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ENGLISH 特定非営利活動法人医療英語学習支援協会

Greetings from NPO Medical English Learning Support Association

[Welcome to NPO-MELSA website]
“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.” (Unknown; education quotes).
“Life goes on and you learn from it.” (Steve Jobs; Quotations on Courage)

◆To all MELSA members in 2024◆
[Notice] April 20, 2024 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
Renewal of NPO-MELSA website
Renewal work on the NPO-MELSA website has been completed. The new link URL is as follows.

https://www.melsa-japan.jp/

NPO-MELSA official SNS: [note]

The new NPO-MELSA official [note] has been launched and published. The URL is as follows.

https://note.com/melsa_study/

If you know anyone who is interested in learning medical English, please tell them MELSA Cafe Study Group.
We look forward to your continued participation in online and on-site lectures in 2024.

☆The venue of the on-site Lecture [B] (also known as "Offkai") will be changed as follows.
6/26 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 @Iidabashi  Room C (Instructor: Ms. Atsuko Omori)
7/24 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 @Iidabashi  Room C (Instructor: Ms. Atsuko Omori)
8/28 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 @Iidabashi  Room C (Instructor: Ms. Atsuko Omori)
9/25 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 @Iidabashi  Room C (Instructor: Ms. Atsuko Omori)


[Notice] April 3, 2024 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
Now it's April! The best season to start learning !
Why not join the MELSA Cafe Study Group and learn medical English together in the refreshing spring air?

News about cherry-blossom front is often heard throughtout Japan.
In preparation for the new fiscal/academic year in April, MELSA has begun redesigning its website.
The new website will be released as soon as it has been completely renewed.

Please refer to each page of participation and application.
Also, for details, make sure of the date, time, and venue on the schedule page.

rev_2_2024_Flier_online_lecture_1_2.pdf へのリンク

2024_Flier_on-site_lecture_Current_Topics.pdf へのリンク

[Notice] February 28, 2024 (update by MELSA Secretariat)

Thank you very much for your participating in MELSA Cafe lectures.
The information about MELSA Cafe 2024 is as follows.
[MELSA 2024 Participation Fee]
About the participation fee starting from April of the new academic year 2024.
☆New membership and/or continuation procedures
・Please use the application form (melsa@outlook.jp) to let us know your name, desired payment (lump sum or split), and current place of residence (prefecture/city name).
・If you live near Tokyo, please join us for the face-to-face lecture whenever it is convenient for you.
・For those applying for new membership, we will attach your MELSA Japan Post account number to the reply email.
・After confirming your payment, we will issue you a MELSA member ID number #.
・Participation fees for the new fiscal year can be paid in one lump sum of 12,000 yen for one year, or in two installments (6,000 yen each for the first and second half of the year).
Please make sure of your payment by March 30th.
・For those who join mid-term, payments are made on a monthly basis, similar to a monthly fee system.
・The bank transfer fee will be on your responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.
・When making a transfer, please enter your full name (and MELSA ID# if you are a member) in the name column.
・The Zoom entry URL will be new for the first half of 2024 (April- September) and the second half of 2024 (October- March 2025).
・The Zoom entry URL will be sent to you individually via email as soon as the payment of the 2024 participation fee is confirmed. This URL is common to all classes.
・The Zoom entry URL you are currently using is valid until the March classes.
・The URL for viewing the recording will be distributed all at once after all online classes for that month have finished.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the inquiry form (melsa@outlook.jp).

MELSA Secretariat Representative Director, Atsuko OMORI

rev_2_2024_Flier_online_lecture_1_2.pdf へのリンク

2024_Flier_on-site_lecture_Current_Topics.pdf へのリンク

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[Notice] The schedule of March 2024 is as follows.
3/14 (Thu) 14:30-16:00 Zoom online lecture A by Mr. Shishikura.
3/19 (Tue) 20:00-21:30 Zoom online lecture @ by Mr. Shishikura.
3/21 (Thu) 10:00-11:30 Zoom online lecture B by Ms. Omori and Ms. Otsuka.
3/27 (Wed)15:00-16:20 On-site lecture @Shimbashi/room #302 by Ms. Omori .
We are looking forward to seeing you again.

◆To all MELSA members in 2023◆
[Notice] December 22, 2023 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
Thank you very much for attending MELSA Cafe oneline lectures in 2023.
We are looking forward to seeing you again in January, 2024.

Regarding the date of January's "off-line lecture" on-site, Shimbashi Balloon, it will be changed from January 24th to 31st, Wednesday, 15:00-16:20. Please make sure of the schedule.

[Notice] November 1, 2023 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
The second half of the year has just started since October.
The online lecture 1 , 2 , and 3 were held on 10/17 (Tue, night), 10/12 (Thu, afternoon), and 10/19 (Thu, morning) , respectively.
You can join a free trial lesson. Please feel free to contact us anytime, sending an application form by email.

[Notice] September 29, 2023 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
All the MELSA Cafe online lectures for the first half of this year endedThank you very much for your participation for half a year.
We are looking forward to your continued participation in the second half of the year.

☆In the second half of the year
There will be changes to the dates and textbooks for [Lecture @].
For details, please refer to the MELSA website schedule page.
Please make sure to purchase the textbook by yourself before participating in each class.

[Lecture @ by Mr. Shishikura] Changed from 2nd Tuesday to 3rd Tuesday 20:00-21:30
Textbook @ “English conversation for medical staff from the University of Tokyo Hospital”

[Lecture A by Mr. Shishikura] 2nd Thursday (same) 14:30-16:00
Textbook A “Comprehensive Medical English Text Step 1”
  
[Lecture B by Ms. Omori/Ms. Otsuka] 3rd Thursday (same) 10:00-11:30
Textbook B “Practical English Conversation for Pharmacists 2nd Edition”
  
[off-line /on-site C by Ms. Omor 》4th Wednesday (same) 15:00-16:20
Textbook C “Can you say “Take care of yourself” in English?

