Japan Foundation

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Japan Foundation
Founded1972; 51 years ago (1972)
FounderGovernment of Japan
TypeCultural institution
Legal statusIndependent Administrative Institution
OriginsAct of the National Diet
Area served
ProductJapanese cultural education

The Japan Foundation (国際交流基金, Kokusai Kōryū Kikin) was established in 1972 by an Act of the National Diet as a special legal entity to undertake international dissemination of Japanese culture, and became an Independent Administrative Institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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 to 2002.

Japan Foundations worldwide[edit]

Building of the "Japanisches Kulturinstitut" in Cologne, Germany
The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris, France

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 25 overseas branches in 24 countries:[4]

Asia and Oceania[edit]

The Americas[edit]

Europe, Middle East and Africa[edit]

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.


Delegates of 3rd Asian Cartoon Exhibition, held at Tokyo, in July 1997, organized by The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Asian Cartoon Art Exhibition[edit]

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.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Japan Foundation > Program Guidelines". Jpf.go.jp. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ "The Japan Foundation". Jpf.go.jp. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  3. ^ "The Japan Foundation > About Us > Overview > contents". Jpf.go.jp. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ Japan Foundations Worldwide, retrieved 13 March 2019
  5. ^ Wochi Kochi Magazine (をちこちMagazine) Archived 2 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Japan Foundation(English)
  7. ^ 3rd Asian Cartoon and Art Exhibition : Manga Hai Kya, Comics by Shekhar Gurera
  8. ^ 10th Asian Cartoon Exhibition at Kualalumpur : National Library of Malaysia : Nov14,2006
  9. ^ 11th Asian Cartoon Exhibition at New Delhi : The Hindu : Feb28,2008

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