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Managing your money for retirement

 

November 18th, Saturday 13:30 - 16:00 (free for everyone)

 

Place: Sapporo International Plaza, Kita 1, Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, MN Building 10th Floor
Speaker: Karl Bergerson, an American who has settled in Sapporo with his Japanese spouse.
 

Theme: The presenter outlined the concept of his method of carefully evaluating and managing his assets in order to provide a secure retirement, which will satisfy the family needs until the end of life.

 

Format: Audience members were encouraged to participate actively asking each other and the presenter questions, and making comments from their own knowledge and experience.

 

Presenter's main points:

 

  1. Create an Excel spreadsheet of all income and expenses to calculate how much cash you have to work with.

  2. Save and invest as much as you can of your monthly cash available.  Avoid unnecessary personal expenses.

  3. Where to park assets?  He prefers working through the U.S. stock market, but other countries are OK.

  4. Minimize investment expenses by not wasting money on expensive management services. He recommends looking into AAII and Stansberry Research which are low cost options.

  5. Allocate/diversify your investments by type in accordance with your risk level to protect assets.

  6. Know your risk tolerance level and invest accordingly. Be ready to get out of a bad investment before it's too late, by seeting a loss threshhold level for action.

  7. Many financial advisors are looking to make sales and do not have good analytical backgrounds.  Therefore, trust yourself, but there are some good low cost services out there.

  8. Manage taxes byconsidering the ramifications of any change in the tax code and adjust to protect profits.

  9. Plan for the unexpected, as bad things out of your control can happen, which could have an affect on your savings.

10. Document all your assets for your legal partner (important legal stuff) - in case something happens to you.

 

The objective of his presentation was to have everyone be able to create a basic outline of their personal financial plan based upon the considerations he emphasized.  Scroll down for some recommended publications and copies of handouts he provided.

 

Reported by Ken Hartmann

 
A Renewed Focus Will Power This Tech Giant Higher
Article handout provided by the speaker.
20171110_Retirement_Trader.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [343.1 KB]
Exactly When the Stock Market Will Peak
Article handout provided by the speaker.
201712_True_Wealth_Article.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [449.2 KB]
Make 70% on the Surest Bet in the Market
Article handout provided by the speaker.
201711_Retirement_Millionaire.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [373.5 KB]
The Rich Do Have a Secret: Here’s how to use it to secure your financial freedom
This article details the 3 basic tenets of investing in order to secure your future.
Retirement_Millionaire_Philosophy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [346.9 KB]

Stansberry Research Review – Scam or Legit? - independent review of Stansfield Research Service

Events held in 2017

Volunteer Opportunites for Foreign Nationals

 

September 30th, Saturday 13:30 - 16:30

 

Place: Sapporo International Plaza, MN Building 10F (Kita 1, Nishi 3, Chuo-ku)
Language: Presentations in English with questions and discussion bilingual as needed.
 

There were several speakers both Japanese and foreign nationals sharing their volunteer organizations, objectives and opportunities for expats to participate as a volunteer.  This was a joint presentation with the Sapporo International Communication Plaza which has begun a project to act as a liaison with the international community to encourage foreign nationals to volunteer, especially senior citizens.  They explained their project in detail and links to the handouts provided at the meeting will be posted as soon as possible.  They will begin registering foreign volunteers and utilizing them in test projects as early as October 25th.

 

The Go!Fly!Wheelchairs NPO described how they utilize volunteers to deliver used wheelchairs to those in need around the world.  One of the foreign volunteers explained what is involved on the part of someone who agrees to deliver a wheelchair as she has done.  We also heard from Father Manfred about the history of his House Friendship in Sapporo, which assists young people by providing a place to live in a safe environment.  Then one of our MSC committee members highlighted a number of organizations which utilize foreign residents as volunteers.  There are many opportunities to help others in Sapporo and those will be added as soon as the details are finalized.

 

Please contact: ken.hartmann[at]hokkaidomsc.org, if you are interested in joining the mailing list being set up for those foreign nationals who are interested in volunteer opportunities.

 

The Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation has completed the bilingual information documents required in order to begin the processing of those wishing to volunteer for the International Volunteer Network Volunteer project.  It is recommended that you print out a copy of the registration documents and bring them to the Communications Plaza when you come for your interview.  All three documents can be found at the links below. The form can be completed in English.

 

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment for an interview, please contact either Yukiko Sakai or Miyuki Baba at the Sapporo International Communication Plaza using the following address: <tabunka@plaza-sapporo.or.jp>.

 
Registration Form
 
Policy of the Project
 
Personal Info Handling Policy

 

Volunteer Opportunities through Organizations in Sapporo
The following organizations might be interested in having foreign residents join them for volunteer opportunities.
Sapporo_City_Volunteer_Opportunities.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [152.9 KB]
YWCA Volunteer Opportunities for Non-Japanese in Sapporo
Looking for English speaking foreign residents to volunteer at the YWCA Cafes and the Christian Center
YWCA_Volunteer-Opportunities.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [281.8 KB]
Presentation Summary reported by Kathleen Riggins
This is a text file reporting on what was covered during the presentation by a variety of speakers.
MSC_Volunteer_System_Notes.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [38.2 KB]

Summer Picnic for HMSC Members and Guests

 

 August 5th, Saturday 12:00 noon - 16:00

 Come and go as your schedule permits.

