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HMSC New Year Party

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HMSC New Year Party was held on January 27th at Clark Center in Hokkaido University. It becomes an annual event of HMSC. Some 35+ people gathered and enjoyed  home cooked dishes which presented us international tastes. This year again Junko and Ken Hartman made us laugh and feel young at heart with their performances, and a Hokudai student danced with us.



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February 1, 2018 at 2:44 am

Christmas Cards to the Philippines

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Dec. 16th at ‘チカホ’, many children and adults made Christmas cards to the Philippines. We will send them to an orphanage in Manila, an elderly home in Mindanao, and a disabled organization in Cebu.



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December 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

Emiko, Hiroshima Survivor 被爆者恵美子さんのお話し

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Neighbors organized seven talks of Emiko, who survived in Hiroshima at the age of eight and lost her elder sister. She only talks from her experiences, and this time she wanted to talk to younger generation to hand out the truth and the cruelty of the war. She talked to junior and senior high school in Sapporo and to pupils of an elementary school. The last day she talked in Hokudai as a lecturer.


Ohtsu Elementary School 大津小学校



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November 26, 2017 at 7:58 am

HMSC Picnic 多国籍シニアの会ピクニック

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Old and young, in wheelchair or cast, different nationalities

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August 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

Terumi coming from Kenya てるさん札幌へ

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Please come and meet Terumi from Kenya.



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June 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

HMSC meeting ‘Japanese law on last will and testament’

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The presentation on Japanese law on last will and testament was held on  May 13 at Sapporo International Plaza. The speaker is Ms. Rie Tohyama, attorney-at-law. There were 25 people in attendance of which 14 were expats who have been living in Hokkaido for quite a while.



Wills: there are two main types:


  1. Holographic: it must be handwritten, contain the year, month and day of composition, and must be signed and, preferably,  stamped with a personal seal. It should then be placed in an envelope and sealed and put in a safe place. No witnesses are required. When the writer of the will dies, whoever finds the will should take it unopened to the Family Court. The judge of the Family Court will summon the heirs, who must appear in person, and read the will out loud to them.
  2. Notarized: it is advisable to write a will by using a notary public. The will writer should go to the notary’s office and instruct the notary on the terms of his desired will. The notary will compose the will on a computer and give it to the will writer for signature and seal. There must be two witnesses to the signing. Clerks from the notary’s office can serve as witnesses for a fee of ¥5000 each. The notarized will will be kept in the notary’s office thereafter.

Inheritance tax: before the estate is taxed, ¥30 million will be deducted from its value plus ¥6 million for each heir named in the will.


It was a very lively session after the break, and the speaker pointed out that being a foreigner in Japan makes the preparation of a will more complicated, and is more necessary, especially if the foreigner owns property in Japan. It was recommended that expats have a will made in both their home country and in Japan, and the contents should be identical.  If there are questions regarding jurisdiction and inheritance between countries or states, these questions can only be resolved through the “Conflict of Law and Remission Clauses” which countries have established between each other.  It was advised that each foreigner research the Inheritance laws pertaining to their home country/state in order to write a will that will be written in such a way to avoid problems after one’s death.



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May 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

Thanks for the fund 廣西財団からの寄付

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Hironishi-loginet Foundation supported HMSC events and creating website. We do appreciate itvery much.


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March 18, 2017 at 6:38 am