Welcome to the SEMI (Sapporo English Medical Interpreters’ Group) homepage.
SEMI is an organization composed of individuals who strive to help the international community in Sapporo, Japan, by providing medical interpreters for your hospital and clinic visits.
Our organization was formed in April 2009. Since then, we have helped 3,081 people in medical and health-related settings. (as of March 31, 2017)*
We started this homepage so that you are aware of the resources available to you. Although there is plenty of information available in Sapporo, most of it is available only in Japanese. You may be wondering why your baby has to take an exam at a certain time, or why you need to sign a form whose purpose you do not completely understand. Many of you may be managing without the help of an interpreter. SEMI unfortunately only has a limited number of interpreters available.
Therefore, we would like to make sure that you have access to the information available on the internet. We will provide links so that you can access useful information in English, which can sometimes be very difficult to find. We also translated some Sapporo city homepages for your convenience.
We hope this homepage will help you better understand the Japanese health care system and important routine procedures and exams. Ultimately, we hope that this homepage will guide you in the right direction when you are seeking help navigating the Japanese health care system.
Enjoy life in Sapporo!
SEMI (Sapporo English Medical Interpreters’ Group)
2009: 56 people
2010: 113 people
2011: 197 people
2012: 333 people
2013: 393 people
2014: 536 people
2015: 603 people
2016: 850 people