Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and with the hope of contributing to their new society. This cultural profile was written to help Canadians welcome Japanese immigrants to Canada. 

It will tell you something about Japanese people and what life is like in their original home. This information will be useful if you are hosting a Japanese family as part of the HOST Program, learning about Japan in school or working with Japanese colleagues who have recently settled in Canada.

Japanese newcomers will find many people from their cultural group already in Canada. While this may help make their transition a little smoother, it is important to remember that any move to a new country and culture can be difficult. You can help Japanese immigrants adjust to Canada and answer their questions about Canadian systems and social conventions. You will probably find that you have many things in common with your Japanese friends and have a lot to learn from them.
  Did you know?
Japan’s flag, a red circle on a white background, symbolizes The land of the rising sun.
Many Japanese-Canadians have enriched Canadian life. Seiji Ozawa was conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra during the 1960s. Japanese-Canadian author Joy Kogawa wrote Obasan, a moving book about the experiences of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War. David Suzuki, a scientist and environmentalist, is an advocate of environmental issues and has created science programming for children and adults. Raymond Moriyama, an architect, has designed many important buildings in Canada.

 Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Japan.

  Summary Fact Sheet
Official Name Japan (Nippon)
Capital City Tokyo
Type of Government Parliamentary Monarchy 
Population 125 million 
Area 377,800 sq. km
Major Ethnic Group Japanese
Language Japanese
Religions Buddhism, Shinto, Christianity
Unit of Currency Yen 
National Flag White background with red circle in the centre