Japanese Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area
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Toronto has a population of Japanese Canadians and also one of Japanese nationals. As of 2010 there are about 20,000 Japanese Canadians in Toronto. Adam McDowell of the National Post stated that Toronto's Japanese community was "never very large compared to, say, the Chinese or Italian communities".
Two silk workers, Kenji Ishikawa and Shigesaburo Ubukata, appeared in the City of Toronto Directory in 1897; they were the first persons of Japanese heritage to appear in this directory.
There were only six Japanese families in Toronto until 1941, when Japanese Canadians were moved from the Pacific Coast as a result of World War II. The population of Japanese Canadian individuals in Toronto increased to 5,000 by 1947. In the 1950s and 1970s Etobicoke, Scarborough, and other suburban areas in Greater Toronto received ethnic Japanese coming from western Canada.
By 2013, there had been an increase in the number of Japanese nationals in Toronto, particularly young people there on working holiday visa wishing to work or live in Canada.
As of 1999, of the Canadian cities, Toronto had the largest number of pure yonsei. As of the same year, 30.64% of Canadian-born Japanese Canadians are married to one another. This is the highest such percentage of any city in Canada.
In the early 1990s, of the Japanese Canadians in Toronto, about 20–25% were shinijusha, or new immigrants and residents from Japan, who come to Canada so they could become permanent residents.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) holds Japanese cultural classes, contains a library of Japanese-Canadian and Japanese materials, and includes a gift shop. Bruce Kuwabara and Associates had remodeled the building which the JCCC currently occupies; it moved into it in 1999. It was originally established in 1967.
The Nisshu Gakuin Japanese Language School (日修学院日本語学校) is located in Toronto.
- Ken Adachi (journalist)
- John Sakamoto (music journalist)
- George Tanaka (civil rights activist and landscape artist)
- McLellan, Janet (University of Toronto). "Japanese Canadians and Toronto Buddhist Church" (Chapter 2). In: McLellan, Janet. Many Petals of the Lotus: Five Asian Buddhist Communities in Toronto. University of Toronto Press, 1999. ISBN 0802082254, 9780802082251. Start p. 35.
- Ruprecht, Tony. Toronto's Many Faces. Dundurn, November 8, 2010. ISBN 1554888859, 9781554888856. p. 238.
- McDowell, Adam. "Exodus from the East: Wave of Japanese youth finding its way to Toronto" (Archive). National Post. March 24, 2013. Retrieved on October 16, 2014.
- Ruprecht, Tony. Toronto's Many Faces. Dundurn, November 8, 2010. ISBN 1554888859, 9781554888856. p. 239.
- McLellan, p. 37.
- McLellan, p. 38.