Since 2004 Marist Brothers International School (MBIS) has functioned as an Educational Corporation registered by the government of Hyogo Prefecture.  Prior to that time it was a Religious Corporation managed by the local chapter of the Marist Brothers, an order of Catholic educators.  The past few years have seen the rise of a movement to get more participation by members of Marist stakeholder groups (parents, teachers, alumni) in school governance. I joined the Board of Directors in 2009, and acted as Chairman from 2010 to 2014.