• The Japan Foundation, Manila, is the 18th Overseas Office to be established and was inaugurated in June 1996. Its main objective is to deepen the global understanding of Japan and enhance mutual cooperation through the promotion of various cultural activies like lectures, film festivals, exhibitions and performances. The JFM annually administers the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in cooperation with other Japanese Language Education institutions.

    As part of the changes being initiated, a new organizational structure was adopted in May 2004 that consists of the following four categories aimed towards an even more comprehensive and effective development of its international cultural exchange programs. This includes:

    • Promotion of Cultural and Arts Exchange
    • Promotion of Overseas Japanese Language Education
    • Promotion of Overseas Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange
    • Support of Collection and Provision of International Exchange Information and International Cultural Exchange Standard Bearers