President’s Report – May 2013

May 31, 2013 at 2:52 am

Aki Namba and Fred Sasaki

On Tuesday, April 16th at the Momiji Health Care Facility, a re-conferral ceremony was held. Aki Namba and Fred Sasaki were given their honorary bachelor of commerce degrees by the University of British Columbia. I had the pleasure of bringing greetings on behalf of our Chapter. Dean Robert Helsley, Sauder School of Business, presented the hoods and certificates on behalf of the University since both gentlemen were not able to attend the May 2012 convocation held in Vancouver.

On behalf of the NAJC, I congratulated Aki Namba and Fred Sasaki as well I expressed my appreciation to the University of British Columbia for this important gesture of reconciliation. It is a fitting start to celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the historic Redress Settlement between the Government of Canada and the National Association of Japanese Canadians.

In my remarks, I noted the important role played by Tosh and Mary Kitagawa who began the confirmation process. Thanks must also go to Addie Kobayashi who organized the event for the Toronto Chapter and to Rose Aihoshi and Susan Hidaka for their support in ensuring that the room and refreshments for those in attendance were looked after and thanks also to Fred Sasaki who generously hosted the dinner after the ceremonies.

I invite you to visit the special site created by UBC which gives you the revised biographies of the Japanese Canadian students. Please visit:


Kay Honda 

The NAJC and the Hamilton Chapter in particular has lost a long serving member of our family. Kay was a veteran of the Redress campaign and worked tirelessly to fight for issues of human rights and for the preservation of our Nikkei community in the Golden Horseshoe. I treasured our numerous telephone conversations over the years and her support of my nomination for President in 2010. Floral tributes from the national and Toronto chapter were sent to her funeral. There was a steady stream of well-wishers at the visitation and I understand that over 480 people paid their respects at the visitation and funeral service. Condolences go out to her husband Roy and family members.


Terry Watada Lecture and Exhibition

On April 3rd, Robarts Library of the University of Toronto held a lecture by Terry Watada and an exhibition of his collection which was donated to the University’s Asian Canadian Archival Collection. I was pleased to introduce Terry and I noted his many years of service to the cause of human rights and to the Japanese Canadian Redress movement. On behalf of the NAJC, I presented Terry with the Award of Merit for his service to the Nikkei community.


Asian Hockey Tournament, May 17-19

Come out and show your support for the Arashi Junior Hockey Team as they compete in the 2013 Asian Hockey Team at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena on the grounds of York University. The Toronto NAJC Chapter is proud to be the official sponsor of the junior team. Please visit:

Ken Noma, President
Greater Toronto Chapter NAJC