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The Japan Foundation

Address:
Headquarters
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004 Japan
Phone: +81-3-5369-6051
Fax: +81-3-5369-6031 (General Affairs Div.)
Information and Resource Center
Tel: +81-3-5369-6075
Fax: +81-3-5369-6044
URL: http://www.jpf.go.jp/
Overseas network (Japan Foundation Worldwide) website:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/world/en/index.html
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The Japan Foundation 
The Japan Foundation is a special foundation under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was established in 1972 with the purpose of deepening mutual understanding between Japan and the countries of the world and building a favorable environment of international exchange. In the nearly 40 years since its founding it has served a primary role in promoting cultural exchange between Japan and the world through a wide range of programs including promotion of the spread of Japanese language education overseas, supporting research on Japan and intellectual exchange and encouraging exchange in the arts and culture. With headquarters in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto and two affiliated organizations (The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute (Urawa, Saitama), and Kansai International Center) the Foundation also has 23 overseas offices in 22 cities in 21 countries. On October 1, 2003, it was re-organized as an independent government organization. In the field of arts and culture, Japan Foundation not only offers support [grants] in the genres of livelihood culture, fine arts, performing arts and film/literature but organizes cultural programs for exchanges of persons, performances, exhibitions, lectures, seminars and the like, as well as engaging in its own survey and research projects. (For details in areas other than the performing arts, please refer to the Japan Foundation website.)
+Main programs in the performing arts
Since its founding in the early 1970s, Japan Foundation has provided grants and other forms of support for overseas performances of Japanese performing arts and services as an organizer of overseas performances/tours for performance companies and groups. At the same time, the Foundation has provided organizational services and support for performances in Japan to introduce primarily lesser known performing arts and artists from the developing countries and regions. In these programs there has been a particular focus on the countries of Asia, and as an outgrowth of accomplishments in this area, the Asian Culture Center was formed in 1990 (reorganized as the Asian Center in 1995 and currently based at the Japan Foundation headquarters. For details refer to the Yuki Hata Interview).
 The Foundation also focuses efforts on providing information and organizing exchange programs. These efforts have led to the joint organizing of the Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) since 1995 in collaboration with the NPO International Performing Arts Exchange Center (http://www.tpam.or.jp/). They also involve publication of various guide books, such as THEATER IN JAPAN - Overview of Performing Arts and Artists (2008) introducing artists in Japanese contemporary theater.
 In 2004, Japan Foundation also launched this Performing Arts Network Japan (common name: performingarts.jp) website to strengthen its information dissemination network via the internet.
 By employing an organic mix of these types of programs, the Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding with the countries of the world through the performing arts while also working to stimulate and support artistic creation, both in Japan and abroad.

For listings of the main programs organized by Japan Foundation since 2004, please refer to this website’s News from the Japan Foundation ARCHIVE pages.
+Main grant and support programs
The following are the grant programs open for application from the public.
Overseas performance grants
Grants to cover part of the cost of overseas performances of outstanding Japanese performing arts and arts (including lectures, demonstrations, etc.), grants for programs of Japanese artists engaging in collaborative work with international artists and citizen youth or community groups engaging in international exchange projects. These grants are awarded three times a year (application periods around December, May and September).
Performing Arts Japan grants for North America
This is a program providing grants for non-profit organizations in the United States dedicated to presenting performances of outstanding works of Japanese performing arts. The grants are intended to provide part of the cost for performance tours to or collaborative works in cities other than the major metropolitan areas such as New York and Los Angeles or for educational or research opportunities concerning the Japanese arts. These grants are awarded once a year (application period around November; inquiries to Japan Foundation, New York).
Performing Arts Japan grants for Europe
This is a program providing grants for arts/culture organizations (festivals, theaters, presenters, etc.) based in Europe making concerted efforts to presenting performances of outstanding works of Japanese performing arts. The grants are intended to provide part of the cost for performance tours to or collaborative works in cities other than the major metropolitan areas or for educational or research opportunities concerning the Japanese arts. These grants are awarded once a year (application period around October; inquiries to Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris).

For details on these main programs organized by Japan Foundation, please refer to the Japan Foundation website at http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/program/culture.html.
 
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