The Japan Intercultural Institute (JII) is a non-profit institute supporting education, research and career development for intercultural professionals. It organizes seminars, sponsors research, and helps develop intercultural education textbooks and training materials. Its core mission is to encourage the deep learning, insight and transformation that comes from intercultural experiences and foreign language learning. JII collaborates with publishers, academic institutions, educational associations and business in order to bring together the community of intercultural professionals in Japan. JII seeks to expand the role of intercultural communication education in Japan while helping develop a body of best-practices and intercultural theory which fits the needs of intercultural professionals in Japan.
Intercultural professionals have formal responsibility for facilitating intercultural contact. In Japan, that includes (but is not limited to) international business professionals, language teachers, intercultural trainers and consultants, translators, interpreters, intercultural communication scholars, administrators of exchange and study abroad programs, specialists in the fields of international understanding, global issues, cross-cultural studies, area studies, cross-cultural psychology, diplomats and international NGO and NPO professionals.
JII sponsors intercultural seminars to a wide range of intercultural professionals. Seminars focus on bringing together theory and practice and expanding the role of intercultural education and skills in business, language teaching, elementary, secondary and university education. Seminars are taught by leading professionals, provide networking opportunities and bring together a broad-based community of intercultural specialists.Seminars are held in English and Japanese.
JII encourages the spread of intercultural education in Japan by sponsoring the development of textbooks and educational materials. JII works with major publishers and educational institutions to create theoretically sound, practical materials for global issues education, English for internationalism, and intercultural education. JII members work together to bridge the gap between abstract intercultural theory, and practical materials, research projects and program design.