About JCKL

About JCKL

"Contributing to mutual friendship and support among members, and friendship between Malaysia and Japan".

The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur was established on 25th November 1963, with the aim of "Contributing to mutual friendship and support among members, and friendship between Malaysia and Japan".

As of the end of April 2024, there are 270 corporate members,  1,291 individual members (*3,141 members), 300 asociate members (*582 members), and 9 student members. (* including family members)

The activities of JCKL are New Year Family Day, Bon Odori, Charity Bazaars, about 70 club activities, and volunteer activities as a community contribution etc.

JCKL is located in Taman seputeh near Midvalley.

It was originally a Japanese school building, and was renovated and started to be used as clubhouse from 1995.
There are halls and classrooms, and cultural and sports club activities are actively held. 
There are about 60,000 books in the library, many of them are newly published books, and it is a place of relaxation for members. Also, there are Japanese restaurants, mini-marts, souvenir shops, travel agencies, cafes, second home visa agents, wellness spa, etc.

JCKL has established the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur and is responsible for the maintenance and management of Japanese Cemetery on commission from the Embassy of Japan.

JCKL has developed over a long history of 60 years thanks to the hard work and dedication of its members and seniors, and with the warm understanding and support of the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, governmental organizations, Japanese companies, and others.

In the future, we will continue to maintain friendly relationship between Malaysia and Japan, and make efforts to contribute to the Japanese community and local communities.

History of the JCKL

1963 27th July Inaugural meeting held at Raya Nozawa Asbestos factory
  25th Nov Officially approved by the Malaysian government
1964 1st May Opening of the clubhouse
No.368-C, Circular Road, Kuala Lumpur
1966 Feb Preparations for the establishment of a Japanese elementary school started. An official lecture was held at the Kia Peng school in Sep.
1970 Jan Establishment of the Japanese elementary school 
1971 Jan Establishment of the Japanese junior high school
1972 May Japanese Women's Associsation inaugurated
  Dec The 1st Women's Association Bazaar held (At the Japan Club)
1976   Women's Association was named Cattleya Kai
  Aug Relocated Japanese School to Taman Seputeh, completed and opened
1977   The 1st Bon Odori was held.
(Organized by Japanese School PTA , Taman Seputeh Schoolyard)
1979 Feb Clubhouse relocation
258 Jalan Ampang Kuala Lumpur


Nov The 10th Cattleya Charity Bazaar held at Hilton Hotel
1983 Nov The 1st publication of the newsletter "Himawari"
1984   The Japanese Cemetery started to be maintained by JCKL
1985   Recruiting and deciding the logo of JCKL
1987   Clubhouse relocation
24 Jalan Permai, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Robson Height, Kuala Lumpur 
1993 Apr Japanese School relocated to Subang
1995 Jan Clubhouse relocation
Lots 463 & 475, PT1, Section 94, Taman Seputeh, Kuala Lumpur

Renovation of Taman Seputeh School building as Clubhouse
New Clubhouse Opening Ceremony held
1995 Dec The 1st Meeting of All the Japan Club in Malaysia
1996 Jan The 1st New Year Family Day held. 
1997 Apr Nihonjin-kai Kindergarten established (No. of Students: 62)
  Jun JCKL Newsletter launched
1999 Oct JCKL website launched
2002 Sep Received the Foreign Minister's Commendation
2005 Sep KL Japanese Cemetery Memorial Hall completed
2006 Mar Clubhouse renovation work
2008 Apr Introduction of membership cards with credit card functions
2009 Jun Clubhouse slope improvement work (reinforcement) implemented
  Aug Library renovation work
2010 Jun Abolition of “Local Member”
2011 Dec Abolished the facility usage fee system for local non-members
Effective from 2012.7
2012 Apr Issuance of new membership cards (IC card type)
Abolition of membership cards with credit card functions and introduction of affiliated cards
  Jun New library lending system using IC card membership card launched
  Jul Introduction of door access system using IC card membership card
2013 Jan Introduction of Wi-Fi at Clubhouse
  Nov 50 years anniversary celebration was held. 50 year anniversary magazine completion
(Issued in April 2014)
2015 Feb Establishment of the JCKL Charitable Foundation
  Apr Website renewal
2016 Apr Use of electronic voting system for election of comittees started
  Jun Start of new building construction
2017 Apr Crown Prince's Visit
The 1st Children's Day Event
Installation of cash dispensers (CDM)
  Oct The 1st “Flavours of Autumn!” Event
  Dec The 1st Xmas Party Event
2018 May Construction of Malaysia – Japan Memorial Monument
2019 Nov Clubhouse renovation