Through volunteer Japanese coordinators, JOI promotes awareness and understanding of Japan in regions of the U.S. with relatively few Japan-related activities and opportunities for exchange.



Benefits for U.S. Host Sites

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Native Japanese staff member for two years

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Almost no cost to the host organization

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Stipends for materials, activities, and travel


Host Site Eligibility

JOI is pleased to announce its 2020 expansion into the mountain region! The program is open to nonprofits and educational institutions committed to promoting learning about Japan and located in the orange and newly added purple states below.  

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A joint initiative of the Japan Foundation and Laurasian Institution, the Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) brings volunteer Japanese coordinators to regions of the U.S. where Japanese culture has been less accessible. JOI coordinators are hosted by U.S. nonprofits and educational institutions with a strong commitment to promoting learning about Japan. During the two-year program, JOI coordinators engage their American community through Japanese-themed programming—from lectures to hands-on elementary school activities to events focusing on traditional Japanese art forms.

Questions? Contact Laurasian's JOI staff in the U.S. (+1 800.721.7474) or Japan (+81-3-3712-6176).

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