Culture & Education

2020/8/4

The Consular Office 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@se.mofa.go.jp

EVENTS & NEWS

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

The Application period for the 2020 Japan Exchange & Teaching Program will open in the middle of September.
Individuals interested in living and working in Japan are invited to apply for a position with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.

The JET Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The Program also helps to develop foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese youth and JET Program participants from around the world. The objectives of the Program are being achieved by offering college/university graduates the opportunity to serve in local governments or in public elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Japan.

The Program started in 1987 with the cooperation of the governments of the then 4 participating countries with nearly 300 participants. As of the year 2019, there are over 5,700 current JET participants living and working in Japan from 57 countries worldwide, 55 of whom departed from Portland, Oregon this past August.

There are two positions offered by the JET Program. Individuals selected to serve as Coordinators for International Relations, or CIRs, will be placed in the offices of prefectural governments, cities and towns throughout Japan. Individuals selected to serve as Assistant Language Teachers, or ALTs, will be placed mainly in publicly run schools or local boards of education.

Applicants for both positions must (1) be nationals of the country in which the recruitment and selection procedures take place, and (2) hold a bachelor’s degree or obtain one by the end of July 2020. Candidates applying for a position as a CIR must also have a highly functional command of the Japanese language. There are no language requirements for the ALT position. Contracts are for one year commencing in late July or early August (special circumstances for the 2020 program year). They are renewable by mutual consent between the contracting organization and the JET participant for up to two additional years, and in special cases, up to four additional years.

For additional information please visit the program's official website for U.S. Citizens "Japan Exchange and Teaching Program" at: https://jetprogramusa.org/ (External Link)

Graduate, Undergra duate & Professional Scholarship Opportunities

The Japanese Government offers the scholarships annually to U.S. citizens living in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

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 Consular Office 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@se.mofa.go.jp

Japanese Materials Lending

Japanese materials are available for lending at the Consular Office in order to introduce Japanese culture at schools and/or at Japanese exhibitions. Please contact bunkaportland@se.mofa.go.jp

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@se.mofa.go.jp

Digital Contents