"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.” (Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law, Article 3)
The Japan Foundation, that was established in 1972 as a special legal entity to undertake international cultural exchange, became an independent administrative institution on October 1, 2003. As part of the changes being initiated, a new organizational structure was adopted in May this year that consists of the following four categories in order to aim toward the even more comprehensive and effective development of its international cultural exchange programs.
• Promotion of cultural and arts exchange
• Promotion of overseas Japanese-language education and intellectual exchange
• Promotion of overseas Japanese studies and intellectual exchange
•Support of collection and provision of international exchange information and international cultural exchange standard bearers.
The Japan Foundation carries out its programs and activities in the following three major categories:
1) Arts and Cultural Exchange,
2) Japanese-Language Education Overseas,
3) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange.
In addition, the Japan Foundation Information Center (JFIC) was established in May 2004 to provide information on, and encourage, international exchange.
The Foundation consists of a head office in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto, two Japanese-language institutes (Urawa and Kansai), and 19 Foundation offices in 18 countries.
Kindly note that the Japan Foundation does not accept applications through the Internet or by e-mail. Residents of Norway should contact the Embassy of Japan in Norway and submit applications to it according to the instructions they receive. Norwegian candidates apply in competition with applicants from all the countries with which Japan has diplomatic relations.
For detailed information and application forms please contact: Embassy of Japan in Norway / Japans Ambassade
Application forms and program guidelines are available from the middle of September each year.
Betingelser for å søke:
Applicants must apply to the Japan Foundation local office in their country of residence. If there is no such office in the country in which they live, they should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan. Residents of Norway should contact the Embassy of Japan in Norway. Citizens or organizations of countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Japan are not eligible to apply.
Deadline in Norway:
Approximately end of November each year for projects to be carried out in the following April – March for most of the Japan Foundation’s programs. However, some programs have earlier deadlines. Please consult the Japan Foundation’s website for information on the deadlines of its different programs.
Program guidelines instructions
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Organisasjon (Stiftelse, firma, kommune, person, m.m.):
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