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History of the Japan Foundation, Manila

Bridging Japan and the Philippines through Culture

 

January 31

1972

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

1996

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

1997

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

1998

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

2006

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

2007

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

2009

Launched training programs for High School teachers.
February 2

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2014

February 2

2015

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

2016

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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