Upcoming events

    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court, Toronto

    The celebration of the Japanese Canadian Baseball League's 50th anniversary is scheduled on September 3, 2017. 

    The JCBL is an 11-team competitive baseball league, with games played mainly at Greenwood Park in Downtown Toronto. 

    What began as a small group of friends wanting to play baseball has grown into a rich legacy of cross-cultural, community, and athletic engagement. Along with over 4,000 alumni and friends, they are celebrating throughout 2017 with a number of events culminating in a 50th Anniversary Banquet. Events will highlight the strong community impact of the league and its player as well as the deep tradition as one of Canada's oldest active baseball leagues.

    Your generous support to hold the banquet on this occasion will help honour the founding members of the JCBL and the generations that continue the tradition at this celebration. Please note that this is a not-for-profit event and any surplus in funds will be donated to the Momiji HealthCare Society.

    Event poster: JCBL 50th Poster (1).pdf 

    Sponsorship information: JCBL Sponsorship Letter (2).pdf

    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Massey College University of Toronto 4 Devonshire Place Upper Library

    Organized by Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto and Munk School of Global Affairs


    Japan’s combination of economic success and conservative dominance from the 1950s into the early 1990s was the consequence of what Pempel calls “developmentalism.”

    The term involves more than the well-studied ‘developmental state.’ Most particularly, the Japanese success story relied on a specific and unusual socio-economic alignment; a positive sum relationship between state direction and corporate creativity; and Japan’s Cold War security and economic partnership with the United States. The combination unleashed a positive cycle of economic development and conservative political strength.

    Japan’s positive cycle was challenged by two external changes: first, the breakdown in diplomatic and security bipolarity that began with the Nixon visits to China and the Deng economic reforms; and second, the challenges from increased power of global finance and multinational production networks. These external global shifts undercut the Japan’s prevailing model and opened the challenge to find a suitable substitute.

    That search has continued for over twenty years  resulting in some successes and many false starts. Professor Pempel’s talk will examine the relationship between this more complete understanding of developmentalism as the roots of Japan’s early successes and the subsequent difficulties of finding its adequate replacement.

    SPEAKER T.J. Pempel Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

    T.J. Pempel is Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on Japan’s political economy, economic and security issues in East Asia, and Asian regionalism. His most recent book with Keiichi Tsunekawa is “Two Crises, Different Outcomes: East Asia and Global Finance” (Cornell University Press).

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    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Organized by Momiji Health Care Society

    Japonica at Momiji  - Saturday, September 30th , 2017 – 11:00 am to 3:30 pm

    Interested in all things Japanese?  Join us at Momiji for a NEW event offering finds from our inventory of donated Japanese ‘treasures’.  The sale will feature Kokeshi, bamboo, lacquer, Ikebana, tableware and a selection of gently or never-used soft goods including kimono, furoshiki and bags.  Many of the objects are mid-century and a few are pre-war.

    Plus Café Refreshments - Obento, lunch, teas, coffee, home-baked sweets.

    Momiji Centre – 3555 Kingston Road, Scarborough


    Email enquiries – japonica@momiji.on.ca

    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Organized by Munk School of Global Affairs

    In 2016, Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies began preparation of a brief for the next U.S. Administration on what the American strategy should be. President Obama talked about a “Pivot to Asia” and championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). With incoming President Trump’s announcement that the USA would be withdrawing from TPP negotiations, that strategy needed an update. Join the co-author of the CSIS report “Reinvigorating U.S. Economic Strategy in the Asia Pacific: Recommendations for the Incoming Administration”, Scott Miller, as he brings us up to date on the U.S. economic agenda in Asia, and how Congress is looking at trade negotiations in the post-TPP era.

    Scott Miller has been a senior adviser and the William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at CSIS since 2012. The Scholl Chair focuses on key issues in the global economy, such as international trade, investment, competitiveness, and innovation. He has led many campaigns supporting U.S. free trade agreements and has been a contributor to U.S. trade and investment policy over many years. Mr. Miller advised the U.S. government as a liaison to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, and he is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) Investment Working Group. He is one of the authors of the CSIS report Reinvigorating U.S. Economic Strategy in the Asia Pacific https://www.csis.org/events/reinvigorating-us-economic-strategy-asia-pacific>

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    Venue: The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place

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