The Foreign Section Trust

Help preserve Aoyama Cemetery's foreign section.

The Foreign Section Trust celebrates the international community's role in Japan's history and helps preserve a record of individuals' activities and achievements.

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Founding members

Welcome to the founding members of the Foreign Legacy Society (pending NPO approval) who attended the establishment meeting on May 9th and paid their membership entry fees:

Andy Edsall
Jeremy Hedley
Sachiko Ito
Brian Masshardt
Kristen McQuillin
Anthony Millington
Kate Nakai
Jim O'Connell
Heidrun Maike Roeder
Bruce Sloan
Laurent Swinnen
Noriko Tsuda
Edwin Whatley
Jonathan Wilder

Anyone joining before the submission of the NPO application will be considered a founding member. To become a member, please remit 3000 yen plus your name, address , telephone and e-mail. Further details by e-mail at

Posted by Kristen on May 10, 2005

NPO Establishment Meeting

The paperwork for the establishment of the NPO, the Foreign Legacy Society, is just about ready and Jim O'Connell has kindly agreed to host the meeting to formalize the organization.

Here is the aim of the FLS as it stands now:

目 的)第3条 この法人は、国内海外を問わず、広く一般社会の人々に対して、日本に縁のある外国(人)の歴史や記憶を明らかにし、それを後世に伝えるために教育の機会を設け、それを遺産として保存することに関する事業を行い、日本の歴史に対する理解を深め、ひいては日本と海外の相互理解、文化交流に寄与することを目的とする。
Our organization exists for the good of the general public, both in Japan and abroad. Through our activities, we aim to increase awareness of foreigners' contributions to Japan's history and aid in enhancing mutual understanding and cultural relations between Japan and other countries. We will actively seek opportunities to pass on and protect their legacy.

Anyone who agrees with this aim is invited to become a founding member:

Date: Monday, May 9, 2005
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m
Location: Shinjuku-ku, Nakacho --> 3 minute walk from subway(address and map provided upon request)

What to bring: Your favorite non-alcoholic beverage for consumption during the meeting; alcohol and snacks for consumption afterwards; and your own copies of all relevant docs which will be posted online by Sunday afternoon.

Agenda: (time allowed in minutes)

Elect: Chairman and Secretary (5)
Approve: Description/history of FLS essay (2)
Constitution (15)
Fees (5)
Assets (1)
Two-year business plan and list of projects (10)
Budget (10)
Elect: Board members (10)
Special advisors (5)
Approve: Non-remuneration policy (5)
Going ahead with the NPO and making Sachiko responsible for the paperwork (5)

Gather: Membership applications (5)
Other business: (15)

Wrap up: (next steps) (17)

(Total: 120 minutes)
Toast to the establishment of FLS:
Mingle and schmooze: (until Jim kicks us out)

Let me, fst at foreignsection dot org, know if you can attend either in person or via audio/video (ichat or skype) and I'll be sure you have access to the relevant docs in advance of the meeting.

Cheers and looking forward to seeing everybody on Monday.

Posted by Jonathan on May 4, 2005

Founding Members of the Foreign Section Trust

Jonathan Wilder
Kristen McQuillin
Jeremy Hedley
Sachiko Ito
Andrew Edsall
James Cotton

Posted by Kristen on February 19, 2005

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The Foreign Legacy Society is a pending NPO. Until the application is processed and approved, we will “do business” as the Foreign Section Trust an unofficial group. Be aware no one can engage in activities under FLS auspices, as the auspices don’t exist. Any infringement of this could cause the NPO application to be rejected.