Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce & Industry

OBJECTIVES

Our goal is to promote friendly relations between Canada and Japan through economic, commercial and industrial activities of Shokokai's members, as well as to develop and maintain good relations with the community at large.

We provide information to the Japanese business community in Ontario and promote friendship along with the exchange of information among our members. We strive to provide strong support to the Japanese Saturday School (Japanese School of Toronto Shokokai Inc.), commonly referred to as the Hoshuko.

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HISTORY

In January 1957, Japanese affiliate companies in Toronto and its vicinity began to exchange business information and consult with one another on business problems and ways to promote friendship among its members.

In April 1974, the Japanese School of Toronto Shokokai Inc. (Namely Hoshuko) was established by Shokokai Corporate members (listed below) to help the children of members keep up with the curriculum taught in Japan during their stay in Canada.

  Corporate Members of Hoshuko
 
BANK OF TOKYO-MITSUBISHI UFJ (CANADA)
 
JETRO (JAPAN EXTERNAL TRADE ORGANIZATION)
 
KUBOTA CANADA LTD.
 
MARUBENI CANADA LTD.
 
MITSUBISHI CANADA LTD.
 
MITSUI & CO. (CANADA) LTD.
 
SUMITOMO CANADA LIMITED
 
TOYOTA CANADA INC.
 
YAMAHA MOTOR CANADA LTD.

(Picture: First rental facility at Jackman Public School)

In November 1982, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry commonly referred to as the Shokokai, was incorporated under the Corporation Act as a non-profit organization.

In October 1989, first monthly newsletter was issued to strength communication among members.

In November 1992, Japanese Driverfs License was accepted to be exchanged to Ontario Driverfs license without having road test and knowledge test by the strong effort of Consulate - General of Japan in Toronto and Shokokai members.

In 1993, the “Canadian Educators to Japan Program” was introduced. Three Ontario schoolteachers were invited to join an educational tour in Japan for two weeks. Since then (up to 2012) total 42 Canadian Educators were invited to this program.

In 1994, with the strong support of the Japanese Government and Canadian business leaders, the Shokokai successfully lobbied the Ontario Government to overturn legislation which would have withdrawn health coverage for family members of foreign workers.

In February 2001, Shokokaies office was moved from the downtown core to North York area as part of organization restructuring.

In March 2003, Shokokai submitted Recommendations "Action to Enhance the Business and Personal Environment Confronting Japanese Business In Canada" to the Government of Canada and Ontario.

In April 2003, Shokokai Website was created and Member Web Magazine [Trillium] started.

In February 2006, Agreement between Japan and Canada on Social Security was singed at Tokyo, Japan after Shokokai had been requesting to solve the problem to both Japanese Government and Canadian Government.

In February 2007,Shokokai wrote a letter to Prime Minister in Canada to express our concern and disappointment on the announcement made on January 19, 2007 of closure of Consulates in Osaka and Fukuoka, Japan as of March 31.2007.

In January 2008, Shokokai held 50th anniversary celebration party and received Commendation from Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In October 2008, Shokokai wrote a letter to Air Canada to express our disappointment with respect to the announcement made by Air Canada on August 18, 2008 suspending the Toronto-Tokyo direct flight.

In January 2010, Shokokai made a donation of $10,000 to Canadian Red Cross as Haiti relief

In April 2011, Shokokai made a donation of $50,000 to Japanese Red Cross as Japan relief.

In May 2011, Shokokaies office was moved from North York area to its current location as part of organization restructuring.

In July 2012, Shokokai wrote a letter to Prime Minister in Canada to express our concern and disappointment on the announcement of closure of the Visa and Immigration Sections at the Canadian Embassy in Japan and transfer of services to Manila as of April 30, 2012.


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MEMBERSHIP
Approximately 120 Ontario companies comprise the membership. These include companies with direct Japanese investments as well as affiliate Japanese companies.

Regular member- Japanese organizations or juridical persons
Associate member-Other organizations or juridical persons

Business people with Japanese speaking abilities interested in pursuing the objectives of the Shokokai are invited to join as Individual Members.