☆ Regarding the URL (new one) for entering the second half of the online lectures
[For members who have already paid the 2023 participation fee of 12,000 yen in one lump sum]
The new URL will be sent all at once by the end of September.
[For members who have paid the participation fee of 6,000 yen for the first half of 2023]
Please make sure to pay the participation fee of 6,000 yen for the second half of 2023 (October 2023 - March 2024) by October 7th (Sat).
The new URL will be sent individually as soon as the payment is confirmed.

☆When canceling membership
Please notify the MELSA office via outlook email as soon as possible, including your name and membership number. From October, we will stop sending online course entry URLs, recording viewing URLs, and other notification emails.
Thank you for your understanding.

MELSA Secretariat Representative Director Atsuko Omori

[Notice] August 2, 2023 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
The lecture @ by Mr. Shishikura will be held on the third Tuesday from October in 2023 through March in 2024.
Please make sure in detail on "Schedule Page" of MELSA website.

[Notice] July 12, 2023 (update by MELSA Secretariat)
☆ The second hybrid lecture, “face-to-face lecture & online (Zoom) will be held by Mr. Shishikura.
・8/1 (Tuesday) 19:30-20:50 @ Iidabashi Borasen. We are looking forward to your participation.

☆The date of the MELSA Cafe online course may change. For details, please check the slides during the monthly live lecture or when watching the recording. Thank you.
・When holding a face-to-face lecture (off-line/hybrid) at the Iidabashi Boren venue, the start time will be 19:30 and the end time will be 20:50. If you are participating in Zoom, please be careful of the time.

☆ Currently accepting applications for trial lessons (free) in July and August
・You can take a trial lesson (free) only once for each of the three types of online (live) courses @AB during the first and second half of the year, each for six months. Would you like to join us?
・Please participate in the online lecture whenever you are available during the lesson time.
・Please fill out the outlook application form with required information by email.
・You can participate with or without a textbook. There are no materials to hand out in advance.
(However, you cannot participate in breakout room role-playing)
・It is possible to have a trial lesson at the local venue (Shinbashi Balloon), but due to various circumstances, we cannot guarantee whether it can be held every month. It will be held only when a study room can be rented. Please check the schedule before applying.

[Notice] May 6, 2023 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)

・This year, Ms. Jane will not be able to attend in our lesson but we will be able to provide "Ms. Jane's recommendations" just like last year. More natural English expressions recommended by Jane will be shown on the slides during the lesson. She can also give us English interpretation and grammar as useful tips for us.
・Dr. Yit Jean, a former pediatrician living in Singapore, has been working as an assistant, helping us read the text of the dialogue and role-playing.
・The lecture (11:10-11:30 AM on the third Thursday) by Dr. Kuniko Otsuka, a visiting professor at Yokohama University of Pharmacy, is now available for a video recording. You can watch it later.

☆ We held the 1st hybrid lecture, “face-to-face lecture & online (Zoom) by Mr. Shishikura.
・6/13 (Tuesday) 19:30-20:50 @ local venue, Iidabashi Borasen.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Also, thank you to everyone who participated in zoom online as usual.
It was MELSA's first attempt, but Mr. Kazunori Shishikura worked hard from the planning to the preparation of the day. thank you very much. In addition, the Zoom staff cooperated in various ways, including the day of the trial. thank you very much.

[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online]
・6/8 (Thu) 14:30-16:00 "Special Topics in medical English" A  by Mr. Shishikura.
・6/13 (Tue) 19:30-20:50 "Basic & Continuing" @ by Mr. Shishikura.
・6/15 (Thu) 10:00-11:30 "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" B by Ms. Omori & Ms. Otsuka.
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Shimbashi]
・6/21 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 Room#205, C by Ms. Omori.

☆-Schedule for May, 2023

lecture & textbook @, A, B, and C
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online]
・5/9 (Tue) 20:00-21:30 "Basic & Continuing" @ by Mr. Shishikura.
・5/18 (Thu) 10:00-11:30 "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" B by Ms. Omori & Ms. Otsuka.
・5/25 (Thu) 14:30-16:00 "Special Topics in medical English" A  by Mr. Shishikura.
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Shimbashi]
・5/24 (Wed) 15:00-16:20 Room#205, C by Ms. Omori.

[Notice] February 2, 2023 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
-Schedule for Febryary, 2023

"Basic" -textbook @, "Continuing" -textbook A, and "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" -textbook B.
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online]
・2/9 (Thu) 20:00-21:30 "Continuing" by Mr. Shishikura.
・2/16 (Thu) 10:00-11:30 "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" by Ms. Omori & Ms. Jane Hsieh.
・2/16 (Thu) 14:30-16:00 "Basic"by Mr. Shishikura.
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Shimbashi]
・2/21 (Tue) 18:00-20:50 Room#205, by Ms. Omori.
・2/22 (Wed) 13:30-16:20 Room#205, by Ms. Omori.

[Notice] December 28, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
-About MELSA Cafe online and offline lessons for the next year (from 2023 April 1st to 2024 Marcch 31st)

・We will have three kinds of online lessons, "Basic", "Continuing", and "Pharmaceutical English in practical use (including additional explanation of drug information)".
・We have also decided to continue holding offline lessons at the venue of Balloon in Shimbashi.
・Details of the day of the week, time slot, and textbooks will be announced later.
・We will use new textbooks from April 2023, but current textbooks may partially be used.
・The contents of our next year's lessons may slightly change, but we will use similar kinds of textbooks selected by Mr. Shishikura.

