The Visitors to the Japan Foundation (2014-2015)

March 23 – March 27, 2015

Mr. Borvornvate Rungrujee, Director General of the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand
Mr. Somchai Na Nakhonphanom, Advisory Expert in Archaeology, the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand
Mr. Karoku Miwa, Director of the Kyushu National Museum

Photo of Mr. Borvornvate Rungrujee, Director General of the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand, Mr. Somchai Na Nakhonphanom, Advisory Expert in Archaeology, the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand, Mr. Karoku Miwa, Director of the Kyushu National Museum

Mr. Borvornvate Rungrujee, Director General of the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand (second from left), accompanying his delegation including Mr. Somchai Na Nakhonphanom, Advisory Expert in Archaeology (left), and Mr. Karoku Miwa, Director of the Kyushu Nacional Museum (right), paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on international art exchanges between the two countries.

His Excellency Mr. Erling Rimestad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Japan

Photo of His Excellency Mr. Erling Rimestad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Japan

His Excellency Mr. Erling Rimestad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Japan (center) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on cultural exchanges between Japan and Nordic countries including Norway.

March 9 – March 13, 2015

His Excellency Mr. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan

Photo of His Excellency Mr. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan

His Excellency Mr. Ritter Diaz, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to Japan (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on cultural exchanges between Japan and Latin America including Panama.

February 23 - February 27, 2015

Associate Professor Matilde Mastrangelo, Director of the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome

Photo of Associate Professor Matilde Mastrangelo, Director of the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome

Associate Professor Matilde Mastrangelo, Director of the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando (second from right), the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on Japanese Studies in Italy and both academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

February 16 – February 20, 2015

Mr. Sadaharu Oh, the Chairman of the World Children's Baseball Foundation
Mr. Ryozo Kato, Director of the World Children's Baseball Foundation

Photo of Mr. Sadaharu Oh and Mr. Ryozo Kato

Mr. Sadaharu Oh, the Chairman (center) and Mr. Ryozo Kato, Director (left) of the World Children's Baseball Foundation paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on international youth exchange through baseball between Japan and foreign countries.

February 2 – February 6, 2015

Her Excellency Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovikj, Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Japan

Photo of H. E. Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovikj

Her Excellency Dr. Andrijana Cvetkovikj, Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to Japan (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. During the discussion on cultural exchanges between the two countries in the future, Ambassador Cvetkovikj expressed her eagerness to deepen it, fully utilizing her experience as a participant in the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Studies Fellowship Program in 2011-2012.

January 19 – January 23, 2015

Ms. Makiko Sen, Director, The Urasenke Foundation

Photo of Ms. Makiko Sen, Director, The Urasenke Foundation

Ms. Makiko Sen, the eldest daughter of Urasenke’s Grand Master SEN Soshitsu XVI (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on fostering international cultural exchange through Chado -the Japanese Way of Tea, one of representatives of Japanese traditional culture.

November 25 – November 28, 2014

Prof. Dr. Ir. Achmad Jazidie, M.Eng., Director General, Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Harris Iskandar, Director of Senior Secondary Education, Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia

Photo of Prof. Dr. Ir. Achmad Jazidie, M.Eng., Director General, Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Harris Iskandar, Director of Senior Secondary Education, Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Ir. Achmad Jazidie, M.Eng., Director General (second from right) and Dr. Harris Iskandar, Director of Senior Secondary Education (second from left), Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, the Republic of Indonesia paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando (left), the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on Japanese-language education especially in secondary schools in Indonesia and the NIHONGO Partners program, which was launched in September 2014 and is run by the Asia Center, the Japan Foundation.

November 17 – November 21, 2014

Visiting group from the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)

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His Excellency Mr. Khalid bin Salim Al-Ghassani, Assistant Secretary-General for Cultural and Information Affairs, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) (third from left), His Excellency Mr. Abdul-Rahman Humood A.R. Al-Otaibi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Japan (third from right), His Excellency Dr. Khalil Bin Ebrahim Hassan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Japan (second from right) and staff members of the GCC paid a courtesy call on Tomoyuki Sakurai (center), the Executive Vice President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on cultural and intellectual exchanges between Japan and the Gulf countries.

