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The Japanese New Zealand Society (Kansai) was established in 1970 as a Kansai branch of the Japanese New Zealand Society, which had been established in Tokyo in 1959.

The Society changed its name to ‘Kansai’ in 1994, and now we have a sister relationship with the Japanese New Zealand Society.

We have meetings and events and issue society papers to our members. Furthermore, we help people from New Zealand (NZ) with homestays , promoting information exchange and cultural interaction between our two countries.

We hold six regular meetings per year. These meetings include

・ an Annual General Meeting (in Osaka in April),
・ a Christmas meeting (in Kobe in December),
・ a picnic (in spring or autumn),
・ meetings with a guest speaker who will talk about issues related to NZ, and
・ a cooking and tasting of an NZ dish.

Between 15 and 35 people attend these meetings, and the fee for each meeting is between 1000 and 5000 yen per head - most of this cost covers the accompanying meal.

At present we have 64 household members and they are all ordinary, everyday people, who are interested in New Zealand or involved with New Zealand people.

The Canterbury Japan Society of New Zealand is our sister society. This relationship was established in 1990 and we have contact with organisations and museums in Christchurch and Wellington which have interests in ‘things Japanese’.