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The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 as
a special legal entity supervised by the Foreign Ministry to undertake international
cultural exchange and was subsequently reorganized as an independent administrative
institution in October 2003. The Japan Foundation consists of a head office
in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto, two Japanese-language institutes (Urawa
and Kansai), and 22 overseas offices in 21 countries.
Its financial base is 111 billion yen invested by the government, and its
operation is funded by the investment profit, subsidy from the government and
private donations. The number of executives and regular employees is 230 as
of April 1, 2010.