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

The Japan Foundation carries out the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program as a part of KAKEHASHI Project, covering four major areas: fashion, design, anime, and art. The second group of the Invitation Program, consisting of four young fashion designers, visited the Japan Foundation to participate in an orientation for the seven-day tour in Japan. They took a lecture on Japanese cultures and customs as well as Japanese fashion market.
Photo: (from second left to right) Ms. Lisa Mayock, Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Ms. Paula Cheng, Mr. Joseph Singh.

November 10 – November 14, 2014

Mr. Bùi Quang Ngọc, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FPT Corporation
His Excellency Mr. Đoàn Xuân Hưng, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to Japan

Photo of Mr. Bùi Quang Ngọc, Vice Chairman,  Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FPT Corporation
His  Excellency Mr. Đoàn Xuân Hưng, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam  to Japan

Bùi Quang Ngọc, Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FPT Corporation(second from left) and His Excellency Mr. Đoàn Xuân Hưng, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to Japan(right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation(second from right). As FPT Corporation is a leading ICT company in Vietnam and has its own University that puts emphasis on Japanese-language education, they exchanged information and their views on Japanese-language education in Vietnam.

Mr. Don Randall, MP
Senator Sean Edwards
Senator Alex Gallacher
Mr. Ken O'Dowd, MP

Photo of Mr. Don Randall, MP
Senator Sean Edwards 
Senator Alex Gallacher 
Mr. Ken O'Dowd, MP

Senator Sean Edwards(left), Mr. Don Randall, MP(third from left), Senator Alex Gallacher(second from right), , and Mr. Ken O’Dowd, MP(right) from the Parliament of Australia paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation(third from right). They exchanged information and their views on international cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Mrs. Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan

Photo of Mrs. Akie Abe with class participants at the Japan Foundation, Beijin

Japan’s first lady Mrs. Akie Abe (front row, center) paid a call at the Japan Foundation, Beijing. Mrs. Abe observed its cultural experience class, in which participants can learn about shogi and origami, as well as manners on tatami wearing yukata, and interact with Chinese youth. You can see more details of the interaction on her Facebook page.

October 27 – October 31, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, Young Public Intellectuals Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, Young Public Intellectuals Exchange Program

Young Japanese researchers, participating KAKEHASHI Project, the Young Public Intellectuals Exchange Program. The third group of the Dispatch Program, consisting of six researchers (as well as one supervisor), visited the Japan Foundation for an orientation before their 7-day tour in Washington D.C.
The participants are scheduled to interact with emerging researchers and policy analysts of U.S. think tanks to deepen understanding between two countries, build a network, and consider the future of Japan-U.S. relations.
Photo: (from left to right) Mr. Fumiaki Nozoe, Mr. Hiroaki Kuwajima, Mr. Kousuke Saitou, Mr. Kensuke Yanagida, Mr. Hideyuki Miura, Mr. Tomoyuki Miyata, Ms. Yuko Tomita (Ms. Tomita was visiting only the Japan Foundation).

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

The Japan Foundation carries out the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program as a part of KAKEHASHI Project, covering four major areas: fashion, design, anime, and art. The first group of the Invitation Program, consisting of five young designers, visited the Japan Foundation to participate in an orientation for the seven-day tour in Japan. They took a lecture on Japanese cultures and customs as well as Origami demonstrations by Ms. Sachiko Ishida, Meiji University. (right)
Photo: (from left to right) Ms. Kelli Anderson, Mr. Justin Colt, Mr. Westley Rozen, Mr. Max Weisel, Ms. Martha McGill.

October 20 – October 24, 2014

Her Excellency Ms. Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan

Photo of Her Excellency Ms. Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan

Her Excellency Ms. Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan (second from left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation (second from right). They exchanged information and their views on cultural exchanges between Japan and Ireland, and on Yeats2015, which will celebrate 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’ birth next year.

