What is Toronto Shokokai?

Objective
 
  • To promote friendly relations between Canada and Japan through the economic, commercial and industrial activities of Shokokai's members.
  • To develop and maintain good relations with the community at large.
  • To provide information to the Japanese business community in Ontario and promote friendship along with the exchange of information among our members.
  • To provide strong support to the Japanese Saturday School (The Japanese School of Toronto Shokokai Inc.), commonly referred to as the Hoshuko.

Regulations
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Audit ReportiPDF)
  Fiscal 2016
Fiscal 2015

Fiscal 2014
Activity HistoryiPDF)
  Activity Report 2016
Activity Report 2015
Activity Report 2014
Development & History
Jan,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.
Apr,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.
Nov,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.
Oct,1989 First monthly newsletter was issued to strength communication among members.
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.
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business leaders, the Shokokai successfully lobbied the Ontario Government to overturn legislation which would have withdrawn health coverage for family members of foreign workers.
1996 Examined reformations such as how to be the association is and review of the activities and events, for changes of activity by Japanese companies as recession in Japan.
1997 Reformed the association generally as a result of the last year' examination. (Regulations, reformation of membership fee, examination of events, reduction of budget, change "Trillium"to a quarterly and so on.)
Feb, 2001 Shokokaies office was moved from the downtown core to North York area as part of organization restructuring.
Apr, 2003 Shokokai submitted Recommendations "Action to Enhance the Business and Personal Environment Confronting Japanese Business In Canada" to the Government of Canada and Ontario.
2006 Remodeled Shokokai office. Installed a meeting room for 20 people.
Feb, 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.
Feb, 2007 Social Security Agreement between Canada and Japan which is about avoiding duplicate payment of insurance premiums such as pension was signed. Shokokai had called upon both of the Canadian and Japanese goverment for it.
Jan, 2008  Shokokai held 50th anniversary celebration party and received Commendation from Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Jan, 2010  Shokokai made a donation of $10,000 to Canadian Red Cross as Haiti relief.
Apr, 2011  Shokokai made a donation of $50,000 to Japanese Red Cross as Japan relief.
May, 2011  Transferred the office to currect place.
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.
Membership
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Committees
The board of DirectorsF The Directors are the most senior executives of the member corporations and are elected annually at the Annual Meeting of Members.
Divisions within the Shokokai: We have the following divisions in order to manage and activate Shokokai. Each Division is headed by a director.
EGeneral Affair's Division
EEducation Division
EPublic Relations Division
CommitteesF We have four committees as follow by each industry.
EThe International Trade and Services Committee
EThe Financial Committee
EThe Heavy Industry Committee
EThe Light Industry Committee
Each corporate member belongs to one of the above. And also, each committee is divided into smaller groups by each industry.
Language we use
We currently communicate with each member in Japanese.
Activities
PROVIDING INFORMATION OF ONTARIOfS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT: Visiting Japanese trade delegations are briefed on the business environment in Ontario. Members' business experiences are shared as well.

BUSINESS SEMINARS: Business speakers occasionally address members at seminars and meetings on current topics of relevance and interest to the members.

ANNUAL CHARITY EVENTS: A New Year celebration and Golf Tournament are held annually for members. The reception and the tournament raise funds for various charitable organizations in Ontario.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER: A Japanese e-newsletter containing practical information regarding corporate/ family life in Ontario is issued monthly.
JAPANESE COMMUNITY: Participating in local Toronto Japanese community events. Join JCNO (Japanese & Canadian Network Organization) held by Japanese organizations held quarterly.
NETWORKING: Creating opportunities to bring the members and their families
EDUCATION: Providing strong support to the Japanese Saturday School (The Japanese School of Toronto Shokokai Inc.), commonly referred to as the Hoshuko.