National President’s Report – July 2014

July 26, 2014 at 10:38 am
Ken Noma

by Ken Noma. Warmer weather has finally arrived and many of you will be taking your well-deserved vacations.  If possible, please use the opportunity to re-engage with our community by attending summer festivals or visiting historic and cultural sites of significance to our heritage. Nikkei Pride Although it was only a few months ago, the Sochi Olympics of February seems like a distant memory. I was surprised to learn about the growing number of Nikkei competitors who took part in the Winter Olympic and Para-Olympics.  They seemed to have exploded to the attention of the main-stream media this year.   The list of Nikkei athletes below was supplied by Kevin Okabe and although it may not be complete, I wanted to bring them to your attention (I would appreciate receiving names left out at: We admired the “Go For Broke” bravery of Ski Jumper, Atsuko Tanaka of Calgary – we […]

Letter to Minister Alexander re: Bill C-24

March 28, 2014 at 9:03 am
Bill C-24 Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

The members of the National Association of Japanese Canadians are concerned about Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (SCCA), which has currently reached Second reading. We believe that the proposed changes will create unfair barriers to citizenship and limit the rights of citizens.

National President’s Report

March 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm
Ken Noma

New Denver: Our Spiritual Furusato New Denver needs our immediate support! by Ken Noma The Kyowakai Society of New Denver originally conceived and managed the former internment camp site that was officially opened in 1994.  Due to the aging membership of the Kyowakai Society and declining volunteer pool, the Village of New Denver took over the management of the site; they being the legal owners of the site.  This year marks the 20th anniversary and plans are underway for celebrations to take place on Saturday, August 9th in New Denver. In my President’s Message of June 2011, I wrote the following comments about the New Denver Internment Memorial Centre (NIMC): “…..two busloads of Nikkei (a large number being Nisei), took part in the May 1987 first internment camp tour organized by Reverend David Murata. The miles that we travelled allowed the Nisei to step forward and tell their stories over […]

OJCC President Honoured by Governor General

October 18, 2013 at 4:41 am

His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has appointed 88 men and women from police forces across Canada to be invested into the Order of Merit of the Police Forces this year.  Of the 22 members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who were honoured, one was OJCC President Brian Yamashita, who was appointed a Member of the Order of Merit (M.O.M.).  This prestigious award recognizes exceptional service in law enforcement, both nationally and internationally.  However, the selection committee also took into consideration Brian’s volunteer work for the RCMP in activities like the United Way and Cops for Cancer, as well as his efforts on behalf of the Japanese Community in Ottawa. The investiture ceremony took place at Rideau Hall on May 24, where Brian received his medal from Governor General Johnston. (originally published in the Ottawa News, Summer 2013 newsletter of the Ottawa Japanese Community)

More Than a School

August 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

The Toronto Japanese Language School (TJLS) has been in existence since September 1949. Initially the students were from the local Japanese Canadian community but for the last 30 years the student body has also included a great number of people with no Japanese ancestry. The teaching staff and volunteers that keep the school running are justifiably proud of this long continuing service to the community.


April 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

The Hawaiian culture, food and language have been greatly influenced by the Japanese immigrants whose descendants now constitute the second largest ethnic population on the Islands. 2013 is also the 25th anniversary of the Japanese American Redress Settlement so we can take part in two celebrations in two countries!

Report from Edmonton (EJCA)

April 17, 2013 at 5:04 am

The organization that is today’s Edmonton Japanese Community Association (EJCA) has its beginning in 1947 when the National Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association was formed. So, EJCA has 66 years of history. EJCA has held its Board meetings since 1969. EJCA joined the Japanese Canadian centennial cerebration in 1977 by showing Japanese movies, joining the Klondike Day parade, arranging a taiko show, exhibiting historic photos, and displaying Japanese dolls and ornaments.