 Nakajima Park, an area behind the Hokkaido Museum of Literature.

 http://www.h-bungaku.or.jp/

 

  メンバーとゲストのためのHMSCサマーピクニック

 8月5日(土)12:00 から1600まで

 (参加時間は自由です。)

 場所:中島公園 北海道立文学館の裏参加無料

 

The picnic was held on a beautiful sunny day in a sectionof the park which has many huge shade trees with almost no people in the area.  We could eat delicious dishes prepared by our members and guests and enjoy great conversation.  A few members decided to play frisbee and demonstrate their hula hoop skill or lack thereof.  We are grateful for the 20 or so members who took time from their busy schedules to socialize and tighten the bond of friendship that binds this group.  The youngest member present is 37 and the oldest member does not wish to reveal his secret.  The next meeting on volunteering opportunities will definitely be held on September 30th at the Sapporo International Communication Plaza 10th floor meeting room.

HMSC May 2017 - Last Will and Testament

 

Date/Time: May 13, 2017 (Saturday) Time: 1:00-4:00pm (FREE)

Topic: Last will and testament

Speaker: Rie Toyama, international lawyer practicing in Sapporo

Introduction of Rie Toyama (Google Translation of Web Page into English)

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ozoralaw.com%2Fintro%2Fintro14.html&edit-text=&act=url

 

Place: Sapporo International Plaza, MN Building 3F (Kita 1, Nishi 3, Chuo-ku)
Language: Presentation in English with questions (Q&A) handled bilingually
 

 

HMSC ミーティング 遺言書について

日付: 513日(土曜日

時間:午後1:00時~4:00

 

スピーカー:遠山りえ 札幌で開業している国際的な弁護士

弁護士の紹介: http://www.ozoralaw.com/intro/intro14.html

 

場所: 札幌国際プラザ 中央区北1条西3丁目 MNビル3

言語: プレゼンテーションは英語で行いますが、専門用語のリストを配布物として用意します。

 

This meeting was attended by 25 people with a little more than half being expats who have been living in Hokkaido for quite a while.  The presentation began with a one hour explanation of the Japanese law regarding wills and the right to inheritance by heirs of the deceased.  There were six basic conditions for the Law of Succession which were diagrammed and described by the presenter.  Everyone received a printed handout of the diagrams and an outline of the points that would be covered, so that notes could be taken.  Several participants in the audience contributed their notes and the details based upon these notes can be viewed in the Excel and PDF files by clicking on the respective links below.

 

The second half of the presentation had the presenter answering specific questions of interest from the audience.  Those questions and answers have been transcribed and will also be made available through a link here once they are reviewed for accuracy by the presenter.  The most important point for the long-term expats present was to learn that they must research the inheritance laws of their home country/state as those take precedence over Japanese statues unless there are specific Conflict of Law and Remission Clauses established between the two countries.  In that case, it is possible that Japanese law will be followed with regard to the inheritance and taxes.

 

Inheritance Law Statutory Share Portions
Under Japanese law heirs are spouses and direct descendants, and they are entitled to specific percentage shares. This document covers the standard family structures and typical distribution of assets.
Statutory Share Diagrams.xlsx
Microsoft Excel sheet [19.1 KB]
Law of Succession Guidelines and Presentation Summary on Wills and Last Testament
The details in this file cover the outline of a presentation on wills and inheritance covered by Japanese law.
Law of Succession Guidelines.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [163.6 KB]
A compilation of questions from expats in the audience and answers provided by the speaker during the second part of the presentation.
HMSC-Wills-Inheritance-QA.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [283.7 KB]
A host of useful links regarding U.S. Inheritance Law and some for other English speaking countries, as well as a variety of important links for those living in Japan.
Useful Links about Inheritance Law for E[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [220.1 KB]

"The Expat’s Guide to Growing Old in Japan"

 

We also learned that one of our members in the audience had just released a new book.  Please read the details posted on our "Links" page.

 

HMSC January 2017 Potluck Party Celebration

 

 

Date: January 21st, Saturday 13:00 ~ (Committee set up from 12:30pm)

Venue: Clark Memorial Student Center, Hokkaido University - Kita 8, Nishi 8

(South end of the Campus)
 
Once again we were fortunate to be able to use the International party room with kitchen at the Clark Center. Many delicious food dishes were shared as members and guests ate to their hearts' content.  Conversation was plentiful and it only quieted down when the new quartet of Ayako Masuzawa on violin, Rob McGuire on guitar, Kaoru Nakamura on keyboard and Junko Kawabata Hartmann the vocalist  were performing.  I hope to be able to add a video of their performance.  In addition, we closed out the party with a variety of folk dances performed by those present who were willing to give it a try under the leadership and training of Katherine Fujii. The only business mixed in was to ask those present to write down their ideas for future topics that they would like the group to consider, and we received a number of excellent ideas, which will be discussed at the next Committee meeting.

