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** 22:00:00 JST, May 7 Candidacy Registration Period Closed        **
** Go to the Election Forum for candidate list, statements, and Q&A **
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Fellow JAT members,
 
JAT’s 2020 Election is about to begin, and we encourage you to take part—either by running for a position on the board or voting for candidates you think will do an excellent job at running JAT. To review how many positions are open, who is up for re-election, etc., please take a look at the initial announcement https://jat.org/forums/viewthread/816/ (must log in). In a nutshell, we can elect up to 6 directors and 1 auditor in this year’s election.
 
When the clock strikes midnight tonight in Japan (00:00:00 JST on April 24, 2020) we begin accepting candidacy registrations at https://jat.org/form/jat_2020_board_candidacy
 
* If you know a non-member who would like to run for auditor, please contact us at [email protected]
 
The candidacy declaration/registration period ends at 22:00:00 JST, May 7, and the campaign period starts at 00:00:00 JST, May 9. Each candidate needs to submit a Board Candidacy form including a Candidate Statement and 1 Endorsement. The Election Committee needs time to verify eligibility and endorsements, so we strongly encourage candidates to submit their candidate statement and endorsement as early as possible. 
 
Candidate statements should describe why the candidate feels he/she would be a well-serving director/auditor and what areas of JAT he/she would like to support and improve. Endorser statements should (1) specify how long and in what capacity the endorser has known the candidate and (2) why they feel the candidate is fit to support JAT as director or auditor.  (Candidate/endorser statements can be in English or Japanese and up to 300 words or 600 characters, respectively.)
 
We remind you that candidates for director must have been JAT members in good standing for the entire year preceding the deadline for submitting candidate statements, and that endorsers must be members in good standing as of the date on which they submit their endorsement statements. We also request that endorsers send a brief e-mail to [email protected] confirming the names of each candidate they endorse. The Election Committee may follow up, if necessary.
 
The Election Committee hopes for an abundance of candidates and fruitful discussions leading up to the voting period. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Election Committee at [email protected].
 
2020 JAT Election Committee
Yumeko Futaki  (Chair)
Henry Smith 
Tobias Rushbrook
 
Board Candidacy form: https://jat.org/form/jat_2020_board_candidacy ; (must log in)
 
Election schedule
2020/4/24 - 2020/5/7: Candidacy registration period (14 days)
2020/5/9 - 2020/5/15:  Campaign period (7 days)
2020/5/16 - 2020/5/22:  Election voting period (7 days)
2020/5/24:  Announcement of election results