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Presentation on Seniors in Sweden

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Neighbors helped Madoka Watanabe to make a research on seniors in Sweden.  She visited several places there and showed us some slides and explained about their welfare system. Sweden has an advanced view in this field and participants noticed the differences. Especially for their cares on refugees and other indigenous people are progressing.

After that we made cups and plates with flyers in case of emergency evacuation.

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October 27, 2019 at 2:17 am

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Evacuation Drills 避難訓練

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On 12th of October, some of us joined the evacuation drills organized by  ‘Hassamu Minami’ Neighborhood Association,  starting with drill with wheelchairs. There were about 10 wheelchairs and people tried on them taking turns. In the nearby welfare center, some professionals showed us how to make a stretcher with a blanket and a handy toilet with a cardboard box. We donated some to the Neighborhood Association.


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October 27, 2019 at 1:54 am

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Christmas Cards delivered カードが着いた

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Finally Christmas cards and presents were distributed among the children who have disabilities or the ones whose brothers and sisters do. セブ島タリサイ市の障がい児・者のところでカードやプレゼントが配布されました。船便で時間がかかるのと、障がい児たちはア集まる機会が少ないからです。


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March 31, 2019 at 12:15 am

Researching Care Faciliities and Services for International Residents 外国人のための介護やサービスについて

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March 3rd, Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Kita 1-jo Catholic Church Center

With support from “Neighbors,” two volunteers were sent to visit the Kobe Foreigners Friendship Center in order to research what steps were taken to develop their international  facilities, which were established after the Great Hanshin Earthquake.  In this presentation, Michi Goto, a former long-term director of the Sapporo International Communication Plaza, explained what was learned from the one-hour interview with the director and one-hour tour of the facilities in Kobe.  Ken Hartmann also provided his impressions of the visit to KFC and the senior facilities they operate.


In addition, Megumi Karasawa reviewed the system known as Kaigo Hoken, which covers the majority of the costs connected with senior and elderly medical care support services.  There are many kinds of facilities available for short-term day care and long-term residences with a variety of care services offered here in the Sapporo area, however none of these are truly international.  We will take a look at these from the perspective of the foreign residents who are concerned about their inability to communicate well in Japanese and desire to find facilities that will accommodate their personal needs.


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March 17, 2019 at 3:34 am

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新年会 Pot Luck Party for New Year

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Annual Pot Luck Celebration

January 26th, Saturday 12:30 – 16:00

Venue: Catholic Kita 1-jo Church Center (next door)

HMSC celebrated another successful year by socializing with food, drink and entertainment.  Members and guests brought their favorite dish of food to share with others.  HMSC provided fresh coffee, tea and soft drinks. About 20 people showed up and enjoyed the social atmosphere at our new location.  There was a fun trivia quiz game and live entertainment performed by Patrick Andres and Sapporo Ken on the keyboard as we sang a number of oldies but goodies.



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March 17, 2019 at 3:28 am

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高齢化時代の医療介護危機: 地域包括ケアシステムによる解決策Japan’s Elderly Medical Care Crisis and Comprehensive Community Care Solution

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November 17th, Saturday 14:30 – 17:00

Venue: Hokkai-Gakuen University

Main Speaker: Dr. Gaku Suzuki, Director of Suzuki Medical Group, Sapporo

Dr Suzuki’s well-received talk was conducted in English, with Japanese and English slides shown simultaneously, followed by a bilingual Q&A session.The original subject matter of the presentation is included below, and a detailed report of the breadth of topics Dr Suzuki covered –  from Japan’s low birthrate and aging society, to the response of the Japanese government to these issues, to  Dr. Suzuki’s group’s community based care system in Kiyota Ward – is attached below.Along with the report, the original presentation slides, and notes taking during the meeting in both English and Japanese, are attached below this note for your perusal.


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March 17, 2019 at 3:21 am

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夏の交流イベント Socializing in Maruyama

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MSC Lunch at Biidama (+ walk in Maruyama Park)

September 17th, Monday (national holiday) 12:00 – 15:00

Venue: Biidama

To celebrate the beautiful September weather that we typically experience in Sapporo, MSC scheduled a lunch gathering, followed by a walk in Maruyama Park for those who were willing.Biidama Cafe was exclusively reserved for MSC and about 18 members showed up.  Thanks to those who took advantage of this opportunity to socialize with friends and get in some exercise in Maruyama Park.



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March 17, 2019 at 3:10 am