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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)

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                                  Japanese Program at a glance
Event Calendar & Announcement
Internal application form for 2020 Ontario Japanese Speech Contest
JLPT2019-2 Assistant Positions are closed.
Orientation for Honours Minor Degree in Japanese Studies for prospective and the current students

Deadline has been extended to Nov. 15, Friday
You will be notified if you are hired.
November 21, Thursday  11:30-12:30 @DLLL AV Room S562 Ross


  • Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Awarded to York University Scholar (Consulate General of Japan Toronto)  link
  • Special Ceremony Confers Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation to York University Scholar (Consulate General of Japan Toronto)  link
  • Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Awarded to York University Professor Norio Ota (National Association of Japanese Canadians)  link
  • Y-File: Japanese Studies Program Coordinator awarded Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation  link
  • Y-File: York University research leaders recognized at annual celebration  link
  • Y-File: York students shine at the 2016 Ontario Japanese speech contest  link
  • Y-File: York students win top prizes in National Japanese Speech Contest  link
  • Ms. Lily Mcdermott (AP/JP3000 6.0) receives the 2016 Peter Sato Award, which is given to the best student overall in the Japanese Studies Program.
  • Seven York students participated in the 2017 Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held at University of Toronto on March 4. The prize winners are the following.
    Beginners: Chris Robin   (JP1000)  2nd prize
    Advanced: Salma Saleh  (JP3000)  2nd prize
                       Gabby Ricker (JP3000) Special Effort prize
  • Ms. Salma Saleh (AP/JP3000 6.0) receives the 2017 Peter Sato Award. Congratulations!
  • AP/JP4000 6.0 is accepted as a 4000 level course for East Asian Studies Program.
  • Ms. Dhin Chen (JP1000, 2016) and Mr. Ilia Jarikov (JP1000, 2016) received the DLLL Award for their excellent academic achievement and effort. Congratulations!
  • York students did very well at the 2018 Ontario Japanese Speech Contest. The following are the winners. Congratulations!
    • Beginners 1st prize (Shinkikai-Sagamihara City Award)Andrew Christensen (JP1000)
    • Advanced 1st prize (Toyota Canada Award) Gabby Ricker (JP3000)
    • Special Effort prize: Beginners Samsam Hassan (JP1000)
    • Special Effort prize: Advanced Fernanda Cherini (JP2000)
    • Special prize: Advanced Hanisi Samuel (JP2000/JP3080)
       Andrew and Gabby will compete at the National Speech Contest
  • Y-File: York students head to Japanese Speech Contest nationals  link
  • Y-File: York students earn prizes at National Japanese Speech Contest  link
    • Beginners 2nd prize: Andrew Christensen
    • Advanced 3rd prize: Gabby Ricker
  • Our graduate, Ms. Lily Mcdermott, interviewed by Mainichi Newspaper: link link 
  • Y-File: York U hosts first Conference on the Language of Japanese Food link
  • Ms. Crystal Lam (JP3000) has been selected as a participant of the Kakehashi (bridging) Japanese Language Learners Program and will visit Japan on Jan. 7 -15, 2019. Congratulations!
  • All the participants from York University did extremely well at the Ontario Japanese Speech Contest held on March 2, 2019. The following are the winners.
    • Beginners 2nd prize Divine Domingo (jp1000)
    • Intermediate 3rd prize Erika Schestak (jp2000)
    • Advanced special prize Crystal Lam (jp3000)
    • Open 2nd prize Boyang Zhang (jp3000)
                                                      Articles on Japan
Tolerant attitudes make Japan a drinker's paradise - Japan Times  link
Japan hesitantly moves toward a cashless society - Japan Times  link
Navigating the tricky world of permission when speaking Japanese - Japan Times  link
Learning how 'lukewarm' can apply to food, drinks and people alike - Japan Times  link
South Korean students flock to Japan as birthrate sinks and unemployment climbs - Japan Times  link
Decoding of Jomon woman's genome suggests common ancestor unites Japanese and Han Chinese - Japan Times  link
Dating in Japan never used to be this difficult  - or creepy - Japan Times   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

                                                         You Tube picks
National Geographic - Living Music Action
Sissel Kirkjebø - Auld Lang Syne
Kamakura City - How to survive tsunami in Kamakura
itimannennkure - Dropping of A-bomb in Hiroshima
Interview - Noam Chomsky Interview July 2017
Interview - Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now! April 4, 2017
Program - You Don't Know What You Don't Know - Noam Chomsky, May 26, 2012
Lecture - Noam Chomsky - 'Language Use and Design: conflicts and their significance', April 4, 2013

Lecture - Noam Chomsky 'Language, Creativity, and the Limits of Understanding', April 21, 2016
Lecture - Noam Chomsky, "Neo-Liberalism: An Accounting" 
April 19, 2017
Lecture - Noam Chomsky on surviving the 21st Century Nov, 28, 2017
Lecture - Noam Chomsky, 'Racing to the Precipice', Jan. 13, 2018
Lecture - Noam Chomsky Best Speech in 2018
Lecture - Chris Hedges, Best Speech in 2018
Lecture - Chris Hedges 'Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game'
Lecture - Chris Hedges in Eugene, Oct. 3, 2018
Interview - Howard Zinn in Deapth
Lecture - Noam Chomsky 'History of US Rule in Latin America',
Dec 19, 2009
Movie - Persona non grata - Holocaust rescue Story by Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara
Documentary - 特 攻に散った学徒兵 'A student soldier who lost his life in a suicide mission'

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