Summary of Arts and Cultural Exchange Programs
1. Introducing the Diversity of Japan's Arts and Culture Abroad (see)
(1) Focus on Diplomatically Significant Opportunities and Regions/Countries
① United States
Follow-up to "Strengthening the exchange between Japan and U.S. for further deepening the Japan-U.S. Alliance": Exhibition "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" and simultaneous film screening "Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960-1984" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA); support for publication of anthology From Postwar to Postmodern, Art in Japan 1945-1989: Primary Documents Commemoration of the Japan-U.S. cherry blossom centennial: Budo (Japanese martial arts) traveling lecture and demonstration; Tsugaru Shamisen performance tour; Iwami Kagura folk theater performance tour; and others
A combination of Kunqu opera and Noh theater The Spirits Play
Traveling exhibition "How Did Architects Respond Immediately after 3/11-The Great East Japan Earthquake", lectures, and others
③ Southeast Asia
Opening of associated programs of the 40th year of ASEAN-Japan friendship and cooperation: 'Hogaku' (traditional Japanese music) concert tour (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos)
Follow-up to cultural and sports exchange mission to Myanmar: Manga lecture and workshop (Myanmar)
Commemoration of the year of friendship and peace between Japan and Timor-Leste (10th anniversary of diplomatic relations): Music performance and workshop, and others
④ South Asia
Commemoration of 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and India, 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh, 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka: Japanese music concert tour (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh); 'Wagashi' (Japanese confectionery) lecture and demonstration (India); and others
Commemoration of 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel: Kabuki dance performance; Japan-Israel joint production contemporary theater performance The Trojan Women; exhibition "Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan"; and others
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra concert tour; Japan booth and author lecture at Moscow International Intellectual Book Fair "non/fiction"; and others
⑦ United Kingdom
Programs associated with London Olympic Games: Shishiodori (antlered deer dance) performance at the Mayor's Thames Festival; grant for exhibition "Yoko Ono"; and others
(2) Continuous Projects and Programs Approaching the World at Large
① Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibitions
Traveling exhibitions of various themes including contemporary art, design, architecture, photography, crafts, Budo, and pop culture organized in 93 cities in 56 countries (106 exhibitions)
② Japanese Film Screenings Overseas
Organization of Japan film festivals and screenings of Japanese films in 67 countries and 1 region (100 projects) based on the Japan Foundation film library; funding support for Japanese film screenings in 25 countries (55 projects); distribution of 308 DVDs (7 titles) of narrative and documentary films with foreign-language subtitles to overseas offices and diplomatic missions abroad for screenings
③ TV Broadcasting Abroad
Broadcast of Japanese television programs including dramas and documentaries in 15 countries (16 programs)
④ Translation and Publication Grants
Support for translation and publication of books on Japan in 21 countries (40 titles)
⑤ International Book Fairs
Participation in 14 international book fairs worldwide to introduce Japanese culture through lectures, film screenings, traditional performing arts performances, Origami paper-folding classes and manga classes in Japan booths
⑥ International Art/Architecture Exhibitions
Participation in the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, where the Japan Pavilion exhibition "Architecture. Possible Here? Home-for-All" won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation; presentation of artworks in 15th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, where one work won a grand prize
(3) Building a Foundation to Introduce Japanese Culture and Promote Cultural Exchange
① Expert Exchange
Invitation of curators and art experts from the United States, Arab countries (United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain), Asia (Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia); organization of international symposiums by curators from Japan and abroad; and others
② Providing Information
Performing Arts Network Japan (performing arts.jp): Japanese-English website presenting information on contemporary performing arts in Japan, annual visitors 463,128, mail magazine subscribers 1,149
Japanese Film Database (JFDB): Annual visitors 539,272
Japanese Book News: Quarterly English-language newsletter introducing new books and the latest information on publications in Japan, five volumes, 5,000 copies each, total 25,000 copies
Japanese Literature in Translation Search: Annual visitors 4,366
2. Contributing to the World through Arts and Culture (see)
(1) Interactive, Collaborative Exchange Programs
① Joint Production of International Theater Performances
The Trojan Women (Israel), a combination of Kunqu opera and Noh theater The Spirits Play (China), SHUGEN ~Celebration/ Expression~ (China, Korea), and other theater performances and art exhibitions
② Interactive Exchange / Creating a Network of Experts
Organization of TPAM in Yokohama (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) and invitation of performing arts experts
Invitation of winners of the 6th International MANGA Award, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (China, Indonesia, Thailand)
Organization of international symposiums by curators from Japan and abroad, and others
(2) Initiatives to Tackle Global Challenges
① Projects to Preserve and Transmit Cultural Heritage, Address Environmental Issues
Cooperation in preserving and restoring Armenian dye culture; support for activities to preserve Tikal National Park, the mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site in Guatemala's center of the Maya civilization; exhibition "Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition" focusing on environmental issues; and others
② Initiatives to Support Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra concert tour in Russia; Minamisanriku Shishi-odori (antlered deer dance) tour in the United States; Oshu Kanatsu-style Shishi-odori (antlered deer dance) tour in the United Kingdom; lectures and demonstrations of Sanriku oyster dishes; symposiums and lectures by architects and experts leading recovery activities; Minamisanriku-Chile youth exchange of poems and songs; Miyagi-New Orleans youth jazz exchange; Japan-France joint production and recitation of picture-story show on Kesennuma sea squirts; support to artists from Scotland and Norway for stay and creative activities in Fukushima; and others
[Programs for Arts and Cultural Exchange]
(Excluding those for which numbers are given in the main text)
Cultural presentation (dispatch ·········· 30 projects (97 cities in 66 countries)
Performing arts ·········· 15 projects (49 cities in 27 countries)
Art exhibitions ·········· 8 projects (10 cities in 9 countries)
Networking of specialists ·········· 12 projects (7 cities in 10 countries and 1 region)
Grant for cultural presentation ·········· 54 projects (73 cities in 36 countries)
Grant for visual arts exchange ·········· 71 projects (62 cities in 32 countries)
Grant for performing arts exchange ·········· 100 projects (223 cities in 60 countries and 1 region)
Performing Arts Japan (North America, Europe) ·········· 21 projects (49 cities in 12 countries)
Cultural cooperation ·········· 8 projects (14 cities in 9 countries)
Grant for cultural cooperation ·········· 17 projects (27 cities in 18 countries)
Performances and demonstrations
by artists and specialists in disaster areas ·········· 4 projects (11 cities in 6 countries)
Lectures and dialogue by leaders in
recovery activities in disaster areas ·········· 10 projects (10 cities in 7 countries)
Support for cultural activities in disaster areas
and exchange projects inspired by their outcome ·········· 4 projects (5 countries)
3. Fostering Future Leaders of Japan-China Exchange (see)
(1) Long-Term Exchange Program for Chinese High School Students
Completion of training and return to China of 32 sixth-term participants; arrival of 32 new seventh-term participants
(2) Establishment and Operation of Centers for Face-to-Face Exchanges
Operation of centers for Face-to-Face Exchanges established in 11 cities in China; Annual visitors (including readers of magazines and books) 43,863
(3) Building a Network for Japan-China Exchange
Planning and implementation of five dispatch projects and two invitation projects; provision of project information; operation of dedicated website Heart-to-Heart to share information and strengthen ties between participants
Summary of Japanese-Language Education
1. Promoting the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (see)
(1) JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education Revised
The second editions of the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education 2010 and the JF Standard 2010 User's Guide were published. Combined with the first editions, about 6,000 copies of each publication have been distributed. The English and Korean versions of the JF Standard 2010 were made available on the website.
(2) JF Standard-related Seminars, Etc.
We implemented 51 projects to publicize and promote the JF Standard through seminars, academic associations, and workshops at home and abroad.
(3) "Grant Program for the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education Activities" Launched
We started a new grant program to support activities that help promote the JF Standard, and provided grants for eight projects implemented by overseas academic/teacher associations in the field of Japanese-language education.
2. JF Language Course (see)
JF Language Courses were offered at 29 locations in 26 countries. These locations were overseas offices of the Japan Foundation as well as Japan Centers in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, and Laos, countries which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provides assistance.
3. Survey on the Present Situation of Overseas Japanese-Language Education (see)
We conducted the "2012 Survey of Overseas Organizations Involved in Japanese-Language Education," and provided information and data concerning Japanese-language education in 203 countries and regions.
4. Online Educational Tools (see)
(1) WEB Version of Erin's Challenge! I can speak Japanese.
Visits to the site totaled 5.5 million hits (13.6 million hits since fiscal 2010).
(2) Minna no Kyozai
Visits to the site totaled 3.37 million hits (67.71 million hits since fiscal 2002).
(3) MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus)
This website was made available to the general public in February 2013.
(4) NIHONGO de CARE-NAVI
Visits to the site totaled 750,000 hits.
(5) Japanese in Anime & Manga
Visits to the site totaled 2.85 million hits.
Visits to the site totaled 1.11 million hits.
5. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (see)
(1) 1st Test (July 1):
The July test was held in 103 (including 6 new) cities in 22 countries and regions abroad, with 202,943 people taking the test.
