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Minimalism Presentation at Int'l Comm. Plaza

Emergency Medical Support System for International Residents and Tourists

April 21st, Saturday 14:00 - 16:00

Venue: Sapporo Public Health Center, WEST 19, 2F Conference Room

Odori Nishi 19, Chuo-ku, Sapporo (use Exit 1 at Nishi 18-chome Subway Station)

The Emergency Relief Center is located on the ground floor of this building.

Google Map (short URL) https://goo.gl/maps/KDNa3WFtczS2


Main Speaker: Dr. Koichi Yano, Director General, Public Health Office, City of Sapporo


This presentation will be conducted primarily in English as it is intended for all foreign residents living in the area.  It is recognized that many Japanese people will also be interested in attending.  Therefore, handout materials will be provided in Japanese and English. In addition, the speaker invites questions in either Japanese or English.


The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the #7119 system which has been implemented in Sapporo to support those who require medical consultation.  This multilanguage system was started more than a year ago and includes support for several languages besides English.  A major concern is when foreign residents and tourists require assistance at night or on weekends and holidays, if they are unable to communicate well in Japanese.


The Sapporo Medical Association operates the Emergency Relief Center which is a facility at WEST 19 established to provide assistance to foreigners during those times. Emergency medical staff such as ambulance personnel can also communicate with non-Japanese speakers by utilizing a Multilanguage Voice Translation device, which helps them respond to those foreigners in need of emergency medical treatment.


Ms. Saori Kitama, Sapporo English Medical Interpreter (SEMI)


In addition, Ms. Kitama will introduce the organization known as SEMI, which consists of volunteer interpreters willing to help foreigners who are unable to communicate in Japanese when medical attention is required.  After her short presentation there will be a break which will be followed by representatives of the Fire Department, who will demonstrate the use of the medical consultation and  Voice Translation systems using volunteers from the audience.


The meeting is free and open to the public.  We ask that those planning to come make a reservation as seating is limited and sufficient handouts need to be prepared.


Please enter "Reservation for the April 21st Presentation" in the Subject: field of your email, and indicate the names of those planning to attend.


Contact: reservation@hokkaidomsc.org


Dr. Yano Bio-data:

  •       M.D. from Asahikawa Medical University (1980)
  •      Post graduate of Pediatric, Asahikawa Medical University (1980-1984)
  •      Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Asahikawa Medical University (1985-1992)
  •      Visiting associate, National Institute of Health, U.S.A. (1992-1995)
  •       Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics, Asahikawa Medical University (1997-1999)
  •       Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Nayoro Municipal Hospital (1999-2003)
  •       Director, Health Services, Department of Health and Welfare, City of Sapporo(2003-2005)
  •       Director, Institute of Public Health, City of Sapporo (2007-2010)
  •       Director, Public Health Office, City of Sapporo (2010-2014)
  •       Director General, Public Health Office and Institute of Public Health, City of Sapporo (2017-)


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