CJCC receives Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation!

Congratulations to all of our hard-working volunteers over the years!

The Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre of Hamilton (CJCC) is the proud recipient of the 2019 Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. 

This award is given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups who contribute to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.  This year, 206 individuals and 63 groups world-wide received this honour. CJCC is one of only eight Canadian recipients in 2019. 

Founded in 1978, CJCC is a registered charity whose purpose is to encourage and co-ordinate cultural activities that are of Japanese origin. It was founded by Japanese Canadians, many of whom were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II, who wished to preserve their Japanese Canadian heritage for future generations.

Along with special events, current programming includes social clubs and support for Japanese Canadian community groups, Japanese language instruction, Japanese flower arranging (ikebana), traditional Japanese dancing (nihon buyo), many vibrant martial arts programs as well as exercise programs. There are also annual events co-sponsored by the centre that are an integral part of the community which reflect Japanese Canadian heritage.

The Consul General of Japan Ms. Takako Ito, will attend this year’s  CJCC Japan Day Open House on Saturday, September 14 to personally present the award at the opening ceremony (11:00am).  Accepting the award on behalf of the Centre will be long-time supporters, community members Chiyoko Izumi, Kim Hashimoto, and Jim Suenaga. 


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