September 24, 2002

Toyota Canada donates $500,000 to build Canadian Nikkei Heritage Hall

Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada announced a donation of $500,000 dollars to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto for the construction of the new Canadian Nikkei Heritage Hall. The announcement was made by Yoshio Nakatani, Chairman of TCI, as part of ceremonies which also included a presentation from the Honourable David Tsubouchi, Ontario Minister of Culture, announcing the contribution from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Canadian Nikkei Heritage Hall will serve as a “living museum” where
Canadians of all backgrounds can learn about the many contributions that
people of Japanese heritage have made to the cultural strength and economic
vitality of Canada. A photomural with text called “The Shared Path” will guide
visitors through the story of the Japanese community since the arrival of the
first Japanese immigrants 125 years ago. In addition, the Heritage Hall will
feature a rotating series of exhibitions, seminars and performances, each
illustrating an important element of Japanese-Canadian history and culture.
“Nikkei” refers to those born in Canada of Japanese descent.

“Toyota is proud to be a corporate citizen of Canada and, like other
citizens, we look for opportunities to celebrate our pride in Canada and
honour our heritage,” said Nakatani. “In addition, the Canadian Nikkei
Heritage Hall is a wonderful example of how industry and government can work
together to preserve our history for future generations.”

Open to everyone, and offering classes that range from flower arrangingto martial arts, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit,
charitable organization. Its programs, events and facilities promote an
understanding and appreciation of Japanese heritage and culture as well as the
history of the Japanese pioneers who helped shape Canadian society. It is
located in Toronto at 6 Garamond Court (Don Mills Road and Eglinton
Avenue E.).

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