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Originally a golf club, the Japanese Society of Canterbury was established on 26 January 1992, and is a community which serves to make Japanese people feel they can greet each other when they pass by in a foreign country, and be a place where a representative of Japan’s opinion can be expressed. Families of current group members, friends and corporate members participate in activities together.

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At the recent general meeting, it was announced that Kazumi Campbell, Mikako Hurring, Yurie Tiltman, Asako Suzuki, Naoko Jackson and Megumi Wilson will continue to serve on the Japanese Society Board of Directors, with Michiko Ward and Naomi Peters serving as new board members for 2021.

Please click here for an introduction of each board member.

For the next year, the 8 of us will be working together with all of you to boost the success of the Japanese Society! We would highly appreciate the continuation of your kind support and cooperation <(_ _)>.

Additionally, Emiko Kuroda, who served for three years including as president, and Misako Fujiyoshi, who served as secretariat for four years have sadly resigned. We thank you very much for your long-term support of the Japanese Society.

20th July 2021

Kazumi Campbell

Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My name Kazumi Campbell and I will take over as chairperson from Emiko Kuroda in October 2020. When I joined the Committee in 2013, my roles were liaison and vice chairperson. I left the committee halfway through 2017 and was warmly welcomed back by the current committee where I am now chairperson.  

We are currently limited to doing very few things due to the unexpected global coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Especially for us Japanese people who are living separate from Japan. Until the beginning of this year, we could easily fly back and forth between New Zealand and Japan. Not being able to do some previously simple tasks has become a painfully large problem for many people. Also, it seems like some of the businesses that we took care of cannot be maintained because of global lockdowns and infection protection. These ever changing circumstances in our lives can make every day stressful for anyone.   

  As I was contemplating what I could do during these times I saw a notice saying, “committee member wanted”. a friend asked “aren’t you still doing Japanese Society stuff?” and there wasn’t anybody willing to do it. So, I thought if I got myself involved in the committee again then we could carry out the activities that we can do together. 

2022 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Japanese society of Canterbury since its establishment in 1992. As the age range of the local Japanese people broadens, so does what is required of the Japanese Society. The wider use of the internet since 2000 has led to changes in communication tools and we wish to use a wide range of communication to be close with all generations of society members.   

​The internet has been a very useful tool during the pandemic. On the other hand, I believe face to face communication is a very important part of engaging with people in our lives. The Japanese Society takes it upon itself to help bring the people of Canterbury together.

Volunteering

We are looking for people who are willing to work for the Japanese Society as volunteers.

We believe that together we could brainstorm lots of ideas that we can then develop and then shape them into reality.

Our group is full of fun and there is always a friendly atmosphere.

No qualifications or special skills are required to volunteer.

Not only is this opportunity great for individuals who want to expand their friendships and network, you are able to add on your resume that you have volunteering experience in a community organisation. 

We are looking forward to working and cooperating with you!

We are also looking for helpers at various events.

Please contact us at info@jsc.org.nz if you are willing to provide your support.

We would like to ask all regular and supporting members to complete the membership renewal procedures for 2021.

After considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on us, we have decided to set the membership fee at $20 for regular members and $70 for supporting members for 2021.

If you wish to continue or update your membership, please click here on the Japanese Society website.

You can also simultaneously update your personal membership information by clicking on the link above. 

(Please note that transferring the membership fee alone will not complete the membership renewal process.)

We have also decided to offer five free paid advertisements in the email newsletter to all supporting members so please make use of this!

Additionally, parents of students who are enrolled in the supplementary school are group members and don’t need to renew their membership as regular members.

The final deadline is the end of June

As soon as the annual membership fee of $20 can be confirmed, you will be able to receive the same membership benefits as before such as the email newsletters and discounts on event participation fees.

Although renewal procedures can be completed from July, please note that you will no longer be able to receive membership discounts for events in 2021.

However, the email newsletters will still be sent to you upon updating your membership.

Please be aware that if you do not renew your membership, it will be treated as a withdrawal from the Japanese Society and you will no longer receive the email newsletters.

Announcement: Membership Renewal Procedures for 2021

We would like to ask all regular and supporting members to complete the membership renewal procedures for 2021.

After considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on us, we have decided to set the membership fee at $20 for regular members and $70 for supporting members for 2021.

If you wish to continue or update your membership, please click here on the Japanese Society website.

You can also simultaneously update your personal membership information by clicking on the link above. 

(Please note that transferring the membership fee alone will not complete the membership renewal process.)

We have also decided to offer five free paid advertisements in the email newsletter to all supporting members so please make use of this!

Additionally, parents of students who are enrolled in the supplementary school are group members and don’t need to renew their membership as regular members.

The final deadline is the end of June

As soon as the annual membership fee of $20 can be confirmed, you will be able to receive the same membership benefits as before such as the email newsletters and discounts on event participation fees.

Although renewal procedures can be completed from July, please note that you will no longer be able to receive membership discounts for events in 2021.

However, the email newsletters will still be sent to you upon updating your membership.

Please be aware that if you do not renew your membership, it will be treated as a withdrawal from the Japanese Society and you will no longer receive the email newsletters.

Announcement: Membership Renewal Procedures for 2021

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