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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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HMSC New Year Party

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HMSC New Year Party was held on January 27th at Clark Center in Hokkaido University. It becomes an annual event of HMSC. Some 35+ people gathered and enjoyed  home cooked dishes which presented us international tastes. This year again Junko and Ken Hartman made us laugh and feel young at heart with their performances, and a Hokudai student danced with us.


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February 1, 2018 at 2:44 am

Christmas Cards to the Philippines

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Dec. 16th at ‘チカホ’, many children and adults made Christmas cards to the Philippines. We will send them to an orphanage in Manila, an elderly home in Mindanao, and a disabled organization in Cebu.



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December 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

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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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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