The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and became an Independent Administrative Institution in 2003. We promote international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, and provide financial support for a range of international cultural exchange programmes. Our activities are financed by annual subsidies from the Japanese government, capital gains accrued from the management of our original endowment fund, and contributions and donations from the private sector.
We work principally in the fields of Arts and Culture, in Japanese language education and in Japanese studies. The Foundation’s activities are coordinated through our headquarters in Tokyo as well as through our offices, language centres and cultural centres in over 20 countries outside of Japan.
The Japan Foundation London is the Foundation’s only office in the UK, and one of the first overseas offices to be established, opening in 1972, and gaining a language centre in 1997.
The Japan Foundation London coordinates all of the Foundation’s programmes within the UK. We also offer grant support to small projects under our Local Project Support Programme, which is designed to help with the costs of UK-based projects that may not be eligible for funding under our annual programmes. In addition to these central activities, we organise lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, exhibitions and performances.
We are located on the 6th floor of Russell Square House, which is on the north corner of Russell Square, next to the Post Office. Car parking is very limited in the immediate vicinity.
Our address and contact details are at the bottom of this page.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 (excluding public holidays)
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Director General: Kenichi Yanagisawa
Office Manager: Atsuko Mita
Arts and Culture; Japanese Studies
Deputy Director: Yui Ishikawa
Senior Arts Programme Officer: Junko Takekawa
Programme Officer for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange: Hal Parker
Assistant Programme and Administration Officer: Paul Graham
Deputy Director: Tomoki Akazawa
Chief Japanese Language Advisor: Seiji Fukushima
Japanese Language Advisor: Hiroko Tanaka
Assistant Japanese Language Advisor: Mio Tsunematsu
Programme Officer: Josephine Audigier
Assistant Programme Officer: Megan Balanck
Library / Resource Centre Officer: Miho Takamura