Designed by Thomas Zimmerman Supporting Seniors in Hokkaido
             Designed by Thomas Zimmerman                                                             Supporting Seniors in Hokkaido

About Us

The seed for this organization began to sprout when several Japanese women wanted to help a senior foreign resident who was having trouble communicating in Japanese when visiting the hospital for a serious health condition, which required difficult decisions to be made. These women realized that a lot of foreigners who had been living in the area for some time could not understand well enough many of the details concerning taxes, pensions, health care, housing, etc.

Of course there are people of many different nationalities interested in learning about these topics, so it was decided to use English as the common language for communication. However, we typically book bilingual presenters or monolingual speakers with translators on hand to explain difficult concepts and facilitate questions and answers in both languages. It is important to ensure that someone proficient in both English and Japanese is present at all events, because many Japanese members are also very interested in learning more about the details of each topic. Additionally, we request that presenters provide bilingual materials (e.g. handouts) if possible.


After three full years of operation, MSC now has a multinational committee of 10 volunteers working together to put on approximately bimonthly events.  These presentation and social events have succeeded in helping all of us learn a lot about the society in which we live and to understand each other much better than we had ever imagined.  We advocate for those who need our help. We have discovered that even a little help can go a long way to improving the lives of many.


That is why we are especially happy to find new volunteers who share our commitment to helping others in the world. A helping hand is always greatly appreciated!


If you feel you can help, then please do not hesitate to contact us


We are always looking for those who would like to share their expertise and experiences with our group members as speakers or serving on the committee.  For seniors, the learning process will never stop. For those of you who feel you do not have enough time to help, we hope you will consider donating funds to help us cover the expenses associated with putting on meetings, presentations and other events. All donations are used to cover real expenses and no member receives any money for their time and service.  Please visit the Donations page for more details.


We are most grateful for the support provided by Neighbors and the Sapporo Int'l Communication Plaza.


Sponsors: Neighbors

Sapporo International Communication Plaza
















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