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Cultivating friendship and ties between Japan and the world

Through culture, language and dialogue, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust and mutual understanding.

The Japan Foundation is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. The three major focuses of our activities are Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. The Japan Foundation has a global network consisting of the Tokyo Headquarters, the Kyoto Office, two affiliated organizations (the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa; and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai) and 25 overseas offices (including two Japan Foundation Asia Center Liaison Offices). We are working to facilitate exchange in a variety of fields with the aim of further deepening mutual understanding and ties between Japanese people and the world.


The Japan Foundation develops programs in three different fields—Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

Culture - Arts and Cultural Exchange

Coming into contact with arts and cultures from other countries generates and stimulates people's interest and empathy beyond language barriers. By introducing a wide variety of Japanese arts and culture to people around the world, we bring people closer together.

Language - Japanese-Language Education Overseas

Teaching the Japanese language to people outside Japan helps to increase their interest in and understanding of Japan. We work to enhance Japanese-language learning environments around the world to provide more people with opportunities to study Japanese.

Dialogue - Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange

The enhancement of Japanese studies overseas will lead to deeper mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Japan Foundation also promotes intellectual exchange through symposia and collaborative projects pertinent to global issues.


The Japan Foundation identifies the needs of individuals engaged in various cultural fields, and creates opportunities and supports programs and events, fostering sustained environments for cultural exchange.


The Japan Foundation takes initiatives in planning and organizing exhibitions, stage performances and international conferences. We also coordinate programs that invite cultural leaders to Japan to foster networking and provide hands-on experiences in Japan.


The Japan Foundation provides funding for people actively engaged in cultural exchange, and provides grants for cultural exchange by making available tools, opportunities and venues that facilitate exchange activities.


Gathering the information and materials needed by people active in cultural exchange and helping them to develop personal networks, the Japan Foundation is continually building the foundations of international cultural exchange and expanding its outreach.


The Japan Foundation established
The Japan Foundation Awards established
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test launched
The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa established in Saitama Prefecture
The Japan Foundation ASEAN Culture Center established
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established
The Japan Foundation ASEAN Culture Center reorganized into the former Japan Foundation Asia Center (–2004)
The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai established in Osaka Prefecture
The Japan Foundation became an "Incorporated Administrative Agency"
The Japan Foundation China Center established
The Japan Foundation Asia Center established
Japonismes 2018 held to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Japan-France diplomatic relations