The Japan Foundation is an international cultural exchange program operating throughout the world with the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people of Japan and other countries/regions. Our various activities and information services create opportunities for people-to-people interactions.
The Japan Foundation was established in October 1972 as a special legal entity supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the objective of promoting international cultural exchanges through a comprehensive range of programs in all regions of the world. In October 2003, it was reorganized as an independent administrative institution. Based on a government endowment of 78 billion yen, the activities of the Japan Foundation are financed by annual government subsidies, investment revenue, and donations from the private sector.
The Japan Foundation has a global network consisting of the Tokyo headquarters, the Kyoto Office, two Japanese-language institutes (the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa, and the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai), and 22 overseas offices in 21 countries.
The Japan Foundation is under jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and has been offering significant research assistance to Nankai University for a long time, especially the Japan Institute. Since 1995, the Japan Foundation has provided research and personnel funding to the Japan Institute of Nankai University. The funding projects mainly include: subject research, academic conferences, an overseas teachers survey, postgraduate students study abroad, book publishing, lectures by experts, and the purchase of Japanese books. By the end of 2015, it has endowed more than 190 million yen to such programs, greatly facilitating the development of the Japan Institute of Nankai University.