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To use this Service, you need to agree to the following terms. 

Article 1 (Purpose and Application of these Terms) 
The purpose of the Journal of Digital Life Terms of Use (the “Terms”) is to set forth the terms of use and the rights and obligations of the Company and the Users of the Services (collectively, the “Services”) for all Services provided by Sankei Digital Inc. (the “Company”), whether online (provided through the domain of journal-digitallife.com on the website) or offline. These Terms shall apply to all transactions and relationships related to the use of the Service. 

Article 2 (Definitions) 
The definitions of terms in this Terms shall be as follows. 

1. “Members” refers to allUsers who have registered to use theService. Members are “Contributors (authors)”, “Editorial Board Members”, or “Reviewers” of an article who uses the Service by creating an account in addition to “Mail Magazine Members”. 

2. “Contributor (author)” is any person who has registered in accordance with the prescribed procedures set forth by the Company and who has the right to submit an article written by him/herself for publication in thisService. 

3. “Editorial Board Member” refers to the person who assesses and reviews the following Articles, Technical Articles, and Secondary Publications handled by theService. 

4. “Reviewer” is a person who works together with theEditorial Board Members to review the Articles (peer reviewed) handled by the Service. 

5. “Supporting Company” is defined as a corporation that has paid an annual sponsorship fee of 200,000 yen (excluding tax) for one or more units of theService.

6. “User” refers to all users of theService, bothMembers and non-Members. 

7. “Content” is defined as information provided by theService, such as images and text, as well as events hosted by theService. 

8. “Account” refers to the right forMembers to use theService. Contributors may apply for publication of articles they have written as authors. 

9. “Membership period” is defined as the period from the time aMemberregisters for the Service until the time the Member terminates the use of the account, regardless of the reason for termination, such as cancellation or withdrawal. 

Article 3 (Handling of Personal Information) 
Regarding personal information obtained through the use of this Service and its handling, the Company will comply with the Privacy Policy (URL for Privacy Policy) separately set forth by the Company. 

Article 4 (Contents of Service to be Provided) 
The Contents of the Service are as follows. 

1. Review and publication of research articles (Article, Technical Article, Secondary Publication) in the field of digital technology

2. Periodical publication of the online journal “Digital Life” and its online publication

3. Hosting of conferences and seminars for Members and Supporting Companies only

4. Providing information through email newsletters or other media related to theService 

5. ProvidingServices for supporting companies

Article 5 (Conditions for Use) 
The Service is available only to those who meet all of the following requirements. 

1. To agree to these Terms 

2. To comply with all laws, rules and regulations applied to the use of the Service 

3. Contributors should use the Service with the understanding that the information they submit and provide will be disclosed and published to third parties. 

4. The person has not been subject to any suspension of use of the Service or any cancellation of registration in the past and is not substantially the same as the person who has been subject to such a penalty. 

Article 6 (Registration of Members)    
1. Members should register membership information in their own management accurately, and if there are any changes in the registered information, promptly change the registered information according to the prescribedprocedure, andnotify the Company. The Company shall not take any responsibility for any disadvantages caused by a Member’s failure to notify the Company of the above. 

2. If the Company finds that aMember has not provided true and accurate data, the Company may immediately suspend or terminate the Member’s registration without any responsibility to the Member. 

Article 7 (Responsibility of Users) 
Users should use the Service at their own responsibility, and take all responsibility for the preparation, maintenance, and management of the equipment used to use the Service, as well as any and all actions taken using the Service and the results thereof. 

Article 8 (Account) 
1. Contributors,Editorial Board Members, andReviewers are all responsible for the management and keeping of their own accounts, and may not allow third parties to use them, or lend, transfer, sell, or otherwise dispose of them in any other ways. 

2. If aContributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer finds that his or her ID or password has been stolen or is used by a third party, the Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer shall immediately notify the Company to that effect and follow the Company’s instructions, if any. 

3. If theService is used with an account created by a Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer, the Company shall not take any responsibility for the use of the Service by the Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer holding the account, regardless of whether the use was made by the Contributor himself/herself. 

4. If aContributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer deletes their account or loses the right to use the Service for any other reason, the Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer agrees in advance that they will not be able to use their account, Content, or any other information accumulated on the Service. 

