Code of Ethics

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Code of Ethics
Japan Association of International Relations

Preamble
Article 3 of the Constitution of the Japan Association of International Relations stipulates that “the objectives of the Association shall be to promote academic activities, including research, presentations and dissemination, in the fields of international relations, the history of international relations and other related fields such as international economics, and to promote friendship and cooperation among researchers in these fields.” Article 4 states that to achieve these objectives the Association shall:
1. Carry out research and investigation in the academic fields of international relations, the history of international relations and other related fields, such as international economics;
2. Publish journals and books;
3. Hold sectional meetings, seminars and lectures;
4. Conduct exchanges with other domestic and foreign organizations sharing the same objectives; and
5. Carry out other activities approved by the Board of Directors.

In carrying out the above activities, the Association and each of its members are requested to comply not only with the legal and ethical standards mandatory for any member of a civil society but also with the higher legal and ethical norms associated with an association of learned persons and academic/educational experts.

In this spirit, members of the Association are requested to comply with the following code of conduct:

Impartiality and Trust
Article 1. In conducting their own research/educational activities as well as the management of the Association, members are requested to remain impartial so as not to damage the social credibility of the Association.

Compliance with the Law
Article 2. In conducting their own research/educational activities as well as the management of the Association, members are requested to comply with the law and to conduct themselves with integrity.

Protection of Privacy and Respect of Human Rights
Article 3. In conducting their own research/educational activities as well as the management of the Association, members are requested to pay close attention to the social influences of their activities as well as to protect the privacy of the parties concerned and to respect their human rights.

Prohibition of Discrimination
Article 4. Members of the Association shall not discriminate against any individual or organization based on their thought and beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, birth, nationality, religious and ethnic background, personal history, physical handicap, or family circumstances.

Prohibition of Harassment
Article 5. Members of the Association shall not commit sexual harassment, academic harassment, power harassment, or any other form of harassment.

Prohibition of Violation of Copyright
Article 6. Members of the Association are required to respect the originality of others’ works and shall not violate their copyright.

Prohibition of Plagiarism, Piracy, and Fabrication/Falsification of Data
Article 7. Members of the Association shall not plagiarize or steal others’ research results. They shall not fabricate or falsify data obtained in the course of their research activities.

Proper Use of Research Funds
Article 8. Members of the Association are requested to properly use research subsidies or grants.

Public Service through the Publication of Research
Article 9. In light of the public interest and social responsibility that their research activities can serve, members of the Association are requested to contribute their findings to society as much as possible by publicizing the results of their work.

Ethical Committee
Article 10. In order to promote the accomplishment of the objectives of the current Code of Ethics, an ethics committee shall be established within the Association.

Amendment of Articles of the Code of Ethics
Article 11. Amendment of articles of the Code of Ethics is subject to the decision of the Board of Directors of the Japan Association of International Relations.

Supplement Rule 1. The current Code of Ethics takes effect on November 1, 2010.

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