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 programmes and activities in the following three major categories for New Zealand;
1) Japanese-Language Education Overseas

2) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange

3) Arts and Cultural Exchange


For more information please see the Japan Foundation website.


2. Applications for the programmes

The Japan Foundation Programme guidelines and application forms are now available in the programme links above. Completed applications, along with the necessary documents, must arrive at one of the offices (Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland) below by 1 December 2020 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;
Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan
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

For applicants from the Canterbury region, please contact:
Consular Office of Japan
12 Peterborough Street
Po Box 13-748, Christchurch 8141
Telephone: (03) 366 5680

(2) Selection and Notification

The Japan Foundation will screen applications, and decisions will be announced in late April 2021.

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