between Japan and the world.
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only Institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.
Through “Culture”, “Language” and “Dialogue,” we create opportunities to foster friendship, trust and mutual understanding.
“Partnership to Co-create a Future with the Next Generation: WA Project 2.0”
JF will launch a new comprehensive people-to-people exchange initiative between Japan and ASEAN while continuing the NIHONGO Partners Program.More
Web Magazine Wochi Kochi “Movie Theaters around the World”In Special Feature 79, we spotlight movie theaters around the world, discussing how people engage with films, their unique customs and rules, distinctive and unique theaters, and their relationship with the local community.More
The Japan Foundation Awards 2024 Call for NominationsWe are now accepting nominations for the Japan Foundation Awards 2024.
(Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2024)More
[Now Streaming] JFF+ Independent Cinema 2023We are holding a special program to shed light on the mini theaters that support the cinema culture of Japan until Oct.31, 2023 (JST). The lineup of streamed films includes those recommended by mini-theaters throughout Japan and international film experts, and videos that introduce each participating mini-theaters. These introduce the current state of cinema culture and regional culture in Japan from multiple angles.More
- Japanese Studies and Global PartnershipsThe first cohort of recipients of the JFIPP Research Fellowship in JFY2023 has been selected
- Call for NominationsThe Japan Foundation Awards 2024 Call for Nominations
- About UsJF launches a new initiative “Partnership to Co-create a Future with the Next Generation: WA Project 2.0” while continuing the NIHONGO Partners Program
- Program GuidelinesProgram Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2024
- Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships【Call for Applications】Fellowships Co-Organized with Other Institutions
Let your curiosity open the doors to Japan and the world.
The Japan Foundation Award 50th Anniversary Messages from Previous AwardeesThe Japan Foundation Awards celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023. We have received valuable messages from past award winners and organizations about the significance of international cultural exchange and their expectations for the future.More
STAGE BEYOND BORDERSJF presents outstanding Japanese stage performances with multilingual subtitles on the YouTube.More
JFF＋Enjoy our online film festival with exclusive artist interviews, unique stories and latest information on Japanese films!More
ひきだすにほんご Activate Japanese!ひきだすにほんご Activate Your Japanese! introduces Japanese culture and language mainly to foreign citizens seeking to live and work in Japan and Japanese-language learners who wish to learn about life in Japan.More
Web Magazine "Wochi Kochi"Bringing interviews with and articles contributed by professionals at the forefront of cultural exchange, and also has reports on cultural exchange programs by Japan Foundation staff located across the globe.More
Doors to Arts of JapanEnjoy our 70+ videos on various aspects of Japanese arts and culture with multilingual subtitles!More
What We Do
Arts and Cultural Exchange [Culture]
The Japan Foundation works to introduce a diverse variety of facets of Japanese culture, from art, music, drama, and film to fashion and design, to the world. By creating opportunities for people to share the joy of co-creation and better understand each other in ways that transcend language, it facilitates deeper cultural exchange between people.
Japanese-Language Education Overseas [Language]
The Japan Foundation works to create and enhance Japanese-language education environments worldwide in order to give more people around the world opportunities to study Japanese. It also coordinates with governments and educational institutions in a variety of countries and regions to provide effective support aimed at meeting local needs.
Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships Programs [Dialogue]
The Japan Foundation organizes symposiums and collaborative projects to deepen dialogue among experts in various countries, in addition to supporting individual scholars in Japanese studies. It also works to promote the formation of personal networks with the aim of solving global issues.
Videos created by the Japan Foundation on Japanese performing arts, fine arts, Japanese language teaching materials, interviews with cultural figures and researchers, and more.
Timely information on our latest events, media coverage, job opportunities, seasonal topics, and more.
Information on various Japan Foundation’s projects, video trailers, newly arrived Japanese Language materials, reports from our overseas offices, and more.