Mission Statement

The Japan Intercultural Institute (JII) is a non-profit institute supporting education, research and career development for intercultural professionals. It offers seminars, sponsors research, and promotes best practices in intercultural training and education. Its core mission is to encourage the deep forms of learning that come from intercultural experiences and foreign language learning.

JII’s director: Joseph Shaules

Joseph Shaules (PhD) has worked in intercultural education in Japan, Mexico and Europe for more than 25 years. He teaches intercultural communication at the Keio University International Center. He is the Japan Specialist for Intercultures, a consulting and training company based in Germany. His books include: The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living (Intercultural Press), Identity (Oxford University Press), Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of International Living (Multilingual Matters) and Beneath the Surface: The Beginner’s Guide to the Deep Culture Experience. (Intercultural Press) He is proficient in English, Japanese, French and Spanish.


JII is funded through membership fees and revenue generated by seminars.