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Membership and Donations



Definition of Membership:

A member is any resident of Japan who pays the annual membership fee and agrees to abide by the HMSC rules and regulations.


Types of Membership and Annual Membership Fee:

A person’s annual membership starts the day they sign up and pay the fee.  The database will keep track of those dates and the Membership Coordinator will notify members when their annual membership fee is due for renewal.


Regular individual membership* @ ¥2000

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

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


* Membership cards will be available for pickup at any following event.


Guest Policy: A guest may attend an HMSC presentation for ¥500.


Club Participation: Members of HMSC have the right to join Club activities as long as they abide by the rules established by such Clubs.


Benefits of Membership:


Free attendance to all presentations and yearly social activities.

Note: Social activities are open to members/families only. For special events which are expected to be more expensive to put on, a one-time additional fee would be indicated in the announcement.


Participation in any organized Club activity



To learn about pertinent issues related to health and life in Japan

To interact with a variety of others in English and/or Japanese

To make new friends

To join in interest groups established for the benefit of members

To work with local government and other organizations to bring positive changes in quality of life for all, especially seniors.


Payment of Membership Fees and Donations:


1. Membership fees can be deposited to the HMSC postal bank account.


Account Number: 19000 58457401

Account Name: HMSC (エイチエムエスシー)


After making your deposit, please notify our Membership Coordinator at membership@hokkaidomsc.org and provide the name(s), type of membership, nationality(ies), gender(s) along with the date and amount deposited. In the subject line of your email message, please write: "New Member."


2. Member Fees can also be paid In person at any HMSC presentation.


Refund Policy:


All requests for reimbursement of HMSC fees paid or adjustments for any reason should be made in writing to membership@hokkaidomsc.org and include details as to why the member feels a refund is warranted.  The decision made by the EC will be final.



We look forward to having you join us.


The Executive Committee Members


Ken Hartmann, Chairperson

Keiko Takeda, Treasurer

Stuart Walker, Program Coordinator

Margaret Shibuya, Membership Coordinator

Megumi Karasawa, Facilities Coordinator

Sally Kobayashi, Publicity/Public Relations

The Hokkaido MSC group is strictly non-profit and all Executive Committee members are volunteering their time and energy to give support to others in need.  In order to put on events we are hoping to raise enough funds through membership fees and donations to cover associated expenses. Hopefully, this will enable us to keep social activities and presentations free of charge for all members and the guest donation fee at only 500 yen for presentations.


For those who wish to make an extra donation at our presentations and other events, there will be a collection box for anonymous contributions. If you cannot attend meetings, but you would like to make a donation, please transfer the funds to the HMSC postal bank account.


Account number: 19000   58457401

Account name: HMSC (capital letters only) (エイチエムエスシ―)


Finally, please use the "Contact" link to let us know of your donation so that we can acknowledge it and provide a receipt if desired.

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