Regional Organizations

The Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
Covering both Ohio and Michigan, the consulate is our local group of friends in the Japanese government. From visas to economic studies, they're here to facilitate the ever growing relationship between the United States and Japan.

Columbus 2020
Representing the Columbus Region to the world, Columbus 2020 gives Central Ohio a voice at the big business table, saying, "Come see what we can do for you!"

Columbus Council on World Affairs
International affairs, policy, and regional concerns intersect at the Columbus Council of World Affairs. Global issues from heath care and education to free trade in webcasts, seminars, and presentations. Visit their collaboration effort, the 2012 Global Report to see the amazing statistics and information on how global goes local in the Columbus region.

City of Dublin
Home to the largest number of Japanese natives in the state, it's always good to see what this great city on the Scioto is getting up to next.

Central Ohio Japanese Association of Commerce
Centered specifically on Japanese commerce, COJAC promotes Japanese business relationships inside the Japanese community.

Worthington International Friendship Association
While WIFA centers on international friendships, the City of Worthington shares a Friendship City relationship with Sayama, Japan, and every year at least a few WIFA activities and programs reflect this important friendship.

Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University
On the academic and educational side, IJS supports teachers, presents academic lectures and programming, and provides educational outreach to schools across the state.


National Association of Japan-America Societies
Find Societies in other states and learn what's going on at the national levels.

Educational Resources

Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese - OATJ
Promoting the studying and teaching of Japanese in Ohio, while encouraging a spirit of professional cooperation amongst its members.

The Ohio State University
You cannot go far in Central Ohio, or Ohio in general, before running into the grand presence of The Ohio State University. One of the country's largest universities, they have a great many resources in every field. So perhaps forgive the inordinately large number of links and seeming partiality to this one of Ohio's many great universities.

Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
Japanese language course information, Japanese major and minor programs, etc.

Foreign Language Center

Office of International Affairs  Study in Japan information

Summer Programs East Asian Concentration

Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

American Language Program  An Intensive English Language Program

NHK Web Easy Easy news articles

Rikaikun Rikaichan Google Chrome plugin to help study Kanji Online Japanese Dictionary

Kanji Alive 

Quizlet Free digital flash cards

Memrise Free digital flash cards

Japan Discovery Box OSU Japan Discovery Box information

Journey Along the Toukaidou Exploring Japan's National Road

News and Information

Japan Echo (Japanese)

Nikkei Net Interactive (English)

Asia Matters For America

Nihongo Newsletter - Fall 2015 .pdf (English)

Foundations and Granting Agencies

Japan U.S. Friendship Commission

The Japan Foundation

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Laurasian Institution


Columbus 2020

Ohio Development Services Agency

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) ( site)

JETRO (U.S. site)


Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture

Special Interest

Council of Local Authorities for Int'l Relations (CLAIR)  Information on the JET Program

Japan National Tourist Organization

Saitama Prefecture Ohio's sister Prefecture

Arts & Culture

Guide to Japanese Theatre An introductory resource to Japanese theatre styles

Japan-Zone A great jumping off point for diving into Japanese culture, old and new

Haiku Poems A blog introducing the style of haiku poetry with a variety of examples

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