 

Hokkaido Multinational Senior Community (HMSC)

 

Events held in 2016

Living with Cancer (a bilingual panel discussion event)
November 19, 2016
Saturday, 13:30-16:00 (doors open at 1:00; free entrance for all)
Sapporo International Communication Plaza
MN Building 3F, Kita 1 Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Tel: 011-211-2105


MSC held its final event for the 2016 calendar year on the topic of "Living with Cancer." The event had two parts: (1) four 20-minute presentations by panelists about their personal experience dealing with cancer; (2) small group discussions led by the panelists during which audience members could ask questions.

Panelists included: a person who contracted thyroid cancer a year ago that spread to his vocal cords and who now uses an electric device to speak; a person who recently underwent a double masectomy and her spouse; and finally a person whose sister succumbed to cancer after a battle for several years.

Approximately 40 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes.

 

癌と共に生きる (バイリンガル パネルディスカッション)

20161119

土曜日 13:30-16:00 (開場1時 入場無料)

札幌国際交流プラザ

札幌市中央区北1条西3丁目 札幌MNビル3階

Tel: 011-211-2105 

 

MSC今年最後のイベントは、『癌と共に生きる』と題して、パネルディスカッションを開催致します。最初の20分間はパネリストの方々に自ら経験した癌の話をして頂きます。その後はパネリストごとグループに分かれ、直接参加者が質問できる二部構成になっています。

 

一年前に声帯まで広がった甲状腺がんを患い、現在は電子補声器を使用している方、最近癌の手術を受けた方、癌で姉(妹)を亡くされた方がパネリストとして参加します。

 

40パーセントの男女が一生のうちに癌と診断されると言われています。MSCのイベント『癌と共に生きる』では癌を経験した方々から直接話を聞くことで、癌について学べる機会を提供いたします。参加をご希望の方はこちらまでご連絡ください。

 

 

Reports on the 'Living with Cancer' Meeting

 

On November 19, MSC sponsored a panel and discussion event entitled Living with Cancer. Two participants, recent cancer surgery patients, described their ordeal. The spouse of one speaker added details from his perspective, while the final participant supported her sister as she slowly succumbed to cancer. It was a moving, inspiring event full of examples of courage and heroic efforts to cope with this deadly foe. Audience members were able to join each of the speakers at separate tables to discuss questions they had after listening to all the presentations.  They came away with not only admiration and respect for the participants but also a renewed determination to live life to the fullest on a day-by-day basis.

 

Here are some of the comments that were submitted on the evaluation questionnaire.

Small group discussion allow us to talk more.
Very educational & inspiring.
Group discussion with dividing the group was very good & interesting.
It was better & more valuable than I expected.
Let's have more such personal topics in the future. 

Reported by Stuart Walker

 

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What would any professor/lecturer do if they were to lose their voice after having their vocal cords removed? Would they withdraw from their teaching profession as a disabled person? Never has Dr. Osamu Joh, an emeritus professor of architecture of Hokkaido University, thought so. Instead, he has been developing a special IT system which combines Power Point slides and vocalized narration using PC software that converts the text fed to the computer to create a vocal narration. When he talks, he uses an electric talking device as shown in the photo, but this isn't sufficient as the voice is not clear enough. Above all, using the machine over an extended period of time is very tiring. He has been improving this technology and next year he is scheduled to give his lectures once again, on structural mechanism at JICA and Hokkaido University. He served and taught in Thailand for two years as a senior JICA volunteer. He was also one of the first TEDx Sapporo guest speakers in 2011. There are many such teachers and lecturers who have lost their voices due to cancer and other causes. When his methodology is adopted those people will not have to leave their teaching profession. It makes one wonder what it means to be disabled. This is quite promising and encouraging for such cancer survivors.

 

Reported by Yoko Otake

Somatics
September 24, 2016
Saturday, 13:30-16:00
Hokudai Clark Center, 3F
Sapporo, Hokkaido

 

Masako Hirasawa, PhD.,  a certified Hanna Somatic Educator, who has been teaching Somatic Exercises at Non-profit Organizations since 2008, conducted a well received workshop. Her bilingual presentation included a PowerPoint slide show explanation of the physiology followed by audience members actually learning to do the gentle somatic exercises. These require one to contract and relax various muscles that are chronically tight, perhaps as a result of unconscious tension (caused by post-injury trauma or stress), while focusing the mind on internal changes.

 

Essential Hanna-Somatics Exercises

http://essentialsomatics.com/hanna-somatics-exercise-video-library/

 

One of the licenced traines's Youtube video: Somatics for you: Releasing neck and shoulder tension.

 

What is Somatics?
https://somatics.org/library/somaticsfield

 

Dr. Hirasawa invites inquiries and comments about Somatics, and her contact details appear on the Association for Hanna Somatic Education link below.

