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Hokkaido MSC

HMSC is currently conducting a survey of Japanese residents living in Hokkaido who are interested in supporting foreign residents, especially seniors.  Please click on the News tab above in order to read the details and access the online survey form. We hope that spouses of foreign residents and those Japanese who wish to communicate in Engish with foreigners and each other will participate in the survey.


The HMSC Executive Committee


Upcoming Presentation


The Last Great Adventure: Growing Old in Japan


Speaker: Wm. (Wilhelmina) Penn

July 28th, Sunday 14:00 - 16:30

Venue: Sapporo International Student Center

Toyohira 6-jo 6-chome

(Located across the street from Hokkai Gakuen Daigaku, parking available.)

Coming by subway use the Toho-sen, Gakuenmae Station, Exit 2

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日時:728日(日曜日)14:00 16:30




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To reserve a seat at this presentation, click here.

Members: free, guests: ¥500 (One can become a member at the registration desk.)


Regular individual membership* @ ¥2000

Special senior membership*   @ ¥1500 (age 75 and above)

Joint membership* (with spouse or partner) @ ¥1500 per person


Growing old in Japan is the ultimate Japan experience, but what’s the best way to prepare? Penn will give a quick introduction to what she considers the top ten takeaway points from her book and talk a little bit about her most recent research on how to make Living Wills in Japan. Then the meeting will be opened up for Q&A and, if time allows, small group discussions.

BIO: Wm. (Wilhelmina) Penn a native of Pittsburgh, PA, has been growing old in Japan since 1973. A weekly columnist for the English-language editions of both the Yomiuri and Asahi newspapers for many years, Penn wrote the TV column "Televiews" for the Daily Yomiuri for a quarter century before her conversion to digital publishing. She is the author of: Self-Publishing from Japan: A Step-by-Step Guide, The Expat's Guide to Growing Old in Japan, The Casebook of Irving and Innocence - The Complete Trilogy, Who Changed the Channel? Sixty Years of Japanese TV, and the children's book Hana the Bilingual Beagle.




To reserve a seat at this presentation, click here.


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HMSC exists to provide support for multinational residents:


Provide regular bilingual presentations on a range of topics, from health to disaster prevention, especially topics of interest to seniors

Hold a variety of social events for multinationals to share mutual interests

Promote international exchange and intercultural understanding


Learn more about us:

Read our latest news here


Find out more about the history of HMSC here


To get involved, learn more about upcoming events or contact us


View our archived reports of past events, or our photo gallery


We work in close partnership with the Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation and are registered with L-Plaza under the name of HMSC - Hokkaido Multinational Support Community.


This group was originally founded by Michiyo Yoshida as MSC under the umbrella of "Neighbors" in January 2015.  From April 2019 it has been restructured as HMSC with an expanded vision and mission to benefit all those who join or attend presentations as guests.  Your participation and support is welcomed.


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