The JF Nihongo Network

The JF Nihongo Network as the 'sakura network'

“SAKURA Network” sticker

Since the fiscal year 2007, the Japan Foundation has been building up the JF Nihongo Network (“Sakura Network”) with the cooperation of Japanese language education institutions worldwide.

The Japan Foundation expects the “Sakura Network” members to play a significant role in terms of enhancing the Japanese language education in their region or country by utilizing various programs provided by the Japan Foundation.

We hope that this network will develop and prosper in every part of the world, just like beautiful cherry blossoms, hence the name “Sakura Network.”

The Japan Foundation will work together in cooperation with the member organizations of the “Sakura Network” to enhance the quality of overseas Japanese language education and provide opportunities to learn the Japanese language.

292 Members: As of July 2020.

East Asia

Country Member
Korea Korea Association of Japanology
Korea Japanese Teacher's Association
The Japanese Language and Literature Association of Korea
The Japanese Language Literature Association of Korea
The Japanese Culture Association of Korea
The Japanese Language and Literature Society of Korea (JLLSK)
The society of Japanese Language and Literature, Japanology
Korea National Open University (Seoul)
The Japan Foundation, Seoul
China China Japanese Education Association
The International Association of Chinese-Japanese Contrastive Linguistics
Faculty of Asian Languages and Cultures, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Guizhou University
College of Foreign Languages, Jilin University
School of Oriental Studies of HLJ University
College of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Hunan University
Shanghai International Studies University Japanese Culture and Economy College
Japanese Department of The School of Foreign Studies, Xi'an Jiaotong University
University of International Business and Economics
Dalian University of Foreign Languages
Renmin University Foreign Languages School Japanese Department
TianJin Foreign Studies University School of Japanese Studies
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
East China Normal University School of Foreign Languages Department of Japanese
Fuzhou University School of Foreign Languages Japanese Studies
Japanese Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University
Department of Japanese Language and Culture School of Foreign Languages Peking University
Department of Japanese, Beijing International Studies University
Beijing Normal University School of Foreign Languages Literature Research Center of Japanese Languages Education
Japanese Department. SISU (Sichuan International Studies University)
School of Japanese Culture and Economy, Xi'an International Studies University
Yunnan Normal University
Yanbian University
Shandong Normal University
Japanese professional, School of foreign languages, Qinghai University for Nationalities
Society of Japanese Language Education, Hong Kong
The Japan Foundation, Beijing
Taiwan Association of Japanese Language Education in Taiwan
Japanese Language & Literature Association of Taiwan
Taiwan Application Japanese Association
Mongolia Mongolian Japanese Language Teachers Association
New Mongol Academy
Mongolia-Japan Center for Human Resource Development's Japanese-language courses

Southeast Asia

Country Member
Indonesia The Association of Indonesian Japanese Language Education Studies
Center for Development and Empowerment of Language Teachers and Educational Personnel
The Association of Indonesian Japanese Language Teachers inJunior & High School
Indonesia University of Education
University of Indonesia
Udayana University
Gadjah Mada University
The State University of Surabaya
Darma Persada University
Padjadjaran University
University of Sumatera Utara
The Japan Foundation, Jakarta
Cambodia Royal University of Phnom Penh
Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center's Japanese-language courses
Singapore Japanese Language Teachers' Association in Singapore(JALTAS)
Thailand Japanese Language and Culture Teachers Association of Thailand(JTAT)
Kasetsart University
Khon Kaen University (Education/Humanities & Social Sciences)
Srinakharinwirot University
Thaksin University
Thammasat University
Chiang Mai University
Chulalongkorn University
Naresuan University
Woranari Chaloem Songkhla School
Suankularbwittayalai Nonthaburi School
Pitsanulok Pittayakom School
Phiriyalai Phrae School
Benchama Maharat School
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
Philippines Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University
Philippine Normal University
University of the Philippines Diliman
Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku
The Japan Foundation, Manila
Brunei Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Viet Nam Da Nang College of Foreign Languages - University of Da Nang
University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Hanoi University
Foreign Trade University
Hue University College of Foreign Languages
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University-HoChi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City University of Education
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Viet Nam
Malaysia The Japanese Language Society of Malaysia (JLSM)
University of Malaya
Malaysian University of Sabah
Universiti Sains Malaysia
University of Technology Malaysia
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Laos Savannakhet University
National University of Laos
Laos-Japan Human Resource Development Institute's Japanese-language courses
Myanmar Yangon University of Foreign Languages
Mandalay University of Foreign Languages

South Asia

Country Member
India MOSAI Institute of Japanese Language
ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamilnadu Centre
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Visva Bharati University
English and Foreign Languages University
The Japan Foundation, New Delhi
Sri Lanka Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Sri Lanka
University of Kelaniya
Nepal Tribhuvan University
Pakistan National University of Modern Languages
Bangladesh Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Bangladesh(JALTAB)


Country Member
Australia Japanese Studies Association of Australia, JSAA
ACT Japanese Teachers Network
Modern Language Teachers' Association of Queensland Japanese Network
Japanese Teachers Network Tasmania
Japanese Teachers' Association of NSW Inc.
Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Victoria
Monash Japanese Language Education Centre
Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Western Australia
Japanese Language Teachers' Association of South Australia
Nihongo Tanken Centre
Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre
Language Teachers' Association of the NT
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
New Zealand University of Canterbury
Massey University
Micronesia College of Micronesia-FSM

