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Rules & Regulations

Chapter 1  General Rules

Article 1 (Name)

The organization shall be called the Takamatsu International Piano Competition Organizing Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Organizing Committee).

Article 2 (Location)

The Organizing Committee’s office shall be located at the following address:
6F Central Tamachi Bldg. 11-5 Tamachi, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan.

Article 3 (Purpose)

The purpose of the Organizing Committee shall be to give young people, especially those who love music, the opportunity to pursue their dreams and goals for personal growth by creating a space for interaction among excellent musicians from around the world; to contribute to the development of a new music culture within Kagawa prefecture; and, to provide a vehicle for promoting Sunport Takamatsu as Shikoku’s base for culture and the arts.

Article 4 (Business)

(1) The Organizing Committee shall hold the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in order to realize the purpose described above.

(2) The Takamatsu International Piano Competition shall be held, as a rule, every four years.

Article 5 (Organization)

(1) The Organizing Committee shall be composed of volunteers who agree with the purpose and business content described above.

(2) The Organizing Committee shall establish a Managing Committee, an Operating Committee, a Jury, a Competition Promotion Committee and an Office. 

Chapter 2  Decision-Making Body

Article 6 (Managing Committee)

The Managing Committee shall be the supreme decision-making body. The number of committee members and their appointment, the decisions to be made by the Committee and the decision-making process are as follows:

(1) The number of Managing Committee shall be no less than five (5) and no more than ten (10).

(2) The Managing Committee members shall be selected or dismissed by the decision of the Managing Committee.

(3) Decisions shall be made by majority vote.

(4) Items subject to decision by the Committee:

  1. ① Establishment and revision of Organizing Committee rules and regulations.
  2. ② Contents, dates, budget, etc. for the Takamatsu International Piano Competition.
  3. ③ Approval of the business report and the settlement of accounts and the handling of surpluses or deficits.
  4. ④ Selection of a Chairperson of the Operating Committee, a Chairperson of Jury, and a Chairperson of the Competition Promotion Committee, as well as the Office Director.
  5. ⑤ Selection of an acting chairperson in the event that the Chairperson of the Operating Committee, the Chairperson of Jury or the Chairperson of the Competition Promotion Committee is unable to act.
  6. ⑥ Selection of an auditor.
  7. ⑦ Changes in the business purpose or dissolution of the Committee.
  8. ⑧ Any other important factors related to the above items.

Article 7 (Chairperson of the Managing Committee)

  1. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee shall be selected by the Managing Committee from among its members.
  2. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee shall represent both the Managing Committee and the Organizing Committee and shall coordinate the work of the same.
  3. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee shall convene the Managing Committee to make decisions concerning the items stipulated above.
  4. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee shall chair a meeting of the Managing Committee.
  5. In the event that the Chairperson of the Managing Committee is unable to perform his/her duties, an acting Chairperson shall be selected from among the Managing Committee members to perform the duties on behalf of the Chairperson.
  6. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee may appoint a vice-chairperson if necessary.
  7. The Chairperson of the Managing Committee may appoint an advisor if necessary.

Chapter 3  Organization

Article 8 (Operating Committee)

  1. The Managing Committee shall appoint an Operating Committee to plan and run the competition.
  2. The Operating Committee shall consist of no less than eight (8) and no more than fifteen (15) members.
  3. The Operating Committee shall deliberate and make decisions on planning and overall operation as well as preparation of the rules and regulations of the Competition.
  4. The term of office of the Operating Committee members shall, in principle, be four (4) years. However, the term of office of a committee member elected to fill a vacancy or as an additional member shall be the remaining term of office of the predecessor or other present members; it shall be renewable.
  5. If the Operating Committee is unable to make a decision of the business matters in charge of the Operating Committee, the decision shall be made by the Chairperson of the Managing Committee or a resolution of the Managing Committee depending on the content of the case.

Article 9 (Chairperson of the Operating Committee)

  1. The Chairperson of the Operating Committee shall represent the Committee and supervise its business.
  2. The Chairperson of the Operating Committee shall select its members based on the recommendation of the Managing Committee members.
  3. The Chairperson of the Operating Committee shall convene and chair a meeting of the Operating Committee in order to discuss planning and operating of the Competition.

