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3 Fields of Cultural Exchange


Japanese-Language Education Overseas

We create and enhance Japanese-language education environments worldwide in order to help more people around the world obtain opportunities to study Japanese. We also coordinate with governments and educational institutions in a variety of countries and regions to provide effective support aimed at meeting local needs.

  • Japanese-Language Proficiency Tests
    (including tests conducted in Japan)
    866,294 people
    in 273 cities of 74 countries/regions

  • The JF Nihongo
    287 organizations
    in 91 countries/regions
  • Japanese-Language Education Projects by Japan Centers and JF overseas offices
    127,202 attendees
    for 251 programs
    in 28 countries/regions
  • JF Language Courses/Cultural Japanese Courses
    21,217 people
    in 31 cities
    of 28 countries/regions
  • Japanese-Language Specialists overseas
    137 posts in 41 countries/regions
  • Japanese-Language Training Projects for Overseas Learners
    2,318 people in 105 countries/regions
Looking back on FY2016

Programs for enhancing Japanese learning
environments were advanced globally to expand
Japanese language learning opportunities

We believe that carrying out Japanese-Language Education Overseas is an important activity that builds not only a foundation for greater understanding of Japan but also bridges between Japan and the world. We have implemented a wide range of projects in countries and regions around the world aimed at creating environments that make it easier for people to both learn and teach Japanese.

The JF Nihongo Network ("Sakura Network"), a network of core Japanese-language educational institutions, has expanded its membership to 287 institutions in 91 countries/regions. It seeks to enhance and invigorate Japanese-language education around the world, with the cooperation of 22 overseas offices of the Japan Foundation and 8 locations of the Japan Center for Human Resources Development.

One of the trends seen overseas in recent years is the extension of Japanese-language education to elementary and secondary schools.

In FY2016, we supported the introduction and enhancement of Japanese-language education in elementary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom, Laos, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, and elsewhere by working together with local educational administrative bodies to produce textbooks, train teachers, invite education specialists to Japan, and carry out other forms of support.

We have also worked to foster human resources in various countries/regions who can support Japanese education and engage in cultural exchange with Japan. As part of this effort, 997 people were provided with training at the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai. We also held Japanese-Language Proficiency Tests in 273 cities around the world, including Japan, and these were taken by approximately 760,000 people. These and other programs are helping to expand Japanese-language education around the world while meeting newly arising needs. To further enhance Japanese-language education abroad, we are coordinating our project efforts with local professionals and organizations in this field.

Masayuki Suzuki, Managing Director, Japanese-Language Department

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