October 6 – October 10, 2014

Ms. Anne Tallineau, Director General of the Institut Français, Paris
Ms. Anne-Sophie de Gasquet, Adviser on cultural and soft diplomacy to the Private Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Mr. Benoît Guidée, Counsellor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Ms. Claire Thuaudet, Cultural Councellor of the Embassy of the Republic of France, and Director of the Institut Français in Japan
Ms. Diane Josse, Cultural Attechée of the Embassy of the Republic of France

photo of Ms. Anne Tallineau, Director General of the Institut Français, Paris
Ms. Anne-Sophie de Gasquet, Adviser on cultural and soft diplomacy to the Private Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Mr. Benoît Guidée, Counsellor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Ms. Claire Thuaudet, Cultural Councellor of the Embassy of the Republic of France, and Director of the Institut Français in Japan
Ms. Diane Josse, Cultural Attechée of the Embassy of the Republic of France

Ms. Anne Tallineau, Director General of the Institut Français, Paris (third from right), accompanying Ms. Anne-Sophie de Gasquet and Mr. Benoît Guidée from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, and Ms. Claire Thuaudet and Ms. Diane Josse from the French Embassy in Japan, paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation (center). They exchanged information and their views on international cultural exchanges between the two countries.

September 29 – October 3, 2014

Her Excellency Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, Ambassador of Israel to Japan

photo of Her Excellency Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, Ambassador of Israel to Japan

Her Excellency Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, Ambassador of Israel to Japan (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on intellectual and cultural exchanges between the two countries, which were highly promoted especially on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Israel in 2012 .

September 22 –September 26, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the "Japan-U.S. Young Creators Exchange" Program

photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Creators Exchange Program

Young animation creators, participating KAKEHASHI Project, the "Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange" Program. The program covers four major areas: fashion, design, anime and art. The third group of the Program, consisting of five young animation creators (animation directors and animators), visited the Japan Foundation for an orientation before their seven-day tour in New York and San Francisco.
Photo: (from left to right) Ms. Aya Suzuki , Mr. Yuzuru Tachikawa, Mr. Ryo Okawara, Ms. Saki Muramoto and Ms. Saori Shiroki.

September 16 – September 19, 2014

His Excellency Mr. Roberto Velez, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to Japan

photo of His Excellency Mr. Roberto Velez, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to Japan

His Excellency Mr. Roberto Velez, Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia to Japan (right) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on cultural exchanges between Japan and Latin-American countries, including Colombia.

July 28 – August 1, 2014

Professor Paolo Calvetti, Head of the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Photo of Professor Paolo Calvetti

Professor Paolo Calvetti, Head of the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (left) paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on Japanese studies in Italy and academic exchanges between the two countries.

July 14 – July 18, 2014

Mrs. Reko Dida, wife of Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Japan Ms. Masako Fujisaki, President, 3A Corporation

Photo of Mrs. Reko Dida and Ms. Masako Fujisaki

Mrs. Reko Dida, wife of Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Japan (center), Ms. Masako Fujisaki, President of 3A Corporation (third from left) and other persons concerned visited and reported to Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation (third from right) on the publication of “Minna no Nihongo Shokyu I Honyaku・Bumpo Kaisetsu Arubaniagoban (Translation & Grammatical Notes in ALBANIAN)” supported by the Japan Foundation.

July 7 – July 11, 2014

H.E. Mr. Andre Spiteri, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Japan
Professor Rei Shiratori, Honorary Consul-General of Malta

Photo of H.E. Mr. Andre Spiteri and Professor Rei Shiratori

H.E. Mr. Andre Spiteri, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Japan (second from right) and Professor Rei Shiratori, Honorary Consul-General of Malta (left)paid a courtesy call on Eiji Taguchi, the Vice President of the Japan Foundation (second from left). They exchanged information and their view on international cultural exchanges between the two countries.

June 30 – July 4, 2014

Dr. Hyun-seok Yu, the President of the Korea Foundation
Mr. Oh-seok Hwang, the Director of the Korea Foundation Tokyo Office

Photo of Dr. Hyun-seok Yu and Mr. Oh-seok Hwang

Dr. Hyun-seok Yu, the President of the Korea Foundation (second from left) and Mr. Oh-seok Hwang, the Director of the Korea Foundation Tokyo Office (left)paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation (second from right). They exchanged information and their view on international cultural exchanges between the two countries as well as in the East Asian region.

