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Message from the President

With the objective of cultivating friendships and ties between Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation implements a variety of projects in three fields of Art and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

With a long-term perspective in forming true friendship, we carry out fostering human resources in the fields of Japanese-language education and Japanese studies, presenting Japan’s art and culture, and promoting beneficial relations with cultural institutions and artists. On the other hand, we also respond to the need for the development of large-scale project frameworks aimed at making cultural contributions to Japan’s diplomatic policy issues amidst the changes of international affairs that happened every now and then.

Fiscal 2015 saw the full-scale launch of two programs: the Asia Center Programs and the Program for Japanese TV Broadcasting Abroad.

The Asia Center Programs features on two-way art and cultural exchange between Japan and countries in Southeast Asia to reinforce Japan's relationships with these countries as they have become increasingly important in recent years. Through the program, 3,000 Japanese-language education personnel will be dispatched to secondary schools and other institutions in Southeast Asia by 2020 as "NIHONGO Partners," and will provide assistance to local Japanese-language teachers. Another focus of the program is collaborative work on creating movies and theater productions, among others.

The Program for Japanese TV Broadcasting Abroad involves providing high-quality television contents produced by television stations throughout Japan to countries in Africa, Latin America, and other regions where it is difficult to commercially broadcast Japanese programs.

Both are temporary programs that provide a timely response to current issues. All of the Japan Foundation's executives and employees will unite to ensure that the programs will achieve visible result by operating it in an agile and efficient manner.

In recent years, many different facets of Japanese culture have come to be highly appreciated overseas. The Japan Foundation is now expected to make even greater contributions to supporting this development as an organization that is dedicated to international cultural exchange. To live up to people's expectations both from within Japan and overseas, we will continue to work proactively to enhance our projects and strengthen our organizational structure.

We sincerely appreciate your continued understanding and support.

Hiroyasu Ando
The Japan Foundation
December 2016

Photo of [Hiroyasu Ando], President The Japan Foundation