The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.
The Japan Foundation activities, aiming comprehensive and effective development of its international cultural exchange programs, consist of following three major categories:
1) Arts & Cultural Exchange
2) Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
3) Japanese-Language Education Overseas
The Foundation maintains its headquarters in Tokyo and operates through a network of 21 overseas offices in 20 countries worldwide. The Japan Foundation is represented by two offices in the United States—one in New York and the other in Los Angeles.
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, also located in New York, focuses on the promotion of intellectual exchange and mutual understanding at the regional and grassroots levels nationwide.