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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Language[Japanese-Language Education Overseas]
Support and Promotion of Japanese-Education and Learning in Each Country/Region

We work in coordination with governments, local authorities, and educational organizations to provide effective support that meets local needs relating to educational organizations, educational policies, and the objectives and interests of learners. The support includes provision of funding to educational organizations, dispatching of Japanese-language specialists, and inviting teachers and learners to Japan to engage in various kinds of training.

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The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa

The Japan Foundation Japanese- Language Institute, Urawa, established in 1989, provides training programs for teachers of Japanese-Language overseas, in which 400 to 500 teachers participate each year. So far, a total of 10,857 teachers from 117 countries and regions have been invited to the Institute for its training program. It also develops and provides teaching materials and the JF Standard for Japanese-language education.

Image picture of [Japanese-language teacher trainees from abroad attending a Japanese culture class]
Japanese-language teacher trainees from abroad attending a Japanese culture class

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai support to overseas learners. Diplomats, public servants, and Japan specialists are invited to the institute from various countries to receive training in specialized Japanese that is useful for their work duties and research. We also coordinate with local governments and other organizations to promote international cultural exchange projects.

Image picture of [Diplomats receiving training at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai©Mariko Tagashira]
Diplomats receiving training at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai ©Mariko Tagashira

Japanese-language teacher training policies in Thailand

From 1994 to 2014, we collaborated with Thailand’s Ministry of Education on organizing a course for Japanese-language teachers. From 2013, we have been assisting with a plan to foster 200 teachers by 2018.

In May 2015 we co-hosted the 2015 International Japanese Camp with Thailand’s Ministry of Education. The aim of the camp project is to enhance the capabilities of Japanese-language teachers in Thailand and eventually create an independently self-perpetuating teacher training cycle. A total of 190 high school students and Japanese teachers from 9 countries including Thailand participated in the camp. We are implementing, as a single policy package, multiple projects such as teacher training at the Institute of Urawa, intensive training courses in Bangkok, and the camp project.

Photo of [Group work at the 2015 International Japanese Camp in Thailand]
Group work at the 2015 International Japanese Camp in Thailand

Photo of [A social gathering during the 2015 International Japanese Camp in Thailand]
A social gathering during the 2015 International Japanese Camp in Thailand

Expanding the JF Nihongo Network (Sakura Network)

In order to popularize the Japanese language and enhance Japanese-language education we are building a network to link Japanese-language education organizations and Japanese-language teacher associations around the world, hoping that this network will develop Japanese-language education globally. In fiscal 2015, 157 additional organizations were accepted as Sakura Members, raising the number of members to 284 organizations in 91 countries/regions.

Dartford Grammar School, United Kingdom. Sakura Network Member Certification Ceremony

A certification ceremony was held in the U.K. for Dartford Grammar School, a new Sakura Network Member in FY 2015. At the ceremony, the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, mentioned that the Japanese language A-Level exam would be continued despite moves to have it abolished and her awareness of the importance of Japanese language education.

Group photo taken at [The Sakura Network Member certification ceremony conducted in London]
The Sakura Network Member certification ceremony conducted in London.From the right: then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan, Dartford Grammar School Headmaster John Oakes, and Director General of the Japan Foundation London Mana Takatori

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