Every year the Monbukagakusho:MEXT (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Government of Japan), offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to pursue studies in Japan. The applications are first processed at the local embassy or consulate, and then forwarded to the Monbukagakusho:MEXT in Tokyo for further processing.
There are two types of scholarships:
(1) Japanese Studies (undergraduate)
(2) Research Student (graduate and post graduate studies)
The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 as a special legal entity to undertake international cultural exchange and subsequently became an independent administrative institution in October 2003.
The Foundation consists of a head office in Tokyo, a branch office in Kyoto and two Japanese-language institutes (Urawa and Kansai). Overseas there are 19 Foundation offices in 18 countries .
The purpose of the Japan Foundation is "to contribute to a better international environment, and to the maintenance and development of harmonious foreign relationships with Japan, through deepening other nations' understanding of Japan, promoting better mutual understanding among nations, encouraging friendship and goodwill among the peoples of the world, and contributing to the world in culture and other fields through the efficient and comprehensive implementation of international cultural exchange activities." (Independent Administrative Institution Japan Foundation Law, Article 3)
The Japan Foundation carries out its programs and activities in the following three major categories ( www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/program ):
(1) Arts and Cultural Exchange
(2) Japanese-Language Education Overseas
(3) Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange