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Derbyshire Japan Society

The Derbyshire Japanese Society is a new society, recently launched, supported by the Toyota City Partnership Development Board.


The Derbyshire Japanese Society objectives are:

  1. Develop and enhance friendship between British and Japanese people.
  2. Organise and share social and cultural activities.
  3. Publish a member’s news letter twice a year.
  4. Through society members, offer help and advice to people travelling to Japan and a welcome to Japanese visitors.
  5. Develop a network to grow opportunities for young people’s exchange experiences.


1990 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company announced its intention to establish a site in Burnaston Derbyshire. It now employs 2605 people in Derbyshire.

1991 the Derby-Japanese Saturday school was established. The staff of 19 Japanese companies in the midlands now send their children to this school.

1998 saw the start of formal twinning between Toyota City and Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council. Over 2,000 school pupils have taken part in exchanges.

2018 the Toyota City Partnership Development Board was established to develop links across education, business, culture, environmental sustainability and sport. There was the first Toyota City stall at Chatsworth Country Fair - hundreds of people showed a keen interest in the relationship between Derbyshire and Toyota City.

2019 an independent society is formed - the Derbyshire Japanese Society - to embrace friendship, cultural sharing and to create opportunities of all kinds for people in Derbyshire.

Mailing list and membership

This society is just getting started. In the next few months we hope to run a couple of events and hold a meeting to help us all consider what and how we want the society to develop.

If you'd like to know more and be kept updated please email: or

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