[Membership Fee]
Invoice is issued two times a year (January and July) with following amount (plus HST).

Register fee (A) Fee for each member (B) Total Membership Fee
RegularMember $ 700 $ 170 * number of registered members (A)+(B)
Associate Member $ 350 $ 85 * number of registered members (A) + (B)
Individual Member $ 200 (A)

If you wish to be our member, please contact at Email: office@torontoshokokai.org.

Application Form
  Corporate Members  Japanese@/@English 
  Individual Members Japanese@/@English 



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MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION

The Association is managed by thirteen members of the Board of Directors. The Directors are the most senior executives of the member corporations and are elected annually at the Annual Meeting of Members.

As the Japanese executives are often transferred back to Japan or to other foreign cities, the resident Secretary General and his office are responsible for keeping the continuity and consistency of the Association during these transitions.



The Board of Directors

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Honorary President Mr. Yasunori Nakayama
Adviser Mr. Kazuo Nakamura
President Mr. Toshiaki Maruoka
Vice President Mr. Akito Futamura
Vice President /Treasurer Mr. Yoshizumi Takata
Vice President Mr. Sogo Nakata
Vice President Mr. Taizaburo Egawa
Executive Director / Secretary Mr. Koji Tsunoda
Executive Director  Mr. Hiroyuki Hirosako 
Director Mr. Toru Tsuchie
Director Mr. Hiroshi Kamiya
Director Mr. Kenichi Yoshikawa
Director Mr. Yumiko Kawamura
Director Ms. Ryuichi Matoba
Director Mr. Yasuhiro Hanazawa


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COMMITTEES
 The International Trade and Services Committee
 The Financial Committee
 The Light Industry Committee
 The Heavy Industry Committee
(Each corporate member belongs to one of the above.)

DIVISIONS WITHIN THE SHOKOKAI

 Community Relations Division
 Education Division
 Administration Division
 Public Relations Division
 Athletics Division
 Culture Division
(Each Division is headed by a director.)


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ACTIVITIES

2015 Shokokai Activity Report (PDF)
2014 Shokokai Activity Report (PDF)
2013 Shokokai Activity Report (PDF)

 BUSINESS LUNCHEONS / INFORMATION SESSIONS
Business speakers occasionally address members at seminars and meetings on current topics of relevance and interest to the members. These events may be jointly held with other Japanese organizations.

 NEWSLETTER
A Japanese e-newspaper containing practical information regarding corporate/ family life in Toronto is issued monthly.

 NEW YEAR'S RECEPTION AND CHARITY
A celebration of the New Year is held annually for members. This reception raises funds for various charities.

 ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Held annually in May/ June, this golf tournament helps raise funds for various charities.


 BRIEFING VISITING TRADE MISSIONS FROM JAPAN
Visiting Japanese trade delegations are briefed on the business environment in Ontario. Members' business experiences are shared as well.


 CANADIAN EDUCATORS TO JAPAN PROGRAM
As an expression of thanks to Canadian teachers who have been teaching the children of Shokokai members in Ontario schools, the Shokokai sponsors the "Canadian Educators to Japan Program". Organized and coordinated by IIST (Institute for International Studies and Training), in Japan, the participating teachers travel in Japan for two weeks with other foreign teachers. The teachers visit Japanese schools and gain insight into the Japanese education system, culture and society. Since 1993, 42 Ontario teachers have participated in the program.

 JAPANESE SATURDAY SCHOOL
One of the important missions of the Association is to manage the Japanese Saturday School. The School allows the members' children to keep up to date with the Japanese school curriculum taught in Japan. It also assists in the re-integration of the students when they return home. The School, known as HOSHUKO, includes over 480 students from kindergarten to high school and approximately 35 teachers. The school is managed by a Board made up of Shokokai members and led by the Director of the Education Division. The Board works closely with the Principal and Vice Principal who have been seconded by the Japanese Ministry of Education for three-year terms.



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