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Okinawa Emigrants Inheritance Issue

 

 

 

 To establish 『Liaison Committee on Okinawa Emigrants Inheritance Issue 』

 

 

Okinawa is the prefecture with many people who emigrated in Japan, and it is said that there are over 360,000 emigrants from Okinawa in all the countries of the world. (Source : Okinawa prefecture,2005)

 

It is the great thing that many “Uchinanchu(Okinawan people)” and their siblings are active in various fields in the world, however about the assets which Okinawan people who emigrated abroad left in Okinawa, it is getting complicated to handle it every time change owners, therefore they are having the various problems in case of the inheritance procedure.

 

Between emigrants and residents of Okinawa, it is very difficult to proceed the inheritance procedure smoothly because of the difference of the language, difference in culture, custom, law, system, and the weakness of human relations. In addition, there are many cases not solve the problem because there is no expert to consult near one.

 

As a result, people who are authorized to manage the properties which become the problem have a heavy responsibility, and they can’t handle with it. Therefore, the real estate would obstruct the development of the neighborhood.

 

To solve these matters, we think that it is necessary to study a law and procedure between each country, to enlighten and support to emigrants based on the cooperation with experts of the inheritance issue of Okinawa and experts of the inheritance or law of each country.

 

Therefore, in The 6th World Wide Uchinanchu Festival opening October 2016,  we would like to have a meeting to establish a network, to share information with experts of each country, and ask for the understanding and cooperation of all of you.

 

 

 

Junichi Kameshima

Representative Director

Inheritance Planning Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

The issue of inheritance of the person concerned with emigration

 

 

 

 

An emigrant, or second-generation, third-generation passed away.

There are some inheritors in Japan.

The inheritors who live in Japan have little information and often have difficulty to handle because a law of the emigration is applied in general.

 

A Japanese person who lives in foreign country passed away.

There are some inheritors in Japan.

Japanese law is applied, however there is complicated cases depending on a location of property.

 

 

A Japanese person who lives in Japan passed away.

There are some inheritors in foreign country.

It is most cases.

 

 

A foreigner who lives in Japan passed away.

There are some inheritors in foreign country.

In general, a law of the nationality of the inheriteeis applied, however there are different cases depending on a country. 

 

 An inheriteeemigrated leaving assets in japan, and there are some inheritors only in foreign country but a person without the right of inheritance is authorized to manage the properties which left in Japan.

Both of owner and executor have difficulty situation every time change of the ownership, and they have a heavy responsibility as executor.

※ The above between an interval in two countries and 2 people or 3 people. However, it may be more complicated scheme depending on a kind and location of  the inherited property.

 

The issue of inheritance of the person concerned with emigration

【Case】

 

A(passed away) is Okinawan, Japanese nationality.

A’s wife already passed away. The inheritors are 2 people.

The one is the second son B living in Okinawa. B is told to manage the inheritance procedure and property from relatives.

The other inheritor is the eldest son who emigrated to Brazil.

He already passed away, so that the right of the inheritance is passed to his child.

However, a son of the eldest son also passed away, so a grandchild of the eldest son C takes the right of the inheritance.The inheritors of the inheritance property of A are B in Okinawa and C in Brazil.

B wants to get an agreement of C, and divide the inherited property. But...

 

 

【Main Issue】

 

■C’s contact information is not sure.

■C and C’s mother don’t understand Japanese language.

■C and C’s mother don’t know about a law and custom of Japanese inheritance system.

■B doesn’t know exactly what Bshould ask C for.

【Case】

 

Real estate which X who emigrated to Mexico inherited is in Okinawa.

Owner is X in Mexico, but X asks Z in Okinawa

(a relative of X) for the management of the real estate.

X passed away, and a daughter Y who was born in Mexico inherited the real estate.

Hereafter, this property will be passed to the children of Y, but...

 

 

 【Main Issue 】

 

■Y doesn’t understand Japanese language

■Y doesn’t know about the real estate in Okinawa which was inherited and also doesn’t know about Z who manages it.

■Z doesn’t want his child or grandchild to pass this situation of the management for the property of relative who has not met.

