Information Section

About the Information Section

The Information Section at the Embassy of Japan provides comprehensive information on various matters related to Japan. Enquiries can be made by telephone, letter, e-mail or fax.

The Information Section at the Embassy of Japan can offer the following services:

Providing information

5We handle enquiries on all aspects of Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese facilities in Norway. Enquiries can be made over the telephone, by letter, e-mail or fax. If we cannot deal with your query directly, we will be happy to put you in touch with other organisations that may be able to help. Our range of publications both on Japan in general and on specific topics, can be sent out in response to enquiries. Click here for a list of fact sheets. We also maintain a list of Japan related cultural events taking place in Norway.

Books on Japan

For information on Japan, we maintain a small library which stocks a variety of books in English and Norwegian on a number of topics.

Books (maximum two) may be borrowed for up to two weeks. Please contact us to get a list of books available from our library.


Our collection of more than 100 videos in English cover various aspects of Japan from Origami to Japanese Industry and Economy. A maximum of 2 videos are available for two week loan at no charge. Please contact us to receive an updated list of videos available.


We have recenly received over 150 CDs of various Japanese music, including pop, rock, traditional music, classical music and music for kids. Please contact the information section for an updated list. You may borrow 3 CDs for a period of 2 weeks.

Slide sets

We also have several slide sets suitable for use in the classroom or as support material for talks on Japan. These slides come with explanatory notes and audio cassettes. For further information on what is available, please contact us. Regrettably the slide sets can only be lent out to organisations.


Authentic items for loan include Japanese flags, music tapes and CDs, dolls and yukatas. For further information on what is available, please contact us. Regrettably the artefacts can only be lent out to organisations.

School visits

school_visit_IIEach semester the information section visits schools in the Oslo area to give information about Japan. The lectures vary depending on each group, but the basis of the lecture is as follows: Geography, Climate, Population, School system, Daily life in a Japanese school, Japanese language, Japan – Norway relations and Chopsticks and food. We also utilise slides and video.
If you are interested, please see our invitation or contact us.

Scholarships & funds

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

Monbukagakusho Scholarship – Japanese Government Scholarship

Every year the Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 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 in Tokyo for further processing. There are two types of scholarships: Japanese studies and Research Student.

Application papers and information regarding the application deadline can be obtained from the Norwegian Research Council (Norges Forskningsråd):

The Norwegian Research Council
PO Box 2700 St. Hanshaugen
0131 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 03 70 00
Fax: +47 22 03 70 01
Homepage: Forskningsrådet: Monbukagakushostipend til Japan

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:
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.

The Canon Foundation in Europe: The objective of the Canon Foundation in Europe is to promote science, culture, know-how and mutual understanding between Europe and Japan. Up to 15 Canon Foundation Fellowships are granted to postgraduate students and researchers each year. In addition, the Canon Foundation Awards are granted to outstanding persons in academia, government and professional organisations. The deadline for applications is 15 October each year.For details and application forms, please visit the Canon Foundation in Europe

Asahi Fellowship Programme: Address: Asahi Fellowship Office, Kikaku daini-bu, (Dept. II, Cultural Projects Div.), Asahi Shimbun, 5-3-2, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-11, Japan.

Tel: 81-3-3545-0131, ext. 54213 & fax 81-3-3543-3280. Applications to be received from 1 January through 28 February and the results will be published in June each year.

The Chunichi-Inadomi Foundation: Address: The University of Oslo, Institute of East-European and Oriental Studies, Japanese Dept., POB 1030 Blindern, 0315 OSLO, Norway. Tel 22 85 67 78. Application deadline: 30 April each year.

The Matsumae International Foundation: Address: The Matsumae International Foundation, Room 6-002, New Marunouchi Bldg., 1-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan. Tel 00 81-3-3214-7611 and fax 00 81-3-3214-7613. Homepage:
Application deadline: 31 July each year.

The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund: Address: University of Oslo, Information Section, POB 1076 Blindern, 0316 OSLO, Norway. Tel 22 85 50 50.

The Sasakawa Foundation / Sasakawafondet: Address: The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, POB 19, NTNU Hovedbygg, 7491 TRONDHEIM, Attn.: Mr Jostein H. Søvik. Tel 73 59 30 68 and fax 73 59 70 43. Application deadline: 15 January 2003. Results around 1 May each year.
Information from the Sasakawa Foundation (Norwegian only)

For a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students, please visit the homepage of the Association of International Education in Japan.