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PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

BASIC POLICY

Personal information has generally come to be stored in and processed by computers in recent years due to the rapid advance of information technologies. Because such information can be easily reproduced and transmitted using the Internet, it has sometimes been misued. Informatization has thus not only made life more convenient but has also raised concerns about infringements of personal rights and interests. In the light of the need to protect privacy, the Japan Foundation takes utmost care in handling personal information, taking appropriate measures in the gathering, use, and storage of such information in accordance with the Law Concerning the Protection of Personal Information by Independent Administrative Institutions (IAI Privacy Protection Law).

Outline of the Privacy Protection Law

Definition

" Personal information" is defined as information, such as name and birthdate, about living persons that can be used to identify a particular individual.
Information covered by the law
(1)Of such information the law applies to that meeting the following two criteria: Information prepared or acquired by employees of an independent administrative institution as necessary to conduct their activities; and
(2)Personal information in the possession of an independent administrative institution for internal use by employees.

Collection of personal information

In collecting personal information, the independent administrative institution is required to
(1) Not acquire information through deceit or other improper methods;
(2)Limit such activities to only such cases where necessary to carry out its legally established activities; and
(3)Elucidate, in principle, the purpose for which such information is to be used when it is acquired directly and in writing from an individual.

Use and management of personal information

Regarding the personal information in its possession, the independent administrative institution is required to:
(1) Undertake proper management so as to prevent its leakage, loss, or damage; and
(2) Secure its accuracy within the scope necessary for the purpose of use.
The provision and use of this information should be within the scope of the intended purpose of use.

Request for disclosure and correct usage

Regarding the personal information in its possession, the independent administrative institution is required to:
Of personal information possessed by an independent administrative institution, individuals may request the disclosure of that pertaining to him- or herself. If, after such a disclosure, errors are found, the law stipulates that the individual may seek a correction of that information or the termination of its use.

PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Japan Foundation has established a set of rules and regulations on the proper internal management of personal information collected in accordance with legal stipulations (in Japanese).

REGISTER OF PERSONAL INFORMATION FILES (in Japanese)

REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE

As stipulated in the IAI Privacy Protection Law's Article 14 concerning the legal obligation of independent administration institutions to disclose personal information in their possession, the Japan Foundation will, in principle, disclose such information about a person when requested to do so by that person him- or herself (excluding information that may infringe upon the rights or interests of third parties or which the person already has access to through legal means or by common practice). In case the person concerned is a minor or is under guardianship, that person's legal representative may request the disclosure on the person's behalf.

Please note that requests for disclosure can be made only about oneself or about a person for whom one is a legal representative.

Information that May Be Requested
A disclosure request may be made of information in the possession of the Japan Foundation (document, drawing, or electronically stored data prepared or acquired by a Japan Foundation employee for internal use) that pertains to the person making the request.

Making a Request

Disclosure requests may be made at the privacy protection counters of the Japan Foundation Headquarters, Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute Urawa, and Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute Kansai.
Headquarters
Information Disclosure Office, General Affairs Div, General Affairs Dept.
he new address is: 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, Japan
Tel: 03-55369-6081, Fax: 5369-6031
e-mail: jhkk@jpf.go.jp


Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Uraw
Privacy Protection Desk, General Affairs Div.
5-6-36 Kita Urawa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama-ken. 330-0074, Japan
Tel: 048-834-1181, Fax: 048-834-1170


Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai
Privacy Protection Desk, General Affairs Div.
3-14 Rinku Port Kita, Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka 598-0093, Japan
Tel: 0724-90-2601, Fax: 0724-90-2801


*Hours
Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and during the yearend and New Year break
*Overseas Residents
Disclosure requests are not accepted at overseas Japan Foundation offices. Overseas residents seeking disclosure are asked to contact the Information Disclosure Office of Japan Foundation Headquarters.

Application Procedures

Disclosures will be made only of the personal information about the individual submitting the request. For this reason, applicants must present or mail “the disclosure request form” with a copy of personal identification, such as a driver's license, health insurance certificate, basic resident register card, residence card, special permanent resident certificate or other documents issued under prescribed law. Please refer to the disclosure request form for more information.

The fee for processing the request is 300 yen. Please pay this amount when making a disclosure request, either at the privacy protection desk or by bank transfer to the following account (the transfer fee must be borne by the applicant (in Japanese)



Disclosure Request Fee Account
Bank: Mizuho Bank
Account number/type: Shinbashi Branch, 8036602 (ordinary deposit account)


Account holder: (Kokusai koryu kikin joho kokai guchi)

Notification of (Non)Disclosure

Decisions regarding the (non)disclosure of information will be made in accordance with the Screening Standards for Action Based on the IAI Privacy Protection Law and processed within (in Japanese) (PDF/41KB), in principle, 30 days of the request. The decision will be notified in writing. Should the decision require more than 30 days due to processing difficulties, notification of the extension, along with the period of the extension, will be made.

Making the Disclosure

Those receiving a disclosure notification should select a specific disclosure method from among those cited in the disclosure method application form accompanying the notification, fill out all necessary items, and either submit it to the privacy protection desk or mail it back within 30 days.
The disclosure method can also be identified in advance when submitting the disclosure request form (in Japanese)
Those wishing to receive a copy of the information by postal mail should either send postage stamps along with the original request or the disclosure method application form or transfer the appropriate amount to the Japan Foundation bank account.
For details, see Instructions on Disclosure Methods (in Japanese).


REQUESTING CORRECTIONS OR TERMINATIONS OF USE

The person making a disclosure request on information about him- or herself in the possession of the Japan Foundation may request a correction of that information if he or she deems it to be contrary to fact. When such information is believed to have been collected in an illegal way or when it is being used or provided in violation of the provisions of the IAI Privacy Protection Law, the person may request that the use of such personal information be terminated or request its deletion.

Procedures for Correcting or Terminating the Use of Information

Fill out the prescribed correction request form (in Japanese) (PDF/19KB) or the termination request form (in Japanese) (PDF/16KB) as necessary and either submit or mail it to the privacy protection desk. Such requests are accepted for a period of up to 90 days following the disclosure of personal information.

Notification of Correction/Termination Decision

Decisions on whether to correct or terminate the use of personal information upon the receipt of a request will be made in accordance with the Screening Standards for Action Based on the IAI Privacy Protection Law (in Japanese) (PDF/19KB). In principle, the decision will be made within 30 days, and the applicant will be notified in writing. Should the decision require more time due to processing difficulties, applicants will be notified of the extension of the notification period.



FILING AN OBJECTION

If there are objections to the decisions made regarding information disclosure or action on correction or termination of use, individuals may petition the Japan Foundation to seek redress in compliance with the Administrative Appeal Law (Law. No.160 of 1962) within 60 days from the following day when interested parties acknowledge the existence of the decisions. In case that individuals file a lawsuit to request withdrawal of the decisions, such party may file a case against the Japan Foundation for withdrawal of the decisions in compliance with Administrative Case Litigation Law (Law No.139 of 1962) within 6 months from the day when the interested party acknowledges the existence of the decisions.

RELEVANT LAWS AND REGULATIONS (in Japanese)






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