-How to participate in trial lessons
・You can participate in each of the three online lessons once for free during the first and second half of the year, each for six months.
・Please send your application form by email, including your convenient day and time according to the schedule of January, February, and March.
・We will send the URL for entering the online live lessons to your address.
・Trial lessons on-site are also available at the venue of Balloon in Shimbashi, but we cannot guarantee that they will be held every month.
・You can participate in any trial lessons without having textbooks, but there are no pre-delivery materials.

-About the URL for viewing recording online lessons
☆ From the second half of the year (since October),
・After “Basic” lesson on the 3rd Thursday afternoon every month, the URLs for viewing each lesson will be sent on the same day by the following Monday at the latest.
・Viewing period: Until the day (Wednesday in the following month) before "Continued" begins on the 2nd Thursday night.
・You can watch all the recording videos as many times as you want during the viewing period.

-December's Lessons

MELSA online study sessions were held as follows, respectively;
"Continuing" textbook A by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday night, Dec. 8,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B by Ms. Atsuko Omori on Thursday morning, Dec. 15,
"Basic" textbook @ by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15.

Additionally, MELSA offline study session was held at the local venue called "Minato Ward Lifelong Learning Center “Balloon” only on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21.

-November's Lessons
MELSA online study sessions were held as follows, respectively;
"Continuing" textbook A by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday night, Nov. 10,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B by Ms. Atsuko Omori on Thursday morning, Nov. 17,
"Basic" textbook @ by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17.

In addition, MELSA offline study sessions were held at the local venue called "Minato Ward Lifelong Learning Center “Balloon” on Tuesday night, Nov. 22 and on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 23.

Ms. Jane Hsieh supported on the online session of "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" on Thursday morning and the offline session of "Basics" on Wednesday afternoon at the local venue “Balloon”.
She taught us how to pronounce words and phrases and helped us do a role-playing of dialogues.

-October's Lessons
MELSA online study sessions were held as follows, respectively;
"Continuing" textbook A by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday night, Oct. 13,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B by Ms. Atsuko Omori on Thursday morning, Oct. 20,
"Basic" textbook @ by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 20.

We are very sorry that MELSA offline study sessions were all cancelled at the local venue “Balloon” in October.

-September's Lessons
MELSA online study sessions were held as follows, respectively;
"Continuing" textbook A by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday night, Sep. 8,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B by Ms. Atsuko Omori on Thursday morning, Sep. 15,
"Basic" textbook @ by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday afternoon, Sep. 15.

In addition, MELSA offline study sessions were held at the local venue called "Minato Ward Lifelong Learning Center “Balloon” on Tuesday night, Sep. 20 and on Wednesday afternoon, Sep. 21.

Ms. Jane Hsieh supported on the online session of "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" on Thursday morning and the offline session of "Basics" on Wednesday afternoon at the local venue “Balloon”.
She taught us how to pronounce words and phrases and helped us do a role-playing of dialogues.

[Notice] September 20, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
☆Regarding the October "Off-line meeting" at Balloon,
Wednesday afternoon lesson on October 26th will be canceled because there are no other study rooms available. Tuesday nighttime lesson will be held as usual on October 25th.
☆For new members of MELSA Cafe for the second half of the year,
・The URL for entering the online course will be newly set.
・Those who wish to become new members from the second half of the year, please contact us by email.
・If MELSA members have not yet paid the participation fee for the second half of the year, please make a transfer of 6,000 yen for the second half of the year by the end of September.
・MELSA Postal savings account number is the same.

[Notice] August 23, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
☆Notice of Cancellation
・Due to the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide, the August "Off-line Meeting" and the Summer Vacation Special Trial Session "Kenko to Eigo (Health & English)" (by Kazunori SHISHIKURA sensei), which were scheduled to be held at the local venue (Balloon), have been canceled.
・The September Online Trial Session (Zoom) will be held as scheduled.



☆Enrollment and participation from the second half of the year
The online course schedule for the second half of the year (October through March) will be the same as the first half of the year (April through September).
The entrance URL for the second half of the year will be newly set.
Members who belong under (A), (B), or (C) will be notified of the new URL by e-mail on October 1.
(A) If you have already paid the participation fee in a lump sum ⇒ No special procedures are required.
(B) If you wish to pay in two installments and continue to participate in the second half of the year ⇒ Please pay the participation fee of 6,000 yen for the second half of the year (by bank transfer).
(C) If you wish to join in the second half of the year ⇒ Please fill in the required information on the application page and send it to us, and we will send you MELSA's account number and ask you to pay the 6,000 yen participation fee for the second half of the year.

[Notice] July 27, 2022 Update: MELSA Secretariat
The date of the online course "Basics" (Kazunori SHISHIKURA sensei) in August will be changed. The time schedule is the same.   8/18 (Thu) 14:30-16:00 ⇒ 8/25 (Thu) 14:30-16:00

[Notice] July 25, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
☆MELSA Cafe Special Summer Trial Lesson will be open!

[A] Offline trial lesson on-site: August 21 (Sun) 14:00-15:30
[Venue Map] Minato Ward Continuing Education Center (Balloon)
 
【Trains】
1. Get off at JR Shimbashi Station and walk 3 minutes from Karasumori Exit
2. Subway Asakusa Line / Ginza Line, Yurikamome
Get off at Shinbashi Station and walk 4 minutes from the JR transfer exit
3. Get off at Uchisaiwaicho Subway Mita Line and walk 10 minutes from Exit A1
【Bus】
1 minute walk from Minato-ku Community Bus Chii-bus Shiba Route 85 "Karasumori Shrine"

[B] Online trial lesson on Zoom meetimg:September 13 (Tue) 20:00-21:30
The Zoom meeting URL, ID, and passcode of MELSA Cafe Special Summer Trial Lesson will be sent to you after your applicattion is arrived and confirmed.

