Welcome to NPO SEMI Sapporo

To all international citizens living in Sapporo:

Welcome to the SEMI Sapporo website.
As of January 7th, 2019, we took a big step forward and became an official Non-Profit Organization (NPO). We are now NPO SEMI Sapporo, formally known as Sapporo English Medical Interpreters’ Group (SEMI).

Our organization was formed in April 2009. Since then, we have helped more than 4,000 people in medical and health-related settings in 10 years. We have remained resolute in our purpose of providing medical interpreters for hospital and clinic visits in order to do the utmost to help the international community in Sapporo, Japan.

We began this website to make the international community aware of the resources available to them. Although there is plenty of information available in Sapporo, most of it is available only in Japanese. For example, you may be wondering why your baby has to take an exam at a certain time or why you need to sign a particular form. To that end, this website was created as a foreign-language gateway to the resources available on the internet.

Unfortunately, SEMI Sapporo only has a limited number of interpreters available, and many of you may already be managing without the help of an interpreter. Where an interpreter is unavailable, we will provide links so that you can access useful information in English that can otherwise be very difficult to find.

In addition, we have also translated some Sapporo city webpages and documents for your convenience. English-Japanese versions of the following documents have been made:

  • Vaccination questionnaires,
  • “Parental Report Confirming Child’s Recovery from an Infectious Disease,” and
  • “Doctor’s Consent to Return to Daycare.”

These English-Japanese versions are officially recognized for use in Sapporo. Please print these documents and return to the appropriate hospital or clinic as necessary.

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

Enjoy life in Sapporo!

NPO SEMI Sapporo

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