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Toyohiro Tanaka

Toyo Tanaka is the founder of the AJA of SA, and its first Life Member. Known to his friends as Toyo, he was a research student in Adelaide in 1967, and saw the need to build better relationships between Australia and Japan. With others who felt the same way, some with Japanese wives, he did something about it and 40 years of the AJA is the direct result. The AJA was very proud and pleased that Toyo could be present from Japan at the 40th Anniversary Dinner held on August 15th 2007, an occasion which was in large part a tribute to his vision and determination to make Australia and Japan friends. For this occasion he wrote as follows:






A message from Toyohiro Tanaka for the 40th Anniversary of AJA

I would like to sincerely congratulate the AJA of SA on their 40th anniversary. The Association was founded on the 15th August, 1967. Many people ask why the start of the Association was on the 15th August. As older people are aware, the last world war ended on this day 62 years ago, when Japan surrendered and proclaimed peace to the world. I thought it was most appropriate for the Association to be formed on this commemorative day with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries which unfortunately fought fiercely against each other during the war.

40 years ago I was a research student doing Australian studies at the Adelaide University. The relationship between the two countries started getting closer in trading, and yet there was a very low level of understanding of each other. I thought it important to organize collectively promotions in developing friendship and mutual understanding between our two countries.

A small seed was then put into the ground in Adelaide. With sunshine and rain in South Australia and fertilizer support from the community the seed has successfully sprung up and during the last 40 years it has grown into a big tree playing a vital role in the mission.

Without dedicated support and hard work rendered by the founding committee and members and supporters, most of whom unfortunately are not still with us, the Association would not have enjoyed today’s prosperity. I would therefore like on this occasion to pay a special tribute to them, and express sincere appreciation to those who have since taken a very keen interest in the Association.

I do hope the Association will carry on such traditional spirits for many more years to come and continue to play an important role trying to fulfil the Association’s aim of developing friendship and mutual understanding between Australia and Japan. With heartfelt congratulations again and best wishes for future prosperity.

Toyo Tanaka,
Founder
August 2007

南オーストラリア豪日協会創立40周年に際し心よりお喜び申し上げます。1967年8月15日に豪日協会が創立されました。なぜこの日に協会が創立されたのか多くの人々から質問を受けます。ご年配の方々はご存知のように先の世界大戦は丁度62年前のこの日に終結し、日本が降伏、世界に向かって平和を宣言した日です。大戦中に残念ながら熾烈の戦いを経験した両国の友好と相互理解を促進するためにこの特別の日に協会を設立することが最適だと思ったからです。

40年前、私はアデレード大学でオーストラリアについて勉強しておりました。両国の関係は貿易を中心に緊密になり始めていましたが、お互いの国に関する理解はまだまだの状況でした。そこで両国の友好促進と相互理解を深めるために豪日協会を作ることが大切だという認識を持ちました。

そこでアデレードに小さな種をまきました。南オーストラリアの太陽と雨、そして支援者の肥料をいただきこの種は立派に芽をふき、過去40年の間に大きな木に成長し、豪日の友好親善と相互理解の促進のため欠かすことの出来ない役割を果たすようになりました。

残念なことに創立当時の役員、会員そして支援者のほとんどの方々は他界しわれわれとこの日を共に出来ませんが、その方々の努力、援助がなければ今日の協会の繁栄は無かったでしょう。この特別な日にこの方々に敬意を表し、その後協会の発展に尽力していただいた皆様にも心からお礼を申し上げます。

ぜひ、将来長きに渡って創立精神が引き継がれ、豪日協会がその目的を実現するため重要な役割を果たされんことを期待いたします。
40周年を心からお祝い申し上げると共に、ますますの発展を祈念いたします。

田中豊裕
創設者
2007年8月吉日
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Stu McC,
14 Feb 2010, 17:37
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