☆ Request for cooperation and efforts to prevent the spread of new coronavirus (COVID-19)
In case of joining the MELSA Cafe lessons on-site, please check and acknowledge the following in advance, before applying and participating.
・ Please refrain from participating if you have a fever of 37.5 ° C or higher, if you already have symptoms, or if you have close contact with a person who is positive for new coronavirus infection.
・ Please submit the consent form when you participate on the day.
・ There is a thermometer at the venue. Please cooperate with the temperature measurement when entering the study room. (If you have a fever of 37.5 ℃ or higher, you will not be able to participate in the lesson.)
・ Please wear a mask in the study room to prevent infection due to cough etiquette.
・ Those who do not wear masks are not allowed to enter the room or participate in lessons.
・ Alcohol disinfectant will be provided near the entrance of the study room. Please be sure to disinfect with alcohol when you enter the room.
・ You cannot eat or drink in the study room, but please bring your own drinking water for hydration.
・Also, besides the study room, please keep a distance from the surrounding people in the aisles, toilets, etc. and cooperate to avoid crowding.
・ Please use the designated seats in the study room to maintain social distancing.
・ If an infected person occurs, we will provide the participant's information to related organizations such as health centers as necessary.
・ Please leave the room immediately after the lesson.
・ Depending on the spread of new coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the future, we may not hold the study session at the local venue.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

[MELSA Secretariat Representative Director Atsuko Omori] 2022/July/27


[Notice] June 23, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)

The first meeting of the Board of Directors and the first general meeting for 2022 were held on June 18.
We are pleased to report the following.

☆The participation fee can be paid on a monthly basis.
The participation fee for those who join in the middle of the fiscal year (the first or second half) can now be calculated on a monthly basis. [example] 1,000 yen per month x the number of months.

The amount to be paid for the second half of the year (from October throughout March of the following year) is 6,000 yen for six months, being paid in advance by bank transfer to the account.

For July, August, and September in 2022, the payment can be made in monthly installments (1,000 yen per month). [example] 1,000 yen per month x the number of months.

☆One "trial lesson" of "Pharmaceutical English"online in July, August, or September
-Participation fee: Free of charge (but you can only participate for the first 45 minutes and leave)
-How to apply: Please e-mail from the application page. Mention clearly "trial lessons” of Pharmaceutical English online and fill in the necessary information
-The applicants will receive an e-mail with the URL to enter the lecture room.
-Textbooks (for regular lectures) / No handouts in advance
-The applicant will enter and participate in the online lecture on the day
-Participants will experience the lesson together with MELSA regular members while watching the PowerPoint slides on the day of the lecture.

If there is a certain number of applicants who want to take a "trial lesson" during the second half of the year,
it will be available as needed.

[Notice] May 25, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
The MELSA online study sessions were held as follows, respectively;
"Continuing" textbook A by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday night, May 12th,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B by Ms. Atsuko Omori on Thursday morning, May 19th,
"Basic" textbook @ by Mr. Kazunori Shishikura on Thursday afternoon, May 19th.

In addition, the MELSA offline study sessions were held at the local venue called "Minato Ward Lifelong Learning Center “Balloon” on Tuesday night, May 24 and on Wednesday afternoon, May 25.

Ms. Jane Hsieh also supported on the online session of "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" on Thursday morning and the offline session of "Basics" on Wednesday afternoon at the local venue “Balloon”.
She taught us how to pronounce many words and phrases and helped us do a role-playing of dialogues.

[Notice] April 25, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
The 2022 new projects, [Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online] and [Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Snimbashi] have started. From April this year, MELSA's new instructor, Kazunori Shishikura, is now in charge of the "Basic" session and "Continuing" session of the online study. MELSA's representative director, Ms. Omori, is the facilitator of "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" online and the "Basics" at the local venue.

In addition, Ms. Jane Hsieh helped us as a lesson supporter for "Pharmaceutical English in practical use" online and "Basics" at the local venue.

The online study sessions were held as follows;
"Continuing" textbook A on Thursday night, April 14,
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B on Thursday morning, April 21,
"Basic" textbook @ on Thursday afternoon, April 21, respectively.

Two sessions will be held at the local venue called Minato Ward Lifelong Learning Center "Balloon " as follows;
"Pharmaceutical English in practical use" textbook B and "Basic" textbook @ on Theusday night, April 26 and on Wesday afternoon, April 27.

From this year, the lesson content (3 kinds of textbooks, how to proceed with learning), the amount of participation fee, and the payment method of annual participation fee have changed for "Study Group: MELSA Cafe".

We would like to thank all the members who have registered for the 2022 annual participation and also thank you for understanding and supporting the new project.

Please make full use of lectures online, lectures in person on-site at the venue, and viewing recordings in order to study medical/healthcare English for one year. Let's learn with us all together. Thank you.

Atsuko Omori, Representative Director of MELSA Secretariat

[Notice] March 23, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
[Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online] and [Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Snimbashi] will start soon.
Ffrom April 2022, we will start a new project, MELSA Cafe online study session and offline study session (a local venue "on site"). Due to the influence of the coronavirus pandemic, we have been suspended for about 2 years, but we will resume the study session. There are changes in the application and participation fee payment methods. In addition, the local venue has also changed.Te nearest station is JR Shimbashi.

Three kinds of MELSA mini-trials; Basic session, Continuing session, and Pharmaceutical English in practical use session were all held online on January 26th (Wed) , February 9th (Wed) , and March 17th (Thu) , respectively. Now, our MELSA office is ready for starting lessons online and offline from April in 2022.

