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OUC English Lecture Series - May 19 Investigative Journalism in Japan at Kinokuniya 3F near Sapporo Station starting from 6:00pm


U.S. Citizen Services


Sapporo International Communication Plaza

Schedule of Free Consultations for Foreign Nationals

from April 2018



Schedule of Origami Workshops at SICPF from April to Sept.



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Insider News announcements (Free service)

In addition to the fee based Insider subscription services, I also broadcast by email useful information that is of interest to those living in Hokkaido. These announcements are sent out free of charge. They include information about:

  • Public and private events taking place in Hokkaido

  • JALT Hokkaido announcements, a non-profit organization of teachers helping each other through monthly workshops in Sapporo. Visit their website for full program details. The link is provided here.

  • Personal requests, announcements and items for sale

  • Local business information (all Hokkaido Insider sponsor links appear on the Business page) which are of particular interest to ex-pats

  • Travel Alerts and other useful advice

  • Emergency Announcements and Special Newsletters


To receive the free Hokkaido Insider News, or to let me know about a job available at your school or other news announcement you would like to have posted, simply send a message to me at the email address indicated at the bottom of this page. To do it now, just click on that address button or the "Contact" button at the top and your email program should initiate a message to me.


When posting messages to the Insider News recipients 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 will do my best NOT to send ANY attachments from the Hokkaido Insider to the list. If you receive any message with an attachment from my email address, it could possibly be a virus from someone pretending to be me.  Be safe rather than sorry and do not open it, but write to me asking about it.


Please realize that these FREE bulletins rarely include job announcements. If you really 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.



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 some 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 that page is at the top of any page.