In the years between 1891 and 1937, Canada received over 30,000 immigrants from Japan, almost all of whom settled in British Columbia; in 1941, more than 95% of people of Japanese descent lived in that province. Following the internment of Japanese Canadians in British Columbia during the Second World War, some of these individuals re-located to other areas of the country, particularly the provinces of Ontario and Alberta.
The Tairiku Jiho (Continental Times) was a semi-weekly Japanese and English-language newspaper published in Toronto between December 3, 1948 and March 30, 1982. Managed by Yoriki and Midori Iwasaki, it was the successor to the Japanese-language Tairiku Nippo (The Continental Daily News), which was published in Vancouver, British Columbia between 1902 and December 1941, when the outbreak of war in the Pacific resulted in a government ban on the publication of Japanese-language newspapers. The Tairiku Jiho served the Issei, or first-generation Japanese. From 1974 onwards, it was published by McLaren Micropublishing. In April 1982, it was superseded by the semi-weekly Kanada Taimusu (Canada Times), published by Harry Kunio Taba until May 1998. The entire run of the Tairiku Jiho has been digitized and is made available here.
Contributed by Multicultural History Society of Ontario.