The number of participants were about 10 each session. Everyone, thank you very much for your participation.
We are really grateful to everyone to participation. MELSA received an email from one of members saying, "I had the opportunity to study medical English for the first time in the past two years."
Actually, for MELSA, this is the first time that MELSA has offered an online study session. We know we need to make effort to improve our study sessions online because each study session has to be more fulfilling and attractive. We are sure that we will make very best effort day by day.

[Notice] Febulary 24, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
[Mini-Trial Session of Study Group: MELSA Cafe @Online]
MELSA mini-trials online, Basic session and Continuing session were held on January 26th (Wed) at 10: 00-11: 00 am and February 9th (Wed) at 10: 00-11: 00 am, respectively. The lecturer was Mr. Kazunori Shishikura.
The number of participants were about 10 each session. Everyone, thank you very much. We are really grateful to you all for your participation.
We have provided the recorded videos to all applicants for their self-study and review. One of MELSA members sent us an e-mail saying, "I had the good opportunity to study medical Englis again after a long while."
Actually, it was the first time for us to provide study sessions online. We need to make efforts to improve them so that they will be more fulfilling and attractive lessons.

The next mini-tria,l "Medicines and Pharmaceutical English Communication" will be held on Thursday, March 17th, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. We will also have time for orientation about how to apply and pay the participation fee in the new fiscal year 2022. We are looking forward to your participation again.
We hope you will also continue to study with us from April.
(Representative: Atsuko Omori)

[Notice] January 26, 2022 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
[Greetings and Study Group: MELSA Cafe@Online]
For more than two years since 2020, it has been impossible to talk about anything without mentioning the problem of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
It has had a tremendous impact on the social life of people worldwide. Additionally, nowadays, the infection of the new variant "Omicron strain" is beginning to spread all over Japan at an astonishing speed.
Although MELSA can only provide an opportunity and place in order to support members to learn Medical healthcare English, we are aone of the non-profit organizations involved in the medical field. Despite MELSA is a very small size NPO, we have been continuing oura avtivities until now. MELSA would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone who would understand, cooperate, and join our avtivities The entire society is still in a difficult state of the infection. However, thanks to tremendous efforts of the secretariat, a new lecturer, and asistant staff, MELSA will be able to resume our activities and hold group study online in April 2022. We hope that we will flexibly coexist and overcome an unprecedented disaster with correct knowledge and sound judgment. We are looking forward to seeing you online soon. (Representative: Atsuko Omori)

[Notice] December 1, 2021 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
[The Letter of Thanks Award from the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games]
MELSA has been holding the workshops of [Medical/Healthcare Communication in English] and [Practical Communication in English for Sports and Volunteering] until March 2020 since it was certified as a Tokyo 2020 Participation Program in 2017.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games were scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020, but due to the global spread of COVID-19, the Games were postponed for one year. However, many of the MELSA members who have been studying English for many years were able to be in charge of their positions as Field Cast (Games & Venues volunteers) or City Cast (City volunteers) this summer, respectivel. They must have had a valuable experience and played a major role. We are very honored to receive the award letter of appreciation from the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. While using the fact that MELSA played a part in the "TOKYO 2020 Participation Program" as a source of future activities, we will continue to make efforts to support our members who want to study as hard as ever.
I look forward to the day when our daily lives will return as usual and we will be able to resume the study sessions together again. (MELSA Representative Atsuko Omori, December 1st, 2021)



[The Letter of Thanks Award]
You have made significant contributions to the Tokyo 2020.
We present this award with our gratitude.

HASHIMOTO Seiko
President, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
16 November 2021
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[The mail from the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Game]
To all organizations that have registered for the Tokyo 2020 Participation Program

Please note that this email is being sent to the person in charge via BCC.
Thank you for your cooperation. This is the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee's Participation Program Office.
We hope you are enjoying the early winter season and that you are in good health.
The Tokyo 2020 Games have come to a successful conclusion, thanks to the cooperation of many organizations, companies, and individuals.
The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee would like to express its gratitude to all of you for your cooperation to date, and would like to send you the attached letter of appreciation.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in building momentum for the event.
We would be grateful if you could continue to implement the projects and events that you implemented as part of the Participatory Program in the future.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Please note that the special website for the program (https://participation.tokyo2020.jp/jp/) will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and the call center for the program will be closed on Tuesday, November 30.
We would like to ask for your continued support and wish for further growth of the program.`
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[Notice] June 28, 2021 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
The annual board meeting and general meeting was held as follows;
1st Board of Directors of Reiwa 3rd year: Sunday, June 13th, 3rd year of Reiwa 21: 00-21: 30
1st General Assembly of Reiwa 3rd year: Sunday, June 20, 3rd year of Reiwa 21: 00-21: 20
 This year as well, from the perspective of controlling the new coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19), we made a "deemed resolution (deliberation / approval or disapproval by e-mail and a decision)".
With the majority of approval including the power of attorney, the agenda items have been approved.
[Agenda items]
1) Reiwa 2nd year business report and accounting report
2) Reiwa 3rd year business plan and budget
[Handouts]
Material 1: Reiwa 2nd year business report
Material 2: Reiwa 2nd year activity statement
Material 3: Audit report
Material 4: Reiwa 3rd year business plan and budget
 This year's study session will be completely canceled until the end of September, and the resumption of the study session after that will depend on the convergence of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
Therefore, we do not collect the annual membership fee for this year. In addition, if the study session can be resumed, please pay the participation fee only when the rental venue fee is needed to pay. Thank you for your understanding.