Article 9 (Change of the Terms) 
1. The Company may change the contents of the Terms of Use at its own discretion. 

2. If the Company decides to change the Terms of Use, the Company will notify the Users on its website and by e-mail at least thirty (30) days prior to the change of the Terms of Use, the contents of the changed Terms of Use, and the effective date of the change. 

3. The changed Terms of Use shall take effect from the effective date of the above provision, unless otherwise set forth by the Company. 

4. Members may cancel their membership if they do not agree to the changed Terms. However, if you use the Service after the changed Terms have been updated, you will be assumed to have agreed to the contents of the changed Terms. 

Article 10 ( Sponsorship Fee for Supporting Companies) 
1. Regardless of whether or not the Supporting Company accesses or uses the Service, the Supporting Company shall pay to the Company a sponsorship fee separately set by the Company. By paying the annual sponsorship fee, the Sponsors will be entitled to exhibit at the events hosted by the Company, participate in conferences at special prices, and receive benefits such as links and logos in the Online Journal during the Sponsorship Period. 

2. To become a supporter, applicants shall fill out an application form to be sent out by the Company, which will be examined and approved by the Editorial Board. 

3. In principle, the registration of a Supporting Company and the payment of the sponsorship fee will be automatically renewed unless the Supporting Company voluntarily cancels its registration, withdraws from the Service or loses its qualification as a Supporting Company. 

4. The effective period of the Supporting Company qualification shall be one (1) year from the contract date, which shall be the date on which the payment of the sponsorship fee is confirmed, to the last day of the month prior to the renewal month of the following year. 

5. If the sponsorship fee is to be changed, the Company shall be informed at least one month prior to the renewal month of the contract, and the contract shall be renewed after the number of contracted units is determined. 

6. The Company may change the unit price per unit of the sponsorship fee for the Service with prior notice. In this case, the provisions of the above Article shall apply to the procedures. 

7. The Company will not issue a receipt for the sponsorship fee or a notice of payment of the sponsorship fee. 

8. If the payment of the sponsorship fee for the Service is delayed or the Company defaults on any other obligation, the qualification of the Supporting Company shall be revoked, and the Company may suspend or terminate the use of the Service by the Supporting Company. 

Article 11 (Payment Method) 
1. Contributors shall pay the publication fee for the Service through the payment system GMO Payment Gateway, Inc. used by the Company, and the handling of personal information in using such payment system shall be in accordance with the Privacy Policy of GMO Payment Gateway, Inc. (https:// (www.gmo-pg.com/security-compliance/privacy-policy/). 

2. The sponsorship fee for the Supporting Company shall be paid by cash to the bank account designated by the Company by the payment date stated on the invoice issued by the Company. 

Article 12 (Cancellation and Withdrawal of Membership) 
1. If a Member cancels or withdraws from the Service, the Member shall complete the cancellation procedure according to the method prescribed by the Company, and the contract for use of the Service shall be cancelled after the completion of the cancellation procedure. The Member shall be responsible for confirming the completion of the cancellation procedure on the Service. 

2. The status as a Member shall be a personal one, and the Company shall be considered to have completed the cancellation procedures described in the above provision at the time when the Company finds out about the death of the Member. 

3. If a Member falls under any of the following cases, the Company shall be entitled to suspend use of the Service or cancel the Member’s registration after prior notice to the Member. 

  1. When there is a delay in payment of fees or other default on obligations related to the Service 
  2. When the Company finds that the Member has committed any of the prohibited acts set forth in Article 15 
  3. When a Member violates the Terms or any other rules established by the Company 
  4. When a Member is a member of a crime syndicate or a person who has a close relationship with a crime syndicate or a member of a crime syndicate 
  5. When the Company decides that a Member is unqualified for any other reason. 
  6. The Company shall not take responsibility for any damage incurred by the Member or a third party due to the Member’s inability to use the Service as a result of the Company cancelling the membership according to the above provisions. 

