Culture & Education


The Consular Office of Japan in Portland understands that there will be concerns among students, scholars and other visitors to Japan about the current state affairs in the areas affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, particularly in regard to the release of radiation into the environment. The Government of Japan is exerting its utmost efforts towards the recovery and rebuilding of the affected areas. We are working in close coordination with the related parties, as well as international organizations and specialist agencies from the United States and countries around the globe, to respond to the trouble facing Japan's nuclear facilities (Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plants) as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. The Government of Japan will continue with the prompt sharing of information and asks for a calm and fact-based response to changes in the situation and new developments.

Please see the related websites below for the latest information on current conditions:

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The Cultural Affairs, Public Relations and Educational Department of the Consulate sponsors, cosponsors and/or supports various cultural events in hope of promoting understanding and nurturing interests in Japanese culture in our jurisdiction, Oregon and Southern Idaho.  Through our programs and services, we wish to develop a stronger friendship between the U.S. and Japan.  We also offer the JET program, Japanese Government Scholarships, Japanese material lending and other services to the public.  For further information regarding the programs and services described below, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  Also, if you need general information about Japan, please contact us.

Phone: 503-221-1811 or bunkaportland (at)


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Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Graduate, Undergra duate & Professional Scholarship Opportunities

The Japan Foundation Grant Program

The Japan Foundation was established as a special legal entity under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding and friendship on the international scene. It was the first specialist organization for international cultural exchange in Japan, and it carries out a broad variety of cultural-exchange programs with personnel exchange as their basic premise, ranging from such academic pursuits as Japanese studies and Japanese-language education to the arts, publication, audio-visual media, sports, and general life culture.
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Japan Promotion Materials

From posters and maps of Japan to detailed brochures on Japanese culture, history and politics, the Consulate provides information on a wide variety of topics for schools and libraries.  We have magazines for in-class use, supplementary books, and a number of specialized booklets and pamphlets.  For further information, please contact bunkaportland (at)

Japanese Materials Lending

Japanese materials are available for lending at the Consulate in order to introduce Japanese culture at schools and/or at Japanese exhibitions.  Please contact bunkaportland (at)

Video Library

We have many videos that introduce Japanese traditional culture and modern Japan as well. Please see the list below for more information on available titles. Please fill out the DVD Lending Form and send it to bunkaportland (at)

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