Welcome to SEMI

To all international citizens living in Sapporo:

Welcome to Sapporo English Medical Interpreters’ Group (SEMI) website.
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 3,770 people in medical and health-related settings (as of March 31, 2018)*.

We started this website 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.Therefore, we would like to make sure that you have access to the information available on the internet.

Unfortunately, SEMI only has a limited number of interpreters available, and many of you may already be managing without the help of an interpreter.  We will provide links so that you can access useful information in English, which can sometimes be very difficult to find. We have also translated some Sapporo city webpages and documents for your convenience.  Especially English-Japanese “vaccination questionnaires”, “Parental report confirming child’s recovery from an infectious disease” and “doctor’s consent to return to daycare” are officially recognized and used. Please print and return proper document when necessary.

We hope this website will help you better understand the Japanese health care system, as well as important exams and routine procedures . Ultimately, we hope that this website will guide you in the right direction when you are seeking help navigating the Japanese health care system.

Enjoy life in Sapporo!


Please note if you would like a link to our website, let us know in advance.

*we helped;
2009: 56 people
2010: 113 people
2011: 197 people
2012: 333 people
2013: 393 people
2014: 536 people
2015: 603 people
2016: 850 people
2017: 689 people