• The Geochemical Society of Japan Bylaws
1963. 4. 3
Revised, 1964. 4. 3
Revised, 1965. 4. 5
Revised, 1966. 4. 1
Revised, 1970.11.23
Revised, 1973.10.2
Revised, 1974.10. 1
Revised, 1975.10.25
Revised, 1976.10.15
Revised, 1978.10. 6
Revised, 1984.10.19
Revised, 1985.10.18
Revised, 1993.10. 1
Revised, 1996. 8.29
Revised, 2000. 9.26
Revised, 2004. 9.21
Revised, 2005. 9.27
Revised, 2007. 9.20
Revised, 2011. 9.16
Revised, 2012. 9.12
Revised, 2015. 9.17
The name of this organization shall be The Geochemical Society of Japan (hereinafter referred to as the Society).

The objective of this Society is to promote the development of geochemistry in Japan.

The Society shall conduct following activities in order to fulfill Bylaw #2.
 (1) Annual seminars, discussions, conferences, and observational visits.
 (2) Publishing and distributing Society newsletters and journals to members.
 (3) Other activities help us developing the geochemistry in Japan.

There shall be three types of Society membership as follows.
 (1) General Member: General membership shall be open to those who are knowledgeable, or experienced in, geochemistry and related scientific disciplines. General members who reside in countries other than Japan shall not participate in the election of Society officers unless specifically requested for and granted participation.
 (2) Contributing member: Contributing membership shall be open to those individuals or organizations that support the Society's objective and pay the annual dues established as described in Bylaw #6.
 (3) Honorary member: Honorary membership shall be awarded to those who have made significant contributions to geochemical sciences and related scientific disciplines, and have been approved by the Society's general meeting.

Those who wish to become a member shall submit a designated registration document to the Society's business office.  The council meeting will be held to determine the admission.  The admitted member shall pay the annual dues.  To withdraw the membership, one must pay any unpaid annual dues before withdrawal notice is communicated.  Those who do not pay the Society dues over a long period or are disgracing the Society may be expelled from the Society after approval by a Council Meeting. In addition, a person who has become a lifetime member must inform the Society’s office of the contact information using the form provided by the Society. A lifetime member who cannot be reached for an extended period may be considered uninterested in the Society membership and deemed to be withdrawn from the membership.

A member shall pay the annual dues of amounts described below by January 31st of the calendar year with a special provision that may be made for special cases.

General member: Annual dues of 10000 yen shall be paid.
A student or equivalent shall pay 5000 yen together with a proof of student status. A proof of student status shall be submitted every academic year. A student member may elect to pay 7,000 yen for a two-year membership.
Those who are 60 or older, and have retired from full-time positions (i.e., Senior Members), may pay the annual dues of 5000 yen.
Those who have been due-paying members for 20 or more years, and are 60 or older, may pay 5000 yen to become lifetime members. Lifetime members do not need to pay additional dues.
Contributing member: Annual dues of 20,000 yen/unit shall be paid. More than one unit may be contributed.
Honorary member: No dues are requested.

The General Meeting shall be assembled by the President and held annually. A special meeting may be assembled as needed.

The Society shall have the following executive board members:
          One President
          Two Vice Presidents
          Thirty or fewer Councilors
          One Inspector

The President shall represent the Society and organize the Society business. The Vice President shall support the President, and become Acting President in the event the President becomes unable to fill its capacity.
Councilors shall attend the council meetings, and discuss and vote on Society businesses. The Inspector shall audit Society business.

The President, Vice Presidents, Councilors, and Inspector shall be selected from the General members (excluding foreign members) based on the selection criteria and procedures determined elsewhere.

The Council shall comprise The President, Vice Presidents, and Councilors. The President shall assemble Council Meetings, and act as the chairperson. The attendance by a majority of the Council members shall be required to hold a Council meeting. The votes of a majority of the Council members present at the meeting shall be required for an agenda to be approved.

The executive board member term shall be two years.
When an executive board position becomes vacant, The President shall appoint a replacement after approval by the Council. The term for the replacement councilor shall end when the replaced councilor's term is to end originally.

Several Secretaries shall be placed in order to conduct the Society's business. The Secretaries shall be appointed from the Councilors by the President after approval by the Council. The Secretaries, the President, the Vice Presidents and the editor-in-chief of the Society journal constitute the Secretary Board.

Various Committees may be established in order to examine particular issues in the Society and to smoothly implement the Society's activities. Committee Chairpersons shall be appointed by the President after approval by the Council. The President or the Committee Chairpersons shall appoint the committee members, and the list of committee members shall be reported to the Council.

The following two publications shall be distributed to the Society members free of charge:
Chikyukagaku (Four issues per year)
Geochemical Journal (Six issues per year)

For accounting purposes, the Society's fiscal year shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31 each year.

The Society Business Office shall be located at
C/O Kokusai Bunken Insatsu Sha
Yamabuki-cho 385-5
Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo , Japan

Any revision or changes to these bylaws must be approved by the General Meeting.