 

http://hannasomatics.com/index.php/find_a_practitioner/profile/profile_86

 

Those interested in exploring Somatics more deeply can sign up for weekly lessons with Dr. Hirasawa or  read about it in English at the links below:
 
Somatics: Reawakening The Mind's Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health, Thomas Hanna: ¥1373
 

 

プレゼンテーションは、参加者を対処とした優しいソマティックエクササイズと生理学的に関連した学術的なスライドショーが含まれます。

 

このエクササイズは外傷後の精神的外傷またはストレスなどが起因して起きるような、無意識に起きる慢性的な筋肉の緊張を、身体の内部の変化に意識を集中させ、筋肉を収縮、弛緩させることが求められます。プレゼンテーションに参加して、自分自身が彼女から何を学べるか体験してください。

 

Explanation of Somatics in Japanese

 

http://hanna.somatics.jp

 

Association of Hanna Somatic Education: http://hannasomatics.com/

 

 

Bilingual slides taken from Dr. Masako Hirasawa's workshop on his Hanna-Somatics.
The slide content has been translated into Japanese in order to help people follow the content of her explanation of the physiology.
Hanna_Somatics_MSC.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.8 MB]
English and Japanese Presentation Handout of Hanna-Somatic 'Cat Stretch' Exercises.
About half of the exercises in the PDF file were demonstrated during the second half of the workshop on Somatics.
Catstretch_Eng-Jap.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [266.4 KB]

Summer Picnic for MSC Members and Guests

August 6th, Saturday 12:00 noon - 16:00

(Come and go as your schedule permits.)

Nakajima Park, an area behind the Hokkaido Museum of Literature.  http://www.h-bungaku.or.jp/

 

メンバーとゲストのためのMSCサマーピクニック

8月6日(土)12:00 から1600まで

(参加時間は自由です。)

場所:中島公園 北海道立文学館の裏

参加無料

 

About 25-30 members and guests came to picnic, socialize and do some physical exercise. People brought plenty of food to share along with their preferred drink. Some adults and children played Frisbee and with some hula hoops, but most enjoyed chatting and eating.

 

View photos from this event in the Photo Gallery.

 

日時:528日(土) 13:30-16:30 (途中休憩、茶菓あり)
演題:認知症,特にアルツハイマー病を学びませんか
演者:相馬 仁(札幌医科大学,医療人育成センター

英語講演+途中に日本語で要約を入れる予定
場所:札幌市中央区南1西17,札幌医科大学東棟1階,

南1講義室(添付図, #9のビルディング,1階南側)

入場無料

 

May 28th, Sat. 13:30-16:30 (includes break)

"Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia"
Dr. Hitoshi Sohma, Professor and Director

(Sapporo Medical Univ. Center for Medical Educ.)
Sapporo Medical University (S1W17) East Bldg. 1F
Entrance is free for everyone.

 

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), everybody knows this disease name, which is the most prevalent of dementia types.  The main symptoms involve developing cognitive decline due to neuronal (brain) cell death, which is an irreversible event.  Worldwide, the number of dementia patients increases with aging, and currently more than 30% of elderly over 85 years old are reported to be diagnosed with dementia.  In 2014, the average life expectancy for Japanese men reached 80.5 years of age, while for women it is 86.8.  These values are the highest reported in the world and accordingly the number of dementia patients is growing faster in Japan.  Trials of treatment for dementia have not been successful so far.  Under the current situation, preventive action for avoiding dementia and early diagnosis are particularly emphasized.  Through this meeting, the participants’ deeper understanding of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, and awareness of preventive action are to be addressed.  This meeting consists of three parts: 1) watching a DVD video clip on dementia by a distinguished US psychiatrist Dr. Gary Small; 2) bilingual PowerPoint presentation on dementia research, including the speaker’s diagnostic testing AD research of plasma biomarkers; 3) bilingual question and answer, and discussion of important issues.

 

アルツハイマー病、誰でも知っているこの病気は認知症の中で最も多い認知症のタイプです。主な症状は、非可逆的に起こる神経細胞死によるところの進行性の認知機能低下です。認知症患者数は年齢とともに増え、現在85歳以上の30%を超える高齢者が認知症と診断されていることが世界的にわかっています。2014年の日本人の平均寿命は、男性が80.5歳、女性が86.8歳で、この数字は世界一です。したがって、日本では認知症患者が急速に増えていきます。認知症の治療の試みはあるものの、上手くいっているといえるものはありません。この状況において、認知症の予防と早期発見が殊に強調されています。今回のMSCの会では、認知症、特にアルツハイマー病のより深い理解と予防活動の認識を、参加される方が持っていただくことを考えています。この会は次の3部構成にしています:1) アメリカの著名な精神科医の講演から抜粋したDVDビデオを皆さんで観た後、2) アルツハイマー病診断研究を行っている演者による、パワーポイントスライドを用いた認知症に関する短い講演、そして3) 質疑応答と全体討論を行います。日本語と英語と両方を入れる予定です。

 

Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

 

Dr. Sohma began the presentation by sharing an edited version of a speech delivered by Dr. Gary Small which is accessible on YouTube.  I recommend that you watch the full version of his speech because you can select the "Close Captioned" option and read the English for those who might feel the spoken English is too fast.  However, do keep in mind that the captions are not perfect as they are machine generated.  In his talk, Dr. Sohma basically shared abut half of this speech at the meeting.  There is a PowerPoint file which corresponds to the slides that Dr. Sohma chose from the video clip by Dr. Small.  These were prepared bilingually to help the Japanese audience to be able to follow the rapid spoken English.

