Upcoming events

    • 22 Feb 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • McMillan LLP (181 The PATH - Bay Wellington-BCE-Canada Trust Suite 4400, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3)

    Ms. Takako Ito,
    Consul-General of Japan in Toronto

    About the presentation:
    This presentation will examine key areas and policies in Japanese diplomacy at a time when the security environment is becoming increasingly uncertain and severe. As this year marks the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada diplomatic relations, the presentation will also examine such topics as the history and the current status of this bilateral relationship.

    About the speaker:
    Ms. Takako Ito Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) in 1985. Her overseas postings include Embassies in Canada (1988-1991), Malaysia (2001-2003), Indonesia (2010-2011), the Mission of Japan to the United Nations in NY (1997-2001) and the Mission of Japan to ASEAN as Deputy Chief of Mission (2011-2014).

    At home, she served as Principal Deputy Director for Asia Europe Partnership Division (2003-2005), Negotiator for Economic Partnership Agreement (2005-2007), Principal Deputy Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division concurrently Transnational Crimes Division (2007- 2009), Director of Development Assistance Policy Planning Division (2009-2010), Assistant Press Secretary and Director of International Press Division (2014-2016), and Assistant Chief of Protocol of MOFA as well as Master of the Ceremonies at Imperial Household Agency (2016-2017). 

    She graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1985 (B.L. in international legal studies) and received M.A. in international affairs from Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada, in 1988.

    Her hobbies include playing the traditional Japanese musical instruments (Japanese harp (Koto) and Banjo (Shamisen)), collecting antiques, playing golf, scuba diving, travelling and enjoying good food. She won the Canadian National Kendo Championship in 1987.

    She has received the Order of Civil Merit (Encomienda) from the Kingdom of Spain and the Order of the Crown (Officier) from the Kingdom of Belgium.

    Ms. Ito’s husband, Claude, was born in Ottawa. They have two children.

    Details
    Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
    Time: Noon to 2:00 pm (ET) Registration opens at 11:45 am
    Location: McMillan LLP (181 The PATH - Bay Wellington-BCE-Canada Trust Suite 4400, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3)
    Cost: Member 20$ and Non-member 30$
    Light buffet lunch and drinks will be served.

    How to register: Please email your name, organization, and title to admin@japansocietycanada.com by Thursday, February 15th, 2018.


    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    • The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (1 Devonshire Place)

    This event is organized by University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Global Japan.

    On March 8, the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of Global Japan will be holding the symposium 150 Years After the Meiji Restoration--Japanʼs Global Engagement Then and Now in the Campbell Conference Facility of the Munk School of Global Affairs.

    This year not only marks the 90th anniversary of Japan-Canada relations, but is also the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. Canada also celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Looking back on the journey taken by both countries the in the past century and a half, this symposium will focus on the modernization of Japan started by the Meiji Restoration, and discuss Japan’s future as well as Japan-Canada relations.

    The symposium will feature the following invited speakers: Ms. Koko Kato, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan; Dr. Yuichi Hosoya, Professor of International Politics at Keio University in Tokyo; and Dr. Tomoko T. Okagaki, Professor of Political Science at Japan’s Dokkyo University.

    Admission is free but registration at the link below is required:
    https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/csgj/event/24548/

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Huron University College


    It is with a great pleasure to announce that Huron University College and The Japan Society are co-hosting the very first Japan Bowl Ontario on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at Huron University College.

    The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students initiated and developed by The Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. The Japan Bowl Ontario is not an exam. It is designed to demonstrate achievement of knowledge of Japanese culture, society, daily life, history, geography, and current events. For the students, it provides opportunity to challenge and enjoy their study. Our goal is to strengthen students’ interest in Japan, encourage them to continue their connection with Japan, and deepen further understanding of Japan in their future. We aim the students to become leaders of the relationship with Japan.



Past events

09 Feb 2018 Security Cooperation in East Asia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States
31 Jan 2018 Being a doctor in Japan: From the everyday to the extraordinary
29 Jan 2018 Presentation by Mr. Yuzo Kano, Representative Director, Japan Blockchain Association
26 Jan 2018 Toronto Shokokai New Year's Reception 2018
12 Dec 2017 Professional Networking Event
30 Nov 2017 Innovation and Economic Growth in Japan: Firm-Level Approach
29 Nov 2017 ESCAPE VELOCITY? HOW TO OVERCOME SECULAR STAGNATION IN JAPAN AND ABROAD
09 Nov 2017 Dear Etranger 幼な子われらに生まれ
02 Nov 2017 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Handbook – Born in Japan, Flourishing around the World
18 Oct 2017 Paper-Cutting performance by renowned artist Hayashiya Imamaru
15 Oct 2017 Ottawa Welcomes the World
03 Oct 2017 U. S. ECONOMIC STRATEGY IN ASIA IN THE TRUMP ERA: FROM PIVOT TO ABOUT-FACE?
02 Oct 2017 Walk in Canada, Talk on Japan
30 Sep 2017 Japonica@Momiji
22 Sep 2017 Dismantling Japanese Developmentalism
21 Sep 2017 Film Screening: Ryuichi Hirokawa: Human Battlefield
03 Sep 2017 50th Anniversary Banquet Japanese Canadian Baseball League
15 Aug 2017 The 24th Annual Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament
24 Jun 2017 Support Our Kids Lakeside Charity Dinner
18 Jun 2017 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Shin Godzilla
11 Jun 2017 Toronto Japanese Film Festival Midnight Diner
31 May 2017 Road of Song and Dance – Women seeking Pure Land in Medieval Japan
03 May 2017 Update on Canadian Energy Industry 2017
27 Apr 2017 SIT DOWN COMEDY WITH KATSURA SUNSHINE
27 Apr 2017 Canadian International Documentary Festival
07 Apr 2017 Nagata Shachu's 18th Annual Concert
30 Mar 2017 JCCC's March Movie Night: The Long Excuse
25 Mar 2017 Momiji Bazaar 2017
21 Mar 2017 Fostering Ontario-Japan Economic Relations
17 Mar 2017 THE AGE OF THREE EMPERORS: THE DIRECTION OF US FOREIGN POLICY AND THE FUTURE OF US-JAPAN RELATIONS
10 Mar 2017 Green Japan: Combining Technological Innovation, Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability.
03 Mar 2017 Does Privacy Exist in the Age of Big Data?
01 Mar 2017 Geimaruza
24 Feb 2017 Perspective on the Canada-Japan relationship
12 Feb 2017 Rakugo Japanese Traditional Storytelling Performance
24 Jan 2017 38th Annual Bishop White Committee Winter Luncheon
20 Jan 2017 SHOKOKAI 60th Anniversary 2017 New Year's Reception
17 Jan 2017 Is TPP Dead or Alive?
22 Nov 2016 THE AGE OF DISRUPTION
06 Oct 2016 Abenomics: Has it Worked? Will it Fail?
15 Sep 2016 JETRO's OSAKA INDUSTRY SEMINAR - Corporate Growth Opportunities
18 Aug 2016 23rd Ambassador's Cup Golf Tournament

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