be approved by the General Meeting. 2. Each Council member is responsible for respective section of the Society's business affairs such as general affairs, accounting, external relations and so on.
Article 11 (Inspectors)
Prospective Inspectors are recommended by the Council among Society members. They must be approved by the General Meeting. 2. Inspectors inspect and audit execution of the Society's affairs and its accounting. 3. Inspectors may attend the Council meetings and express their opinions.
Article 12 (Term of office)
The term of office of the Society's officers is three years. They may be re-elected for other terms. 2. In the event of an officer being prevented from performing his duties, new officer is elected by the Council among its members, who must be approved by the Standing Committee meeting. 3. The term of a substitute officer shall be the remaining period of his/her predecessor.
Article 13 (General Meeting)
The General Meeting is composed of all members of the Society. 2. The General Meeting is annually convened by the President at the same time with the Society's National Convention. 3. Notwithstanding the immediately preceding provision, the President, in consultation with the Standing Council meeting, may convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members in order to discuss urgent and important affairs of the Society. 4. The General Meeting is chaired by a Council member who is appointed by the Council as such. 5. The General Meeting discusses the following matters, which should be pre-arranged by the Council in advance of the General Meeting: (a) Matters related to the selection of officers (b) Matters related to project plans and budget of income and expenses (c) Matters related to activity reports and settlement of accounts (d) Matters related to revision/abolishment of the Society's regulations (e) Any other important matters 6. All the decisions of the General Meeting are taken by a simple majority of members present. In the case of a tie, the chairperson will decide the issue.
Article 14 (Council)
The Council is composed of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary General, and Council members. 2. A Council meeting is chaired by a Council member who is present and appointed by the President as such. 3. The Council meeting will discuss and execute important matters related to the management of the Society pursuant to the Regulations and resolutions of the General Meeting of the members. 4. All the decisions of the Council meeting are taken by a simple majority of Council members present. In the case of a tie, the chairperson will decide the issue.
Article 15 (Standing Council)
The Standing Council is composed of the President, the Vice President and the Secretary General. 2. A meeting of the Standing Council is convened by the President, who will preside over the meeting. 3. The standing Council discusses and executes the following matters: (a) Matters entrusted to it by the Council (b) Issues for which the President considers it necessary to take emergency measures 4. The President shall make a report to the Council, without undue delay, concerning the results of the deliberation and measures taken pursuant to the preceding Section. 5. All the decisions of the Standing Council meeting are taken by a simple majority of persons present. In the case of a tie, the chairperson will decide the issue.
Article 16 (Committees)
In order to conduct its affairs, the Society shall set up the following committees: (a) Editorial Committee of the “Bulletin of the International Society for Cultural Expression” (hereinafter referred to as the “Editorial Committee of Society's Bulletin”) (b) Editorial Committee of the Society's Newsletter (c) Public Relations Committee (d) Selection Committee for the Society's Awards 2. Composition of the committees above-mentioned shall be provided for separately. 3. When it deems necessary, the number of committees will be increased or decreased pursuant to the decisions of the Council and the General Meeting.
Article 17 (Secretariat)
The Society shall have its Secretariat. 2. The Society shall provide its Secretariat with several secretaries 3. Secretaries are selected by the Secretary General among the Society's members. The Secretary General shall report his selection to the Council. 4. The term of secretaries shall be three years. They may be re-selected for several terms. 5. Under the orders of the Secretary General, secretaries shall deal with office administration including general affairs, accounting, external relations and others.
Article 18 (Expenses)
Expenses of the Society shall be paid from the following income: (a) Annual due from the members (b) Donations (c) Any other income
Article 19 (Fiscal year)
The fiscal year of the Society shall start from the April 1st and end at the March 31st next year.
Article 20 (Settlement of accounts)
Annual settlement of accounts shall be prepared by the Secretariat, which shall be audited by inspector, examined at the Council meeting and be approved by the General Meeting.
Article 21 (Rules for operation)
Any other issues necessary for the operation of the Regulations may be provided for separately. Supplementary provision
A part is amended at the general meeting on May11, 2013 and shall take effect on April 1, 2014.
These regulations shall take effect as from May 8, 2004.