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Summary of Japanese-Language Education Overseas Programs (see)

1. Promoting the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education

JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education Pamphlet produced in additional languages
JF Standard for Japanese-language education-based roleplay test manual revised
Marugoto: Japanese language and Culture course book for Pre-intermediate (A2/B1) level published
58 activities, including the provision of information to those holding seminars and training sessions in Japan and overseas and advice to those conducting collaborative research, implemented

2. JF Language Courses

JF Language Courses held in 31 cities in 28 countries/regions

3. Online educational tools

(1) The online version of Erin’s Challenge! I can speak Japanese accessed 6.2 million times in 12 months

(2) The Minna no Kyozai website accessed 2.04 million times in 12 months

(3) Marugoto Plus website accessed 2.28 million times in 12 months

(4) The Nihongo de Care-Navi website accessed 770,000 times in 12 months

(5) The Japanese in Anime and Manga website accessed 1.92 million times in 12 months

(6) The Nihongo-e-Na website accessed 1.23 million times in 12 months

4. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

(1) 1st session (July 5)

Test held in 115 cities in 28 countries/regions and sat by 215,705 people. In Japan* 83,592 people in 45 prefectures took the test.

(2) 2nd session (December 6)

Test held in 209 cities in 65 countries/regions and sat by 252,745 people. In Japan* 100,477 people in 45 prefectures took the test.

* In Japan, the test is organized by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES).

5. Surveys and provision of information relating to Japanese-language projects

Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad
Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Education Bulletin issued annually
Website Nihongo Kyôiku Kuni·Chiikibetsu Jôhô (Information on Japanese-language education by country/region; available in Japanese) operated

6. The "JF Nihongo Network"
(Sakura Network)

The Sakura Network has 284 member organizations in 91countries/regions
JF Nihongo base project
 198 projects hosted in 27 countries/regions
 80 grants provided in 40 countries/regions
 Sakura expansion (planned visits to Japan for training) involved the participation
 of 18 people from five countries/regions
 Visits to Japan by outstanding JF language course students for further training: (Summer)
 23 students from 22 countries/regions; (Autumn) 28 students from 24 countries/regions
157 grants aimed at popularizing the Japanese language provided in 68 countries

7. Overseas dispatching/invitation of Japanese-language specialists

Dispatching of Japanese-language specialists and others
 Senior Specialists: 33 posts in 24 countries/regions
 Specialists: 64 posts in 35 countries/regions
 Assistants: 18 posts in 15 countries/regions
 J-LEAP: 18 posts
Short-term dispatching of Japanese-Language specialists
 Myanmar: 1 / Indonesia: 4
269 overseas Japanese-language education interns dispatched from 44 Japanese universities to 133 organizations in 26 countries/regions
Overseas Japanese-language education planning project
 Nihongo-jin Forums: 36 people from 6 countries
Language educator advocacy visits to Japan
 Indonesian language educator advocacy
 Thai language educator advocacy
 British language educator advocacy

8. Training programs in Japan for overseas teachers

Fostering of Japanese-language teachers who will assume leadership roles
 Japanese-language educator training program (master’s program): 8 people (4 new, 4
 continuing) from 7 countries
Overseas Japanese-language teacher training
 Advanced: 9 people in 7 countries/regions
 Long-term: 51 people in 32 countries/regions
 Short-term: 87 people in 28 countries/regions
 Short-term (Spring): 20 people in 9 countries/regions
 Short-term (Summer): 44 people in 21 countries/regions
 Short-term (Winter): 23 people in 13 countries/regions
 Foreign nationals of Japanese descent: 5 people in 2 countries
 49 South Korean secondary education Japanese-language teachers trained
 27 Chinese tertiary education Japanese-language teachers trained
 18 Chinese secondary education Japanese-language teachers trained
 37 Japanese Teacher Association of Thailand Japanese-language teachers trained
 50 Thai secondary education civil servant Japanese-language teachers trained
 19 Filipino secondary education Japanese-language teachers trained
 14 Malaysian secondary education Japanese-
 language teachers trained
Regional exchange training
 5 Japanese-language teachers from Queensland, Australia, trained in Osaka Prefecture

9. Training programs in Japan for overseas Japanese-language learners

Specialized Japanese-language training
 Specialized Japanese-language training in fiscal 2014 (ongoing)
  Diplomats: 29 people from 29 countries/regions
  Civil Servants: 6 people from 6 countries/regions
 Specialized Japanese-language training in fiscal 2015
  Diplomats: 34 people from 34 countries/regions
  Civil Servants: 3 people from 3 countries/regions
 Cultural/academic specialists
  2-month course: 20 people from 11 countries/regions
  6-month course: 19 people from 10 countries/regions
 Japanese-language learner visits to Japan for training
  People who achieved outstanding results in each country: 63 people from 61 countries
  Japanese-language education capacity building
  Southeast Asian Japanese-language teacher training
  Southeast Asia Teachers’ Training College in Japan:
   Indonesia: 30 trainees
   Thailand: 30 trainees
  Training in Japan for 21 Brazilian Japanese-language teachers/people scheduled to study
  in Japan
  29 high school students from 10 countries/regions received training
  32 high school students participated in U.S. JET commemorative training program
  in Japan
  20 South Korean youths participated in Lee Soo Hyun memorial training program in Japan
  31 university students from 13 countries/regions received training in Japan
  in coordination with Japanese universities
Regional exchange training
  21 JET Program youths from five countries/regions received training in Osaka Prefecture

10. Economic Partnership Agreement-related Japanese-language education training

6-month preparatory Japanese-language training programs for prospective nursing and care workers implemented in Indonesia and the Philippines.
4 EPA-related training programs implemented in 2 countries
Fiscal 2014 (ongoing):
 281 from Indonesia / 289 from the Philippines
Fiscal 2015 (new):
 291 from Indonesia / 344 from the Philippines

11. Commissioned training programs

10 teachers from 9 countries/regions participated in the Hakuho Foundation Training Program for Teachers in Japan
18 young Japanese-language teachers from Japan participated in a Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center preparatory training program prior to dispatch to Russia
1 student participated in the Canon Vietnam Japanese-Language Program in Japan
2 Indonesian university students received Japanese-language training
6 Japanese-language teachers from New Zealand received training in Japan
2 university faculty members from the U.S.A. received training in Japan
1 person participated in the Japan Latvian Society in Kansai Japanese-Language Program
8 people participated in the Asociación de Japonés del Estado de México Japanese-Language Program
22 Nelson College students received training in Japan
1 person who achieved outstanding results at the Central America and Caribbean Japanese Language Contest received training

12. Libraries of Japanese-Language Institutes

The library of the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa received 18,056 visitors
The library of the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai received 16,970 visitors