[Notice] March 26, 2021 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
"MELSA Cafe Voluntary Study Group" in 2021
・From April until the end of September: All the study sessions will be cancelled at all venues.
・From October until the end of March in 2022: Holding a study session depends on the COVID-19 spreading status in each region of the venue.
* Venues: Sapporo, Tokyo (Iidabashi), Tokyo (Tamachi), and Yokohama.
* Reasons for decision: The second state of emergency issued on January 7 was lifted on March 21 in Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures. However, the prospect for COVID-19 conclusion in April is still uncertain. It seems too early to resume the study session and thus we have to consider whether or not it could be held safely. Also, during the "Tokyo 2020 Games" scheduled for this summer, a large number of people will move in Japan (especially in the Tokyo metropolitan area). Therefore, all the study sessions will be cancelled until the end of September. From October, judging from the COVID-19 status of each region and the announcement of the declaration of the local government, we will determine an appropriate time to resume the study session.

[Additional report]
・The abstract was accepted for the 19th Annual Meetingds of Japanese Society of Teravel Medicine.
・Title : [Tokyo 2020 Participation Program (Education Field)- certificated MELSA Study Group]
“English Interactive Communication Practice - Medical/Healthcare and Sports/Volunteering -
Changes in the Number of Participants and Questionnaire Analysis (the 2nd survey report)"
・Online digital poster presentation: 2021, April, 10-11

◆To all MELSA members in 2020◆
・Since April 2020, we have been keeping in mind the prevention and spread of new coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19). Therefore, "MELSA Cafe voluntary study group” has been cancelled at all venues. We first give top priority to the health and safety of all MELSA members.
・Amid the spread of COVID-19, we cannot hold a meeting-type study session, so we do not collect the annual fee (3000 yen) for this year.
・In the MELSA 2020 project ““Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home””, we are delivering medical English review questions (PDF) by e-mail.

[Notice] December 24, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
In 2021, all of "MELSA Cafe voluntary study session” will be cancelled in January, February, and March. We will let you know the newest information in detail as soon as possible after the MELSA baord of directors is held.

[Notice] November 16, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)

・MELSA 2020 project “Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”
“Quiz the 100 #6 (6th)” was sent on November 15th by MELSA outlook mail (attached PDF). Dr. Stan completely checked all the quizzes again for us. He helped us a lof for about 6 months. This is the last month we send "Quiz the 100". We sincerely appreciate all your understanding and cooperation on the purpose in this MELSA 2020 project.

[Notice] October 20, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
・MELSA 2020 project “Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”
“Quiz the 100 #5 (5th)” was sent on October 15th by MELSA outlook mail (attached PDF). Before that, Dr. Stan completely checked all the quizzes for us.

[Notice] September 15, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
・MELSA 2020 project “Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”
“Quiz the 100 #4 (4th)” was sent on September 15th by MELSA outlook mail (attached PDF). Dr. Stan continuously helps MELSA a lot to improve the contents of all quizzes.

[Notice] August 18, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)

・MELSA 2020 project “Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”
“Quiz the 100 #3 (3rd)” on August 15th, “Quiz the 100 #2 (2nd)” on July 15th, and “Quiz the 100 #1 (1st)” on June 15th were sent by MELSA outlook mail (attached PDF ), respectively. In the August's mailing, we also added valuable comments from Dr. Stan (former ER doctor in LA, US). It must be helpful.

[Notice] July 07, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
☆About MELSA 2020 project [“Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”]
We would like MELSA members to know the concise contents of “Quiz the 100” here. Because we would like them to understand the rational consideration between the project [“Quiz the 100” de “stay-at-home”] and "charity & donation" so that they can support people who are seriously affected by COVID-19. We hope MELSA members may be getting the opportunity to shape their thoughts of mutual help into a specific form as charity & donation.

[Notice】May 28, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
・ From June until the end of December in 2020, "MELSA Cafe Voluntary Study Session" will be canceled at all venues.
・ The annual membership fee (3000 yen) for this year will not be collected.
・ We will hold a support campaign, what is called,"stay-at-home" with the "Quiz the 100" by MELSA Cafe plan.
On May 25th, the "Emergency Declaration" for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) countermeasures was lifted nationwide. It was 49 days with various self-restraint requests since it was announced on April 7.
Tthe “MELSA Cafe Voluntary Study Session” scheduled for April and May were cancelled at all venues in Sapporo, Tokyo (Iidabashi), Tokyo (Tamachi), and Yokohama due to temporary closure of public facilities and closing of conference rooms. Even after ending the emergency declaration, there is still concern about the “second wave” and “third wave” of the spread of infection, and the situation is unforgivable. In addition, since we are still refraining from traffic between other prefectures and other regions, we believe that more careful measures will be required in the future.

Considering these serious circumstances, MELSA has come to the conclusion that there is no guarantee that 100% of the so-called "3 Mitsu (density in Japanese) ( Three Cs; Crowded places with many people / Closed-off spaces with insufficient ventilation / Close-range conversations together)" can be avoided, and "We will refrain from holding the event with risks." As a result of giving top priority to the health and safety of all MELSA members, we have decided to cancel the study session at all venues from June to the end of December. The events next January / February / March will depend on the status of COVID-19 infection. We appreciate your understanding and understanding.

