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Constitution of Japanese Society for the History of Economic Thought


(Adopted in April, 1950, and revised several times thereafter. As of October, 2002)
(Authorized by the Council and the General Assembly on October 26, 2002)

Name

I. The name of the Society is the Society for the History of Economic Thought.

Purpose

II. The purpose of the Society is to promote:

A. Research in the history of economics, and social and economic thought.

B. Academic contacts with other academic communities of the history of economic thought both in and outside Japan.

Projects

III. In order to accomplish the above mentioned activities, the Society engages in the following projects.

A. Organization of society meetings.
1. Annual meetings, which are held once a year. If necessary, special meetings are held occasionally.
2. Organization of local meetings. Specifications for local meetings are given in other society's rules.

B. Organization of open lectures.

C. Communications with other societies of economic science in and outside of Japan.

D. Publication of the Annals, the Society's official publication.

E. Awarding of the Society's prize.

F. Other projects necessary to accomplish the purposes of the Society.

Membership

IV. Members of the Society are researchers of the history of economics, and social and economic thought.

V. Application for membership should be addressed to the Society's President. Membership is based on recommendation from two members of the Society and approval by the Council.

VI. The membership fee for the Society is 8,000yen per year.

VII. The Annals are sent to all members of the Society for the History of Economic Thought.

VIII. Members can resign from the Society by submitting a notice of withdrawal to the President. Those who fail to pay annual dues are considered to have resigned from the Society. However, they can reactivate their memberships if they pay delinquent fees.

Honorary Members

IX. Members of the Society who contribute greatly to research in the field of the history of economic thought can be appointed as honorary members. Such appointment requires recommendation of the Council and approval of the general assembly.

Administration Committees

X. A Council administers the affairs of the Society.

XI. Members of the Council are elected from the members of the Society through a postal election.

XII. The above-mentioned election (Article XI) is administered by an Election Administration Committee, which is appointed by the Council. The term of office for committee members is two years.

XIII. The term of Council members is two years. Council members cannot hold office for more than six consecutive years, though they can be elected again at another time.

XIV. To deal with routine matters of the Society, several regular members of the Council are elected by the members of the Council.

XV. The President represents the Society, and is appointed by the Council. The Council decides the method of appointment of the president.

XVI. The Society appoints two auditors, who are members of the Society. The auditors are elected from the members of the Society through a postal election. The term of the auditors is two years. Auditors cannot hold office for more than six consecutive years, though they can be elected again at another time.

General Assembly

XVII. The Society meets in a general assembly once each year. Should the Council or the two thirds of the members of the Society request it, the Society shall call a special assembly.

XVIII. The President determines the agenda, the date and place of the general assembly, and notifies the members of meeting times and agendas.

XIX. In general assembly meetings, regular members of the Council report on the activities and financial condition of the Society.

XX. The chairman of the general assembly is elected each time from the members attending.

XXI. Decisions of the general assembly are determined by a majority vote of the members present at the assembly. In case of a tie, the chairman casts the deciding vote.

Proposal to amend the Constitution or to dissolve the Society

XXII. Proposals to amend the Society's Constitution or to dissolve the Society should be made by at least a majority of the Council, or by at least 15 members of the Society. The assent of two thirds of those attending the general assembly is required either to amend the Constitution or to dissolve the Society.

Fiscal Year

XXIII. The Society's fiscal year begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 of the following year.
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