Membership regulations  (Please read the regulations carefully.)
 
Established on March 5, 1963.
Revised on November 14, 2013.
 
Note: The final text of these Membership Regulations shall be the Japanese version which will be used should any dispute arise as to their interpretation.
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  The regulations below lay down rules that concern members according to the constitution of Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

Regular members
Article 1
 Regular members of JAF must be owners of a private car residing in Japan or equivalent. There are four types of Regular membership:
   (1) Individual members - Refer to individual members.
  (2) Family members - Refer to family members who live in the same household or share a living with an Individual member. Family means the relatives defined in the Civil Law.
  (3) Corporate members - Refer to corporate or organizational members.


Procedures for admission of regular membership
Article 2
Admission procedures according to the membership category shown below must be completed to become a regular member.
   (1) The applicant for Individual membership must pay the joining fee and membership fee and complete the prescribed admission procedures.
  (2) The Personal member whose family will apply for Family membership must pay the membership fee and complete the prescribed admission procedures. Family members are exempted from joining fee. Up to five members of the family who live in the same household or share a living with the Individual member may be admitted to JAF as Family member.
  (3) The applicants for Corporate membership must pay the joining fee and membership fee and complete the prescribed admission procedures which are intended for the corporate members. The applicants must register the registry number or vehicle number (hereinafter referred to as “vehicle number”) of the vehicles to be operated by the corporation, and must pay subscription fee for each vehicle in addition to the membership fee.


Effective date of the qualifications of regular membership
Article 3
Qualifications of Regular membership will become effective when the applicant receives the relevant membership card (including a temporary membership card).


Issuance of membership cards
Article 4
JAF shall issue and lend a membership card with the expiration date printed on it (hereinafter referred to as “regular membership card”) to members upon admission. JAF shall issue and lend a membership card which will be used for more than one year (hereinafter referred to as “multi-year membership card”) to the following members:
(1)

The members who have their annual membership fee debited from an account at a bank or post office, or paid with a credit card (hereinafter referred to as “Automatic Debiting System”).

(2) The members who pay the lump sum membership fee for several years of prescribed term by cash or through Automatic Debiting System.
2
In case of loss of a membership card, the member has to submit a report of loss to JAF. In that case, JAF shall reissue a membership card subject to the prescribed reissue fee.
3
A copy of JAF' s club magazine will be mailed to each member (except for Family members).


Validation of membership qualifications
Article 5
The sole validation for membership qualifications is membership card. Members are requested to carry their membership card at all times.
2
Members whose membership card has expired will not be eligible for JAF' s membership services.


Period of validity and expiration of membership card
Article 6
The valid term of the regular membership card is 1 year from the end of the month of the admission.
In addition, the valid term of the multi-year membership card, which is provided for the membership defined by no.1 of the first paragraph in Article 4, is 5 years from the end of the month of the admission.
In the meantime, the valid term of the multi-year membership card, which is provided for the membership defined by no.2 of the first paragraph in Article 4, is those years corresponding to the amount of the lump sum payment of membership fee, from the end of the month of the admission.
2
The expiration date of the card for Family members will be the same as that for the Individual member who has applied for the admission of the said Family member.
3
In case of loss of membership qualification in accordance with Article 15 in these Regulations, the relevant member’s card shall become invalid.


Renewal of membership
Article 7
Those who wish to renew their membership cards must pay membership fees according to the prescribed admission procedures.
2
Joining fees will be exempted for those who pay their membership fees not later than four months after the expiration date. JAF shall issue and lend them new membership cards valid from the expiration date. Members whose fees are in arrears will not be entitled to membership service offered by JAF until the membership fees are paid in full.


Temporary suspension of membership
Article 8
Personal members may discontinue the payment of membership fees for overseas assignment, medical treatments or other reasons for up to five years if they take the proper procedures in advance. Such members will not be entitled to membership services offered by JAF for the duration of discontinuance.
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To resume membership, the member who has discontinued membership must pay membership fees starting from the time of the cancellation of discontinuance according to the prescribed procedures. The member will not need to pay joining fee.


Incidental membership fee
Article 9
JAF may charge its members incidental membership fees when the fees have been deemed necessary for its management and approved by its Board of Directors.


Participation of members in various operations
Article 10
Members may take part in road safety, environmental protection and other campaigns launched by JAF to enhance their know-how on traffic or to engage in activities that benefit society.


Members' right
Article 11
Members are entitled to membership services offered by JAF during the term of validity of their membership card.
   (1) Individual member whose name is printed on the membership card is entitled to JAF' s membership services for Individual member.
  (2) Family member whose name is printed on the membership card is entitled to JAF' s membership services for Family member.
  (3) A corporate member whose company name is printed on the membership card is entitled to JAF's membership services for Corporate members. In case of Corporate members, JAF's road service or other vehicle-related membership services will be provided only to the vehicle(s) whose vehicle number is listed on the membership card.


