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|Founder||Government of Japan|
|Origins||Act of the Japanese Diet|
|Product||Japanese cultural education|
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 1 October 2003 under the "Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law".
- Promotion of (Japanese) arts and cultural exchange
- Promotion of (overseas) Japanese-language education (the JLPT exam)
- Promotion of (overseas) Japanese studies and intellectual exchange – Japan Foundation Information Centers collect and provide information about international exchange and international cultural exchange standard bearers.
Prince Takamado served as administrator of the Japan Foundation from 1981-2002.
Japan Foundations worldwide
Internationally, the Japan Foundation maintains 22 overseas branches in 21 countries:
- Australia (Sydney)
- Brazil (São Paulo)
- Canada (Toronto)
- China (Beijing)
- Egypt (Cairo)
- France (Paris)
- Germany (Cologne)
- Hungary (Budapest)
- India (New Delhi)
- Indonesia (Jakarta)
- Italy (Rome)
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
- Mexico (Mexico City)
- Philippines (Manila)
- Russia (Moscow)
- Spain (Madrid)
- South Korea (Seoul)
- Thailand (Bangkok) (home to the Southeast Asian bureau)
- United Kingdom (London)
- United States (Los Angeles, New York City)
- Vietnam (Hanoi)
Wochi Kochi Magazine
The Wochi Kochi Magazine (をちこちMagazine?) is a Japanese website designed by the Japan Foundation to enhance the strength of information transmission about Japanese culture to the world. It replaced the paper magazines Kokusai-Kouryu (International Exchanges) (1974-2004) and Wochi-Kochi (Far and Near) (2004-2009). Those were the only domestic paper magazines which were especially published for "international cultural exchanges". The word "wochi-kochi" itself is a pronoun from ancient Japanese "Yamato" language meaning "here and there" or "the future and the present". As the web magazine title, "wochi-kochi" demonstrates places and times, and it expresses the desires to spread Japanese language/culture overseas, moreover, play a role as the cultural bridge among countries and people. Keeping those aspects from previous magazines, the Wochi-Kochi Magazine website carries interviews, contributed articles and serialized stories written by the experts from various professional fields each month.
- Let's Learn Japanese – educational Japanese-language learning series, produced 1985, 1995, and 2007
- JF Nihongo - Japanese language classes offered using the Can-do evaluation system.
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test – Japan Foundation co-proctors exam overseas
Asian Cartoon Art Exhibition
From 1995 onward regularly inviting leading cartoonists from various Asian countries to conduct Asian Cartoon Exhibition and Conference at The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo as an annual event. Later on the same exhibition travels to the various Asian counties. In the process, it has employed the friendly medium of cartoons for introducing Asian societies to those who would like to know more about them and appreciate people other than their own kind.   
- "The Japan Foundation > Program Guidelines". Jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "The Japan Foundation". Jpf.go.jp. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "The Japan Foundation > About Us > Overview > contents". Jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- Japan Foundations Worldwide, retrieved 12 December 2008
- Wochi Kochi Magazine (をちこちMagazine)
- Japan Foundation(English)
- 3rd Asian Cartoon and Art Exhibition : Manga Hai Kya, Comics by Shekhar Gurera
- 10th Asian Cartoon Exhibition at Kualalumpur : National Library of Malaysia : Nov14,2006
- 11th Asian Cartoon Exhibition at New Delhi : The Hindu : Feb28,2008
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- International Societies (local-government-funded NPOs) in Japan to promote cultural and language exchange