Site Policy

March 5, 2015 Updated

Terms of Use

Your use of the materials, including texts, drawings, images, voice data and video data, published on this website (hereinafter referred to as the "Site") operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (hereinafter referred to as "JAXA") shall be in compliance with the terms and conditions set forth herein (the "Terms of Use").
Your browsing or linking of the Site, downloading or reprinting of the materials contained in the Site, or otherwise using the Site constitutes your agreement to be bound by the Terms of Use.
The Terms of Use may be revised or changed without any prior notice. If the Terms of Use are revised or changed, JAXA will post the new terms on the Site to inform you of such revision or change. Please check the Terms of Use periodically for changes even after you have browsed or linked to the Site, or downloaded or reprinted any materials contained in the Site, or otherwise used the Site. Your use of the Site following the posting of such a revision or change shall constitute your acceptance of the Terms of Use as revised.

Please note that the site policies or equivalent statements on websites of the three former organizations that were merged into JAXA, (namely, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), and National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL)), have lost their validity. Therefore, only the Terms of Use will be applied for the use of any material including texts, drawings, images, voice data, and video data available from the websites of the three organizations.

1. Disclaimer

Please be aware in advance that:

Although JAXA has taken every care to manage the Site, JAXA assumes no responsibility regarding the safety of the contents of the Site or the reliability of information provided on the Site. JAXA is not responsible to you for any damage that may be caused by the use of the Site and/or the information on the Site.
JAXA may change or delete the information on the Site, or may suspend or terminate the operation of the Site without any prior notice. JAXA is not responsible to you for any inconvenience that may be caused by such changes or deletion of the information, or by such suspension or termination of the operation of the Site.

2. Scope and Conditions for Use of the Contents of the Site

(1) Scope of Use

Unless otherwise stated, all materials, including texts, drawings, images, voice data, and video data, published on the Site (the "Materials") and the copyrights therein are the property of JAXA, and the Materials are protected in Japan and internationally by copyright laws and international copyright treaties. When you use the Materials, you are requested to comply with the conditions stipulated by JAXA.
It is to be noted that, under copyright laws, you may use the Materials without obtaining permission of the copyright holder (JAXA) to the extent that your use is for the purpose of press (media) activity/scientific research/educational activity/ and/or private use (for example, printing out the Materials and/or storing the same on a hard disc for the purpose of use in the course of lessons in a school or other educational institutions established for nonprofit-making or for the purpose of personal use, family use or other similar uses within a limited circle).
When you use our materials for the purposes mentioned above, you are requested to comply with the conditions of use set forth in paragraph (2) below pursuant to copyright laws. However, please note that the following uses are not covered by the aforementioned scope of use.

  • For using materials about individuals including astronauts without prior permission from JAXA in order to protect the publicity rights and the rights of portraits of individuals.
  • For using materials, including texts, drawings, images, vice data and video data, that belong to other organizations apart from JAXA. If you wish to use such materials, please contact the copyright holder of the said material.
  • For using the JAXA logo.The JAXA logo is a registered trademark in Japan and other countries. It is not available for the general public to use unless prior permission is received from the trademark holder (JAXA.)

Your use of the Materials for business or commercial purposes without the prior permission of the copyright holder (JAXA) is strictly prohibited. If you wish to use the Materials for such business or commercial purposes, please be sure to contact us for prior permission at:

Public Affairs Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Ochanomizu sola city, 4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8008 Japan

Tel: +81-3-5289-3650
Fax: +81-3-3258-5051

You are strictly prohibited to use the Materials published on the Site for any of the following acts for any reason whatsoever:

  • Acts of supporting and/or promoting, or slandering and/or defaming the activity of a specific person/group/organization;
  • Acts which are conducted for the purpose of or in a manner offending public order and morals;
  • Acts which are likely to cause misunderstanding about JAXA's operations and/or Japanese aerospace research and development activities; or
  • Acts which are likely to damage JAXA's image and/or reputation, or to infringe upon the rights of a specific person and/or organization (Please be aware that these acts also include an act of pretending or misleading people into believing that a certain achievement published on the Site (including academic theses) is your achievement you.)

(2) Conditions of Use

(Indication of Source)

When you use the Materials on the Site, you are requested to indicate their source in such a manner as designated by JAXA, for example, "Provided by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)" or "Courtesy of JAXA". If space is limited, shorter versions of the indication such as "Provided by JAXA" or "JAXA" are acceptable.

Some of the Materials may be owned and provided by an other organization or jointly owned by an other organization and JAXA. As long as the source of the Materials is specified on The Site, you are requested to indicate the said source (i.e. "Provided by NASA" or "Provided by NASA/JAXA")

(Modification of Data)

No modification is allowed to any of the Materials, except for a modification needed for indicating their source. The act of "modification" includes, but not limited to, acts of trimming a drawing, image, voice data or video data (for example, an act of changing the ratio of height and length of an image, cropping part of an image, or mounting an image inside another image that seriously undermines the original image etc.), changing colors, and turning over an image.

(JAXA Digital Archives)

When you wish to utilize any materials, including texts, drawings, images, voice data and video data, saved in the JAXA Digital Archives, please refer to "Copyright Information" in the Digital Archives before you use the same.

Should you have any questions about the use of the Materials on the Site, please contact us at:
Japan Space Forum

Address:

Shin-ochanomizu Urban Trinity Building, 2F 3-2-1
Kanda-Surugadai Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0062, Japan

e-mail: jda@jaxa.jp

* JAXA commissions the Japan Space Forum to be in charge of this service.

3. Improper Use

JAXA has the right to terminate your use of the Site if JAXA rationally determines that you have not complied with the Terms of Use.

