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

Current News

March 31, 2018 - MSC Core committee meeting

December 23, 2018 the Core Committee met at the Catholic Community Center to discuss plans for the Annual "Pot Luck Party" to be held on January 26 from 12:00 to 4:00pm to celebrate a successful 2018.  Details were discussed and when these are confirmed it will be announced.


Next we discussed the topic for the next presenation which is being scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd.  We need to confirm the availability of the most desirable facility. The theme will encompass a presentation on the visit to the Hana Group Home and Rehabilitation Care Facility run by the Kobe Friendship Center, the Kaigo Hoken system which everyone imust be enrolled in and a discussion of the types of facilities that seniors and the elderly would like to see made available for foreign residents in Sapporo.  More details will be coming out on this theme as they develop.


Finally, the Committee Members present decided to delay the implementation of the next Bus Tour being planned to tour several medical facilities for Day Care and extended periods of stay by those in need of such medical care support.


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 responded. 

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. 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:


Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake Survey - Summary of Responses
Details of the responses to the survey produced by the HMSC, with support from Neighbors, Hokkaido Insider and NHK News organization, regarding the September 6th earthquake in Hokkaido.
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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: (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:

Inheritance law revisions - account by the Yomiuri Shinbun
An account by the Yomiuri Shinbun regarding inheritance law revisions, published Feb 2018
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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:

Report on items discussed at the Core Committee Meeting
Summary of the annual treasurer's report, plans for the fiscal year beginning April 2018, and ongoing projects.
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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.

Report on the items discussed at the Core Committee Meeting
Summary of future program topics being considered for presentation during 2018.
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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.

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