The Japan Foundation


1. About The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 as a special legal entity to undertake international cultural exchange and subsequently became an independent administrative institution in October 2003.

The Foundation consists of a head office in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto and two Japanese-language institutes (Urawa and Kansai). Overseas there are 25 Foundation offices in 24 countries. The closest being is in Sydney, Australia.

The purpose of the Japan Foundation is: to contribute to a better international environment, and to the maintenance and development of harmonious foreign relationships with Japan, through deepening other nations understanding of Japan, promoting better mutual understanding among nations, encouraging friendship and goodwill among the peoples of the world, and contributing to the world in culture and other fields through the efficient and comprehensive implementation of international cultural exchange activities.

The Japan Foundation carries out its programs and activities in the following three major categories for New Zealand;
1) Japanese-Language Education Overseas
2) Arts and Cultural Exchange
3) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange

For more information please see the Japan Foundation website.

2. Applications for 2019 programmes

The Japan Foundation Programme 2019 guidelines and application forms are now available in the section below. Completed applications, along with the necessary documents, must arrive at one of the offices (Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland) below by 3 December 2018 unless stated otherwise.  Some programmes have multiple application deadlines; please refer to the guidelines for each programme for detailed information.

(1) Addresses for sending applications and for further information;

For applicants from Wellington, Palmerston North, Dunedin and all other regions not listed below, please contact:
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre
100 Willis Street
PO Box 6340
Marion Square
Wellington 6141

Tel: (04) 472 7807

For applicants from the Auckland, Northland, Waitomo, Ruapehu,Taupo, Whakapane and Opotiki regions, please contact:
Consulate-General of Japan
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street
PO Box 3959
Auckland 1140

Telephone: (09) 303 4106
Fax: (09) 377 7784

For applicants from the Canterbury region, please contact:
Consular Office of Japan (Temporary office)
12 Peterborough Street
Po Box 13-748
Christchurch 8141

Telephone: (03) 366 5680
Fax: (03) 365 3173

(2) Selection and Notification

The Japan Foundation will screen applications by March-April 2019, and decisions will be announced in April or May 2019.


3. Programme guidelines and application forms

Guidelines and application forms can be obtained at the URL below respectively;

(1) Japanese-Language Education Overseas

(2) Arts and Cultural Exchange

(3) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange

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