Below are the resolutions of the MELSA Board of Directors.
1) From June to the end of December, "MELSA Cafe Voluntary Study Group" will be canceled at all venues.
2) Annual membership fee (3000 yen) for this year will not be collected.
3) Using the《Quiz the 100》, a review quiz (100 questions per copy) of medical English already learned items,
We will carry out a asupport campaign, what is called, "stay-at-home" with the "Quiz the 100" .
[Purpose] What we can do now is to keep in mind infection prevention and infection spread prevention. Our daily basic hygiene management and each person's sensible behavior is greatly reflected in the control of the number of infected people in the region and the whole country. Also, indirectly, I think that it can reduce the burden and fatigue of medical staff working at the front lines of medical care.
Nearly half of MELSA members are medical workers including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, PTs, OTs, complementary and alternative medicine workers (acupuncture, moxibustion, shiatsu) and medical teachers. We can have a study session together during normal times, but we would like to thank the people who are currently working in a very difficult situation. I wondered if MELSA could contribute even a little to the society affected by the COVID-19 disaster. You can't hold a medical English study session at a rental facility in a public facility right now, but how about donating to a support fund while taking on the challenge of “Quiz the 100” (medical English / 100 questions to review) at home?
[Target] Yokohama MELSA / Shonan MELSA Fujisawa members who can support this donation.
[Method] Members donate to the "Kanagawa Corona Medical and Welfare Support Fund" (for example, 3000 yen)
After donating the money,
⇒ Please present the receipt of donation (please specify your name and MELSA membership card number) to MELSA by email attachment.
⇒ MELSA will send "Quiz the 100" (equivalent to 500 yen per copy) as a PDF attachment.
Once a month, we will deliver one copy of "Quiz the 100" with different contents (up to 6 times).
[Details] Kanagawa-prefecture homepage
https://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/docs/r5k/covid-19_donation.html

* The first “Quiz the 100” will be sent around the midle of June by MELSA.
* MELSA members who are outside Kanagawa prefecture, and also having the same "Corona Medical and Welfare Support Fund" in the municipality of residence.
Please present your receipt (including your name and MELSA membership card number) to MELSA by email.
*Let’s support for workers in the medical, welfare and nursing fields together.

"Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare materials"
On May 4, the New Coronavirus Infectious Diseases Control Experts' Meeting presented practical examples that we would like to incorporate in our daily lives so that we can concretely imagine a "new lifestyle" assuming the new coronavirus. With the advent of the new coronavirus, it is necessary to practice a lifestyle that incorporates measures against sdropllet infection, contact infection, and short-distance conversation more than ever.

[Notice] May 1, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
Closure of almost all the public facilities will be extended nationwide until the end of May. Therefore《MELSA Cafe》will be cancelled, following the very recent “Emergency Declaration”.

[Notice] April 8, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
《MELSA Cafe》will not be held at all the venues, including Sapporo, Tokyo (Iidabashi/Tamachi) or Kanagawa (Yokohama). The reason is as follows. Hopefully, it will be held as soon as the situation can be converged. Thank you for your understanding.
(1) On April 7, an "Emergency Declaration" was issued as a measure to prevent spreading the new coronavirus. The period is until May 6 when the large holidays, what is called, the Golden Week end.
(2) The target areas are seven prefectures, Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka.
(3) In response to this, the Governor of Hokkaido has requested people to refrain from traveling to and from the seven prefectures subjected to the "Emergency Declaration", and to stay away for two-week emergency self-restrain when they come to Haokkaido.

[Notice] April 2, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
Depending on a sudden announcement of “Emergency Declaration” by the national or local government, any venue of "MELSA Cafe" will not be available as scheduled. In addition, when the situation changes overnight, we MELSA cannot respond to let you know promptly. Thank you for your understanding.

[Notice] March 31, 2020 (updated by MELSA Secretariat)
The situation of the venue for “MELSA Cafe” from April 2020
[Sapporo venue] "Sapporo L-PLAZA" (Updated March 25, 2020)
At present (March 25), it is operated as usual while taking measures to prevent the new coronavirus proliferation. The conference room being already reserved can be used.

[Iidabashi venue] “Tokyo Volunteer and Citizens' Activities Center ”
(Updated March 31, 2020)
https://www.tvac.or.jp/news/50466
The following is the notification from the Iidabashi venue (Tokyo Volunteer and Citizens' Activities Center).
We will reprint it. (March 31, 2020 / TVAC) Disaster Information
About changes such as opening hours of this center until Sunday, April 12
At present, the transmission of the new coronavirus is on the rise, and the Tokyo Volunteer and Citizens' Activities Center has changed the opening hours from April 1 (Wed) to April 12 (Sun) as follows. We will respond. We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for your understanding. TEL 03-3235-1171
《Opening time》
Closed at 17:00 on weekdays (Tuesday to Friday).
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Mondays and public holidays are closed as usual.
[About consultation by telephone]
On weekdays and Saturdays, we will accept inquiries by telephone until 21:00.
(Sunday until 17:00)TEL 03-3235-1171

[Tamachi Venue] “Minato Welfare Hall” (Updated March 27, 2020)
https://www.city.minato.tokyo.jp/kouhou/index-koronasisetsu.html
Correspondence to novel coronavirus infectious disease (temporary closing of city-owned facilities and Postpone information); Temporary closing of city-owned facilities and implementation policy of Postpone. City is based on the situation that an infected patient of the novel coronavirus infectious disease is increasing rapidly in Tokyo , and to prevent expansion of infection, we plan for following policy and adjustment, and city-owned facilities and business are closed specially from Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, April 12.
※ "The thing which continues an infection prevention plan will be important to Tokyo for 3 weeks from now on" on March 23, we assume that the policy of postponement of an event and cancellation of capital sponsorship is postponed until April 12 based on specialist's advice, "the implementation policy by which it's for city sponsorship business" is also based on this view, and, application Period, April 12 and even, it's being done.