June 30 – July 4, 2014

Domo-kun, the official mascot of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Photo of Domo-kun

Domo-kun, the official mascot of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), visited the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris. In France, Domo-kun attended the Europe’s biggest festival for Japanese culture and entertainment, “Japan Expo” and promoted NHK’s international broadcast service called the NHK World TV to the European audiences.

June 23 – June 27, 2014

Ms. Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, Department for Education of the UK Government

Photo of Ms. Elizabeth Truss

Ms. Elizabeth Truss, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in the UK Government’s Department for Education (left)paid a courtesy call on Hiroyasu Ando, the President of the Japan Foundation. They exchanged information and their views on Japanese-language Education in the United Kingdom.

June 16 – June 20, 2014

Students of SMA Negeri 81 Jakarta

Photo of Students of SMA Negeri 81 Jakarta

Students of SMA Negeri 81 Jakarta from Indonesia came to Japan for an educational exchange activity. During their stay, they visited the Japan Foundation to pay a call on Keisuke Yoshio, Councillor to the President of the Japan Foundation (eighth from right in the back row). In Indonesia, there are a number of high school students who study Japanese-language, and the language is also learned at SMA Negeri 81 Jakarta, too.

June 2 – June 6, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the “Dispatch Program for Young Professional Community Advocates from Japan”

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Dispatch Program for Young Professional Community Advocates from Japan

The Japan Foundation carries out the “Dispatch Program for Young Professional Community Advocates from Japan” as part of KAKEHASHI Project, and its first group of nine young aspiring leaders visited the Japan Foundation to participate in an orientation, prior to visiting the U.S.
Photo: (from left to right in the front row) Mr. Shoji Akimoto, Mr. Kotaro Nishihara, Ms. Akira Okabe, and Mr. Yuki Nakagawa; (from right to left in the back row) Mr. Kazunori Sakai, Mr. Daisaku Tokushima, Mr. Koyuru Saito, Mr. Kosuke Saito, and Mr. Tatsuaki Toda.

For this Program, young professional community advocates, who work at local authorities across Japan and are expected to play a role in vitalizing the country’s local areas, are dispatched to the U.S. During their stay in the U.S., participants meet people with an interest in regional vitalization and give presentations about their activities and efforts to promote the charms of Japan’s local regions.

May 19 – May 23, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, Young Public Intellectuals Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, Young Public Intellectuals Exchange Program

The Japan Foundation carries out Young Public Intellectuals exchange program as a part of KAKEHASHI Project, and the program participants from the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), Georgetown University, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and the George Washington University visited the Japan Foundation during their stay in Japan. In Tokyo, the participants visited Japan’s government and municipal offices, and exchanged their views with Japanese intellectuals. They also visited Kyoto and Hiroshima Prefectures and deepened their understanding of Japan’s history and culture.

April 14 – April 18, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

The Japan Foundation carries out the Japan-U.S.Young Professional Creators Exchange Program as part of the KAKEHASHI Project to cover four major areas: fashion, design, anime and art. The Program’s second group, consisting of five young professional designers, visited the Japan Foundation for an orientation before the seven-day tour in New York.
Photo: (from left to right) The Program Advisor Mr. Yusuke Ashizawa of Japan Institute of Design Promotion and the participating designers Mr. Eisuke Tachikawa, Mr. Tadahiko Sakamaki, Ms. Ayana Tsukahara, Ms. Yuri Naruse and Ms. Takako Kansai.

April 7 – April 11, 2014

Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

Photo of Participants of KAKEHASHI Project, the Japan-U.S. Young Professional Creators Exchange Program

The Japan Foundation carries out the Japan-U.S.Young Professional Creators Exchange Program as a part of KAKEHASHI Project, covering four major areas: fashion, design, anime, and art. The first group of the Program, consisting of five young fashion designers, visited the Japan Foundation to participate in a pre-orientation for the seven-day tour in New York. Photo: (from left to right) Ms. Akiko Iwata, Mr. Yasutoshi Ezumi, Mr. Takuya Morikawa, Mr. Shinsuke Morishita and Ms. Mayuko Ban.

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