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Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan Cultural Ambassador Launches Japanese Comic Storytelling (Rakugo) World Tour.

Celebrates 85 years of Japan - Canada diplomatic relations

Tokyo, June 4, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) today announces that its Cultural Ambassador Rakugo comic storyteller Katsura Sunshine is launching a world tour beginning in the second half of 2014.

His Rakugo World Tour celebrates 85 years of Japan - Canada diplomatic relations, and commences with an English - Japanese bilingual Rakugo performance hosted by the CCCJ at the Roppongi Hills Club in Tokyo on 4 June 2014 (Please see details at

Katsura Sunshine said, "Rakugo comic storytelling is a uniquely Japanese art form, but it translates almost effortlessly into English and other languages. With the wind in my sails after the success of the North American tour last year, I am really looking forward to bringing Rakugo to the entire world this round."

The tour includes a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a month-long tour of Africa beginning in Ghana, and stops in the U.K., France, Slovenia, as well as a return to Canada for Sunshine's French-language Rakugo debut, in Montreal.

CCCJ Chair Wilf Wakely commented, "As our Cultural Ambassador, Katsura Sunshine is part of our efforts to strengthen the ties between Canada and Japan. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sunshine is a stellar representative of both countries."

Sunshine is apprentice to Rakugo Master Katsura Bunshi VI, and he is the only non-Japanese among more than 700 professional Rakugo storytellers practicing today in Japan.

Confirmed tour dates include:

- London, U.K.: 29 July and 26 August

- Edinburgh, U.K.: 1 - 24 August

- Ghana: 7, 8 November

- Paris, France: 12 December

Further dates, venues and other tour information can be found on Katsura Sunshine's website at:

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ)

Promoting the development of commerce between Canada and Japan since 1975, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) is a private sector, not-for-profit business organization serving its members through communications, networking, and advocacy. Representing some 33 business sectors, the CCCJ is a member-driven, member-focused organization and is the longest serving Canadian Chamber in Asia, with over three hundred members.

CCCJ members represent a broad cross-section of businesspersons and entrepreneurs from Canada, Japan, and other countries. They include Canadian companies operating in Japan, Japanese companies and individuals with ties to Canada, small business owners, and Canadians working in Japan.

The Chamber carries out its mandate in a variety of ways, including:

- Holding speaker luncheons, seminars, and networking events.

- Providing relevant and timely information through our website, bi-lateral business news, quarterly magazine The Canadian, and annual membership directory Connections.

- Offering business promotion opportunities and information on how to set up an office in Japan.

- Meeting with key Japanese policymakers on issues of importance to the Canadian business community in Japan.

- Maintaining close ties with other foreign and domestic chambers of commerce in Japan and other Canadian chambers/business associations in Asia to broaden and deepen our information network.

Contact us to find out more about how the Chamber can help you.

Media contact:

Andrew Lambert

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Tel: +81-3-5775-9500

Source: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

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