Members' obligations
Article 12
Members are requested to observe the following:
   (1) Members must present their membership to be entitled to membership services offered by JAF. Members will be treated as nonmembers if they fail to show their membership card.
  (2) Members must not hand over or lend their membership card to others.
  (3) Members must promptly notify any change in their name or address to JAF.
  (4) Members must promptly notify any change in the vehicle number printed on the Corporate Membership card.
  (5) Members must observe traffic rules at all times and avoid acting in a way that may cause trouble to others.
  (6) When receiving JAF’s road services, membership must follow the instructions or warning given by the road service patrol.


Responsibilities at the time of road service
Article 13
JAF will not be responsible for any damage or accident resulting in injury or death caused by its road services unless the act was done intentionally or due to gross negligence on the part of JAF.


Procedures for the withdrawal of regular membership
Article 14
Regular members who wish to withdraw from their membership need to notify JAF of their intention of withdrawal by telephone or fax. Note that when provisions in Section 2 of Article 16 apply, the withdrawing member must submit the prescribed membership withdrawal form.


Loss of membership qualifications
Article 15
Members will lose their membership qualifications in the following cases:
   (1) When the member communicates his/her intention of withdrawal to JAF.
  (2) When the member becomes an adult ward or a person under curatorship.
  (3) When the member has not paid the membership fee by the deadline prescribed in JAF’s constitution.
  (4) When the approval of all JAF representatives has been obtained.
  (5) When the member has died or the company has dissolved.
  (6) When the member has been expelled in accordance with JAF’s constitution.
  (7) When an Individual member loses his/her membership qualifications, family members whose admission the Individual member has applied for lose their membership qualifications. Family members also lose their membership qualifications when they no longer live in the same household with or share a living with the Individual member.


Loss of members' rights
Article 16
Members will be stripped of all their membership rights when they lose their membership qualifications in accordance with provisions in Article 15. Those who have lost their membership rights must return their membership card to JAF without delay in accordance with JAF’s instructions or securely destroy their membership card by cutting the card.
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If those members who have paid their membership fees for several years apply for withdrawal during the validity of their membership, JAF, regardless of the preceding Article, will refund the membership fees for the membership years which have not yet started, after deducting the prescribed handling charges.


Special members
Article 17
Applicants for Special membership are recommended by JAF's Board of Directors among organizations which support its objectives. It is assumed that the applicant has agreed to become a member of JAF.
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Admission and renewal procedures of Special members are to be done by JAF secretariat. Rights and obligations of Special members will be equivalent to those of Corporate members among regular members.


Supplementary Provisions (November 14, 2013).
The regulations shown above take effect on April 1, 2014.

Regulations on Joining Fee and Membership Fee

Established on December 3, 1999.
Revised on November 14,2013.

The regulations below lay down rules regarding joining fee and membership fee of regular members in accordance with provisions in Section 1 of Article 7 of the constitution of Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

Article 1
The joining fee and annual membership fee for Individual members are 2,000 yen and 4,000 yen, respectively.
When any of the following applies, however, the joining fee, annual membership fee or other fees shall be as indicated. Please note that discounts on joining fee are revoked in the event of withdrawal prior to the expiration of the membership term. The withdrawing member receives a refund of annual membership fees for the remaining years minus the prescribed handling fee and the differential on joining fee as shown in the table below.

(1) The joining fee is 1500 yen for new members who pay two-year membership fees upon admission.

(2) The joining is 1000 yen for new members who pay three-year membership fees upon admission.

(3) The joining is exempted for new members who pay five-year membership fees upon admission.

Prescribed handling fees and differential on joining fees charged upon withdrawal of multi-year members
(4) The joining fee is 1500 yen for new members who, at the time of admission, take the procedures for automatic membership fee payment by credit card or through transfers from account(s) at JAF's designated bank or Japan Post Bank.

(5) Physically handicapped persons applying for Individual membership are exempted from paying the joining fee.

(6) Family members applying for Individual membership are exempted from paying the joining fee.

(7) When an Individual member with at least 10-year membership files for withdrawal from JAF and a member of his/her family concurrently applies for Individual membership, the new applicant is exempted from paying the joining fee. Only one person is entitled to this exemption.

(8) When a member or members of the family of a deceased Individual member with at least 10-year membership who has lost the membership qualifications upon death apply for Individual membership, the new applicant(s) is exempted from paying the joining fee.

Article 2
Family members are exempted from paying the joining fee. Their annual membership fee is 2000 yen.

Article 3
The joining fee and annual membership fee for Corporate members are 2000 yen and 2000 yen, respectively. Additionally, an annual fee of 2000 yen is charged for each motor vehicle registered with JAF.

Supplementary Provisions (November 14, 2013).
The regulations shown above take effect on April 1, 2014.