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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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