Studying a language other than our own brings us into contact with new worlds and new cultures; it opens the way for communication and exchange with those who speak other languages. Through the study of foreign languages, students can make unexpected discoveries in their worlds and within themselves and broaden their understanding of the world. Dialogue and communication with speakers of other languages and from different cultural backgrounds forges links between individuals and between societies.
Based on these convictions, the Japan Forum (TJF) utilizes its position as a private public-service foundation to pursue programs in the following four areas, promoting “learning and exchange in language and culture”, aimed at deepening mutual understanding among elementary and secondary school students around the world:
- Promotion of Japanese language education and of understanding of Japanese culture in elementary and secondary schools overseas
- Promotion of foreign language education and understanding of different cultures in elementary and secondary schools in Japan
- Promotion of exchange among educators and elementary and secondary school students in and outside Japan
- Promotional Publications and Websites
The Japan Forum (TJF) is a private and non-profit foundation established in 1987 under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The initial capital was provided by Kodansha Ltd. along with Oji Paper Co., Ltd., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd., and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,Ltd..
As of April 1, 2011, TJF has been designated a public interest incorporated foundation.
Scale of Activities
TJF's operating funds are drawn from the interest on its endowment of ¥2 billion as well as donations from the companies above, subsidies, and dues from supporting members. TJF's total operating expenses for fiscal 2015 were ¥128 million.