Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday January 12th 2017 – JAPAN NOW Lecture Series; “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”

Our good friends at the Japanese Consulate in Toronto (in collaboration with the University of Toronto and the Munk School of Global Affairs) are continuing their JAPAN NOW Lecture series on Thursday, January 12th between 2 and 4pm at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (Munk School of Global Affairs)  Professor Akihiko Tanaka from the University of Tokyo will be presenting “Japan’s Global Reach: Development Cooperation and Foreign Policy”. 

Japan has been engaged in development cooperation throughout the world since the 1950s. The initial efforts of development cooperation were made to augment and reinforce the postwar settlements with the countries invaded by Japan. Japan’s development cooperation expanded quantitatively and geographically in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of the projects conducted in this period illustrate Japan’s approach to international development cooperation, an approach that emphasizes both human capacity development and infrastructure building. Reviewing the history of Japan’s activities globally, Professor Tanaka would discuss challenges Japan faces in the 21st century as a civilian power.

Akihiko Tanaka is Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University Tokyo. He served as President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from April, 2012 to September, 2015. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and Ph.D. in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has numerous books and articles on world politics and security issues in Japanese and English, including The New Middle Ages: The World System in the 21st Century (Tokyo: The International House of Japan, 2002). He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2012 for his academic achievements.

To attend please register at

Thursday January 12th, 2017 - The First Ichimokukai of the Year Will Be a NIMOKUKAI

Hopefully everyone has recovered from our successful BONENKAI celebration last year and is ready to resume our long-running ICHIMOKUKAI series! We will be starting off the year with a NIMOKUKAI on the second Thursday of January, but will return to our regular schedule starting February.

  Ichimokukai literally means the "first Thursday meeting" and since 1995 it has been the Canada Japan Society of Toronto's monthly social event, naturally on the first Thursday of every month. It is a great place to make new friends, practice your English and/or Japanese, informally network, learn more about life in Canada and Japan, and most of all have fun! Our attendees are ...usually around 50 percent Canadian and 50 percent Japanese, all with a common interest or connection with Japan. At IMK you will receive special food and drink discounts, get to talk to lots of interesting people, and have the chance to win some exciting door prizes…..and get information on Bonenkai and a multitude of CJS upcoming events.

We hope to see you there!

Come early to ensure a good seat!

Ichimokukai (Nimokukai)
Thursday, January 12, 2017
6-10 pm
105 McCaul Street
Units 29-31 (in the Village by the Grange building, south of the Food Court)

There is a $5 cover charge for non-CJS members.

Discounts are available for groups of three or more people

Thursday January 5th, 2017 - Happy New Year and Our Blog is Back!

Hello All. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that our Blog is up and running again. I apologize for the length of time since the last post as we've been having some technical issues....but we're back, so please check in for our latest updates, or find us on Facebook at

Monday, June 13, 2016

July 5, 2016 - The Canada Japan Societys 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Canada Japan Society (CJS) cordially invites you to our 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!

Once again our event will take place in the beautiful offices of McMillan LLP, featuring a spectacular view of Toronto from the 44th floor! The evening will start off with the Annual General Meeting (AGM). An overview of what the CJS has done this past year will be given, along with the goals for the upcoming year and future. Other topics will include the important election of the 2016/17 Board of Directors (non-members will not be allowed to vote).

Our event will also include a special presentation…..topic to be announced. Last year we had a presentation from Japanese sound effects guru Goro Koyama, the year before we featured local wood block print artist and a koto performance….before that a maiko makeup art presentation….you get the idea. Details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Naturally, our evening will also include our always popular ALL INCLUSIVE RECEPTION featuring great JAPANESE FOOD and DRINKS.

TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 
6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:oo…please come early if you are renewing your membership)
The Offices of MCMILLAN LLP
44th floor, Bay/Wellington Tower
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Toronto

CJS Members: FREE (“real” members, not FB members), Non-CJS Members: $20

It’s a perfect time to JOIN THE CJS, or RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP.

SPECIAL OFFER, ONE NIGHT ONLY! Renew or begin your membership with the CJS this ONE NIGHT ONLY and get the following discount:
* Regular Membership $40 (SAVE $10)
* Student or Senior Membership $20 (SAVE $5)

With your membership that evening you will get:
• Free admittance to the AGM (worth $20)
• Free admission to all Ichimokukai events throughout the year
• Invitations to members-only events
• Discounted admission to other events.

For more information or questions, or to RSVP, please don’t hesitate to contact me via Facebook or

Monday, May 23, 2016

June 11, 2016 - Movies at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival 2016

The Canada Japan Society is proud to be a sponsor once again this year at the 5th Annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival, taking place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5), from June 9-23rd, 2016. This year we are proud to sponsor TWO films at this great showcase of contemporary Japanese films - The Emperor in August (日本のいちばん長い日) and Pearls of the Stone Man (愛を積むひと).

For Ticket Information please go to:

THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST (日本のいちばん長い日)Saturday, June 11th, 7PM
Runtime: 135 min / 2015
Director: Masato Harada
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka
Canadian Premiere

Masato Harada’s (Kakekomi, Chronicle of My Mother) powerful political drama tells the little known story of Japan’s surrender in the Pacific War.
It is August 1945 and Japan debates whether to end the war and open up peace negotiations through the Potsdam Declaration. Atomic weapons strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The War Council, established on behalf of the Emperor, assigns popular military general Anami as Minister of the Army. However, Anami has a seemingly impossible task ahead: reconciling his desire to see his nation’s sovereignty preserved and the military’s resistance to accepting defeat with his Emperor’s wish for peace.

監督:原田眞人  出演:役所広司、本木雅弘、山崎努、堤真一、松坂桃李

Saturday, June 11th, 1:30 PM 
Runtime: 125 min / 2015
Director: Yuzo Asahara
Starring: Koichi Sato, Kanako Higuchi, Keiko Kitagawa, Shuhei Nomura, Hana Sugisaki
North American Premiere

Earnest and hard-working, Atsushi has spent most of his life obsessed with his work. Retiring to Hokkaido with his loving wife Ryoko, he can’t seem to figure out what to do with himself. Out of concern, Ryoko asks Atsushi to build a stone wall around their country home and a troubled local boy is recruited to help. Ryoko discovers she has a terminal heart condition but hides the diagnosis from Atsushi as their daughter, estranged for many years, comes back on the scene. A powerful and heartfelt story of love, loss and reconciliation, based on the novel by Edward Mooney Jr.

*Proceeds from the screening will be donated in support of those suffering as a result of the April Earthquakes in Kyushu.


監督:朝原雄三 出演:佐藤浩市、樋口可南子、北川景子、野村周平、杉咲花