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Imagine having not only another advocate working toward your organization’s mission by promoting learning about Japan but having a skilled and well-trained grassroots diplomat brought in from Japan for that very purpose. Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) allows you to do just that—bringing native Japanese coordinators to your organization, and community, to develop a deeper understanding of Japan through a wide variety of outreach activities.


JOI coordinators are native Japanese language speakers with strong English and intercultural communication skills, as well as experience living, working, or studying outside of Japan. These independent individuals are outgoing, flexible, creative, and eager to share their extensive knowledge of both traditional and popular Japanese culture, history, and more. They receive significant training before relocating to the United States and can remain in your host community for two consecutive years.


Your audience may hear this phrase so often that they'll know it by heart since your coordinator will likely say it at each presentation. From K-12 school activities and teacher workshops to lectures on Japanese society, music, cooking, or history, and from planning traditional arts demonstrations and cultural festivals to supporting sister city relationships, your community will benefit from the coordinator’s outreach activities. The program even includes a $1,000 material stipend for your organization to use toward coordinator activities and $750 toward activity travel during the first year of participation. In the second year, an additional $1,000 material stipend and $1,000 travel will be provided.


JOI is a unique way to introduce Japanese culture to your organization and community—with minor out-of-pocket expenses. Host organizations receive extensive program support, including training for the onsite supervisor. In return, your organization helps ensure the program’s success, such as introducing the coordinator to area schools, community and professional networks, and local business associations. Your organization also provides low- or no-cost housing for the coordinator, regular supervision and feedback, as well as adequate work space. That’s all. There are no salaries to pay or other explicit expenses.


By the end of your coordinator’s stay, your host community—and the people who have come into contact with him or her—will likely have a hard time saying goodbye. Regardless of how much audience members knew about Japan prior to your coordinator’s arrival, they will surely acquire profound new knowledge that they can’t get from a book. If you find yourself thinking about how to raise interest in Japan in your community or are seeking other ways to explore the Japanese culture, you will consider it “mission accomplished!” at the end of the two-year term.


The program is open to nonprofits and educational institutions that are committed to promoting learning about Japan and are located in the red/orange states below. 

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