(2) 2nd Test (December 2):
The December test was held in 201 (including 7 new) cities in 61 countries and regions abroad, with 246,123 people taking the test.
Overseas examinees totaled 449,066.
6. Dispatch of Japanese-Language Specialists (see)
(1) Japanese-Language Specialists: 123 posts in 39 countries
Senior Specialists: 38 posts in 26 countries
Specialists: 64 posts in 30 countries
Assistants: 21 posts in 14 countries
(2) Dispatch of Interns
With the collaboration of Japanese universities offering a Japanese-language teacher training program, we provided 358 undergraduate and graduate students at 48 universities with opportunities to serve as Japanese-language teaching interns in 107 institutions in 27 countries and regions.
(3) Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program(J-LEAP)
This program promotes cultural and human exchanges between Japan and the United States and supports Japanese-language education in the U.S. Ten new assistants were dispatched, raising to 23 the number of the assistants at primary and secondary educational institutions across the United States who cooperate in promoting a better understanding of Japanese culture and society in local communities.
7. Projects to Support Japanese-Language Education (see)
The JF Nihongo Network, also known as the "Sakura Network," globally links the Japan Foundation's overseas offices and core Japanese-language organizations, with 123 members in 44 countries and 2 r egions (as of the end of fiscal 2012).
We operate 147 schemes implemented at 21 of our overseas offices, and provided grants for 66 programs by the network's core members in 26 countries and 2 regions.
We also provided assistance for 158 activities by Japanese-language institutions and groups in 58 countries where support from our overseas offices is difficult to access.
8. Training for Overseas Teachers(see)
(1) Graduate School Education with the Collaboration of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Graduate Program on Japanese Language and Culture (Master's Course): 4 students from 4 countries (existing students)
Graduate Program on Japanese Language and Culture (Doctoral Course): 3 students from 3 countries (existing students)
(2) Advanced Training for Teachers of the Japanese Language
Ten teachers from eight countries participated in the program which targets Japanese-language teachers with specific challenges such as developing educational materials.
(3) Training Programs for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese Language
Short-term: 123 teachers from 36 countries and regions
Long-term: 57 teachers from 32 countries
China: 58 teachers at universities and secondary schools
Korea: 50 teachers
Malaysia: 14 teachers
Philippines: 22 teachers
Thailand: 61 teachers
Hungary: 5 teachers
(4) Training for 'Nikkei' Teachers of the Japanese Language
Taking over part of the Nikkei Heritage Education Training Program for Japanese emigrants and their descendants ('Nikkei') from JICA, we provided a new training program specializing in teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Twelve people participated in the two-month program.
9. Training for Overseas Learners (see)
(1) Programs for Specialists (Foreign-Service Officers/ Public Officials)
39 people from 37 countries and regions for 8 months
Visits to government offices, public organizations, universities and other educational institutions, and private companies were added to language training to facilitate interaction with those persons concerned. Lectures in collaboration with the Osaka School of International Public Policy were also offered.
(2) Programs for Specialists (Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields)
67 people from 21 countries for 2 or 6 months
The participants were provided with training to learn Japanese and, for example, enhance the interview skills necessary for activities as specialists in cultural and academic fields.
(3) Programs for Overseas Students and Learners
University Students: 83 people from 23 countries
Outstanding Students: 66 people from 64 countries
Outstanding Students in the JF Language Course: 35 people from 20 countries
High School Students: 31 people from 11 countries
Lee Soo-Hyun Youth Exchange Program: 30 people from Korea
JET Memorial Invitation Program for U.S. High School Students: 32 people
Support Program through Domestic Collaboration: 91 people from 25 countries and regions
Training Program for JET Participants in Osaka: 15 people from 4 countries
10. Japanese-Language Education for Nurse/ Certified Care Worker Candidates under EPAs (see)
A preparatory Japanese-language education program was provided for the candidates to make their training in Japan as effective as possible. Before coming to Japan, 48 nurses and 107 care workers in Indonesia and 65 nurses and 83 care workers in the Philippines participated in the six-month program.
