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This excerpt taken from the AFL DEF 14A filed Mar 18, 2008.
General Provisions.

      (a)       Compliance with Legal Requirements. The 2009 MIP and the granting and payment of Awards, and the other obligations of the Company under the 2009 MIP and any Award Agreement or other agreement, shall be subject to all applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, and to such approvals by any regulatory or governmental agency as may be required.
 
(b) Nontransferability. Awards shall not be transferable by a Participant except by will or the laws of descent and distribution.
 
(c) No Right To Continued Employment. Nothing in the 2009 MIP or in any Award granted or any Award Agreement or other agreement entered into pursuant hereto shall confer upon any Participant the right to continue in the employ of the Company or to be entitled to any remuneration or benefits not set forth in the 2009 MIP or such Award Agreement or other agreement or to interfere with or limit in any way the right of the Company to terminate such Participant’s employment.
 
(d) Withholding Taxes. The Company shall have the right to withhold the amount of any taxes that the Company may be required to withhold before delivery of payment of an Award to the Participant or other person entitled to such payment, or to make such other arrangements for the withholding of taxes that the Company deems satisfactory.

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      (e)       Amendment, Termination and Duration of the 2009 MIP. The Board or the Committee may at any time, and from time to time alter, amend, suspend, or terminate the 2009 MIP in whole or in part; provided that no amendment that requires shareholder approval in order for the 2009 MIP to continue to comply with Code Section 162(m) shall be effective unless the same shall be approved by the requisite vote of the shareholders of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no amendment shall affect adversely any of the rights of any Participant, without such Participant’s consent, under any Award theretofore granted under the 2009 MIP. The 2009 MIP shall terminate at the completion of the Performance Period that ends in 2013; provided that all payments with respect to Awards previously granted under the 2009 MIP shall be paid out pursuant to the terms of the 2009 MIP.
 
(f) Change in Control. Notwithstanding any other provision of the 2009 MIP to the contrary, if, while any Awards remain outstanding under the 2009 MIP, a Change in Controlof Aflac (as defined in this Section 6(f)) shall occur, the Performance Period outstanding at the time of such Change in Control shall be deemed to have been completed, the maximum level of performance set forth under the respective Performance Goals shall be deemed to have been attained and a pro rata portion (based on the number of full and partial months that have elapsed with respect to each Performance Period) of each outstanding Award granted to each Participant for the outstanding Performance Period shall become payable in cash to each Participant.

For purposes of this paragraph 6(f), a Change in Control of Aflac shall occur upon the happening of the earliest to occur of the following:

  (i) any person,as such term is used in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act, as modified and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act (other than (1) Aflac, or any of its subsidiaries, (2) any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under a benefit plan of Aflac or any of its subsidiaries, (3) any underwriter temporarily holding securities pursuant to an offering of such securities, or (4) any corporation owned, directly or indirectly, by the shareholders of Aflac in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of Stock), is or becomes the beneficial owner(as defined in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company (not including in the securities beneficially owned by such person any securities acquired directly from the Company or its Affiliates) representing thirty percent (30%) or more of the combined voting power of Aflac’s then outstanding voting securities;
 
  (ii) during any period of not more than two consecutive years, individuals who, at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than an individual whose initial assumption of office is in connection with an actual or threatened election contest, including but not limited to a consent solicitation, relating to the election of directors of Aflac) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by Aflac’s shareholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved, cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof;
 
  (iii) there is consummated a merger or consolidation of Aflac or any direct or indirect subsidiary of Aflac with any other corporation, other than (A) a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of Aflac outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving or parent entity), in combination with the ownership of any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under an employee benefit plan of Aflac, at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the combined voting power of the voting securities of Aflac or such surviving entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation or (B) a merger or consolidation effected to implement a recapitalization of Aflac (or similar transaction) in which no person(as hereinabove defined), directly or indirectly, acquires more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of Aflac’s then outstanding securities (not including any securities acquired directly from Aflac or its Affiliates); or
 
  (iv) the shareholders of Aflac approve a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of Aflac or there is consummated an agreement for the sale or disposition by Aflac of all or substantially all of Aflac’s assets (or any transaction having a similar effect), other than a sale or disposition by Aflac of all or substantially all of Aflac’s assets to an entity, at least 75% of the combined voting power of the voting securities of which are owned by shareholders of Aflac in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of Aflac immediately prior to such sale.
 
      (g)       Participant Rights. No Participant shall have any claim to be granted any Award under the 2009 MIP, and there is no obligation for uniformity of treatment for Participants. Awards under the 2009 MIP shall be subject to any applicable policies of Aflac, including without limitation any policies relating to the recoupment of compensation upon a restatement of financial results.

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      (h)       Unfunded Status of Awards. The 2009 MIP is intended to constitute an unfundedplan for incentive compensation. With respect to any payments not yet made to a Participant pursuant to an Award, nothing contained in the 2009 MIP or any Award shall give any such Participant any rights that are greater than those of a general creditor of the Company.
 
(i) Governing Laws. The 2009 MIP and all determinations made and actions taken pursuant hereto shall be governed by the laws of the State of Georgia without giving effect to the conflict of laws principles thereof.
 
(j) Effective Date. The 2009 MIP shall take effect upon its adoption by the Board; provided that the 2009 MIP shall be subject to the requisite approval of the shareholders of the Company in order to comply with Section 162(m) of the Code. In the absence of such approval, the 2009 MIP (and any Awards made pursuant to the 2009 MIP with respect to the 2009 fiscal year or thereafter) shall be null and void.
 
(k) Beneficiary. A Participant may file with the Committee a written designation of a beneficiary on such form as may be prescribed by the Committee and may, from time to time, amend or revoke such designation. If no designated beneficiary survives the Participant, the executor or administrator of the Participant’s estate shall be deemed to be the grantee’s beneficiary.
 
(l) Interpretation. The 2009 MIP is designed and intended to comply, to the extent applicable, with Sections 162(m) and 409A of the Code, and all provisions hereof shall be construed in a manner to so comply.

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