Sakura Network

The JF Nihongo Network (Sakura Network)

The Japan Foundation (JF) is establishing the “Sakura Network” to enhance Japanese language education overseas because we believe that the link between the JF and the institutions/organizations involved in Japanese-language education throughout the world is very important.

In principle, institutions/organizations that have a working relationships with the JF through our various support programs for Japanese-language education overseas form the "Members" of the "Sakura Network." In addition, institutions and organizations that work on projects that have an extensive ripple effect over an entire region or country in terms of enhancing the establishment and development of Japanese-language education form the "Core Members."

The name “Sakura Network” was chosen from over 100 suggestions collected through an online survey. Sakura, the Japanese word for cherry blossom, is widely recognized around the world as a symbol of Japan. We hope that this network will develop and prosper in every part of the world, just like beautiful cherry blossom.

The Japan Foundation will work together in cooperation with Members and Core Members of the “Sakura Network” to provide a positive learning environment for those who want to learn Japanese-language, and further advance the quality of Japanese-language education overseas.

Sakura Netwrok Members in the US

1. Nationwide

  • The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA)
  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ)

2. Japanese Language Proficiency Test Host Institutions

  • DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  • Georgetown University (Washington DC)
  • Lehman College of the City University of New York (Bronx, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (Manoa, HI)
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

3. Japanese Teacher's Associations

  • Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon (ATJO)
  • California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS)
  • Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT)
  • Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HATJ)
  • Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese (MAATJ)
  • Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese (WATJ)
  • Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ)


For additional information, please visit the website of the Japan Foundation's World Headquarters below.