Oct 9, 2018 - Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake Survey Results
In order to evaluate the effect of the September 6th earthquake upon the residents of Hokkaido, HMSC put together an online survey to collect data about details of the difficulties that residents faced, how they coped with the lack of resources, and
what might be done to better prepare for a similar disaster in the future.
We would like to extend our thanks to the 75 people (including Japanese and non-Japanese) who
The survey was created by the HMSC and supported by "Neighbors" along with the Hokkaido Insider and NHK News organization, in an effort to improve the government response to such disasters, and to have all residents (Japanese and non-Japanese) become aware of their responsibilities and the preparation required to minimize loss of life and property. Some of the results of the survey are due to be broadcasted by NHK.
The PDF below summarizes the key results of the survey.
We have also received notice from the Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation that a new webpage has been created to provide English information about readiness and prevention strategies for disasters including earthquakes, floods, etc.
The link is included below and also on our links page:
July 31, 2018 - Real Estate workshop full report and video link added
A detailed report about this workshop, including a link to a video from Neil Hartmann about the building of his eco-home in Jozankei, information about several key rules, regulations and procedures regarding real estate, and comments from participants, has been uploaded to our archives page.
July 21, 2018 - Emergency Medical Support Translation System video added
A video with English subtitles about the Kyu-Kyu Tra medical support translation system was embedded on our archives page
(see "Emergency Medical Support System for International Residents & Tourists")
June 30, 2018 - MSC committee meeting
A meeting was held to review our key objectives, target audience, language use policy, and to discuss upcoming events.
June 2018 - Important link - List of medical institutions with foreign language support in Hokkaido
The following link takes you to a PDF file with a comprehensive list of ALL medical institutions throughout Hokkaido that can deal with foreign languages:
Also see the "Emergency Medical Support System for International Residents & Tourists" event on our archives page, where the same link has been added.
May 2018 - Topical news - Scientists discover how breast cancer hibernates
Stuart shared a link to an article about a recent major development in breast cancer research: https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng_afp?k=20180523037173a (Japanese translation available).
Also see our archives page regarding a 2016 event we held about "living with cancer", where the link same has been added.
May 2018 - Website Update
The links page was re-organized into categories. Links that no longer work have been removed.
April 7, 2018 - Inheritance law document
Recent revisions to Inheritance law likely to protect spouses’ lives, interests were brought to our attention by Stuart's wife Keiko-san recently. The following is an account from the Yomiuri Shinbun:
March 14, 2018 - MSC Core committee meeting
A meeting was held to wrap up the fiscal year, and discuss upcoming events and a tentative plan for the year ahead. Kathleen produced the following report about the meeting:
March 2018 - Website Update
We have a new webmaster! If you have any suggestions about the site, please contact the webmaster directly here:
February 2018 - Website Update
I have updated the website to add a variety of links received from other senior help organizations in the States. These are all well-written articles providing a wealth of informaton for seniors and how to care for them. Please visit the Links page to view these and bookmark those of particular interest to you. We are always open to recommendations.
November 19, 2017 - Slight name change for our MSC Group
At the Core Committee meeting held immediately after the presentation on November 18th the committee members decided to change the name of the group from Multinational Senior Community to Multinational Support Community. This change was made in order to focus on supporting all foreign residents regardless of age, even though we will still give priority to supporting seniors who need the support the most. We welcome younger people to enter our group and to share in the decisions that affect the lives of foreign residents now and in the future. Our banner has also been modified to reflect the new name. We hope you like it.
November 7, 2017: Events and Updates
We had a great event in September for which I have now updated the Archive page to reflect what is currently happening with the Sapporo International Communication Plaza International Volunteer Network Project. The project is currently in the test phase and they are establishing a database of foreign volunteers to call upon when needed. SICP has put out a bilingual set of documents for which there are links now posted to the September meeting archive notes along with a report on the full content of that presentation on Volunteer Opportunities for Foreign Residents. Please check it out.