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English Language Online Magazine sharing Personal Stories about Travel and other Topics in Hokkaido


Visit the Jobs page to see the types of recent job anouncements sent out to subscribers.

personal sales    

Personal items for sale such as used cars, household goods, etc can be advertised. Contact me with the details.


business sales    

Local Business Sponsors can advertise their services to the Hokkaido Insider readers.


To view the services offered by current Sponsors, please click on the links or banners below.

Hokkaido Multinational Senior Community

hokkaido insider serviceS

The Hokkaido Insider Services are operated by Ken and Neil Hartmann who have been in Hokkaido for more than 3 decades. You can learn more about Ken and his family by clicking on the PROFILE tab above.

Primary subscription JOB Service (FEE BASED)

This is an "email" subscription service intended for those who are primarily looking for teaching positions or perhaps other jobs for native English speakers in Hokkaido. There is a small fee required for this service, so read the details by clicking on the JOBS tab above. Also don't forget to read the FAQ link which is at the top.

personal sales Service (fee based)

The next service is the Personal Sales Service which helps people to recycle personal items. This service has been used by many to sell used cars, furniture and other items, rather than throwing them away. There is a nominal fee depending on the value of the items being sold and the time involved in getting the information posted to the mailing list and my website. This service requires a lot of time but provides a significant benefit to those looking to sell items. Please click the SALES tab above for a detailed explanation.

Free public service News announcements

The original and still the primary service is the general Hokkaido Insider News announcements sent directly to your email address. Click on the NEWS tab above to see what kind of information is sent out.

subscription business sponsorship Service

The final subscription service is intended for local business entities, especially those run by expats, to promote their business to the Hokkaido Insider readers and have their logos or banners linked to my website. This helps offset some of the cost of providing the free Public Service News. I truly appreciate those businesses, which in turn appreciate my effort to connect expats throughout Hokkaido.

special useful bookmark links

I have organized several folders so that you can view the links for English websites that I feel provide excellent resources. For example, within the Hokkaido Bookmarks PDF file you will see the Living Support folder which includes Dental/Medical Services in English. This is very important information for foreign residents in Japan. Every now and then I plan to update those files so that they are in sync with my latest set of bookmarks. Links to these PDF files appear in the right hand column on the FAQ and NEWS pages.

message for EMPLOYERS

If you know of ANY JOBS available in Hokkaido that are available for native English speakers or non-native with good English or other foreign language skills, please contact me by email with the details of the position. There is no charge for the first time announcement by a private company to have a job announced, but if you wish to establish a longer term relationship to have me help find staff, an annual registration/edit fee of 5,000 yen will be required which will cover a one year period. Please use the CONTACT link at the bottom of this page in order to get in touch with me for further details. This Contact system should open up a write message window in your computer's email program. If this does not work send a message on your own to info[AT], and replace [AT] with an @ mark.

Business sponsors of the Hokkaido Insider make it possible for me to send out the general Insider Public Service News bulletins free of charge. It also helps keep the Job Service and Personal Sales fees low. Sponsors get to submit announcements to the News readers on behalf of their business.

As the sole owner of this service, I reserve the right to decide what will be broadcast, and to make minor changes for the sake of clarity. In general, common sense will be the basis for decisions. I accept no financial responsibility for inaccuracies which may occur.