Embassy in Iceland

About the Embassy

The beginning of the 21st century marks the opening of a new era of Japan-Iceland cooperation. Japan and Iceland have been developing excellent bonds of friendship since the establishment of diplomatic relations on the 8th December 1956. The development of bilateral relations was especially enhanced by Prime Minister Obuchi’s visit to Iceland in June 1999 at the invitation of Prime Minister of Iceland, Mr. David Oddson. It led to the opening of Japan Information Centre in 2000 and the establishment of the chancery of the Embassy of Japan in Reykjavik in February 2001, where the function of Japan Information Centre is also incorporated. The Government of Iceland will also officially open an Embassy in Tokyo in late October 2001.

While the Ambassador of Japan to Iceland, Mr. Masao Kawai is residing in Norway, Mr. Hitoshi Abe holds the post of Chargé d’Affairs ad interim in Iceland.

Embassy Staff welcome visitors and any kind of enquiries related to Japan. (For your reference you may also use our e-mail address japan@itn.is)

Address: Laugavegi 182, 105 Rekjavik

Telephone: (354)510 8600 Fax: (354)510 8605

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 Hours


Mr. Masao Kawai, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 4 September 2003 “Politics in Japan”

Mr. Masao Kawai, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25 February 2003 “Education in Japan”

H.E. Mr. Masao Kawai: The Iceland-Japan Society 20th Anniversary Lecture “New Relations Between Japan and Iceland”

Scholarships & funds

The following scholarships/grants are administered by the Embassy of Japan in Iceland:

Monbusho Scholarship – Japanese Government Scholarship

Every year the Monbusho (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 Monbusho in Tokyo for further processing.

Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund

The Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition (1970) has established the Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund utilizing a part of profits from the Japan World Exposition, which was held in 1970 with the theme “Progress and Harmony for Mankind”. With the investment profits from the fund it has aided appropriate projects to commemorate the success of the Japan World Exposition. This association accepts applications for the grant from both domestic and overseas project administrators every year, according to the following conditions.

Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, special legal entity in order to further international mutual understanding through the promotion of cultural exchange between Japan and other countries. Established by special legislation in the Japanese Diet, the Foundation operates on the income from an endowment, annual grants from the Japanese government, and donations from the private sector. A wide range of programs is conducted in more than 180 countries, including:

1) exchange of persons (fellowships);
2) support for Japanese-language instruction;
3) support for Japanese studies;
4) support for arts-related exchange;
5) support for media exchange.

The Foundation co-ordinates its operations through its headquarters in Tokyo, as well as through overseas offices designated as Japan Cultural Institutes, Japan Cultural Centres, Language Centres, and liaison offices. These facilities expedite the Foundation’s activities by administering a wide range of programs and establishing networks with affiliated cultural organisations and individuals.

For more information on the programs offered: www.jpf.go.jp

Application papers are available from the Embassy (normally from September). Application deadline: around 1 December each year.


Please contact the organisation in question to obtain application papers and further information, as these scholarships are not administered by the Embassy of Japan.