11. Commissioned Training Programs
(1) Commissioned Programs for the JENESYS Programme
Special Invitation of Japanese-Language Teachers in East Asia: 49 teachers from 11 countries
Japanese-Language Program for University Students in East Asia (College in Japan): 39 people from 8 countries
Training Program for East Asian University Students Studying Japanese (summer): 36 people from 10 countries
(2) Other Commissioned Programs
Preparatory Training Program for Young Japanese-Language Teachers before Dispatch: 21 teachers from 1 country
Training for Russian Japanese-Language Teachers in Primary and Secondary Education: 11 teachers
Japanese-Language Program for Students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong: 10 people
Japanese-Language Program for High School Students from Victoria State, Australia: 22 people
Japanese-Language Training Program for Indonesian University Students (commissioned by the Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange): 2 people
Canon Vietnam Japanese-Language Program: 2 people
Japanese-Language Program for Japanese-Language Teachers from Gyeong Sang Nam-do Province, Korea: 20 people
Japanese-Language Program for Students in the Japanese- Language Course at Yan Chai Hospital No. 2 Secondary School in Hong Kong: 10 people
Training Program for Primary and Secondary Japanese-Language Teachers of New Zealand: 7 people
Japan Study Tour for High School Students of MJCCC(Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre): 8 people
12. Libraries of the Japanese-Language Institutes
Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa Visitors: 18,798 people
Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai Visitors: 17,341 people
Summary of Japanese Studies and
Intellectual Exchange Programs
1. Support for Japanese Studies Organizations (see)
(1) Recipients of Grants for Japanese Studies Institutions
82 institutions in 34 countries and 1 region
China: Japan Research Center, Fudan University; Japan Research Institute, Liaoning University; Nankai University; Northeast Normal University; Institute of Contrastive Research of Chinese and Japanese Cultures, Northeastern University; Northwest University; Sichuan International Studies University; Institute of Japanese Culture Studies, Zhejiang Gongshang University
Korea: Institute of Japanese Studies, Hallym University; Center for Japanese Studies, Institute of Japanese Studies, Kookmin University; Korea University; Institute for Japanese Studies, Seoul National University
Taiwan: National Chengchi University
Indonesia: Graduate School of University of Indonesia
Malaysia: University of Malaya
The Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University; De La Salle University; Asian Center, University of the Philippines
Singapore: National University of Singapore
Thailand: Japan Study Center, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University; Chulalongkorn University; Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University; Department of Japanese, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University
Vietnam: Foreign Trade University; Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; Vietnam National University, Hanoi
India: University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Australia: Australian National University
New Zealand: University of Auckland
③ North America
U.S.A.*: Arizona State University; University of California, Berkley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Santa Barbara; Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies, Chicago School of Professional Psychology; University of Cincinnati; Columbia University; Duke University; Furman University; University of Illinois; Indiana University; Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies**; International Writing Program, University of Iowa; Kennesaw State University, Georgia; Kyoto Consortium for Japanese studies**; University of Michigan; Japan Center for Michigan Universities; Pennsylvania State University; Saint Mary's University; University of Southern California; University of Texas at Austin; University of Virginia; University of Washington; Western Michigan University; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Wittenberg University;
④ Central and South America
Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico
Brazil: School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences, University of São Paulo
Belgium: Catholic University Leuven
France: Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
Germany: University of Bonn
Ireland: University College Cork
Italy: University of Milan, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Norway: University of Oslo
Spain: Autonomous University of Barcelona
U.K.: University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University
Croatia: University of Zagreb
Hungary: Eötvös Loránd University
Lithuania: Vytautas Magnus University
Romania: University of Bucharest
Russia: Far Eastern National University
Uzbekistan: Tashkent State Oriental Institute
⑥ Middle East
Egypt: Faculty of Al-Asun (Languages), Ain Shams University
Iran: Faculty of Literature and Foreign Languages, University of Tehran; Faculty of World Studies, University of Teheran
Iraq: Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq
Israel: Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University
Turkey: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Bogazici University
(2) Beijing Center for Japanese Studies
Support for Beijing Foreign Studies University: Dispatched 13 scholars to teach graduate students majoring in Japanese studies and invited 20 master's program students to Japan for research. Offered fellowships to two doctoral students and funded research projects by teaching staff.
Support for Peking University (Center for Japanese Studies): Dispatched 11 scholars as teaching staff and invited 20 graduate students to conduct research in Japan.
2. Japanese Studies Fellowship (see)
(1) Scholars/researchers, long-term: 136 people from 35 countries
(2) Scholars/researchers, short-term: 36 people from 22 countries
(3) Ph.D. candidates: 122 people from 36 countries
3. Enhancing Japanese Studies Networks (see)
Japanese studies seminar tour in Vietnam, survey on Japanese studies researchers and organizations in North America, and others.
