Perth News | Feb 21

A slice of Japan in Tuart Hill is hanging by a thread.

It’s been nearly six months since the former Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre closed its doors for the last time to the public.

The facility, which was used by WA schools for excursions, first began to nurture and promote the sister State relationship between WA and the Hyogo Prefecture in 1992.

Since its closure, the Australia Japan Society of WA has developed a business plan for the site to be remodelled so it can be reopened as the Japan Education and Cultural Centre of WA.

“The (WA) State Government has said they are supportive of JECCWA, providing that we source private funding to make that happen,” AJSWA president Ben Wholagan said.“Since then, we’ve had a number of positive talks with businesses, whether it was a formal sponsor, or them assisting with foundational support in getting the centre back up and running.”

Volunteer organisation AJSWA has also started a crowdfunding page with around $11,000 raised so far in just two months.

Though still a long way from the goal of $150,000, it is determined to get doors re-opened as soon as possible.

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