1.Duty of Confidentiality and Observance of Related Laws
The laws regulating the CPA, tax accounting and real estate appraisal professions oblige practitioners to protect the confidentiality of the personal information they acquire in their dealings with clients. We strictly observe these rules and other statutes and ordinances related to the protection of clients’ personal information.
2.Collection of Personal Information
When we ask a client to provide us personal information, we obtain his or her consent to collect the information with the understanding that we will do so in an appropriate manner and only inasmuch as that the information is necessary to conduct the agreed business involving the client.
3.Our Objectives in Using Personal Information
Except where we have obtained a client’s agreement in advance, or where an applicable law, statute or ordinance stipulates otherwise, if we are unable to inquire of a client directly or indirectly, we assume the right to use personal information acquired from him or her to accomplish any of the following:
- To complete on the client’s behalf agreed duties with regard to accounting and tax services, real estate appraisal, financial consulting, and international business affairs.
- To announce, guide or administer seminars, study groups, conferences and similar programs.
- To send or transmit publications, articles and other information related to accounting, tax matters and property appraisal, and greeting cards.
- To carry out activities related to the above.
Except where an applicable law, statute or ordinance stipulates otherwise, or where a client has given his or her approval beforehand, we will not provide the client’s personal information to any third party, although there are occasions when we must entrust some personal information to judicial scriveners, notaries, social insurance and labor officials, etc. in order to achieve the objectives listed in No. 3 above.
We affirm a client’s right, upon request at any time, to change or delete personal information that he or she has provided to us, to have us release the information to certain parties, or to have us stop using the information in some way. We act promptly on such requests.
With regard to the protection and proper control of personal information, we have instituted thorough in-house training programs involving directors, managers and employees. We take pains to ensure that all personal information is handled properly in our daily operations.