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Terms of Service

These Terms of Service (hereinafter referred to as the “Terms of Service”) regulate the terms and conditions of use of the services provided by PPB International Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) on the website (hereinafter referred to as “the Service” together with all services related to Minerva). All registered users (hereinafter referred to as “Users”) are required to use the Service in accordance with the Terms of Service. This Terms of Service is drawn up in both English and Japanese language versions. The Japanese version is the original, and the English version is for reference purposes only. In case of any dispute, the Japanese version shall prevail.

Article 1 (Scope of Application)

  • The Terms of Service shall apply to all relationships related to the use of the Service between Users and the Company.
  • In addition to the Terms of Service, the Company may stipulate various rules and regulations concerning the use of the Service (hereinafter referred to as “Individual Regulations”). These Individual Regulations, regardless of their names, shall constitute a part of the Terms of Service.
  • In the event of any inconsistency between the provisions in the Terms of Service and the provisions in the Individual Regulations of the preceding paragraph, the provisions of the Individual Regulations shall prevail, unless otherwise specified in the Individual Regulations.

Article 2 (Registration for Use)

  • In the Service, those who want to register shall agree to the Terms of Service, apply for registration in the manner prescribed by the Company, and upon the Company's approval, the registration shall be completed, and a user contract shall be concluded.
  • The Company may not approve an application for registration for use if it considers that the applicant has any of the following reasons, and the Company shall not be obligated to disclose any reasons for such denial.
    • If false information is reported when applying for user registration.
    • If the application is from a person who has violated the Terms of Service, or
    • Other cases in which the Company deems the registration for use to be inappropriate.
  • When registering, those who want to register must submit true and accurate information. The Company will provide the service based on the information registered by the applicant himself/herself. The Company shall not be liable for any damage incurred by Users due to falsehoods, errors, or omissions in the registration information.

Article 3 (Period of Use)

  • The period of use of the contract is the period separately selected by those who want to register from the date of commencement of use of the Service (the date of the Company’s acceptance of the registration for commencement of use or the date agreed upon between the Company and those who want to register). The subscription period for paid plans shall begin on the date payment is confirmed.
  • If a subscriber does not apply for cancellation of the contract by the method designated by the Company by two months before the expiration date of the contract, the contract shall be renewed with the same contents and conditions on the day following the expiration date of the contract, and the same shall apply thereafter.

Article 4 (Management of User ID and Password)

  • Users shall be responsible for properly managing their user IDs and passwords for the Service. In the event that a user loses his/her password, the user must set a new password.
  • Under no circumstances may a user transfer or lend his/her user ID and password to or share them with a third party. When a user logs in with a combination of user ID and password that matches the registered information, the Company will consider the use of the service to be by the user who has registered that user ID.
  • The Company shall not be liable for any damage caused by the use of user IDs and passwords by third parties, except in the case of intention or gross negligence on the part of the Company.

Article 5 (Fees for Use and Payment Methods)

  • Users shall pay the fees for use separately determined by the Company and displayed on the Service as compensation for each usage plan or paid service in the manner specified by the Company. Any separate bank transfer charges incurred shall be borne by Users.
  • In the event a user is late in paying the usage fee, the user shall pay a late fee at the rate of 14.6% per annum.
  • The Company shall not refund service usage fees paid by users, except in the case of erroneous billing by the Company or overpayment by users. In the event of discontinuation of the service due to circumstances on the part of the Company, the fee will be refunded on a pro-rated basis for the remaining period of use by each user.

Article 6 (Handling of Trade Names, etc. of Service Users)

The Company may use the trade names, trademarks, and logos of the service users for marketing and other purposes of the Company. Furthermore, the Company may disclose and publicize information regarding companies using the Service, contents distributed and plans implemented, etc., using the Service in general terms. However, this shall not apply in cases where companies using the Service have stated their objections in advance.

Article 7 (Prohibited Matters)

In using the Service, Users shall not engage in any of the following acts. The Company may request Users to report any conduct that the Company suspects is prohibited and may demand that the user correct such conduct. In addition, Users must compensate the Company for any damages incurred in the Company as a result of their prohibited acts.

  • Acts that violate laws and regulations or public order and morals.
  • Acts involving criminal activity.
  • Acts that infringe on copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights contained in the Service, including the contents of the Service
  • Acts that destroy or interfere with the functionality of the servers or networks of the Company, other users, or other third parties.
  • Unauthorized downloading of content (downloading content in a quantity or frequency that is clearly unusual in light of the purpose of use of the Service, including but not limited to searching, extracting, or downloading content programmatically using crawlers, bots, spiders, etc., or web scraping, etc.)
  • Commercial use (regardless of use, reproduction, duplication, copying, storage, reproduction, sale, resale, or any other form of transfer) of information obtained through the Service, in whole or in part
  • Acts that may interfere with the operation of the Services
  • Using materials or information obtained through the Service to develop and provide systems or services that are similar to or competitive with the Service
  • Unauthorized access or attempts to gain unauthorized access
  • Collecting or accumulating personal information about other users
  • Use of the Service for any unauthorized purpose
  • Acts that cause disadvantage, damage, or discomfort to other users of the Service or other third parties
  • Providing false personal information on the registration form or account setup screen on the Service
  • Impersonating another user
  • Advertising, publicity, solicitation, or sales activities on the Service that are not authorized by the Company
  • Aiming to meet someone of the opposite sex whom users have never met before
  • Acts of providing benefits directly or indirectly to antisocial forces in relation to the services of the Company, or
  • Other activities that the Company deems inappropriate.