[Yokohama venue] “Kanagawa Kenmin Center”
(Updated March 25, 2020)
https://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/docs/u3x/shisetu/riyotyushi.htm
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases of the new coronavirus, the use of the 9 and 10 floor "volunteer salons (including working corners)" is suspended from March 4 (Wednesday) to March 31 (Tuesday) . The suspension period will be extended until April 24 (Friday) . In addition, about the use after Saturday, April 25, we will tell again on homepage of Kanagawa citizen activity support center, so please confirm.
Suspension period (as of March 25): Full day from March 4 (Wednesday) to April 24 (Friday), Reiwa 2
※ As we will tell about the use after Saturday, April 25 again on homepage of Kanagawa citizen activity support center, please confirm.
THerefore, the first date of "MELSA Cafe" will be announced as soon as it is confirmed. Thank you for your understanding.

About the cancellation of Fujisawa venue "mini lesson" in March
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the meeting room for citizens of Fujisawa City Hall was suddenly closed on Monday, March 9th.
Therefore, the MELSA “Medical English / English Conversation” mini-lesson that was scheduled to be held was canceled immediately. We have contacted those who attended the Fujisawa venue as soon as possible, but we understand that there was a problem with the response. Thank you for your understanding.


To all MELSA members;
Recently, the government has issued the self-restraint of large gatherings in public locations due to the new coronavirus outbreak. However, depending on circumstances, unless the venues are suddenly closed or all trains and flights are suspended on all lines, MELSA mini-lessons will be held as our schedule because we have to finish the rest of them at the end of March. As you all MELSA members know, please make sure to take your responsibility for your health. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
(March 10, 2020 by MELSA Secretariat).

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☆2020 Greetings
Thank you very much for visiting MELSA website today in 2020.
We wish you all health and happiness this year and hope it will be bright and full of hope.
In a new year 2020, we would like to introduce our brand-new plans. We are now preparing for a new project called “MELSA Cafe” in order to learn togetherl, instead of mini-lessons which have been held since 2013.
As nearly 7 years will have passed in autumn 2020, we decided we would provide a learning opportunity with more convenient and flexible time as well as reasonable participation fee.
The standard procedure before participation
Please show your MELSA membership ID card and write your name & ID number on the attendance sheet and pay your total participation fee before you start your sessions.

"MELSA Cafe" ; [Basics] , [Continuing] , [Pharmaceutical], day, venue, and time
MELSA schedule will be subject to the reservation of available venues.
Please check the latest schedule under the tab “SCHEDULE” page information.


"MELSA Cafe" ; Pharmaceutical & Practical English in use
2020-April_Tamachi_kusuri_English.pdf へのリンク

☆Unfortunately, all the Games of 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed due to COVID-19. (March 24, 2020)
◆The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Mascots: MIRAITOWA and SOMEITY

Fujisawa City Hall, Main Office Building 5F Lounge; Photos by OMORI (September 13th in 2019)

◆Special News of MELSA in 2017

The logo of Tokyo 2020 Support Programme / Education [Yoi Don!]
We are very happy to tell you about wonderful news. On September 26 in 2017, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games approved MELSA to use the special logo of [Tokyo 2020 Support Programme] / [Education [Yoi Don!]], under the TOKYO 2020 SANKAKU (Action) program.


♪MELSA is now in the Tokyo 2020 Support Program and can use the special logo.


☆Symposium “Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games”
All Japan; Enthusiastic movement toward “Festival and Culture”.




the venue: Nihonnbashi, Tokyo (2018/11/29 Photos by OMORI)

☆Venue of Shonan MELSA Fujisawa: the central building of Fujisawa City Hall

MELSA lecturer Mr. Son and Fujisawa Ori-Para staff (2018/10/15). Fujisawa City Hall Main Office Building 5F Lounge; Autographies from athletes who participated in the Olympic/Paralympic Games and people who support the Tokyo 2020 Games (2019/6/10). Photos by Omori.

Tokyo 2020 Volunteers Getting Involved ? Becoming a Tokyo 2020 Volunteer
Accepting application forms for volunteers was completed on December 21 in 2018.

The Tokyo 2020 SANKAKU (Action) Program has eight themes as follows;
1) sports and health, 2) building communities, 3) sustainability, 4) culture, 5) education, 6) economics and technology, 7) revival and reconstruction, 8) all Japan: sending a message to the world.
MELSA has obtained the approval in the field of education.
The summary introduction about our activities applied there is as follows;
We share the opportunity for medical/healthcare English communication mini-lesson with people who are looking for the place to learn together. We also provide Sports and Volunteering English communication mini-lesson. English is our tool for multicultural exchange and experience. Here is the global place where you can make something special. Could you join us and learn together?.
*According to the organizing committee; the Tokyo 2020 Games has its own games vision. “Sports has the power to change the world and our future.” This games vision is based on the following three core concepts. Those are:
*Achieving Personal Best: striving to achieve their best possible results
All Japanese citizens, including Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, will employ their utmost resourcefulness as hosts to welcome visitors from around the world with the best Japanese “omotenashi”, or hospitality.
*Unity in Diversity: accepting each other just as they are
The Tokyo 2020 Games will foster a welcoming environment and raise awareness of unity in diversity among citizens of the world.
*Connecting to Tomorrow: passing and leaving a lot of positive legacies to inspire future generation
The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan, enhanced Japanese people's awareness of the outside world and helped bring about rapid growth of Japan's economy. The 2020 Games will enable Japan, now a mature economy, to promote future changes throughout the world, and leave a positive legacy for future generations.
According to the organizing committee, applications for volunteer roles will be accepted from the summer of 2018. You will need to be:
*18 years old or above as of April 1, 2020
*able to participate in volunteer training sessions
*a Japanese national or foreign national with permission to stay in Japan (temporary visitors included)
*able to volunteer for 10 or more days
*enthusiastic and committed, with a genuine desire to contribute to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games
*willing to work as a part of a diverse team, and to treat other team members with respect
*Volunteer Strategy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have put together a collection of basic concepts which will guide the recruitment and training of volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Games. You can access it via their website.


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