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Code of Ethics


The Japan Society of Applied Physics Code of Ethics

The members (hereinafter referred to as “Members”) of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (hereinafter referred to as “JSAP”) assume the responsibility of performing research and development activities for natural sciences and of contributing to social development through their activities in the field of applied physics, focusing on the development of innovative technology and the creation of new materials by making full use of scientific concepts such as physics and chemistry, techniques and approaches.

On the basis of the above responsibility, JSAP establish the following ethical code as a set of self-imposed rules for each Member to pursue fair and appropriate research activities following strict ethics, and seek to promote and establish this code of ethics.

Members recognize their social mission and role and make ongoing efforts and exercise self-discipline such that the principles of the ethical code will be ensured in their specific actions and decision making.

  • Article 1 (Social responsibility)
    Members acknowledge that they assume the responsibility of contributing to social development and realize this through research activity in the field of applied physics appropriate to the expectations of society. They endeavor to publish the results of their research activities, and they promptly disclose the occurrence of any safety-related event in their research activities that will have great social impact.
  • Article 2 (Maintaining trust of the society)
    Members perform research activities according to their conscience at all times, ensure technical safety and reliability, and endeavor to maintain and improve the trust of the society.
  • Article 3 (Compliance with laws and regulations)
    In performing research activities, Members comply with applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations and follow their own conscience at all times without violating social norms.
  • Article 4 (Ban on personal advantages)
    Members are fully conscious of their major responsibility of contributing to social development and do not exploit their job or position in pursuit of individual interests.
  • Article 5 (Protection of intellectual property rights)
    Members protect and enforce their own intellectual property rights, respect the results of others’ research and technological activities, and respect others’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, patent rights, etc.
  • Article 6 (Protection of Personal Information)
    Members endeavor to protect others’ personal information and to respect others’ dignity and privacy.
  • Article 7 (Environmental consideration)
    Members consider the environmental impact of their research activities and make efforts to prevent environmental pollution and protect human health and the environment. Members endeavor to use their knowledge of applied physics for the benefit of other people’s health and the environment.
  • Article 8 (Brainstorming)
    Members endeavor to continually improve themselves as experts and assist other technical experts and researchers in improving their abilities. Members in leadership positions recognize their social trust and endeavor to promote the improvement of learning skills and the development of occupational skills.

 Partially amended on February 12, 2010