Article 10 (The Jury)

  1. The Managing Committee shall establish a Jury to plan specialized items concerning music and to adjudicate the Competition.
  2. The Jury consists of a Jury for the Initial Selection and a Jury for the Performance Rounds.
    (1) A Jury for the Initial Selection
    1. ① The Jury for the Initial Selection shall conduct the Initial Selection for the Competition.
    2. ② The Chairperson of Jury shall select the jury members for the Initial Selection and consult with the Managing Committee.
    3. ③ The Jury for the Initial Selection shall consist of no less than three (3) and no more than six (6) members.
    4. ④ The term of office of the Jury for the Initial Selection shall be four (4) years in principle. However, the term of office of the Jury appointed to fill a vacancy or as an additional jury member shall be the remaining term of office of his/her predecessor or the present jury member; it shall be renewable.
    (2) Jury for the Performance Rounds
    1. ① The Jury for the Performance Rounds shall judge the Competition from the Preliminary Rounds to the Final Round.
    2. ② The Chairperson of Jury for the Performance Rounds shall select the members of the Jury for the Performance Rounds (hereinafter referred to as “jury member(s)”) and consult with the Managing Committee.
    3. ③ The number of jury members shall be nine (9) or more, with members representing several countries, and the majority of them shall be foreign nationals.
    4. ④ The term of office of the Jury for the Performance Rounds shall be four (4) years in principle. However, the term of office of the Jury appointed to fill a vacancy or as an additional jury member shall be the remaining the term of office of his/her predecessor or the present jury member; it shall be renewable.

Article 11 (Chairperson of Jury)

  1. The Chairperson of Jury represents the Jury and manages its business.
  2. The Chairperson of Jury shall discuss with the Operating Committee and consult with the Managing Committee on specialized matters relating to the music of the Competition, such as the establishment, revision or abolition of the Judging Rules and the selection of jury members.
  3. The Chairperson of Jury may appoint a Vice Chairperson of Jury if necessary.

Article 12 (Competition Promotion Committee)

  1. The Managing Committee shall establish a Competition Promotion Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Promotion Committee") for the smooth implementation of the Competition.
  2. The Promotion Committee shall consist of not less than eight (8) and not more than thirty (30) members.
  3. The Promotion Committee shall deliberate on matters for the smooth promotion of the Competition in response to the advice of the Operating Committee and the Chairperson of Jury, and shall carry out publicity activities for the Competition.
  4. The term of office of the Promotion Committee member shall, in principle, be four (4) years. However, the term of office of a member elected as a replacement or as an additional member shall be the remaining term of office of his/her predecessor or the present member; it shall be renewable.

Article 13 (Chairperson of the Competition Promotion Committee)

  1. The Chairperson of the Competition Promotion Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Chairperson of the Promotion Committee") shall represent and oversee the work of the Promotion Committee.
  2. The Chairperson of the Promotion Committee shall appoint the Promotion Committee members and manage the Promotion Committee in cooperation with the Chairperson of the Operation Committee and the Chairperson of Jury.
  3. The Chairperson of the Promotion Committee shall convene and chair the Promotion Committee in order to deliberate on the smooth promotion of the Competition.
  4. The Chairperson of the Promotion Committee may establish sub-committees as necessary.

Chapter 4  Office

Article 14 (Office)

  1. An Office shall be established to implement the business decided by the Managing Committee.
  2. The Office shall perform the following duties:
    (1) Negotiation with and reporting to relevant organizations on the business of the Organizing Committee.
    (2) Promotion of the matters decided by the Operating Committee and the Promotion Committee based on the plans decided by the Managing Committee as well as reporting to the Managing Committee.
    (3) Performing accounting and general affairs matters. Accounting shall be in accordance with the accounting rules specified separately.
  3. Support for the actual duties of the Office may be outsourced. This outsourcing shall be approved by the Chairperson of the Managing Committee.

