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Plivacy Policy

Plivacy Policy

1. General principles

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology collects information about users of the Ministry website (http://www.mext.go.jp/; hereafter "the MEXT Site") to the extent necessary to ensure the smooth management of the services provided on the MEXT Site, including, but not limited to, the provision of information, delivery of the newsletter, and receiving opinions and comments. Information collected is handled in an appropriate manner within the scope of the purpose of use.

2. Scope of information collected

  1. 1.The MEXT Site automatically collects personal information such as users' domain names and IP addresses. The MEXT Site also automatically collects data on user activity on the website using cookies.
  2. 2.To subscribe to the newsletter, uses are requested to register their e-mail address. Subscribers are also asked to volunteer information such as their sex, age, student/occupational category, prefecture of residence (hereafter referred to collectively as "User Profile").
  3. 3.To submit opinions and inquiries through the "Contact point for e-mail opinions and inquiries regarding the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology," senders are asked to provide their name and e-mail address.
  4. 4.When public opinions or other comments concerning specific issues are invited on the MEXT Site, senders may be asked to provide their name, address, student/occupational category, telephone number, and other relevant information. The sender's e-mail address will be visible to the recipient.

3. Purpose of use

  1. 1.Information collected under 2.(1) will be used as a reference in ensuring the smooth management of services provided on the MEXT Site.
  2. 2.Information collected under 2.(2), such as e-mail address, may be used, other than for the purpose of sending the newsletter, to conduct a voluntary questionnaire survey, which will serve as a reference to help develop the newsletter contents. Details provided voluntarily in the User Profile will be used as a reference in producing a newsletter.
  3. 3.Opinions and inquiries collected under 2.(3) will be used as a reference in drafting policies. For this purpose, collected information, depending on the nature of the issue addressed, may be forwarded to the responsible division within the Ministry, or to another government agency for matters not under Ministry jurisdiction. The sender's name and e-mail address will also be used for the purpose of replying to, or contacting to confirm a submitted inquiry.
  4. 4.Opinions and comments collected under 2.(4) will be used as a reference to help draft policies in the future. Sender's name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address may be used to reply to opinions and comments submitted.

4. Suspension of use and restrictions on provision

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will not use, or provide to third parties, information collected for any purpose other than the purpose of use set out in 3., except in cases where disclosure is requested in accordance with laws and regulations, cases of illegal practices such as unauthorized access and threats, or for any other special reason. However, statistically processed information including MEXT Site access information and User Profile may be disclosed.

5. Security measures

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology takes measures necessary to prevent the divulgation, loss, or damage of information collected, and to ensure the appropriate management of information collected. The operation of the newsletter delivery service is outsourced, and the contractor also takes the measures necessary to ensure the appropriate management of information collected.

6. Scope of application

This privacy policy applies only to the handling of information collected on the MEXT Site (http://www.mext.go.jp/). Information handling by other ministries and agencies is under the responsibility of each respective organization.

7. Miscellaneous

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology may revise the provisions of this privacy policy as necessary.

8.その他

文部科学省では、以上の「科学技術イノベーション政策における「政策のための科学」」プライバシーポリシーを必要に応じて改定することがあります。

 

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