The Japan Foundation Asia Center conducts and supports collaborative initiatives with its Asian—primarily ASEAN—counterparts. Through interacting and working together in Japanese-language education, arts and culture, sports, and grassroots and intellectual exchange, the Asia Center pursues to develop the sense of kinship and coexistence as neighboring inhabitants of Asia.
Grant and Fellowship programs are offered for parties who plan to organize projects that match these goals.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center's Mission
The Japan Foundation Asia Center expands networks—both individual and institutional—in Asia, explores new initiatives with the region, and nurtures the sense of coexistence and understanding as fellow neighbors in Asia.
The four pillars of our mission are:
1. To expand the bases of cultural exchange for the betterment of mutual understanding
The Asia Center supports and implements a variety of projects that encourage more opportunities for exchange and dialogue, and that promote further mutual respect and understanding of the diverse cultures in Asia.
2. To promote human resources and soft infrastructure development initiatives
The Asia Center embraces the nurturing of rising cultural persons and institutions, and also the improvement of soft infrastructure (maintenance, systematization, etc.) for the sustenance and development of culture. These will be pursued through collaborative exchange with the region.
3. To form new networks and enduring bedrock and platforms for cultural exchanges
The Asia Center promotes the development of networks that bring cultural persons together and the building of an enduring substructure on which dialogues and collaborations can be shared, built, and continued toward resolving common concerns and achieving common goals in Asia.
4. To generate new values and discussions toward the future from Asia to the World
The Asia Center encourages collaborations in Asia and the wide circulation of new values and discussions generated to further expand the sphere of cultural and artistic exchange.