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Japanese Section

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Address: 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Canada, M3J 1P3
Phone: 416-736-5016
Main Office:
Ross South 580
Counter Hours:
8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)


                                               「日本語科 にようこそ」
                                         Welcome to the Japanese Studies Program !                                              

                           Japanese Program at a glance

Event Calendar & Announcement
JET Program online information session: Oct. 21, 2021, Thursday 11:30-12:30   Zoom  Poster

Orientation for Honours Minor Degree Program:
Nov. 12, 2021, Friday 11:00-12:00  Zoom  PPP

OJSC YU internal application: due Nov. 12, 2021, Friday   Application Form 

The 2021 Japanese Language Proficiency Test is cancelled again this year due to the pandemic of COVID-19. 

Worldometer: Coronavirus World Wide List   link

  • Seven students participated in the 39th Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held on line on March 7, 2021. All of them presented their speechesextremely well and York has six prize winners. Congratulations!
    • Grand Prize: Peter Wenxiang Zang (Intermediate)(jp2000)
    • Beginners 1st: Heshan Wadumasethrige (jp1000)
    • Beginners 2nd: Taek Oh (jp1000)
    • Beginners 3rd: Harmony Newcombe (jp1000)
    • Open 1st: Lilika Zhang (jp3000)
    • Special Prize: Richard Pelchat (Advanced)(jp3000)
    • Y-File  link
  • All three York participants won the 1st prize in the National Contest. Congratulations!
    • Beginners 1st: Heshan Wadumasethrige
    • Intermediate 1st: Peter Wenxiang Zang
    • Open 1st: Lilika Zhang
    • Y-File  link

                                                    Lectures & Speeches
Online lecture: 'Simultaneous interpretation' by Ms. Akiko Shinoda  Nov. 15. 2013  (JF, JSAC & York)   link
                                                                Articles on Japan
'World’s oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday' - Metro  link
'This Japanese Shop Is 1,020 Years Old. It Knows a Bit About Surviving Crises.', New York Times, January 7, 2021   link
'Overall Best Countries Ranking'  link
'Ranked: The 25 Smartest Countries In The World'  link
'Doorway to Japan' by Isabella Bird  link
'Best countries in the world 2020'  link
'World's Smartest Countries'  link

                                                   Businesses by our graduates
Our former student, TK Chan, has opened Platform Espresso Bar at 4450 Hwy7, Unit #2, Markham. They are hiring part-timers. Link
Our former student, Yadi has been running
Fika Cafe
at 28 Kensington Ave., Toronto.
FIKA Cafe a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of Kensington market / open daily 10-6 / email info@fika.ca,  www.fika.ca  Link
Our former student, Bob, has been running Ikki Sushi on 2253 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. / open daily 11:00 - 23:00 except for Monday  Link
                                                         You Tube picks
Interview - Noam Chomsky 'Requiem for the American Dream', Nov. 15, 2019   link
Travel - Nara  link
Travel - 'Unbeaten tracks in Japan' by Isabella Bird  link
Kanji - '70% of Kanji vocabulary used in Chinese was created in Japan'  link
Japan-China - surprised in Japan  link  link  link  link
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