Privacy policy

Privacy Policy

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, "Kuraray") is highly conscious of the importance of personal information. Kuraray has established the following policies to safeguard personal information.

1.Management of personal information

  • Kuraray has appointed personal information managers in each organization that treats personal information. These managers are responsible for the security of personal information collected by their organizations.
  • Kuraray strives to prevent unauthorized access, leaks, or loss of personal information to ensure the security of personal information.

2.Use of personal information.

When Kuraray collects personal information, Kuraray will clearly specify the purpose of use, and the personal information will be used only for such purpose as specified. A data subject may refuse to provide its personal information at its discretion. The purpose of use of personal information is as follows;

  • Customers, suppliers or vendors: business communications, providing information on services and products offered by Kuraray,
  • Shareholders: to allow execution of shareholders’ rights under the corporation law, to provide information and/or services to shareholders, administration of the shareholder registry,
  • Job applicants: communication necessary for recruitment,
  • Response to inquiries from the data subject, or
  • Other purposes specifically informed to the data subject.

Kuraray may, to the extent necessary for the purpose (1) or (4) mentioned above, share personal data (address, name, company name, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.) with its affiliate companies as listed in Exhibit 1 attached hereto.

3.Disclosure to third parties.

Except as stipulated below, Kuraray will not release personal information to third parties. Providing information to contractors or affiliate companies by legitimate means is not considered as disclosure to third parties;

  • With the explicit permission from the data subject,
  • As required by law,
  • When the provision of personal information is necessary for the protection of the life, body, or property of an individual and it is difficult to obtain the consent of the person,
  • When the personal information is necessary for a state or local government in executing the affairs prescribed by laws and regulations and obtaining the consent of the person are likely to impede the execution of the affairs,
  • When personal information is appropriately edited as statistical data by which the data subject cannot be identified, or
  • When personal information is transferred in consequence of a merger, amalgamation or other corporate reorganization,

4.Changes in personal information.

A data subject has right to request to disclose, correct, add, delete, discontinue using, or erase its personal information Kuraray has. Kuraray will comply with these requests only after verification of the identity of the requestor. Inquiries with regard to personal information will be directed to the department to which the data subject provided its personal information. In the case that a data subject is not sure where to contact, inquiries may be accepted at:

Tel: +81-3-6701-1000
Fax: +81-3-6701-1005

5. Changes in our privacy policy.

This privacy policy may be changed in conformity with amendments to statutes or regulations, or for other purposes.

Handling of Personal Information of residents of the EEA

In addition to the main body of the Privacy Policy, this Section 2 shall apply to the handling of personal information of residents of the EEA where the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is applicable, In the event of conflict or inconsistency between them, this Section 2 shall prevail.

1.Purpose of use and Legal basis under GDPR for processing the personal data which Kuraray processes;

  • Customers, suppliers or vendors: business communications, providing information on services and products offered by Kuraray. Legal basis: Consent of the data subject (GDPR Art.6(1) a) or Legitimate interest (GDPR Art.6(1) f)
  • Response to inquiries and requests from the data subject. Legal basis: Consent of the data subject (GDPR Art.6(1) a) or Legitimate interest (GDPR Art.6(1) f)

2.When Kuraray transfers personal data to its contractors or affiliates listed in Exhibit 1 attached hereto, the personal data may be transferred to the counties outside the EEA. Kuraray will transfer personal data only to the extent;

  • the transfer to a country may take place where the EU Commission has decided that the country ensures an adequate level of protection of personal information (GDPR Art. 45),
  • the transfer to a third party with whom Kuraray executed the standard data protection clauses approved by the EU Commission (GDPR Art. 46.2), or
  • the transfer takes place on one of the conditions listed in GDPR49.1.

3.Kuraray will store personal data for the appropriate period determined based on the criteria of the respective statutory retention period. After expiration of the period, the corresponding data no longer necessary will be deleted in accordance with the respective retention policy.

4.A resident of the EEA has the following rights in connection with his/her own personal data handled by Kuraray;

  • access (disclosure),
  • rectification,
  • erasure,
  • restriction of processing,
  • data portability,
  • object to processing, and
  • withdrawal of data processing consent.

The Request Form is attached hereto as Exhibit 2.

5.Lodging a complaint with a competent authority

A resident of the EEA has right to lodge a complaint on the processing of their personal data with a competent supervisory authority. The following URL provides information of the authority:

6.Contact information of the Data Protection Officer of Kuraray:

Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Strasse 4
65795 Hattersheim / Germany
Attn: Data Protection Officer
Tel: +49-69-305-85358

Handling of Access Data obtained through Kuraray Web site

1.Access Data Kuraray Collect from Users

This Kuraray Web site may collect and use the following types of access data from visitors.

Access logs: Information from users’ access logs, including IP addresses, access times and dates, referrers, accessed files and browser type. Kuraray only uses access logs data to improve the user experience on our websites and services.

Cookies: Cookies are small files that are stored on user’s device by your web browser. If you are concerned about having cookies on your computer, you can set your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being set, allowing you to decide whether to accept it. You can also delete cookies from your device. However, if you choose to block or delete cookies, certain features of our websites or services may not operate correctly.
Kuraray uses cookies to authenticate the validity of user accounts, check on the login status of users, and improve the user experience on our websites and services. The table below provides more details regarding the cookies Kuraray uses, the information they collect, why Kuraray uses them, and when they expire.

Cookies Data Gathered Purpose Expiry Period
Pardot visitor_id#####
*##### is a randomly assigned number
A Webpage visitor’s activity (pages visited, forms registered, links clicked, files downloaded, etc.) and activity timestamps To identify specific website visitors and collect information on activity and activity timestamps 3650 Days after last access to website
Pardot pi_opt_in#####
*##### is a randomly assigned number
A true or false value that manages a website visitor’s Opt-in/Opt-out preference To manage a website visitor’s consent to collect access information 3650 Days after last access to website

2.Lawful Basis for Processing

Kuraray only processes access data where Kuraray has a lawful basis to do so, such as the following:

Consent: Kuraray may process your access data when you have given Kuraray permission to process your access data for a given purpose.
Legitimate Interests: Kuraray may process your access data based on our legitimate interest. Kuraray believes many of our purposes will be helpful not only for us but also for you, as it allows us to improve our products and services to be better oriented to your needs.

3.Access Data Shared with Kuraray’s Third Party Service Providers

The following third-party providers may have access to the access data collected by Kuraray.

Google Analytics: Google Analytics sets and accesses cookies on your computer or other device to collect information such as the numbers of visitors to our websites, where visitors have come to the websites from, and the pages they have visited. Kuraray websites use Google Analytics to help collect and analyze certain information to engage in analysis, auditing, research and reporting. You may review Google Analytics’ security and privacy principles by clicking here;
and opt out of the use of cookies in web browsers by Google Analytics by clicking here;

4.Other Information

Kuraray assumes absolutely no responsibility with respect to the access data protection of third parties linked from the Kuraray web site. For other information regarding the processing of your data, please refer to Kuraray’s Privacy Policy.