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HMSC Managing your money for retirement 老後の資金運用

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The presenter outlined the concept of his method of carefully evaluating and managing his assets in order to provide a secure retirement fund. He followed an outline which focused on the major points of his financial planning.  Audience members were encouraged to participate actively and they asked the presenter many questions, as well as comments from their own knowledge and experience. It was a lively exchange of ideas. The main points along with links and recommended articles can be found on the HMSC website.

Date: November 18th, Saturday 13:30 – 16:00 

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.


HMSC now stands for Hokkaido Multinational Support Community.

なお、HMSCはこのたび、改名して Hokkaido Multinational Support Communityになりました。



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November 26, 2017 at 8:16 am

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Emiko, Hiroshima Survivor 被爆者恵美子さんのお話し

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Neighbors organized seven talks of Emiko, who survived in Hiroshima at the age of eight and lost her elder sister. She only talks from her experiences, and this time she wanted to talk to younger generation to hand out the truth and the cruelty of the war. She talked to junior and senior high school in Sapporo and to pupils of an elementary school. The last day she talked in Hokudai as a lecturer.


Ohtsu Elementary School 大津小学校



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November 26, 2017 at 7:58 am

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: 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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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.



Wills: there are two main types:


  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.


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.



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May 29, 2017 at 1:24 am