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 (a) Cultural Exchange

Japan Week programs consisting of 15 events were held in Ankara and Istanbul during the visit of Prince and Princess Mikasa to Turkey in 1986. Since then, large-scale programs have been held in Turkey every year to introduce Japanese culture. In 2010, the 120th year since the Ertugrul Frigate Disaster, “Japan Year 2010 in Turkey” is held in Turkey to commemorate a century of friendship between the two nations.

In 1988, treasures from the Topkapi Palace were exhibited in Tokyo, Osaka, and Shimonoseki, providing the first opportunity for the Japanese to see treasures and important cultural assets of Turkey in Japan.

In May, 1998, the Turkish-Japanese foundation culture center was opened in Ankara by Suleyman Demirel, President of the Republic of Turkey and Prince and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa, and a variety of cultural events were held in the center. The center is expected to be a base for not only cultural exchange between two countries but also other various field of exchange.

(b) Japanese Language Education

Japanese language education in Turkey began in 1976 with the establishment of the first Japanese language course in the country by the Istanbul branch of the Turkey-Japan Women's Cultural Association. University-level Japanese language education began in earnest in 1986 with the establishment of a Japanese language and literature program in the faculty of letters of Ankara University. Japanese language education has grown over the years, and courses have been established in major universities in Turkey.

Reference: Japan embassy’s data 


Tokyo office: Tokyo to Shinjiku ku Yotsuya 1-10-2 2F JAPAN, Post kodu: 160-0004

Nagasaki office: Nagasaki-shi Motofuna machi 14-9 JAPAN,  Posta kodu: 850-0035

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