TorontoNAJC – January – February 2017 Update

January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm
January/February update

TorontoNAJC wishes all its members and friends a Happy and Healthy New Year. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, December 4 in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church which is home to the St.Andrews Japanese Anglican Congregation. The business portion of the meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi who is Acting President of the chapter.   Bruce introduced the 2016 Board of Directors and recapped […]

TorontoNAJC November Update

November 2, 2016 at 10:52 am
November update

Notification of Annual General Meeting The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC will hold its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church at 49 Donlands Ave, (immediately across from the Donlands Subway Stn), The meeting will consist of a brief review of the years activities, annual financial statements and election of 2017 Board of Directors. This year our guest speaker is Ms […]

Police Carding in Toronto

July 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
police carding

TorontoNAJC has recently completed a ”watching brief” on carding explaining why it is racially discriminatory and a violation of rights and describes how the Toronto Police, Toronto Police Services Board, key stakeholders and the Ontario government responded to the issue.” In 2015, as the public controversy heightened over carding practices of the Toronto police force , the TorontoNAJC Board decided to maintain a “watching brief” on the issue in keeping with its interest in issues […]

TorontoNAJC – Update

July 22, 2016 at 3:36 pm
July report

The TorontoNAJC Board approved a project by Tristan Tsuji to videotape interviews with Japanese Canadians of all generations of their life in Canada. Tristan is gathering background information now to begin interviewing in the fall. Also TorontoNAJC encourages JCs to attend the annual commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagaski on Saturday August 6 at Toronto City Hall ( TorontoNAJC is one of the supporters of the Hiroshima Day Coalition.  

TorontoNAJC – Update

June 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm
Bayefsky/Inouye Tattoo Images

Yosh Inouye, a TorontoNAJC board member, is a professional photographer and his striking photos of tattoos by Toronto tattoo artist Maru who specializes in traditional Japanese designs is on display in the “bayefsky/inouye – tattoo images”   exhibit at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre from May 19 through to August 8.   The exhibit is unique in partnering Yosh’s evocative photos with a showing of delicate watercolours of elaborately tattooed yakuza figures by the late Canadian painter […]

TorontoNAJC – April Update

April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am
Setsuko Thurlow. Photos: Ron Shimizu

At its March meeting, the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC approved grants to the Japanese Social Services and the Hiroshima Day Coalition for 2016. Japanese Social Services ( is a charitable non profit organization which provides social assistance services to Japanese Canadians and Japanese citizens living in the Greater Toronto Area.   JSS provides referrals to available private and public assistance programs, translation and educational services and counselling programs. The […]

TorontoNAJC – March Update

March 1, 2016 at 10:49 am
JCCC mural

TorontoNAJC and the New Wall Mural at the JCCC. A huge new mural reflecting traditional and modern Japanese culture now fills a once blank wall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto thanks to the efforts of artists Ken Galloway, Tim Fukukusa and Darcy Obokata. The painting is striking with its melange of images of samurai and women in kimono in juxstapostion with contemporary anime and sport figures in brilliant colours. The mural is […]

TorontoNAJC – February Update

February 9, 2016 at 8:09 am
February report

Two New Board Members for TorontoNAJC – At its January 23rd Board meeting,   Ms Janet Sakauye and Ms Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth were appointed to the 2016 Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC. The appointments were made by the Board to fill vacancies left by the resignation of David Fujino and Bob Tanaka last year. Janet Sakauye is a case administrator at the Ontario Energy Board and has been active in many […]

Toronto NAJC — January Report

December 27, 2015 at 5:06 am
January report

First, we wish all our members and friends in the Greater Toronto Area A Happy and Healthy New Year. David Fujino and Bob Tanaka resigned from the Board of Directors in 2015 and we thank them for their service to TorontoNAJC. Looking back on 2015, the Toronto NAJC had an active year. Highlights of 2015 were: The chapter ended 2014 with a very well attended concert by Nisei musician, Roy Miya, co-sponsored by and held […]

December Report – Toronto NAJC holds its 2015 Annual General Meeting

December 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm
AGM 2015

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its Annual General Meeting on December 6 at 1:00 pm at the Toronto Buddhist Church with an attendance of 20 devoted members. The meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi, Vice President of the chapter, who welcomed the attendees. Bruce acknowledged the service of David Fujino, who resigned from the Board of Directors in November after serving as President for 3 years. He also acknowledged former board member […]