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Summary of Japanese-Language Education Overseas Programs (see)

1.Promoting the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education

Expanded language offerings for JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education introductory pamphlets
Produced the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education (New Edition) User's Guide
Published Marugoto Intermediate 1 (B1)
Implemented 36 activities such as holding various seminars in Japan and overseas, providing information through training sessions, etc., and providing advice for joint research

2.JF Language Course

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 5.5 million times in 12 months

(2)The Minna no Kyozai website accessed approximately 1.73 million times in 12 months

(3)Approximately 10,000 registered users for JF Japanese e-Learning Minato

(4)The Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese website accessed approximately 270,000 times in 12 months

(5)The Listen Together: The Songs of Japan website accessed approximately 200,000 times in 12 months

(6)The MARUGOTO Plus websites accessed approximately 2.74 million times in 12 months

(7)The Japanese in Anime & Manga website accessed approximately 1.5 million times in 12 months

(8)The NIHONGO e website accessed approximately 1.22 million times in 12 months

(9)The Nihongo de Care-navi website accessed approximately 760,000 times in 12 months

(10)The HIRAGANA/KATAKANA Memory Hint (character learning app) downloaded approximately 130,000 times in 12 months

(11)The KANJI Memory Hint 1&2 (character learning app) downloaded approximately 40,000 times in 12 months

4.Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

1st Session (July 3)
Overseas: Held in 119 cities in 31 countries/regions, with 268,135 applicants (227,852 examinees).
Japan*: Held in 45 prefectures, with 121,539 applicants (113,227 examinees).
2nd Session (December 4)
Overseas: Held in 217 cities in 69 countries/regions, with 331,419 applicants (281,812 examinees).
Japan*: Held in 45 prefectures, with 145,201 applicants (132,911 examinees).
* In Japan, the test is run by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES).

5.Surveys and provision of information relating to Japanese-Language Projects

Report on "Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad 2015" was published
Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Education Bulletin issued annually
Operation of website Nihongo Kyôiku Kuni·Chiikibetsu Jôhô (Information on Japanese-language education by country/region; available in Japanese)

6.Japanese-Language Education Overseas Programs of Overseas Offices and the "JF Nihongo Network" (Sakura Network)

Japan Foundation overseas office programs: 251 programs in 28 countries/regions
 Sakura Network: 287 member organizations in 91 countries
 Sakura Network Member Japanese-language Study Tours: 431 participants from 9 countries
 Grant Program for "Sakura Network": 114 grants from 45 countries/regions
 Grant Program for Japanese-Language Education Activities: 165 grants in 62 countries/regions

7.Dispatch and invitation of Japanese-language specialists

Dispatching of Japanese-language specialists and other personnel
 Senior Specialists: 30 posts in 21 countries/regions
 Specialists: 69 posts in 35 countries/regions
 Assistants: 16 posts in 13 countries/regions
 J-LEAP: 22 posts in 1 country
Short-term dispatching of Japanese-language specialists: 2 (Myanmar)
Dispatching of Japanese-Language Education Interns: 274 students from 47 Japanese universities dispatched to 82 institutions in 15 countries/regions
 Language educator advocacy visits to Japan: 33 total from Indonesia and Thailand

8.Training programs for overseas teachers

Training Program for Leading Teachers of the Japanese Language
 Graduate Program in Japanese Language and Culture (Master's Course): 9 people (5 new, 4 continuing) from 7 countries
Training Program for Teachers of the Japanese Language
 Advanced: 3 people in 2 countries/regions
 Long-term: 55 people in 34 countries/regions
 Short-term: 88 people in 33 countries/regions
  Short-term (Summer): 48 people in 26 countries/regions
  Short-term (Winter): 40 people in 17 countries/regions
 Japanese descendants: 4 people in 1 country
 Sakura Network Training (Basic): 13 people in 9 countries
 Sakura Network Training (Pre-Advanced): 24 people in 10 countries
 Training Program for teachers of JF Language course: 21 people in 17 countries
 South Korean secondary school teachers: 32 people
 Chinese university teachers: 28 people
 Chinese secondary school teachers: 19 people
 Thai secondary education civil servant Japanese-language teachers: 50 people
 Japanese Speakers' Forum: 33 people from 6 countries
 Thai Japanese-language Training: 21 people

9.Training programs for overseas learners

Japanese-Language Program for Specialists
 Program for specialists in FY2015 (ongoing)
  Foreign service officers: 34 people from 34 countries/regions
  Public officials: 3 people from 3 countries/regions
 Program for specialists in FY2016
  Foreign service officers: 29 people from 28 countries/regions
  Public officials: 9 people from 8 countries/regions
 Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields
  2-month course: 16 people from 11 countries/regions
  6-month course: 17 people from 10 countries/regions
Japanese-Language Programs for Overseas Students
 Study-Tour Award Program for Outstanding Students: 58 people from 58 countries
 Japanese-Language Teachers' Training College Course in Japan
 Indonesia: 30 trainees
 Vietnam: 25 trainees
 "Sakura Network" Training Program for Teachers and Learners of the Japanese-Language (Planning Type): 69 people in 25 countries/regions
 Japanese-Language Training Program for students from five Central Asian countries: 102 people
 Japanese-Language brush-up training for teachers at secondary schools in Thailand: 14 people
 Japanese-Language Training Program for Brazilian students/teachers: 25 people
 High School Students: 30 students from 10 countries/regions
 The Lee Soo-Hyun Youth Exchange Program: 20 high school students from South Korea
 Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Partner University Students: 36 people in 16 countries
Local Exchange Programs
 Basic Japanese-Language Program for JET participants in Osaka: 35 people from 6 countries
 Intensive Japanese-Language Training Program for Australian Teachers invited by Osaka Prefectural Government: 5 people

10.Japanese-Language Pre-training Program for Candidates for Nurses and Care Workers under EPAs

6-month preparatory Japanese-language training programs for prospective nurses and care workers implemented in Indonesia and the Philippines
4 EPA-related training programs implemented in 2 countries
 FY2015 (ongoing):
  291 from Indonesia / 344 from the Philippines
 FY2016 (new):
  326 from Indonesia / 323 from the Philippines

11.Commissioned training programs

Preparatory Training in Japan for Overseas Teachers of Hakuho Scheme for a Global Children's Japanese Language Network (Hakuho Foundation): 14 teachers from 14 countries/regions
Preparatory training program prior to dispatch to Russia (Japan Russia Youth Exchange Center): 16 young Japanese-language teachers
Kyongsan-nando Japanese language teacher overseas training program in FY2016: 10 participants
Canon Vietnam Japanese-Language Program: 1 student
Japan Latvian Society in Kansai Japanese-Language Program: 1 person
In Country Training Programme for Japanese Language Teachers of New Zealand: 7 teachers
Darfield High School Trip: 7 students
Heretaunga High School Trip: 7 students
Japanese-Language Program for Indonesian University Students (Commissioned by Osaka Gas Foundation of International Cultural Exchange): 2 university students
Kuwait University Japanese-Language Program:
12 university students

12.Libraries of Japanese-Language Institutes

The Library of the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa received 19,954 visitors
The Library of the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai received 17,916 visitors