 

Dr. Small's speech can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  You can expand it to full screen view.

 

 

Bilingual slides taken from Dr. Gary Small's speech on his Alzheimer's Prevention Program
Some of the slides shown in the video have been translated into Japanese in order to help people follow the content of his speech.
Dr._Small_Summary_Slides_JP.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [576.4 KB]
Dr. Sohma's bilingual presentation slides used during his talk on Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia" research
Some of the slides have English notes appended at the bottom which we hope to have translated in the future. We also plan to add a variety of links to interesting websites that provide additional information on Alzheimer's disease and Dementia research studies.
Dr.Sohma-Bilingual_Slides-20160528.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [2.1 MB]

The following links provide an excellent summary of many points made during his talk, and further details on issues that were raised at the meeting.  If anyone has other links which provide useful information regarding this topic, please contact me through the link at the top of the page.

 

Alzheimer’s disease Genetics Fact Sheet

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-genetics-fact-sheet

 

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease: What Do We Know?

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/preventing-alzheimers-disease/search-alzheimers-prevention-strategies#diet

 

Antimicrobial Mechanism Gone Rogue May Play a Role in Alzheimer's Disease

A new study finds that a key protein implicated in Alzheimer’s may normally protect the brain from infection

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/antimicrobial-mechanism-gone-rogue-may-play-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease/

 

© 2016 Scientific American, a division of Nature America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

 

The Rogue Immune Cells that Wreck the Brain – MIT Technology Review - Biomedicine

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601137/the-rogue-immune-cells-that-wreck-the-brain/

Alzheimer's Disease Health Center – WebMD

Men's Y chromosome Loss Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20160523/loss-of-y-chromosome-in-men-tied-to-alzheimers-risk

 

Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer's
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/dementia-alzheimers-signs/

 

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/09/preparing-your-home-for-a-loved-one-with-alzheimers-a-caregivers-guide.html
 

 

Links pertaining to Relationship of AD and Meditation

 

Luders E. Exploring age-related brain degeneration in meditation practitioners.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2013;1307:82–88.

Rosenkranz M, Davidson RJ, MacCoon D, et al.

A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation.

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 2013;27(1):174–184.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26970711

http://news.wisc.edu/study-reveals-gene-expression-changes-with-meditation/

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0062817

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23924195

http://transformationalchange.pbworks.com/f/Health%2BBenefits%2Bof%2BMeditation.pdf

 

 

日時:月5日(土)10:00 - 12:30

講演:シン プルに生きるー持ち物を整理して快適にシニアライフを送るー

講師:川尻  憲司氏(片付けジョーズ代表)

日本語講演+英訳

場所:札幌 国際プラザ会議室(北1西3MNビル3F

 

Date & Time: March 5th, Saturday 10:00-12:30 (free)

Presentation: Minimalism: "How to organize belongings for a comfortable senior life"
Speaker: Mr. Kenji Kawajiri (Chair, 'Kataduke Jozu')

Japanese with English translation
Place: Sapporo International Communication Plaza 3F

 

多くのシニアは長い年月を暮らす間に「モノ」が増え、使わないものまでしまいこんでいる。どうやって、シンプルに快適に暮らすかのヒントが満載。4つのカテゴリーに分けて、整理の状況を説明した。「モノ」どどう付き合うかは人と人との関係に等しい。

 

Many seniors have been living in the same place for a long time and collected lots of things over the years.  Rooms, closets, shelves have become stuffed with items that are no longer being used.  Sometimes the clutter gets in the way, making it difficult to find what one is looking for.  The speaker shared his ideas on how to simplify one's life by following an organized minimalistic approach to changing your lifestyle.

 

PowerPoint Presentation File on Minimalism
The slide presentation follows the steps required to recognize the fact that something needs to be done, categorize the contents of one's possessions and organize the items that are actually needed in the space available. The slides are bilingual with notes at the bottom in English only.
Minimalism-PP-Presentation.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [9.2 MB]

2016 New Year Social Event - January 23rd

 

The MSC group began the year with a pot luck social event to celebrate the success of their first calendar year of operation during 2015.  The purpose was to get to know each other better on a personal level and share perspectives on our future.

 

It was a huge success with fantastic food dishes from a variety of countries, entertainment special special guest artist Koichi Murai who dazzled us with his sumie brushes) and live musical performances by some of the members.  We were very fortunate to secure a great facility at the Clark Center on the Hokudai campus.

 

I hope to add some photos and/or a video clip of some highlights of this fantastic event which served to bond the group membership as now we start to organize more events of interest to everyone in the year ahead.

 

Please check out the "Photo Gallery" link at the top of the page to view some of the activities and people who enjoyed the New Year Party.

