International Exchange and Cooperation - Japanese Language Education

The number of foreign residents in Iwate has been increasing, as well as the need for Japanese language education. Recognizing this need, the Iwate International Association undertook Japanese language education activities in 1995, developing Japanese teaching volunteers and creating language classes.

There are also various Japanese language classes throughout Iwate.
Information is located here (PDF file).

■Japanese Language Supporter: Japanese education for those wanting to study

The Japanese Language Supporter program is run on a registration system by the Iwate International Association.

Japanese Language Supporters can assist at either Association or regional language classes, or when a foreign resident submits a request for Japanese lessons.

Training seminars are also held for Japanese Language Supporters' development.

Information for these seminars is posted on the Event Information page when they are scheduled.
Japanese Classes in Iwate Prefecture (English)

■Becoming a Japanese Language Supporter

 ■One must fulfill one of the following requirements
   in order to register as a Japanese Language Supporter.

  1. Experience teaching Japanese
  2. Japanese teaching qualifications
  3. Attended Japanese teaching seminars

  •  ※For those currently studying Japanese education or who would like to work together:
        If you have special circumstances or requests,
        please consult the International Association when you register.

     ■Becoming a Japanese Language Supporter ⇒ Application Form (in Japanese)


Japanese Language Supporters teach Japanese to students who submit a request.
Supporters try to match the conditions of the student's request as much as possible.
In most cases lessons occur about once a week for an hour to an hour and a half.
Any necessary fees for study are, as a rule, to be paid for by the student.
Lesson content is to be decided between the student and supporter.

※Please decide what is to be studied, textbooks, period, place, etc and submit an "Activities Outline."


1. Student requests lessons
2. International Association searches for someone that fits student's request
3. Student and supporter meet, discuss the course of study, and other details.
  Decide on content, textbook, time and period, place, etc.
4. Begin lessons
5. Achieve your goal and finish!

■Aiina International Exchange Center

"Japanese Teaching Material Room" and "Japanese Study Corner"

■A Place to Study

The Japanese Teaching Material Room and Japanese Study Corner are available in the International Exchange Center on the 5th floor of Iwate Prefecture Citizen's Cultural Exchange Center (Aiina).
These rooms are available for people who want to study Japanese or for preparing Japanese teaching materials.

Please use these areas for your Japanese study, preparing of materials, and for meeting.

■Japanese Materials

Materials for Japanese study are available in the Japanese Teaching Material Room.
There are also Japanese language texts, teaching materials, videos, and tapes available to borrow or view.

For more details, ask at the International Exchange Center window on the 5th floor of Aiina.

A partial list of Japanese materials is located here.

■Tests Related to the Japanese Language

■Tests for Teachers of Japanese

  1. Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test → Japanese Educational Exchanges Service

■Tests for Students of Japanese

  1. Japanese Language Proficiency Test → Japanese Educational Exchanges Service
  2. Business Japanese Proficiency Test → The Japanese Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation
  3. J.Test of Practical Japanese → Association for Testing Japanese / J.Test Office

■Links to Japanese Language Education Organizations

  1. The Japan Foundation
  2. The Chinese Returnees’Support Center
  3. The Japan Forum
  4. Association for Japanese Language Teaching
  5. Tokyo Nihongo Volunteer Network
  6. The National Institute for Japanese Language

■Applications and Inquiries

Iwate International Association
Aiina5F 1-7-1 Moriokaekinishidori,
Morioka, Iwate 020-0045
Inquiry by phone or email ⇒ Contact