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public service News announcements (free)

In addition to the fee based Insider Job and Business subscription services, I also broadcast by email useful News information that is of particular interest to expats living in Hokkaido. Public Service announcements are sent out free of charge to everyone. They include information about:

  • Government and NPO/NGO bulletins of interest to expats

  • Public events in Hokkaido that are typically free of charge

  • Local business information (all Hokkaido Insider sponsor links appear on the Business page) of particular interest to expats

  • Travel and weather warnings and other useful advice

  • Legal changes that could affect foreign residents

  • Miscellaneous announcements judged to be of value to all

subscription News announcements (Fee)

Optional Private Subscription News Service - Fee: 2,000 yen/year -

This fee based service provides information about:

  • Private events of interest to expats, which may require a fee, such as special concerts, English lectures, International Meetings and social events

  • Privilege to submit private sale notices of personal items subject to the rules for such sales as outlined on the Sales Service page. Paid News Suscribers receive first priority for receipt of such sales info.

  • Privilege to submit Giveaway notices of personal items, such as refrigerators, which helps one to avoid the disposal fees. News suscribers receive first priority for receipt of such Giveaway items.

  • Right to submit personal requests to the Hokkaido Insider mailing list, subject to approval by the owner of this list. There is a huge variety of such requests asking me to send out an announcement on behalf of an individual or group. Subject to approval.

  • Receipt of occasional job notices that cannot be filled by the Job Service Subscribers

  • Receipt of miscellaneous information that the owner of this News Service feels is of benefit to share with the News Subscribers

To receive either the free Hokkaido Insider Public Service News or the Paid News Subscription Service, simply send a message to the Hokkaido Insider by clicking the "Contact" button at the top or bottom of this page. Your email program should initiate a message to me. Pleae be clear as to which service you wish to receive.


If for some reason the CONTACT link does not work, just send an email message to: info[AT] Replace [AT] with @ mark.

When posting messages to the Insider News readers, I try to avoid revealing the email addresses of those on the mailing list, by placing all addresses in the blind copy (Bcc:) field. However, if you wish to have someone contact you when you have me post an announcement on your behalf, it is up to you to determine the contact information you wish people to use, as it will appear within the announcement.


In addition, I do my best NOT to send ANY attachments from the Hokkaido Insider to the mailing list. If you receive any message with an attachment from my email address, it could possibly be from someone pretending to be me.  Therefore, NEVER click on any such attachments. Please contact me if you receive such a message.


Please realize that the Subscription News bulletins rarely include job announcements. If you truly wish to know about job openings, you should consider a subscription to the Hokkaido Insider Job Service. It only costs ¥5,000 for one full year, and the information and job advice provided is very useful, making it a very worthwhile investment. You can also receive ALL Subscription NEWS announcements and the Job Service announcements for only 5,000 yen combined. Subject to change upon further notice.

When you sign up for the Hokkaido Insider News delivery, I would appreciate it if you could provide me with an alternate email address, in addition to the main address to use for the announcements, just in case I have trouble sending you these notices.

To start learning more about Hokkaido before you come here, or if you are new to the area, I suggest that you visit my personal bookmarks which are well organized. They are broken down into three categories on the bottom right side of this page. There are also special links to PDF files regarding the Pension System and Healthcare System in Japan. Those can be found at the bottom of the FAQ page. The tab for the FAQ page is at the top of any page you visit.