Events held in 2015

 

日時: 11月21日(土)10:00-17:00

題目: 高齢者住宅・介護施設バスツアー

ファシリテーター: 西原桂子氏(シニアアドバイザー 高齢者住宅情報センター)

 

Date & Time: November 21, 2015, Saturday 10:00-17:00

Presentation: Senior Housing/Care Facility Bus Tour

Facilitator: Ms. Keiko Nishihara, Senior Advisor of Senior Housing Information Center

 

参加者22名。3か所の高齢者住宅を訪問。様々なサービス付き施設の評価。英語での利用者に対する対応も含む。次の3ページにわたる報告書を参照願います。

22 members visited 3 Senior Housing/Care facilities in order to evaluate the variety of facilities and the services they offer, including their ability to provide care for English speaking residents. Please read the three page report which can be accessed at the link below.

 

Senior Housing Care Facility Bus Tour in Sapporo - Nov 21, 2015
This is a detailed English report on the 3 senior housing/care facilities that were visited in order to compare the facilities and services offered.
MSC-Senior-Housing-Tour-Report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [386.5 KB]

 

日時: 10月24日(土)10:00-12:30

題目: 高齢者住宅及び介護保険の利点について

講演: 西原桂子氏(高齢者住宅情報センターシニア・アドバイザー)

場所: 札幌国際プラザ会議室

 

多文化シニアコミュニティ研修会報告書

高齢者向け住宅について(20151024日 於:札幌国際プラザ)

 

この報告書は、高齢者向け住宅情報センター(あんしん住まいサッポロ)シニアアドバイザーの西原桂子氏によるプレゼンテーションの記録と配布物にもとづいて作成したものです。介護保険を使って介護施設に入所できる方を対象に、適切な施設の選び方の基本的なポイントが説明されました。

 

パワーポイントのプレゼンテーションはこちらで見られます:

 

http://www.hokkaidomsc.org/app/download/11636041/Senior_Housing_Presentation.pptx

 

プレゼンテーションでは、様々な高齢者住宅施設でのサービスの違いに着目しました。外国人参加者の一番の懸念は、費用と介護保険の適用についてでしたが、これについては、ヘルパーによる在宅介護にも適用されることがわかりました。

 

このプレゼンテーションの後、11月に3か所の介護施設を訪問しました。その報告書は以下のリンクからダウンロードできます

 

http://www.hokkaidomsc.org/app/download/11615630/Long-term_Care_Facilities_Report.pdf

 

介護保険の詳細について述べる時間はありませんでしたが、制度を英語で説明している素晴らしいサイトが紹介されました。こちらのリンクからご覧いただけます。

 

http://docplayer.net/12291903-Long-term-care-insurance-system.html

 

このほかに厚生労働省のサイトの内容を説明した資料も配布されました。このウェブサイトはすべて英語で、「日本の介護保険」に関する詳細ページを紹介しています。

 

http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/elderly/care/

 

厚生労働省ホームページ(英語)はこちら:http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/

 

11月に予定されている高齢者住宅バスツアーに関連した話。外国人にとって重要な情報が多かった。主要なポイントが記された2ページのまとめが渡された。介護保険についてのリンクはこちらから。

 

Date & Time: October 24th, Saturday 10:00-12:30 (free)

Presentation: Housing for Seniors and Long-term Care Insurance Benefits

Speaker: Ms. Keiko Nishihara, Senior Advisor of Senior Housing Information Center

Place: Conference room, Sapporo International Communication Plaza 3F

 

On October 24th the Multinational Senior Community held a presentation on Senior Housing Facilities and Long-term Care Insurance benefits.  The meeting was very informative, especially for the non-Japanese members present.  A summary of key points presented with important links to the PowerPoint Presentation file and detailed information on the government insurance system known as Kaigo Hoken can be downloaded using the links below.

 

Long-term Care Facilities Report Summary
Senior Housing Facilities and Long-term Care Insurance benefits summary report in English with very useful links to supporting documents.
Long-term_Care_Facilities_Report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [133.4 KB]
PowerPoint Slides on Senior Housing and Long-term Care Insurance Presentation
The presentation was given on October 24, 2015 by Ms. Nishihara and the slides are in English.
Senior_Housing_Presentation.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [2.6 MB]

Elder Action a senior community support group in the United States recommends the following article.

 

Assisted Living Facilities: Tips for Choosing a Facility and Making the Transition
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities.htm

 

日時: 8月29日(土)10:00-12:00

題目: ワールドカフェ(アイディア交換)

ファシリテーター: 奥田かおり氏(北海道医療大学)

場所:札幌エルプラザ (工芸室)

話者:参加者を6つのミックスグループに分けて次の質問についてアイディア交換

Date & Time: August 29th, Saturday 10:00-12:00 (free)

Presentation: World Café (Exchange of Ideas)

Facilitator: Kaori Okuda, Hokkaido Iryo Daigaku

Place: L Plaza (The room is 工芸室 (Kougeishitsu) 2F

 

Speakers: All participants organized into multinational groups of six for an exchange of ideas regarding the following questions.

 

「今、実行している良いことは?(生活は改良したか?)」

「将来への一番大きな関心事は?」

 

What are some good things you are doing for yourself now?

