Q1．What programs are available at the Japan Foundation?
The Japan Foundation provides various Japanese-language education programs at two locations: Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture) and Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (Tajiri-cho, Osaka Prefecture). For information regarding specific programs, please visit the respective website:
Q2．I want to participate in a Japanese-language program at the Japan Foundation. What should I do?
The Japan Foundation provides various Japanese-language education programs at two locations: Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture) and Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (Tajiri-cho, Osaka Prefecture). For detailed information on programs open to the public, please refer to the Program Guidelines. Please note that eligibility requirements, application deadline, and program frequency may vary.
Q3. I want to become a Japanese teacher. What should I do?
There is no certain path to becoming a Japanese teacher, but there are three things that maybe helpful in achieving your goal in Japan:
- Take a Japanese-language teacher training course to study theory and practice.
- Pass the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test.
- Complete a degree in Japanese-language education at a university or graduate school.
Q4. I want to go to a Japanese-language school in Japan. Could you recommend one?
The Japan Foundation does not endorse any particular Japanese language school. Please refer to the Japanese Language School Database.
Q5. I would like to come to Japan to study. Do you offer any support programs?
Unfortunately, the Japan Foundation does not offer any support for study in Japan, but the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) does provide such programs for international students. Please visit their website for more information.
the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
Q6. Can you send me Japanese manga or books at no charge?
No, the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai does not provide such a service.
Q7. I would like to know more about the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is conducted both in Japan and overseas. In Japan, the test is conducted by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services; outside of Japan, it is overseen by the Japan Foundation (Examination Center). Please see the following link for more information:
JLPT Japanese-Language Proficiency Test
Q8. Are Japanese-language textbooks available in the library at Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai?
Our library contains many books (Japanese and foreign-language) on Japan and Japanese culture. However, there is only a limited selection of Japanese-language textbooks and books on Japanese-language teaching methodology. For books on Japanese-language education, please contact the Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa.
Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa