This article is about a semi-governmental organisation. For the non-governmental organisation, see Nippon Foundation.

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The Japan Foundation (国際交流基金 Kokusai Kōryū Kikin?) was established in 1972 by an Act of the Japanese Diet as a special legal entity to undertake international dissemination of Japanese culture, and became an independent administrative institution under the jurisdiction of the Foreign Ministry of Japan on October 1, 2003 under the "Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law".[1].

The Japan Foundation aims towards comprehensive and effective development of its international cultural exchange programs in four categories[2]:

  1. Promotion of cultural and arts exchange
  2. Promotion of overseas Japanese-language education and intellectual exchange (The JLPT exam)
  3. Promotion of overseas Japanese studies and intellectual exchange
  4. Support of collection and provision of international exchange information and international cultural exchange standard bearers.

Japan Foundations worldwide

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Building of the "Japanisches Kulturinstitut" in Cologne, Germany

The Japan Foundation is headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo and has a subsidiary office in Kyoto. There are also two domestic Japanese-Language Institutes in Saitama and Tajiri, Osaka.

Internationally, the Japan Foundation maintains 20 overseas branches in 19 countries:[3]

See also


  1. retrieved on 27 August 2007 (link dead as of 2 June 2009)
  2. retrieved on 27 August 2007 (link dead as of 2 June 2009)
  3. retrieved 12 December 2008

External links

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