4. Linking to Third-party Sites

The Site contains links to other websites owned by third parties (the "Third Party Sites"). Links to and from the Site to other sites do not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by JAXA of the Third Party Sites or their contents. Your use of the Third Party Sites shall be subject to the terms of use applicable to those sites.

5. Linking to the Sites

(1) Conditions for Linking

Basically, you are free to create links to the Site as long as any link to the Site is clearly identified as being a link to the Site on your site. JAXA, however, does not allow any of the following links:
  • A link which seems to support and/or promote, or slander and/or defame the activity of a specific person/group/organization;
  • A link which is created for the purpose of offending or in a manner to offend public order and morals;
  • A link which is likely to cause misunderstanding about JAXA's operations and/or Japanese aerospace research and development activities;
  • A link which is likely to damage JAXA's image and/or reputation, or to infringe on the rights of a specific person and/or organization; or
  • A link by which the contents of the Site look like part of a linking website of a third party (the so-called "Framing"; for example, a link is created in a manner that incorporates the content of the Site into the frame on the linking website.)

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Public Affairs Department
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Ochanomizu sola city, 4-6 Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8008 Japan

Tel: +81-3-5289-3650
Fax: +81-3-3258-5051

(2) The banner below for links

JAXA prepares the banner below for links to The Site. This banner is exclusively for the purpose of establishing a link to The Site.

  • 200px x 40px
  • 88px x 31px

6. Governing Laws and Jurisdiction

Unless otherwise stipulated, the use of the Site and the interpretation and application of the Terms of Use shall be governed by the laws of Japan. The Tokyo District Court in Tokyo, Japan shall have the exclusive jurisdiction of the first instance for any disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site.

7. Privacy Policy

(1) Collecting Users Information

JAXA may collect and store information and data of the Users with which an individual may be identified, when the Users register themselves for mail service, request publications or other materials, apply for employment, or ask questions. Possible collected/stored personal information and data include name, address, name of company or school, position, e-mail address, telephone number, fax number, and personal history in case of employment application.

(2) The Scope of the Use of Collected Information

JAXA stores, uses, and analyzes collected information/data of the Users with which an individual may be identified in the scope of JAXA activities. Among the information/data, JAXA can use those which an individual can be identified with by abiding by the appropriate clauses of this Private Policy.

(3) Disclosure of Collected Information/Data

JAXA does not disclose collected information/data of the Users, especially those which an individual can be identified with to any third parties intentionally except for the following three cases.

  • When disclosure is requested based on legitimate reasons or explanations
  • When JAXA acquires the prior consent from an individual concerning the disclosure of his/her information/data to a third party.
  • When JAXA discloses information/data of a User to a person who is in charge of providing requested data or materials to that User within the scope for the person in charge to perform his/her responsibility

JAXA takes all possible and rational measures to avoid accidental leakage of the collected information/data to third parties.

(4) Security

JAXA takes rational security measures to prevent loss, leakage, misuse, falsification, and demolition of the collected information/data from the Users with which an individual can be identified. However, please be aware that it is impossible to guarantee the absolute protection of the information/data despite our utmost security measures.

(5) Access Log

JAXA stores the access log and record of the Users including their IP addresses. An individual cannot be identified by an IP address. JAXA uses the recorded access log through the Website only for statistical and analytical purposes for finding access trends and number of access or for troubleshooting when a problem arises in the JAXA server. The statistical and analytical results are used for better management and service of the Website for the future by acquiring access trends of the Users.

(6) Cookie use

JAXA uses Cookies on the JAXA website to improve your usability.
We also conduct access analysis using "Google Analytics" on some JAXA website pages.
Please refer to the following policies on Google's website for more information.

Cookie use can be restricted through your browser settings. Please check your browser settings.

(7) Amendment of the Privacy Policy

JAXA can change the contents of the Privacy Policy if necessity without any prior notice. When the Privacy Policy is amended, that will be announced on the Website. As the Users access the Website first time after JAXA making a change on the Privacy Policy, the Users are considered to agree to the amended Privacy Policy.

8. Accessibility

The JAXA Website is best viewed through the following browsers.

(1) Recommended Browsers

Users of Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 or higher
- Internet Explorer® 8.0 or higher
- Mozilla® Firefox® (latest versions)
- Google Chrome (latest versions)

Users of Mac OS X
- Safari™ 5.0 or higher
- Mozilla® Firefox®
- Google Chrome (latest versions)

* Microsoft®, Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Internet Explorer® is a brand name or a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation of the United States in the US and other countries.
* Mac OS® and Safari™ is a brand name of Apple Computerm Inc. in the US and other countries.
* Mozilla® Firefox® is a brand name or a registered trademark of Mozilla Foundation in the US and other countries.

This website may not appear in its proper format when viewed through old browsers.
The JAXA Website uses CCS (Style sheet.) The site may be displayed very differently if your browser does not correspond to CSS.

(2) Character Set (Character Code)

JAXA uses "Shift JIS" code for the Japanese pages on its Website and "ISO 8859-1" for the English pages. If you experience any gremlins when viewing this site, please set your Browser's character setting (encode) to "Japanese (Shift JIS)" or "Western European Language (ISO)", and refresh your page.

(3) JavaScript

Part of this website uses JavaScript. In order to view the site properly, please turn JavaScript on through your browser.

(4) Plug-ins

The JAXA Website includes movies, animations, and PDF files in some of its contents. By installing the following plug-in software, you can enjoy such contents.

  • If you have difficulty in viewing some parts of the site (animations,) download Adobe® Flash® Player distributed by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Please download it from the Adobe website.

    * Adobe® Flash® Player is a brand name or a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the US and other countries.

  • To view PDF files, you may need to download Adobe® Reader® distributed by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
    Please download it from the Adobe website.

    * Adobe® Reader® is a brand name or a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the US and other countries.

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