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Heir to the throne
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Since we're on the subject...wouldn't all of Hatsumi Senseis "stuff" (scrolls, weapons, money, house, dojo,organization, etc.) go to the next Soke if he so pleased? Aren't all of his possesions considered untouchable by the government if he has an heir that he has named in a "Last Will & Testament"?

If this is the case and Hatsumi Sensei is still making this decision, then what does this mean to the lineages and who presides over them and makes decisions about the future of the lineages?

Will the power go to the government/temple (a board) or is there still going to be an athourity figure (Soke) who has the final say?

Posted on: 2009/1/22 1:48
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Go to Doug's web-site and read the 1/21/09 entry it might give a little better understanding of Japans laws in relation to Soke's property. http://henka.wordpress.com or www.henka.com

Posted on: 2009/1/22 4:45
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Quote:

MrFranco wrote:
Since we're on the subject...wouldn't all of Hatsumi Senseis "stuff" (scrolls, weapons, money, house, dojo,organization, etc.) go to the next Soke if he so pleased? Aren't all of his possesions considered untouchable by the government if he has an heir that he has named in a "Last Will & Testament"?


They are all still subject to tax.

Years ago I visited the site which had been cleared for the current hombu. After we met with soke. He told a story that he had just taken into possession a new piece of armour. The story was that he was at the house of an old guy a few years ago who told sensei when he died he could have the armour. Soke said he then checked the obituaries every day waiting for the guy to die. When he finally did soke was straight over there to take the armour. We laughed and he then said that there were a lot of people waiting for him to die also.

He then went on to explain that the hombu was the first step in establishing the Bujinkan in bricks and mortar. To create a structure that will last well beyond his reign. The feeling I got from his talk was that if the Bujinkan is based on nothing but shihan teaching in various halls once he is not around it is easier for everyone to drift away. If there is a centre around structures then the core will continue to work together and practice there.

I think what is more important to understand is that things are being set up so that this thing belongs to all of us.

If an when soke names and heir or heirs then he/she/they can just move into the role of leading this school of bujutsu and all can continue without all being lumbered with sorting out tons of crap, paperwork and taxes.

Posted on: 2009/1/22 7:34
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