The Japan Foundation Asia Center carries out
mutual exchange programs and cooperative work
between the people of Asian countries and regions.



Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Laos, Japan

A sport that originated in Japan and is now enjoyed worldwide, Judo will be the channel through which the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Kodokan Judo Institute will seek collaboration with their ASEAN counterparts. Through many forms of interaction—from the personal to providing coaching guidance and teaching materials—this project encourages developments in exchange programs, human resources, and network-building.

Initiated in this fiscal year (FY2017), the Asia Center and Kodokan have come together to pursue a Judo Exchange Project that involves the training of instructors to master advanced skills and theoretical knowledge, and programs tailored toward athletes, instructors, and referees. Through such engagements, this project will contribute to the international Judo community by sharing the Japanese systematization and ideals in Judo, build networks among institutions, and thus stimulate mutual understanding among the parties involved.

[What is JITA-KYOEI (自他共栄) ?]
The philosophy of jita-kyoei (translated as mutual welfare and benefit) lies at the core of Kodokan founder, Kano Jigoro's teachings, and is elaborated as "each member of society and the groups organised within must function in harmony and cooperation with the others" and "to contribute to the evolution and development of humans and societies." As his philosophy echoes with the Asia Center's mission, the project was named after this particular phrase.



1. Support for the newly established Brunei Judo Federation

2. Training Seminar in Japan (September 4 - September 27 / TBC )

3. Japanese Instructors to ASEAN (the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia)

4. Judo Dictionary and Judo Video


1. Brunei Research Trip (May 14 - May 19)

2. Training Seminar in Japan (September 11 - September 27)

3. Japanese Instructors to ASEAN (Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR)

4. Judo Dictionary in English

5. Visit to the South East Asian Games (SEA Games)

[The Kodokan Judo Institute]

Founded by Kano Jigoro Shihan in 1882, it is the headquarters of Kodokan Judo, the most popular school of Judo that is practiced in over 200 countries and regions worldwide. As a foundation working toward public interest, Kodokan's mission is to train, examine, instruct, and spread Kodokan Judo to contribute to the mental and physical discipline of Japanese citizens and especially adolescents. To achieve these, Kodokan carries out an array of initiatives such as running Kodokan, a Judo school for youths; holding conferences and study groups lead by Judo instructors on the training and health of youths, organizing international as well as domestic competitions, bringing up Judo instructors, sending Japanese instructors overseas as well as welcoming foreign instructors, and managing the dan examinations.