About JSS

Japanese Social Services is a charitable and nonprofit organization registered to Ministry of Finance, provides social services to habitants who have Japanese Ethno cultural background, living in southern Ontario centered in City of Toronto. This page explains rough sketch of the organization.


Who we serve

Members of the Japanese ethnocultural community predominantly in the Toronto area (although we accept inquiries from anywhere).

Clients often have:

  • Language difficulties,
  • Cultural conflicts, and/or
  • Settlement issues

Services offered in Japanese and English:

  • Community information
  • Counselling, assessment and referrals (if necessary, accompaniment, interpretation and translation related to social service issues)
  • Preventative public education (events, programs and seminars)
  • Toronto safety information service

How to Use Our Service

Counselors can be contacted by telephoning 416-385-9200, Monday to Friday, from 10-6 p.m. and asking to speak to a counselor. For information-based inquiries, you can talk to the person who answers the phone and they will try to assist you. In-person interviews are available by appointment. All consultations, whether by telephone or in person, are strictly confidential.

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June 1987 A group of human service professionals begins meeting on a regular basis in order to establish a community agency to aid Japanese-speaking people.
July 1988 Japanese Family Services of Metropolitan Toronto(JFS) holds its first Annual General Meeting.
Sep 1989 Results of a needs assessment conducted for the Japanese speaking community in Toronto indicate a need for professional social services in Japanese.
Nov 1989 JFS is incorporated.
Jan 1990 JFS registers as a non-profit organization.
Dec 1996 JFS closes for about one year due to sudden and severe funding cuts.
Feb 1998 Japanese Family Services resumes part-time operations.
Apr 2000 The name “Japanese Family Services” is officially changed to “Japanese Social Services” (JSS). JSS resumes full-time operations.

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Financial Support

JSS receives funding from Community and Neighborhood Services, City of Toronto, as well as via memberships and donations from private individuals and corporations.

JSS receives in-kind support from various sources, including the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, corporations and private individuals (community members).

See financial reports page to view auditor’s reports.

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Board of Directors

David Ikeda              : President, HR Committee Chair
Michelle Chibba      : Vice-President
Michi Chun               : Secretary
Terry Ikeda               : Treasurer
Anthony Liliefeldt  : Graphic Designer
Tokugi Suyama       : Program Committee Chair, HR Committee
Meaghan Tanaka    : Email Newsletter Editor

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Contact Us

Japanese Social Services
6 Garamond Court, Suite 235
Don Mills, ON
M3C 1Z5

Tel: 416-385-9200
Fax: 416-385-7124
E-Mail:  info@jss.ca

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