No one has an idea and don’t know how to handle the property in the future.

No one has an idea and don’t know how to handle the property in the future.

 

Establishment Policy

 

■In the beginning

 

A keyword “Inheritance” is heard a lot in our life, and books or seminars, associated groups or business increase these days. However, for ordinary people “Inheritance” is not only a familiar topic but also becomes an avoidance subject in some cases.

The usefulness and the necessity to prepare for the inheritance is already common sense for us who study the inheritance. We think that we should make more efforts to inform information and knowledge about inheritance, and contribute to reduce troubles of inheritance for ordinary people.

 

■About “Happy Inheritance Planning”

 

In order to seek inheritance smoothly without trouble, one-sided view of “inheritance measures” to focus on only a tax, or “inheritance preparation” that thinks about only  inheritance of one generation are not enough.

The happiness-based “Inheritance planning” is enabled by analyzing the situation to surround inheritance from various angles multilaterally. Besides, we think that inheritance is like a relay to pass an asset or property which inherited from ancestors or an heir built to the next generation. For the inheritee and inheritor, the inheritance exists as a part in the big flow, so that it cannot be a topic to avoid it. “Inheritance Planning” is to think about how you pass the asset, property and wishes, and also how you would pass them wisely and peacefully to second or third generations. To consider “Inheritance Planning” is that to make now happy with family more, or to think about the future happiness of the whole families and not think about death.

 

■Purpose of Association

 

We establish an association with supporters for the purpose of preventing a trouble of inheritance at ordinary homes and the escalation of trouble as much as possible by enlightening the correct knowledge or information about inheritance, and our thought of “Happy Inheritance Planning” to the general public widely.

We carry out the following activities to achieve the purpose.

-Provide information via internet, various medium, etc.

-Hold seminars and events.

-Exchange information between members. 

-Activities incidental to the above items.

-Other activities necessary to achieve to the purpose.

 

■Characteristics of Association

 

It is established based on nonprofit and publicness without being aimed for a profit to the business of members. What is required to members are agree with our thought of “Happy Inheritance Planning,” a thought to contribute to spread public awareness positively, and humanity of kindness and consideration for the people who are troubled by inheritance. The person who considers inheritance as only a business tool shall not be admitted to out association.

 

■Sphere of Activities

 

Our first purpose is public awareness. Therefore, the actual practical works such as consultation, consulting, tax, legal are out of activities because we do not carry out activities for the purpose of profit. In the case of that the members are asked practical work by ordinary people, they should handle that on their own responsibility apart from the activities of our association. It does not matter whether receive a reward or not.

 

 

August 5, 2015

Inheritance Planning Association

(Non-profitable General Incorporated Association)

Incorporator/Representative Director 

Junichi Kameshima

 

Inheritance Planning Association is a non-profitable organization to provide information and perform enlightenment activities in order to inform a thought of “Happy Inheritance Planning” and correct knowledge about inheritance to the general public widely.

Activities

 

■Provide information via web site, other various medium

■Hold seminars

■Dispatch of instructors/lecturers

■Organize study meetings

■Other

 

※Not doing the consultation service in the activity of our association. 

 

Association Data

 ■ Name 

Inheritance Planning Association

(Non-profitable General Incorporated Association)

 ■ Address

1021 Minami-Uehara, Nakagusuku-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa 901-2424

 ■ Established 

August 5, 2015

 

 

 ■ Director

 

 

 Representative DirectorJunichi Kameshima

 DirectorKeita Aiura

 DirectorTakushi Hayashi

 Auditor Yoshito Kijima 

 

 

 

 ■ Purpose

We contribute to prevent a trouble of inheritance at ordinary homes and the escalation of trouble, and contribute to improvement of national life by performing activities such as collection and providing of information, survey and research, dissemination about the issue of inheritance. We carry out the following activities to achieve the purpose. 

 

(1)   Provide information via various medium, seminars, events, etc.

 

(2)   Exchange information between members of the association and participants of seminar, event, etc.

 

(3)   Activities incidental to the above items.

 

(4)   Other activities necessary to achieve to the purpose.

 

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