(How has your life improved?)

What is your biggest concern regarding the future?

 

The items mentioned were recorded for each group after lively discussion and the responses shared with all participants in the room leading to further comments and discussion.  Groups were reorganized and the second question was dealt with in a similar manner.  One purpose of this activity was to establish some themes for future meetings that would address concerns of the members. I also led to a real bonding of the membership as everyone opened their hearts when sharing their feelings about serious topics of concern. This meeting led to a stronger group.

 

For a detailed report on the meeting, which includes a list of the items mentioned by the participants, please access the PDF file through the following link.

 

World Cafe Workshop Report
This multinational group discussion workshop focused on the positive things which add to one's quality of life and the things that seniors are most concerned with regarding the future.
World_Cafe_Workshop_Report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [321.7 KB]

 

日時: 6月27日(土)10:00-12:00

題目:病院手続きと体験(英語) 

講演: 清水直美(元JICA ボランティア看護師)

場所:札幌国際プラザ会議室

 

Date & Time: June 27th, Saturday 10:00-12:00 (free)
Presentation: Hospital Procedures and Experiences (bilingual)

Speaker: Naomi Shimizu a nurse and Former JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Volunteer, explained the procedures related to hospitalization and non-Japanese members shared their hospital experiences.
Place: Conference room, Sapporo International Communication Plaza 3F

 

今回のパワーポイントによる入院手続きの説明は次のサイトより閲覧できる。

 

Ms. Shimizu’s comprehensive PowerPoint slides, which covered all aspects of interaction with Japanese Hospitalization Procedures, can be viewed by visiting the PDF link below

.

Hospitalization Procedures PowerPoint Presentation Slides
The slides used during Ms. Shimizu's presentation written in English give one a good idea of the information covered during the meeting. There are many useful links provided in the file.
MSC-Hospital-PP-N.Shimizu.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [915.8 KB]

多文化シニアコミュニティ研修会報告書 

日本の病院と入院について(2015627日 於:札幌国際プラザ)

 

この報告書は、研修会の記録と複数の参加者のメモにもとづいて作成しています。今回は、日本での入院に関する様々な分野を取り上げました。こうした大きなテーマに対して、2時間は明らかに時間不足でしたが、重要な点はカバーできましたので、この報告書で内容をまとめます。

 

119

 

救急車は日本では無料サービスです。携帯電話か固定電話から119番に電話して、救急車か火事かを伝えてください。日本語で電話できない場合は、複数の言語に対応するシステムがあります。以下のリンクから、札幌市が提供している情報をご覧ください。

 

https://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/emergency/119.html

 

救急車の中では、救急隊員と英語で会話できることはあまり考えられないため、症状はジェスチャーで伝えましょう。一般的に、時間、病状に対応できる病院の場所、現在地などに応じて救急車は受け入れ可能な病院へ向かいます。可能であれば、個人情報(保険証、在留カード、病歴)と入院準備(事前に準備できれば)を持参します。その症状を治療したことがあるかかりつけの医師や病院がある場合は、連れて行ってもらえるよう頼むことはできますが、最終的に向かう病院を決めるのは救急車です。

 

時間外診療

 

夜間、土曜日の午後、祝日に治療を受ける必要がある場合も、札幌市は便利なウェブサイトを提供しています。通常の診療時間外に救急治療をうけることができる病院について、以下のリンクから日本語の情報を見ることができます。 https://www.city.sapporo.jp/eisei/tiiki/toban.html

 

英語のページ(https://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/medical-welfare/nighttime.html)もありますが、残念ながら、夜間、週末、祝日の当番病院のスケジュールは含まれていません。そのため、グーグルの翻訳サイトを利用してスケジュールを確認することをお勧めします。サイト(https://translate.google.com/)を開いて、左側のウィンドウ(言語が日本語になっていることを確認してください)にURLhttps://www.city.sapporo.jp/eisei/tiiki/toban.html)を貼り付けると該当ページが英語に翻訳されます。スクロールするとスケジュールが見られます。

 

The presentation and discussion covered a vast number of topics which have been written up in significant detail with excellent links provided that lead to more detailed information on the web. The summary report on the Japanese Healthcare System - Hospitalization Procedures in PDF format can be found at the following link.

 

Japan Healthcare System Fundamentals
Report on the Presentation by Ms. Shimizu with valuable links to related information on all aspects of healthcare provided in Japan. A primary focus is placed on hospitalization support.
Japan_Healthcare_Services.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [61.8 KB]

 

又、北海道Extended協会からの担当者は75歳からの後期高齢者の健康保険制度について紹介してくれた。次のリンクからその制度について学ぶことができる。

 

We were also fortunate to have a representative of the Hokkaido Extended Association introduce the Elderly Healthcare System for those who have reached 75 years of age.  He later provided an excellent report on all the features of the system. Access link below.