European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Japanese Studies Graduate Summer School 2012 at the Australian National University, Gesellschaft für Japanforschung (GJF), and others. (Grant breakdown: 11 conferences, 6 seminars and 9 reunions of former exchange students to Japan)
4. Intellectual Exchange: Expansion of International Outreach Efforts (see)
Japan and China Intellectual Exchange Promotion Project(Invitation of individuals)
Invited eight Chinese researchers and academics to Japan to promote intellectual exchange and facilitate networking opportunities. The visiting researchers conducted research and met and exchanged ideas with other researchers and specialists during their one- to two-month stay in Japan.
India-Japan Social Entrepreneur Exchange Project
Designed to encourage the creation of new values and networking, the project provided an opportunity for a group of ten Japanese social entrepreneurs to visit India to meet and exchange views with Indian social entrepreneurs through participating in field visits and workshops.
Invitation of Young Intellectuals from the Middle East: "Redesigning a Community and Society through Creative Solutions to Social Issues"
Invited a group of ten youth leaders (five each from Bahrain and Kuwait) in their late 20s to 30s for a ten-day program in Japan focusing on the theme "social ties." Through visits to Tokyo and the Tohoku region, the participants studied social changes accompanying urbanization, such as growing individualism, and issues regarding the traditional family and community relationships, which are common concerns faced by both Japan and the Arab states.
Japan-China-Korea Cultural Exchange Forum
Asia-Europe Intercultural City Summit 2012 Hamamatsu
Japan and China Intellectual Exchange Promotion Project(Invitation of groups)
Asia Leadership Fellow Program
Exhibition, Seminar & Workshop JISHIN ITSUMO in Thailand
Japan-India Dialogue: Forum "India's Foreign and Strategic Policy in Asia-The India-China-U.S. Troika and Japan"
Peace Building through Culture in Sri Lanka
New Approach to "Human Security" in Asia-A publication commemorative event
"Culture and Social Innovation: Tokyo Conference"
"Community x Graffiti @ Temporary Dwellings in Ishinomaki" workshop and demonstration
Germany-Japan Symposium: "Changing Societies"
Germany-Japan Symposium: "Science Communication"
"The Commemorative Meeting for the Recovery from the March 11th Great East Japan Earthquake in Berlin"
Japanese Study Seminar at CEEJA in Alsace: "Taisho/Prewar(Showa)"
Ukiyo-e Seminar Tour in Eastern Europe
Invitation of Russian Young Specialists on Japanese Studies and Journalists
5. Intellectual Exchange: Human Resource Development (see)
(1) Grants for Human Resource Development:30
Japan-China Exchange Visit Project 2012, round-table
discussion on classroom observations at teacher training in Japan and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and others.
(2) Fellowship for Intellectual Exchange:10
The fellowship provided a two-month research opportunity in Japan for selected intellectuals from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The research topics of the fellows included psychological aspects of the works of Haruki Murakami, social entrepreneurship and corporate CSR, among others.
6. Intellectual Exchange with the United States (see)
(1) Abe Fellowship Program
The program provided fellowships to 13 scholars from Japan and the U.S. to promote research on pressing global issues, help enhance the bilateral partnership, and create and expand the network of professionals engaged in Japan-U.S. relations. Four journalists were awarded the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, which supports media reporting that contributes to promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S. through exhaustive research.
(2) CGP APSIA Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders
Invited 15 U.S. graduate students studying international relations to a ten-day study trip to Japan as part of an effort to develop professionals knowledgeable about Japan in order to support and advance the Japan-U.S. alliance into the future.
(3) The Invitation Program for U.S. Experts on Asian Affairs
Invited a four-person delegation consisting of U.S. scholars on Asia to meet and hold discussions and develop a network of contacts with Japan's policy makers, bureaucrats, academics, business and civil society leaders.
(4) The U.S.-Japan Network for the Future
Jointly sponsored by CGP and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, the two- year training pr ogram provided an opportunity for 14 early and mid-career specialists on Japan recruited from across the U.S. to take part in debate retreats and meetings with policymakers, business leaders, and scholars of the two countries.
(5) Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI): 12 coordinators in service(3 new, 9 from the previous year)
(6) The Japanese American Leadership Symposium: 1 held
(7) Kizuna (Bond) Project: Sent 1,058 Japanese students; Invited 1,194 U.S. students
(8) Grants: 79
Open application grants: 17; Grants for U.S. think tanks: 4; Grants for CGP-organized programs: 20; CGP New York smallscale grants: 31; CGP New York grants for Japan-America Societies: 7
7. The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)
The 25th Joint Plenary Meeting, held in April 2012 in Tokyo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of CULCON, adopted a Joint Statement agreeing to establish an education task force that will recommend initiatives to leaders of the two countries designed to help achieve the goal of doubling the number of student exchange between Japan and the United States by 2020.(photo)