Article 13 (Rights on Contents) 
1. All copyrights and all other rights related to the works of the Contents provided in the Service belong to the Company or to third parties who have such rights. Contributors agree that the Company may use, distribute, translate, reproduce, modify, operate, perform, publish, translate, and create derivative works without charge, indefinitely, and without regional limitation for the operation and promotion of the Service. The Contributors agree not to exercise their moral rights regarding these uses by the Company. 

2. All copyrights and other rights related to the Contents and data provided in the Service, as well as data, information, text, graphic software, and other works related to the Service, belong to the Company or to third parties such as the providers of such works. 

3. The Company may modify the provided contents to the extent necessary for the proper operation and maintenance of the Service. 

4. Users agree that they will not claim any compensation for any content on the Service. 

5. All trademarks, service marks, logos, and others contained in the Service are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Company, the provider of the work involved, or other third parties. Users are not allowed to use these without permission. In addition, Users may not modify the Company’s source code, create derivative works, decompile, or perform any other operations that would extract the Company’s source code. 

6. If a Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer withdraws from the Service, all rights to use the account will be lost immediately at the time the withdrawal procedure is completed. 

7. The Company is not responsible for the backup of Member information. 

8. Reproducing the Contents provided in the Service without the permission of the copyright holder is prohibited without the explicit permission of the provider. 

9. The User shall be able to notify the Company of any Content that infringes the rights of the User or a third party, or any other Content that violates this Terms of Use, by the method prescribed by the Company, and when the Company receives such notification, or when the Company decides that the User violates this Terms of Use even if the User has not received such notification, the Company shall be able to take measures such as deleting the relevant Content and suspending the use of the account according to the provisions of Article 15. 

10. The provisions of this Article shall be effective even after the Content has been deleted or this contract has been terminated. 

Article 14 (Disclaimer) 
1. Except in cases of intentional or gross negligence, the Company shall not be responsible for any damages incurred by the User caused by the use of the Service and shall have no obligation to compensate for such damages. If a User violates any of the provisions of these Terms of Use, the User shall also exempt the Company from any claims, lawsuits, and all other legal actions against the Company. 

2. The Company shall not be responsible for any expenses (including communication fees) incurred with the Service. 

3. If the Company decides that any act by a Member violates the Terms of Use or any other terms and conditions, or violates or may violate any of the prohibited acts set forth in Article 15, the Company may suspend the use of the Member’s account or cancel the qualification of the Supporting Company without prior notice to the Member. The Company will not be responsible for any damages caused by such actions. 

4. If a Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer damages the Company or a third party by using the Service (including cases in which the Company or a third party is damaged due to a Member’s failure to fulfill obligations under the Terms of Use), the Contributor, Editorial Board Member, or Reviewer shall, at his/her own responsibility and expense, compensate the Company for any damage, loss, or expense (including legal fees, attorney’s fees, and labor costs required by the Company) caused by the Company. 

5. The Company will not be responsible for any social, mental, or physical damages caused to a Member by using the Service. 

6. The Service may contain links to other websites and other sites, and we have no control over the destination pages and are not responsible for them. 

7. The Company tries to provide the best possible Service, but the Company does not ensure that the Service will always be secure, reliable, or error-free, or that it will function without interruption, delay, or failure. In addition, the Company does not, to the extent permitted by law, make any other warranty regarding the Service, regardless of whether such warranty is express, implied, or statutory, and regardless of whether such warranty arises from custom, course of dealing, or usage of trade. 

8. Even if the Company is legally liable as a result of the Service, such liability shall be limited to the maximum extent permitted by the laws of Japan. The Company shall not be liable for any of the following, even if the Company has been advised of the possibility of such damages.  Any lost profits, income, information or data, or consequential, special, indirect or incidental damages arising out of or in connection with these Terms or the Service. 

Article 15 (Prohibited Acts) 
Users shall not engage in the following acts when using this Service. 

