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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

Living with Cancer 癌と生きる

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Living with Cancer (a bilingual panel discussion event)

November 19, 2016 Saturday, 13:30-16:00 (doors open at 1:00; free entrance for all)

Sapporo International Communication Plaza MN Building 3F, Kita 1 Nishi 3, Chuo-ku,

MSC held its final event for the 2016 calendar year on the topic of “Living with Cancer.” The event had two parts: (1) four 20-minute presentations by panelists about their personal experience dealing with cancer; (2) small group discussions led by the panelists during which audience members could ask questions.

Panelists included: a person who contracted thyroid cancer a year ago that spread to his vocal cords and who now uses an electric device to speak; a person who recently underwent a double masectomy and her spouse; and finally a person whose sister succumbed to cancer after a battle for several years.

Approximately 40 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

癌と共に生きる (バイリンガル パネルディスカッション)

2016年11月19日 土曜日 13:30-16:00 (開場1時 入場無料)

札幌国際交流プラザ 札幌市中央区北1条西3丁目 札幌MNビル3階





Dr. Joh using a device to cover his lost voice

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March 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

Somatic Yoga ソマティックヨガ実践講座

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September 24, 2016 Saturday, 13:30-16:00

Hokudai Clark Center, 3F

Masako Hirasawa, PhD.,  a certified Hanna Somatic Educator, who has been teaching Somatic Exercises at Non-profit Organizations since 2008, conducted a well received workshop. Her bilingual presentation included a PowerPoint slide show explanation of the physiology followed by audience members actually learning to do the gentle somatic exercises. These require one to contract and relax various muscles that are chronically tight, perhaps as a result of unconscious tension (caused by post-injury trauma or stress), while focusing the mind on internal changes.


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March 18, 2017 at 6:11 am

Picnic 中島公園でピクニック

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thumb_14736852[1] MSC members’ picnic at Nakajima Park on August 3


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March 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

HMSC meeting 1 Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia アルツハイマーと認知症

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“Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia”Dr. Hitoshi Sohma, Professor and Director(Sapporo Medical Univ. Center for Medical Educ.)

English with Japanese Summary Explanation、Sapporo Medical University (S1W17) East Bldg. 1F, Entrance is free for everyone.

5月28日(土) 13:30-16:30 (途中休憩、茶菓あり)

演題: 認知症,特にアルツハイマー病を学びませんか

演者:相馬 仁(札幌医科大学,医療人育成センター)



Dr. Sohma began the presentation by sharing an edited version of a speech delivered by Dr. Gary Small which is accessible on YouTube.  I recommend that you watch the full version of his speech because you can select the “Close Captioned” option and read the English for those who might feel the spoken English is too fast.  However, do keep in mind that the captions are not perfect as they are machine generated.  In his talk, Dr. Sohma basically shared abut half of this speech at the meeting.  There is a PowerPoint file which corresponds to the slides that Dr. Sohma chose from the video clip by Dr. Small.  These were prepared bilingually to help the Japanese audience to be able to follow the rapid spoken English.

Dr. Small’s speech can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  You can expand it to full screen view. ~ Please go to HMSC website ( for presentation.

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March 18, 2017 at 5:52 am