Article 15 (Office Director)

  1. The Office Director shall represent the Office and manage its affairs.
  2. The Office Director may appoint a deputy director as necessary. The deputy director shall assist the Office Director, and shall act for the Office Director in the event of being unable to perform his or her duties.

Chapter 5  Auditor

Article 16 (Auditor)

  1. The Auditor shall perform the following duties:
    (1) Auditing the execution of the work of the Organizing Committee.
    (2) Auditing the financial condition of the Organizing Committee.
    (3) Report the results of the audit mentioned in the previous two items to the Chairperson of the Managing Committee.
  2. The term of office for the Auditor is four (4) years. The Auditor may be reappointed.
    However, the Auditor cannot concurrently serve as a member of the Operating Committee.

Chapter 6  Assets and Accounting

Article 17 (Composition of Assets)

The assets of the Organizing Committee shall consist of the following:

(1) Property listed in the property inventory
(2) Donated items
(3) Sponsorship money
(4) Subsidies
(5) Income from the business
(6) Income generated from property

Article 18 (Management of Assets)

(1) The assets of the Organizing Committee shall be managed by the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee. The method of managing the assets shall be determined separately by the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee upon approval by the Managing Committee.

(2) The expenses of the organizing committee shall be paid out of its assets.

Article 19 (Income and Expenditure Budget and Settlement of Accounts)

(1) Since the Takamatsu International Piano Competition is held once every four years, a business plan and income and expenditure budget of the Organizing Committee shall be determined by the Managing Committee for each time the competition is held. However, the settlement of accounts shall be made for each business year as stipulated in Article 17.

(2) The Managing Committee shall decide on the appropriation of surplus or deficit for each fiscal year.

Article 20 (Fiscal Year)

The fiscal year of the Organizing Committee shall begin on October 1 of each year and end on September 30 of the following year.
However, the 9th term begins on April 1, 2011 and ends on September 30, 2011.

Chapter 7  Change of Purpose and Dissolution

Article 21 (Change of Business Purpose)

Since the Organizing Committee receives financial support from a wide range of public organizations, corporations, and individuals in agreement with the business objectives of the Organizing Committee, when the Managing Committee decides to change its objectives, it shall notify the relevant organizations and give public notice. Public notice shall be given in such manner as is appropriate.

Article 22 (Dissolution)

  1. The Organizing Committee may be dissolved for any of the following reasons:
    (1) When the intended purpose and business have been accomplished and it is no longer necessary to hold the next meeting, 
    (2) In the event that it becomes impossible to hold the next event due to other reasons.
    In any case, the Committee may not be disbanded after the announcement of the requirements and the prospectus for the donation for the next competition.
  2. The decision to dissolve the Organizing Committee shall require a two-thirds (2/3) or more resolution of the Managing Committee
  3. The Managing Committee shall decide on the disposal of surplus or deficit in connection with the dissolution.
  4. In the event that a decision to dissolve is made by the Managing Committee, notification shall be made to the relevant organizations and public notice shall be given. Public notice shall be given in such manner as is appropriate.

Additional Clause

(1) The Rules and Regulations shall be in effect from the date of the decision of the Managing Committee.

(2) The members of the Managing Committee as of August 1, 2019 are as follows:

Chairperson: Yujiro AYADA
Member: Hajime ASAKURA
Masafumi IZUMI
Akira CHIBA
Hiroyuki CHUJO
Masamichi TSUKUDA
Tetsuya MIKAJIRI
Shosaku MURAYAMA

Enactment and Amendments of the Rules and Regulations

Dec. 15, 2003 Enactment of Rules and Regulations
Mar. 18, 2005 Amendment
Dec. 1, 2007 Amendment
Aug. 1, 2008 Amendment
Dec. 10, 2009 Amendment
Aug. 15, 2011 Amendment
Dec. 25, 2012 Amendment
Sept. 26, 2013 Amendment
Sept. 24, 2014 Amendment
Dec. 2, 2015 Amendment
Dec. 12, 2016 Amendment
Jun. 25, 2017 Amendment
Nov. 5, 2018 Amendment
Feb. 6, 2019 Amendment
Aug. 1, 2019 Amendment
Feb. 21, 2020 Amendment