Article 8 (Suspension of Provision of the Service, etc.)

  • The Company reserves the right to suspend or discontinue all or part of the Service without prior notice to the user for any of the following reasons.
    • In case of urgent maintenance, inspection, or updating of the computer system for the Service,
    • In the event that provision of the Service becomes difficult due to force majeure such as earthquake, bolt of lightning, fire, power outage, or natural disasters
    • In the event of computer or communication line outage due to accident, or
    • In any other cases where the Company deems it difficult to provide the Service.
  • The Company shall not be liable for any disadvantage or damage incurred by Users or third parties as a result of suspension or interruption of the provision of the Service. This shall not apply in the event that the suspension or interruption of the provision of the Service is caused by the Company's intention or gross negligence.

Article 9 (Restriction of Use and Cancellation of Registration)

  • The Company reserve the right to restrict a user's use of all or part of the Service or terminate the user's registration as a user without prior notice in any of the following cases.
    • When any of the provisions of the Terms of Service is violated,
    • When it is found that there is a false fact in the registration information,
    • In the event of default in payment of fees and other obligations,
    • If users do not respond to communications from the Company for a certain period of time,
    • When there has been no use of the Service for a certain period of time since the last use, orggg
    • In any other cases in which the Company deems the use of the Service to be inappropriate.
  • In no event shall the Company be liable to Users for any damages incurred by Users as a result of any action taken by the Company pursuant to this Article.

Article 10 (Cancellation of Membership)

Users may cancel their membership from the Service by following the cancellation procedure specified by the Company. If Users wish to cancel their membership, please contact the following by the end of the month prior to the month in which they wish to cancel their membership. The person in charge will inform the users of the procedure, settlement of unpaid amount, etc. Cancellation of membership will be processed at the end of the month in which the membership expires.



Article 11 (Denial of Warranty and Disclaimer of Liability)

  • The Company does not warrant, expressly or impliedly, that the Service will be free from defects in fact or law (including defects in safety, reliability, accuracy, completeness, validity, fitness for a particular purpose, security, etc., errors or bugs, infringement of rights, etc.).
  • The Company shall not be liable for any and all damages incurred by Users arising out of the Service. However, this disclaimer shall not apply if the contract between the Company and Users for the Service (including the Terms of Service) is a consumer contract as defined in the Consumer Contract Act.
  • Even in the case of the proviso of the preceding paragraph, the Company shall not be liable for damages arising out of special circumstances (including cases in which the Company or Users foresee or could have foreseen the occurrence of the damages) caused by a negligence (excluding gross negligence) of a default or tort by the Company. In addition, compensation for damages incurred to a user as a result of default or tort due to the negligence (excluding gross negligence) of the Company shall be limited to the amount of the usage fees received from the user for the month in which such damages occurred.
  • The Company is not responsible for any transactions, communications, or disputes that occur between Users or third parties in connection with the Service.

Article 12 (Change of Service Contents, etc.)

The Company may change the contents of the Service or discontinue providing the Service without notice to Users and shall not be liable for any damages incurred by Users as a result of such changes or discontinuation.

Article 13 (Modification of Terms of Service)

The Company may change the Terms of Service at any time without notice to Users if the Company deems it necessary. In the event that users start using the Service after the Terms of Service have been changed, such users shall be deemed to have agreed to the changed Terms of Service.

Article 14 (Exclusion of Antisocial Forces)

The Company prohibits the use of the Service by antisocial forces, etc. If a user is deemed to fall under any of these categories, the Company may suspend providing the Service or terminate the contract for service use without prior notice to the user.

Article 15 (Handling of Personal Information)

The Company shall appropriately handle personal information obtained through the use of the Service in accordance with the Company's “Privacy Policy”.

Article 16 (Notice or Communication)

Notification or communication between Users and the Company shall be made by the method specified by the Company. Unless users notify the Company of a change according to a method separately specified by the Company, the Company will assume that the currently registered contact address is valid and send notices or communications to that address, which will be deemed to have reached the users at the time they are sent.

Article 17 (Prohibition of Assignment of Rights and Obligations)

  • Users may not transfer (including comprehensive succession by merger, company split, etc. in this Article) or offer as collateral to a third party their position in the contract for service use or rights or obligations under the Terms of Service to any third party without prior written consent of the Company.
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Article 18 (Severability)

Even if any provision of the Terms of Service or part thereof is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under the Consumer Contract Act or other laws or regulations, the remaining provisions of the Terms of Service and the remaining portions of the provisions that are determined to be invalid or unenforceable in part shall remain in full force and effect. The Company and Users shall endeavor to modify the invalid or unenforceable provision or portion to the extent necessary to make it legal and enforceable, and to ensure that the purpose of the invalid or unenforceable provision or portion and its legal and economic effect remain equivalent.

Article 19 (Governing Law and Jurisdiction)

  • The Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan.
  • The Tokyo District Court shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the first instance over any disputes arising in connection with the Service.