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Social Media Moderation Policy of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

September, 2017

1. Official administration

(1) The Social Media sites are managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan.

(2) Content of posts

Measures and operations carried out by the Ministry, and related information

2. Management of comments

(1) Responding to comments

 The Social Media sites are focused on an informational purpose only, so the Ministry will not respond to any comments or messages posted on the Social Media sites.
 If you have any question, please contact us via the "Contact MAFF" page on the Ministry’s website (inquires accepted 24 hours).

(2) Deleting comments

 We reserve the right to exercise our editorial control over the Social Media sites, and we might hide, in part or in full, delete or decline comments which are unrelated to the original topics or deemed to fall under any of the following conditions without notifying the users.

  • Comments that infringe a law, ordinance, or other regulations
  • Comments that violate public order and morals
  • Comments that promote criminal acts
  • Comments that slander or defame a particular individual, company, group, or other entities, or damages their reputation or trustworthiness
  • Comments that are breaches of privacy, including disclosing and leaking personal information without the authorization of its owner
  • Comments that breach third-party rights, including patents, design rights, copyrights, trademarks, and portrait rights
  • Comments aimed at political activities, election campaigns, religious activities, or for-profit activities, or similar comments
  • Comments that include false information or significantly deviate from the truth
  • Comments that involve or promote discrimination by race, ideology, creed, or the like
  • Comments with the same or similar contents posted repeatedly by the same user
  • Comments posted by pretending to be other users, third parties, etc.
  • Comments that contain harmful computer programs
  • Comments that alter the whole or part of the information posted by the Ministry
  • Comments that violate the terms and conditions of the hosting Social Media policy
  • Other comments considered to be inappropriate for the management of the website

(3) Banning users

  We also reserve the right to ban users who post comments listed above. Those users who violate the moderation policy may be banned permanently.

3.Banning the usage of the URL shortening service

For security reasons, we prohibit the use of URL shortening service as a general rule, unless the social media has an automatic URL shortening service itself and cannot avoid its usage.

4. URLs of the Social Media sites (In English)

Please refer to the following link.
Social Media Accounts of Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

5. Modification of the Policy

We may at any time, without notice, revise this policy and other information contained in this Page.

6. Intellectual property rights

 Intellectual property rights over the photographs, illustrations, audio, video, and text, etc., posted on the Social Media sites belong to the Ministry or those with valid rights.
 People are free to use such as "Like (Facebook)" functions (include similar functions) for the posts on the Social Media sites. All the information on the sites may be reused with attribution. However, this does not apply to information marked "All Rights Reserved".

7. Disclaimer

  • The Ministry is taking every possible care to ensure the accuracy of the information posted on the Social Media sites. However, the Ministry is not responsible for any consequences whatsoever that may result from decisions or actions taken by users based on the information on the Social Media sites.
  • Please note that the Ministry is not responsible for any inter-user trouble caused by the Social Media sites or damages suffered as a result, or for any user-third party trouble caused by the Social Media sites or damages suffered as a result.
  • The copyright and other rights of the posts, including comments, belong to the users who made the post. However, by posting content, it is deemed that the user licensed the right to utilize the content globally at no charge and on a non-exclusive basis to the Ministry, and it is deemed that the user has consented not to exercise its copyright or other rights against the Ministry.
  • The Ministry bears no responsibility for any other damages caused by the Social Media sites.