North America

Country Member
Canada Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education, CAJLE
Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies
University of Alberta
University of Toronto
University of British Columbia
Université de Montréal
York University
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
U.S.A. Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese (AKATJ)
Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO)
California Association of Japanese Language Teachers (CAJLT)
American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)
Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT)
Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HATJ)
Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ)
Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ)
Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ)
Northeast Council of Teachers of Japansese (NECTJ)
University of Arkansas
Ohio State University
University of Colorado, Boulder
San Francisco State University
Georgetown University
DePaul University
Lehman College of the City University of New York
Northeastern University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Villanova University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Michigan
Rice University
University of Washington
University of Southern California
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Central & South America

Country Member
Argentina Centro de Cultura e Idioma Japones en la Argentina
Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata
Uruguay Asociacion Japosesa en el Uruguay (AJU)
El Salvador Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas
Cuba Universidad de la Habana
Guatemala Universidad De San Carlos De Guatemala
Costa Rica Association of Costa Rica Japanese Language Teachers
Colombia HIKARIEN Japanese Center, Japanese School of Colombia Japanese Association
Chile University of Santiago
Dominica Dominican-Japanese Cultural Center
Trinidad and Tobago Centre for Language Learning, The University of the West Indies
Nicaragua Centro Superior de Idiomas de la Universidad Centroamericana, UCA
Paraguay Comité Promotor de la Educación de los Nikkei del Paraguay
Brazil Universidade Federal do Amazonas
University of Sao Paulo
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) Campus de Assis
Universidade Federal do Paraná
University of Brasilia
The Brasil Japanese Center
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
The Japan Foundation, São Paulo
Peru Asociación Peruano Japonesa
Colegio La Union
Honduras Asociación Honduraña de Becarious del Japon
Mexico Mexican Association of Japanese Language, A.C.
Liceo Mexicano Japonés, A.C.
The Japan Foundation, Mexico


Country Member
Europe Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe

Central & Western Europe

Country Member
Iceland University of Iceland
Ireland The Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI)
Italy Italian Association for Japanese Language Teaching
Ministero Dell'istruzione, dell'Università e della Recerca Uffico Scolastico Regionale per la Lambardia
The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome
U.K. The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
Cardiff University
Dartford Grammar School
Newcastle University
The Japan Foundation, London
Austria University of Vienna
Netherlands Leiden University
Greek Association of Japanese Language in Greece
Switzerland Association of Japanese Teachers in Switzerland
Sweden Stockholm University
Spain Association of Teachers of Japanese in Spain
Autonomous University of Barcelona
The Japan Foundation, Madrid
Denmark Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Germany Verein zur Förderung des Japanisch-Unterrichts an VHS e.V.
Japanisch an Hochschulen e.V.
Der Verein der Japanischlehrkräfte an weiterführenden Schulen im deutschsprachigen Raum e.V. (VJS)
Universität zu Köln
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
The Japan Cultural Institute in Cologne
Finland Finnish Teachers' Association of Japanese Language and Culture
France Association des Enseignants de Japonais en France (AEJF)
Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace
Le réseau franco-japonais des lycées COLIBRI
Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales
Université Paris Diderot
Université Grenoble-Alpes
Aix-Marseille Université
The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris
Belgium University of Leuven
Portugal APJP-Associação de Professores de Japonês em Portugal

Central & Eastern Europe

Country Member
Ukraine Japanese Teachers Association of Ukraine
Institute of Oriental Language, Kyiv National Linguistic University
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Ukraine-Japan Center's Japanese-language courses
Estonia Tallinn University
Croatia University of Zagreb
Slovakia Comenius University
Slovenia University of Ljubljana
Serbia University of Belgrade
Czech Republic Japanese Language Teachers Association in the Czech Republic
Charles University
Hungary Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Hungary
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE)
Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem (KRE) / Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church
The Japan Foundation, Budapest
Bulgaria St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo
Sofia University
Belarus Belarusian State University
Minsk State Linguistic University
Poland Jagiellonian University
University of Warsaw
Bosnia and Herzegovina University of Sarajevo
Latvia University of Latvia
Lithuania Vytautas Magnus University
Romania Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Romania
Bucharest University
Russia Association of Japanese-language Teachers in Siberia
Association of Japanese language teachers in Russia
The Sakhalin State University
Saint-Petersburg State University
Teacher's Training Institute of Pacific State University
Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University
Moscow City University
Far Eastern Federal University
The Japanese Culture Department “Japan Foundation” of the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature

Central Asia & Caucasus

Country Member
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan University of Languages
Baku State University
Armenia Russian - Armenian (Slavonic) University
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Japanese Language Teachers Association
Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development's Japanese-language courses
Kazakhstan Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Development's Japanese-language courses
Kyrgyz Republic Japanese Language Teachers Association of the Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz Republic - Japan Center for Human Development's Japanese-language courses
Georgia Free University of Tbilisi
Tajikistan Tajik State of Languages named after Sotim Ulugroda

Middle East

Country Member
Israel The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Iraq College of Arts-University of Baghdad
Qatar Japanese Language Teachers Association in Qatar
Kuwait Kuwait University
Saudi Arabia King Saud University
Turkey Ankara University
Turkish-Japanese Foundation Culture Center
Jordan The University of Jordan
Egypt Ain Shams University
Cairo University
The Japan Foundation, Cairo
Syria Damascus University


Country Member
Ethiopia Mekelle University Community School
Japanese Language Teachers' Association in Ethiopia (JLTAE)
Kenya Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Kenya(JALTAK)
United States International University -Africa
Cote d'Ivoire Alassane Ouattara University of Bouake
Madagascar University of Antananarivo
Fikambanan'ny Mpampianatra Teny Japoney eto Madagasikara (FMTJM)

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