 

Japanese Universal Healthcare System
The government report outlines all aspects of Universal Healthcare for the Elderly in Japan.
Elderly-Healthcare-System.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [435.8 KB]

 

最後に介護保険についての手短な説明があった。高齢者の自立を支えるその制度の主な特徴は次のファイルから得られる。

 

The Kaigo hoken – Long-term Care Insurance System was briefly explained and an excellent file contains an outline of the key aspects of that system which supports independence of the elderly.

 

http://docplayer.net/12291903-Long-term-care-insurance-system.html

 

 

日時: 4月18日(土)14:00-16:30

題目: 日本の年金制度 (英語)

講演: 奥田かおり氏 (北海道医療大学)

場所: 札幌国際プラザ会議室

Date & Time: April 18, Saturday 14:00-16:30 (free)

Presentation: The Pension System in Japan (in English)

Speaker: Ms. Kaori Okuda (Health & Sciences University of Hokkaido)

Place: Conference room, Sapporo International Plaza 3F

 

制度を利用するための条件、今後の変更点などについて、様々の制度に加わったときの利点と不利な点の説明があった。日本年金機構http://www.nenkin.go.jp及び私学共済年金http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/の英語のウェブサイトで更に詳しい情報を得るよう勧められた。この時の質問の答えに関しては、国毎に日本政府との国際協定があり、それぞれ異なっている。日本年金機構のウェブにそれらの説明がある。様々な国との協定が常に進行中である。

 

We were fortunate to have Ms. Kaori Okuda share her knowledge of the pension system with us in English.  She presented on the legal requirements, upcoming changes, along with the pros and cons of joining various systems.  Ms. Okuda recommends that everyone refer to the Japan Pension Service (http://www.nenkin.go.jp/international/index.html) and the Private School Pension well organized English websites (http://www.shigakukyosai.jp/en/about/about02.html) for more detailed information in English. Answers to some questions asked can differ from country to country, according to International Agreements, and they are explained on the website. Agreements with other countries are also being worked out all the time. 

 

札幌の年金事務所では、概ね日本語のみの対応になっている。外国人は日本語を話せる現地の人と一緒に来るのがよい。札幌には4カ所の事務所がありウェブを参照のこと。

 

Pension offices in Sapporo, in general, cannot cope adequately with non-Japanese speaking inquirers, therefore foreigners are encouraged to come with a native Japanese speaker. There are four offices in Sapporo.  Locations of all offices are indicated on the website.

 

年金一括受け取りについての話題になった(日本人には適応せず)。日本で働いていた間に日本の年金を支払っていた外国人がその後、日本を離れることを決めたとき支払われるものである。申請には2年が必要。詳細については各国語のつぎのリンクを参照。

 

There was some discussion on Lump-sum Withdrawal Payments (exclusively for non-Japanese citizens) who pay into the Pension System while living and working in Japan, and then decide to leave the country.  You have two years to file for the payment. Details are available in a variety of languages here:

 

http://www.nenkin.go.jp/international/english/lumpsum/lumpsum.html

 

Report on Japan Pension System Presentation
This is a detailed report with many links provided by the Japan Pension Service. The JPS has recently (2016) modified the structure and location of information in English, so the links were updated in March 2016. There is much more information available in English provided by the service.
Japan_Pension_Service.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [62.7 KB]

Update: On December 22, 2015 The Japan Times (English version) posted an article in answer to questions about the pension system which is worthwhile reading. Click here: Reader's Pension Questions

 

Update2: On April 24, 2016 another article was published regarding a lawsuit and future changes to the health insurance and pension benfits for those who are employed in Japan. It is well worthwhile reading this information as it affects the employer portion of premium payments for part-time employees. It also covers the future change for having to work only 10 years in order to become vested in the pension system. Shakai-hoken changes

 

日時:2月7日(土)14:00-16:30

題目: 税金についての概要 (英語)

講演: 滝谷和隆氏 (公認会計士)

場所:札幌エルプラザ会議室

 

Date & Time: February 7, Saturday 14:00-16:30 (free)

Presentation: Taxation in General (in English)

Speaker: Mr. Kazutaka Takiya (Certified and Registered Public Tax Accountant)

Place: Sapporo L-Plaza 2F meeting room

 

税金には種々の状況があるので、まず日本の税金のシステム概要についての説明があり、その後種々の質問について1時間半にわたり回答する形をとった。外国人参加者からは個人的な経験談が活発に話し合われた。25名の参加者はほぼ半数が外国人であとは日本人であった。1月20,21日両日国際プラザで催される税金の説明会への案内のチラシが渡された。

 

There are a large variety of situations with respect to business taxation, so Mr. Takiya spoke about the Japanese tax system in general and fielded a variety of questions for about one hour. There was much discussion among the foreign attendees regarding personal experiences in dealing with the tax system. There were about 25 participants present divided evenly between Japanese and non-Japanese. A handout was provided for those wishing to take part in individual consultations at the International Communication Plaza being held on January 20th and 21st.

 

This was the very first presentation held by the group so unfortunately there was minimal recording of  the discussion or collecting of handouts.  Therefore, it might be useful to do a Google search on "Filing a Tax Return in Japan".  One site that seems to be fairly good at explaining the income tax system and other forms of taxation in Japan is here:

 

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2206.html.

 

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