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Excerpts from sample wills in Japan

January 8, 1997

Japanese wills sometimes contain unusual requests, as these excerpts from the book ``The 400-word Will″ show:

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``After you finish a simple funeral, I would like you to grab a handful of ashes and get on a bullet train. ... When you arrive in Tokyo, take a cab and get off at Ginza (in central Tokyo), then find a coffee shop and take a break. ... Then find a nice tree along the street, and quietly cast my ashes at its root.″ _ Mitsuyo Honda, 43, housewife.

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``My dream was to climb a 3,000-meter mountain with two of you, my children, but to this date, it hadn’t come true. Take a look at the pictures of mountains I have taken. If you can find one that looks beautiful, try climbing it for me. And please take good care of your mother.″ _ Shoichi Nakamura, 45, company employee.

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``The list of my assets is stored in my computer hard disk. If you want to avoid family troubles, you’d better turn on the computer now, and pull it out. I’ve set the deadline, so the data will be destroyed if you wait too long.″ _ Masahiko Hosokawa, 41, teacher.

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``Pick the red roses from the garden and use them to decorate my funeral. Put the number of roses that match my age inside the coffin. I have never put make-up on my face. Make sure I won’t be all made-up by the undertaker. Well, since I’ll be meeting your father and some good friends up there, I’ll let you apply that orange lipstick, but just a little.″ _ Noriko Kamokawa, 41, owner of a cram school.

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