Covering both Ohio and Michigan, the consulate is our local group of friends in the Japanese government. From visas to economic studies, they're here to facilitate the ever-growing relationship between the United States and Japan.

One Columbus

Representing the Columbus Region to the world, Columbus 2020 gives Central Ohio a voice at the big business table, saying, "Come see what we can do for you!"

International affairs, policy, and regional concerns intersect at the Columbus Council of World Affairs. Global issues from health care and education to free trade in webcasts, seminars, and presentations. Visit their collaboration effort, the 2012 Global Report to see the amazing statistics and information on how global goes local in the Columbus region.

Home to the largest number of Japanese natives in the state, it's always good to see what this great city on the Scioto is getting up to next.

Centered specifically on Japanese commerce, COJAC promotes Japanese business relationships inside the Japanese community.

While WIFA centers on international friendships, the City of Worthington shares a Friendship City relationship with Sayama, Japan, and every year at least a few WIFA activities and programs reflect this important friendship.

On the academic and educational side, IJS supports teachers, presents academic lectures and programming, and provides educational outreach to schools across the state.



Find Societies in other states and learn what's going on at the national levels.



Promoting the studying and teaching of Japanese in Ohio, while encouraging a spirit of professional cooperation amongst its members.

The Ohio State University

You cannot go far in Central Ohio, or Ohio in general, before running into the grand presence of The Ohio State University. One of the country's largest universities, they have a great many resources in every field. So perhaps forgive the inordinately large number of links and seeming partiality to this one of Ohio's many great universities.

Japanese language course information, Japanese major and minor programs, etc.

Learn a new language, experience a new culture... Expand Your World!

Learn about study abroad programs in Japan.

Learn more about the different language and literature programs.

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies provides an intensive 10-month training program in advanced Japanese for a select number of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

An Intensive English Language Program

Easy news articles

Google Chrome plugin to help study Kanji

Online Japanese Dictionary

A free study tool for reading and writing kanji.

Free digital flash cards

Free digital flash cards

OSU Japan Discovery Box information

Exploring Japan's National Road



The bimonthly journal Japan Echo features translations of essays, interviews, and discussions by noted commentators on topics of interest in Japan today.

Japan's leading financial newspaper offers the latest business news from Tokyo, including 120 stories daily, stock quotes for all listed companies, The Nikkei Weekly Online and more.

Explore US-Asia National and Local Connections

A local newsletter highlighting Japanese culture in the community.



The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) is an independent U.S. federal agency. Its mission is to sustain the U.S.-Japan relationship by promoting Japan Studies, and collaborative institutional efforts, partnerships, and people-to-people exchanges that advance common interests between the United States and Japan.

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world.

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

CGP was established in 1991 to promote collaboration between the people of Japan, the United States, and beyond in order to address issues of global concern.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation addresses the diverse and complicated issues that human society is encountering in the 21st century. 

The Laurasian Institution

Laurasian Institution is a not-for-profit educational organization, specializing in meaningful, high-quality, exchange and education programs driven by their curricular design. 



Partners for regional growth and prosperity

Ohio Development Services Agency

The Ohio Development Services Agency is committed to creating jobs and building strong communities while ensuring accountability and transparency of taxpayer money and exceptional customer service.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) was established in 1948 as a means to further develop commerce between the United States of America and Japan, promote the interests of U.S. companies and members, and improve the international business environment in Japan including the commitment to demonstrating responsible corporate citizenship.

Japan External Trade Organization

JETRO is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan.


JETRO is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan.



Find information regarding ministers, officials, embassies and consulates, and etc.

Find information regarding education, sports, science and technology, and etc.



Japan National Tourist Organization

JNTO is involved in a broad range of activities both domestically and worldwide, to encourage international tourists from all over the world to visit Japan.

Saitama Prefecture

Ohio's sister prefecture



An introductory resource to Japanese theatre styles


A great jumping off point for diving into Japanese culture, old and new

Haiku Poems

A website introducing the style of haiku poetry with a variety of examples