Japan Foundation

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Japan Foundation
Japan Foundation logo.png
Type Cultural institution
Founded 1972
Founder(s) Government of Japan
Headquarters
Origins Act of the Japanese Diet
Area served Worldwide
Product(s) Japanese cultural education
Website http://www.jpf.go.jp/

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".[1]

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

  1. Promotion of (Japanese) arts and cultural exchange
  2. Promotion of (overseas) Japanese-language education (the JLPT exam)
  3. Promotion of (overseas) Japanese studies and intellectual exchange – Japan Foundation Information Centers[3] 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[edit]

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 22 overseas branches in 21 countries:[4]

Wochi Kochi Magazine[edit]

The Wochi Kochi Magazine (をちこちMagazine?)[5] is a Japanese website designed by the Japan Foundation[6] 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.

Activities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Japan Foundation > Program Guidelines". Jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "The Japan Foundation". Jpf.go.jp. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ "The Japan Foundation > About Us > Overview > contents". Jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ Japan Foundations Worldwide, retrieved 12 December 2008
  5. ^ Wochi Kochi Magazine (をちこちMagazine)
  6. ^ Japan Foundation(English)

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