Chapter President’s Report – October 2015

September 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm
David Fujino

by David Fujino We’re back! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer. As we now swing into the fall, here are two public events you might find interesting and informative. Year 2015 TorontoNAJC Public Discussion Series – Session #1 “The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians is hosting a series of  public talks this fall on topics of current interest to our membership and community. Session #1 is Surviving the Digital Tsunami: You as an Individual and Citizen. The presenters are Ray Nakano, former Director, Information Technology (IT) Ontario Government and Lan Nguyen is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Toronto. The world has gone “digital” and “online”. Today you can do almost anything on line – find and buy things, find a mate, start a business, monitor your blood pressure and diet, job hunt, organize a fund drive or a protest , […]

Chapter President’s Report – September 2015

August 31, 2015 at 4:45 pm
David Fujino

by David Fujino We’re back from our July/August recess! and I’m pleased to update you on past and future events we’ve planned for you. TorontoNAJC supports Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto at Matsuri 2015 On Sunday July 26 at Dundas Square, the recently formed JCYLT (Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto) participated in the 3rd annual Matsuri by setting up an information booth and hosting an all-inclusive crowd participation of “jan ken po” (rock, scissors, fist) contest. The Chapter was happy to support the JCYLT by providing modest financial support. TorontoNAJC supports Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition 2015 On Thursday August 6 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition held their 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. TheTorontoNAJC is pleased to contribute to this special event and its world-wide ban of existing nuclear weapons. The key note speaker was Mr. […]

Chapter President’s Report – August 2015

August 1, 2015 at 12:19 am
David Fujino

by David Fujino Dear Members and friends, Greetings! — from cyber space. Although I said in my last report that we no longer rent a physical office space, remember that you can always send us a note, or phone us at: Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC, 6 Garamond Court, Front Desk, Toronto Ontario, M3C 1Z5. Phone: 647 932-1296. Website: Update: Artsu Matsuri, the annual community art show, just finished its run from July 10 to 18 at the JCCC art gallery at 6 Garamond Court. The exhibitors were a mix of seasoned professionals and talented part-time artists. There’s no jury, no entrance fees, and you don’t have to be Japanese to participate. If you sell any art, you receive a fair percentage of the sale. The Toronto NAJC is proud to be a media sponsor. Upcoming events: Our youth committee is busy planning a July 26 project for […]

Chapter President’s Report – July 2015

July 1, 2015 at 4:01 pm
David Fujino

by David Fujino Greetings! to members and friends! I wanted you to know that —although we vacated our office at 6 Garamond Court on May 31, 2015 —we’re still alive and kicking. And we’re not lost in ‘cyber space’ either, just because we said we’re ‘going virtual’ which, in this case, means you can reach us by phone at 647 932-1296; or look us up on our website,; or write us at Toronto NAJC, 6 Garamond Court, Front  Desk, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1Z5. We check our mail regularly, so we’ll get back to you. As a Chapter of the NAJC, we see ourselves serving as a watchdog for the protection of human rights and freedoms of others and we believe — because of our internment experience and because of achieving the Redress settlement — that JCs are uniquely equipped to protest and say something whenever there’s a stripping away […]

Chapter President’s Report – June 2015

May 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm
David Fujino

by David Fujino The Toronto NAJC`s on the move. We just had our Moving Day Party in the Heritage Room at 6 Garamond Court on Saturday, May 23rd, where,  from 2 to 5 pm, we met old friends and received warm wishes. It was fun. And the steady string bass of chapter Vice-president  Bruce Tatemichi  propelled  the sweet sounds of the Back 40 country and western band this afternoon as the crowds enjoyed the hot dogs, chips, the music, the table top hockey game, and the refreshing beverages. But right now — we only have the future to look forward to. Please stay tuned for news of our upcoming activities and tributes. And Remember, if you take out a membership in the Toronto NAJC, you immediately receive The Bulletin published out of Vancouver.  The Bulletin is an attractive newsletter chock-full of information on the many dates and doings of the […]

Chapter President’s Report – May 2015

May 1, 2015 at 10:20 am
David Fujino

Dear Friends, MOVING DAY Party!  Saturday, May 23/15, from 2 to 5 pm Toronto NAJC (National Association of Japanese Canadians) YES! — the Toronto NAJC  is vacating its office at 6 Garamond Court — so you’re invited to our “Moving Day Party!” on Saturday, May 23/15, from 2 to 5 pm. We’ll be in the Heritage Room at 6 Garamond Court. For a modest $10.00 door charge, enjoy live entertainment with the “Back 40” band playing classic country music (think Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Williams). There’ll be a cash bar, snacks, and one complimentary hot dog. NAJC members and kids accompanied by parents, are Free. Come on out! TO REPEAT: On May 31, we’re going ‘virtual’ — which means we’re vacating our office, Suite 240, at 6 Garamond Court at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. We’ve enjoyed the company of other organizations such as Japanese Social Services and Nikkei […]

Chapter President’s Report – April 2015

March 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm
David Fujino

Dear Friends, Finally! the deep polar freeze is leaving Toronto, the weather’s warmer, and the days are getting brighter. Sure glad to see the arrival of spring. On the topic of spring, I’m happy to report that from March 7 to March 8, we welcomed visitors to our booth at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s “Spring Festival” — table top hockey, anyone? — and we signed up new members! — but first, I do have an important announcement to make. On May 31, we’re vacating our office, Suite 240, at 6 Garamond Court at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. We’re going ‘virtual’. This means we won’t have a physical office, but we can be reached by phone at 416 960-1317 (temporary phone number) and through our website, But if you’re more comfortable mailing letters, or dropping off letters and notes to us, you can still address them to the […]