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Message from the Director

The Japan Foundation, Manila DirectorWelcome to the Japan Foundation, Manila!

The Japan Foundation is an institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

Established in 1996, the Japan Foundation, Manila has been fostering friendship and ties between the Philippines and Japan for more than two decades through various activities in three fields: Culture (arts and cultural exchange), Language (Japanese language education overseas), and Dialogue (Japanese studies and intellectual exchange).

Moreover, through the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s program, starting 2014, the Japan Foundation, Manila has been implementing activities under the new policy called the “WA Project”: Toward Interactive Asia through “Fusion and Harmony,” which makes the activities of the Japan Foundation, Manila more diverse and encompassing.

The present relationship between Filipinos and Japanese is the closest and the friendliest ever, and it is evident in the developing people-to-people exchange and the growing interest of young Filipinos in Japanese pop-culture. Having been reassigned in Manila again as a “balikbayan,” I am very happy; and I feel the warm hospitality of Filipino people!

We hope this site helps you find out more about the Japan Foundation, and also encourage you to participate in our various projects and events.

Hiroaki Uesugi
The Japan Foundation, Manila

History of the Japan Foundation, Manila

Bridging Japan and the Philippines through Culture


January 31


The Japan Foundation was established in Japan as a special legal entity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
January 31


The Japan Foundation, Manila Office was established as the 18th overseas office of the Japan Foundation. Its name was later changed to the Japan Foundation, Manila.
January 31


One of our long-running projects, the Japanese Film Festival, now known as EIGASAI, was first organised.
January 31


The Japan Foundation, Manila and the Philippines-Japan Festival ’98 joined the celebration of the Philippine Centennial with various events. Published “Contemporary Philippine Culture,” a collection of selected papers on arts and education in the Philippines.
February 2


Celebrated 50 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship with the governments of the Philippines and Japan.
February 2


The Japan Foundation, Manila Library was opened to the public at the first floor of Pacific Star Building in July.

International Silent Film Festival in Manila was launched together with Goethe-Institute and Instituto Cervantes.
February 2


Launched training programs for High School teachers.
February 2


Started Japanese-Language Education for Nurse and Certified Care Worker Candidates under the Economic Partnership Agreement between the Philippines and Japan.
February 2


Relocated the office and library to the 23rd floor of Pacific Star building to accommodate expansion.

Marugoto: Japanese Language Culture was introduced and offered for the first time in Manila.
February 2


Celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Japan-ASEAN Friendship.
February 2


February 2


The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test is formally administered twice a year: July and December.
February 2


Celebrated its 20th Anniversary along with the 60th Anniversary of Philippines-Japan Diplomatic Relations, officially known as 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship.

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