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HMSC Meeting on ‘Volunteer’

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On 30th September the meeting talking about ‘volunteer’ was held with the cooperation of Sapporo International Communication Plaza. Some 20+ members attended and listened to SICP’s  registration system of volunteers of foreign nationals.

Followed by showing slides on ‘Go!Fly!Wheelchairs’ which deliver wheelchairs through the hands of travelers to developing countries by Michiyo Yoshida and Cindy Edwards.

Father Manfred from Rumoi joined and shared his experiences with House Friendship in Sapporo opened up to students from any country of any religion. He kept telling us the spirits of friendship; Because you are here, I’m here.

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October 2, 2017 at 12:15 am

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Volunteer Opportunites for Foreign Nationals 外国籍シニアのボランティア

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September 30th, Saturday 13:30 – 16:30 at MN Building 10F (Kita 1 Nishi3, Chuoku)

There will be several speakers both Japanese and foreign nationals sharing their volunteer organizations and opportunities for expats to participate as a volunteer. This is 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 will explain their project. Other members of the Multinational Senior Community will also share their volunteer experiences.

Please contact: ken.hartman@hokkaidomsc.org to join the special mailing list being set up for those foreign nationals who are interested in volunteer opportunities.

 

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September 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

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HMSC Picnic 多国籍シニアの会ピクニック

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Old and young, in wheelchair or cast, different nationalities

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August 6, 2017 at 7:34 am

Terumi coming from Kenya てるさん札幌へ

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今年もケニアからてるさんがやってきます。会いにきてください。

Please come and meet Terumi from Kenya.

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June 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

HMSC meeting ‘Japanese law on last will and testament’

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The presentation on Japanese law on last will and testament was held on  May 13 at Sapporo International Plaza. The speaker is Ms. Rie Tohyama, attorney-at-law. There were 25 people in attendance of which 14 were expats who have been living in Hokkaido for quite a while.

5月13日に2017年度1回目の多文化シニアコミュニティ(HMSC)の勉強会が開かれた。遠山弁護士から日本の法律に基づいた遺言、相続といった内容での講演をいただいた。

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Wills: there are two main types:

前半は弁護士からの細かい説明、熱心に聞く参加者たちです。

  1. Holographic: it must be handwritten, contain the year, month and day of composition, and must be signed and, preferably,  stamped with a personal seal. It should then be placed in an envelope and sealed and put in a safe place. No witnesses are required. When the writer of the will dies, whoever finds the will should take it unopened to the Family Court. The judge of the Family Court will summon the heirs, who must appear in person, and read the will out loud to them.
  2. Notarized: it is advisable to write a will by using a notary public. The will writer should go to the notary’s office and instruct the notary on the terms of his desired will. The notary will compose the will on a computer and give it to the will writer for signature and seal. There must be two witnesses to the signing. Clerks from the notary’s office can serve as witnesses for a fee of ¥5000 each. The notarized will will be kept in the notary’s office thereafter.

Inheritance tax: before the estate is taxed, ¥30 million will be deducted from its value plus ¥6 million for each heir named in the will.

後半はたくさんの質問が出たが、細かい内容については、以下のウェブサイトをごらんください。 www.hokkaidomsc.org

It was a very lively session after the break, and the speaker pointed out that being a foreigner in Japan makes the preparation of a will more complicated, and is more necessary, especially if the foreigner owns property in Japan. It was recommended that expats have a will made in both their home country and in Japan, and the contents should be identical.  If there are questions regarding jurisdiction and inheritance between countries or states, these questions can only be resolved through the “Conflict of Law and Remission Clauses” which countries have established between each other.  It was advised that each foreigner research the Inheritance laws pertaining to their home country/state in order to write a will that will be written in such a way to avoid problems after one’s death.

日本で暮らす外国籍の人にとっては「遺言書」を作ることは重要で、母国と日本の両側で作成が望ましく、具体的な内容とする。国により法律が異なるため、法律抵触条項に従って解決されるべき課題もある。

大変有意義なお話しと議論でした。

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May 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

Thanks for the fund 廣西財団からの寄付

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Hironishi-loginet Foundation supported HMSC events and creating website. We do appreciate itvery much.

廣西ロジネット財団による基金のおかげで、ネイバーズの活動のうち、外国人高齢者の会関係のものは円滑に進めて来られました。ここに感謝をいたします。

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March 18, 2017 at 6:38 am

Living with Cancer 癌と生きる

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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,

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)

2016年11月19日 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

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。

約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。

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Dr. Joh using a device to cover his lost voice

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March 18, 2017 at 6:31 am