Fellow JAT members,

The 2015 JAT election is drawing near.

Please direct any queries to <[email protected]>.

1. Election Committee

The Election Committee has three members, as mandated by the JAT
Bylaws. This year, the committee comprises Andrew Welford (Chair),
Mayu Kawaguchi, and Ben Davis.

2. Number of positions to be filled

The JAT Board currently has a total of 10 officers (8 directors and 2
auditors) and will be expanded to 12 officers (10 directors, including
a treasurer and secretary, and 2 auditors) from this year. Marian
Kinoshita, Megumi Kimoto, Hideaki Maruoka, and Stacey Jehlik will
continue their two-year terms as directors, as will Minako Hasemi as

Therefore, a total of seven positions (6 directors and 1 auditor) are
up for election.

3. Election schedule

The schedule for the election is as follows:

Declaration/registration period: February 26 (00:00:01 JST)–March 11
(22:00:00 JST)

Campaigning period: March 13 (00:00:01 JST)–March 19 (22:00:00 JST)

Voting period: March 20 (00:00:01 JST)–March 26 (22:00:00 JST)

Declaration/registration period [February 26 (00:00:01 JST)–March 11
(22:00:00 JST)]

Members seeking to run for office must first declare their intent to
run for office and call for endorsements. Instructions on how to do so
will be provided in a subsequent message. They must then fill in the
form at <https://jat.wufoo.com/forms/jat-2015-board-candidacy/> in
English or Japanese.

Candidates for director must have been JAT members in good standing
for the entire year preceding the deadline for submitting candidacy
statements, which is the end of the declaration/registration period at
22:00:00 on March 11. Endorsers must be members in good standing as of
the date on which they submit their endorsement statement. Candidates
for auditor need not necessarily be members.

As per the JAT Bylaws, candidates need to supply full name, gender,
nationality, address of current residence, home telephone number, and
primary JAT e-mail address, together with the full names, primary JAT
e-mail addresses, and endorsement statements of three endorsers.
Candidacy statements should provide some indication of how candidates
envision JAT’s evolution. Endorsement statements should give some
indication of the endorser’s relationship with the candidate and the
skills/attributes the endorser believes the candidate possesses that
make him or her a good choice. Candidacy and endorsement statements
may be up to 300 words/600 characters in length.

The Election Committee requests endorsers to send a brief e-mail to [email protected]
confirming the names of each candidate they have endorsed, together
with their endorsement statement/s.

The Election Committee will not announce any candidates until after
the registration period closes and the eligibility of the candidates
and their endorsers has been verified. Candidates will be deemed
registered only upon said verification.

As the Election Committee needs time to verify eligibility and
endorsements, we encourage candidates to submit candidacy statements
early. If necessary for verification of candidate and/or endorser
eligibility, there may be a delay in the start of the campaigning

Campaigning period [March 13 (00:00:01 JST)–March 19 (22:00:00 JST)]

Although the Campaign period officially lasts for seven days,
campaigning is not limited to this period. Members and candidates may
continue to interact even after the start of the Voting period.

Voting period [March 20 (00:00:01 JST)–March 26 (22:00:00 JST)]

Votes will be cast online. Each member may cast seven votes in this
election: one vote each for six director candidates and one vote for
one auditor candidate. Members will be sent an e-mail with a link to a
personalized ballot before the start of the voting period. Please vote
in accordance with the instructions in the e-mail.

No later than March 31, the Election Committee will announce the
results of the election in an e-mail like this one and on the JAT

As a volunteer organization, JAT depends on its members to keep it
moving forward. By becoming a Board member you can use your skills to
improve JAT, give something back to the community, and possibly even
have an impact on the translation industry. By voting in the election,
you get to choose the people you want to look after your interests and
propel JAT into the next stage of its evolution.


2015 JAT Election Committee

Andrew Welford (Chair)

Mayu Kawaguchi

Ben Davis