1. IllegalActs

  1. Transmitting or posting any act, expression (including illustrations and paintings), or Content that may aid, solicit, enforce, or promote violations of laws and regulations 
  2. Unauthorized access to a third party’s facilities or facilities for the Service (referring to communication facilities, other equipment and software prepared by the Company to provide the Service; the same shall apply hereinafter), or acts that interfere (including acts that may interfere) with the use or operation of such facilities. 
  3. Actions that infringe or may infringe on the property, honor, social credibility, privacy, portrait rights, publicity rights, copyrights, other intellectual property rights, or other rights of the Company or third parties, or the transmission or posting of expressions or Content. 
  4. Reproduction of Content that has not been authorized by the Company 

2. Acts thatViolatePublic Order and Morals 

  1. Transmitting or posting any discriminatory acts, expressions (including illustrations and paintings), or Contents regarding ethnicity, religion, origin, race, dog breed, cat breed, gender, age, etc. 
  2. Transmitting or posting sexually explicit, obscene, or other obscene acts, expressions (including illustrations and paintings), or Contents that are reminiscent of the subject. 
  3. Transmitting or posting any act, expression (including illustrations and paintings) or Content that may cause discomfort to Users. 
  4. Acts that provide benefits to antisocial groups. 
  5. Posting links to websites that allow Users to view any of the above acts. 
  6. Any other acts that violate public order and morals or common sense. 

3. Acts thatCauseTrouble 
  1. Acts such as defamation, threats, harassment, or stalking of other Users, the Company, or third parties 
  2. Acts such as slander and harassment against Users outside of this Service. 
  3. Transmitting or posting any other acts, expressions (including illustrations, paintings, etc.) or Contents that may cause or may cause discomfort to others in general 

4. Solicitation
  1. Any use that exceeds the scope of personal use, such as allowing unspecified numbers of people to view or use the information in stores, offices, etc., without prior written permission from the Company, or any use for commercial purposes or any other purpose that differs from the purpose of personal use 
  2. Disclosure of profile Contents for the purpose of advertising or promotion of products or services without the Company’s permission, acts aimed at soliciting for infinite chain schemes (pyramid schemes), chain mail, network business-related (including multilevel marketing schemes, etc.), transmitting or posting expressions (including illustrations and paintings, etc.) or Contents, etc. 
  3. Falsifying oneself or organization, regardless of individual or corporation 
  4. Transmitting or posting any act, expression, or Content that solicits, proselytizes, or requires or may require donations, etc., to religious organizations, political organizations, or groups that may be considered as such 

5. Any other acts equivalent to the above, or acts that the Company considers inappropriate

Article 16 (Change, Suspension, and Termination of the Service) 
1. The Company reserves the right to change the contents of this Service at its discretion without prior notice, and even in such cases, the Company shall not be responsible for any damages caused to Users or third parties, except in cases of intentional or gross negligence. 

2. The Company may temporarily suspend this service without prior notice to Users in the case of any of the following events. 

  1. When performing periodic or emergency maintenance on the equipment for providing this Service 
  2. When this Service cannot be provided due to fire, power failure, etc. 
  3. When the Service cannot be provided due to a natural disaster such as an earthquake, eruption, flood, or tsunami 
  4. When the Service cannot be provided due to war, uprisings, riots, disturbances, labor disputes, etc. 
  5. When the Company decides that a temporary suspension of the Service is necessary for other operational or technical reasons 
  6. The Company may terminate all or part of the Service after notifying the Member with a reasonable period of notice. Such notification shall be made by posting on the Service and other reasonable methods. The Company shall not be responsible for any damages caused to Users as a result of such termination. 

Article 17 (Notice) 
Notices from the Company to Members shall be sent to the e-mail address registered by the Member according to this Terms of Use and shall be considered to have been delivered at the time when the notice should have normally been delivered. 

Article 18 (Validity of this Terms of Use and Other Rules) 
1. Even if any part of the provisions of this Terms of Use and other terms of use are determined to be invalid under the relevant laws, the provisions of this Terms of Use and other terms of use shall be valid. 

2. This Terms of Use is the entire agreement between the User and the Company regarding the use of the Service, and this Terms of Use takes precedence over any agreements made prior to the effective date of this Terms of Use. 

Article 19 (Governing Law and Court of Jurisdiction) 
1. This Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan. 

2. If there is a need for litigation between the Company and a Member, the Tokyo District Court shall be the exclusive jurisdictional court of first instance. 

Supplementary Provisions This Terms of Use shall be effective as of August 1, 2021. 
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