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Tea Ceremony at Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi


19 March 2014

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On March 19, 2014, Urasenke Chadou Abu Dhabi Study Group, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, participated in the International day at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. The Group offered Japanese tea to 120 visitors at the Japan booth. And some members of the Group impressed the audience with Kimono at the World Fashion Show.




Conferment of Decoration to H.E. Al Masaood

Japanese-Language Program for Overseas Students 2014


1. Purpose

This program is intended to offer outstanding students of the Japanese language at universities, colleges, and educational institutions abroad the opportunity to visit Japan and to deepen their knowledge of the Japanese language, society, and culture for the purpose of further encouragement of their study.


2. Program Period (15 days)

From August 27(Wed.), 2014,

to September 10(Wed.), 2014


3.Location of the Program and Accommodations

The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai (Tajiri-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka) and other locations.


4. Contents of the Program

(1) Lectures on the Japanese language, and social and cultural aspects of Japan;

(2) Experience of Japanese culture;

(3) Visit to cultural facilities and
historical sites, etc.; and

(4) Home visit


5. Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:


(1) Are studying or have finished studying the Japanese-language at overseas educational organizations such as universities.

(2) As a rule, have achieved superior marks in completion of the basic level (more than 300 class hours), have achieved more than 50 points in the First Phase Test, or have attained more than Level N4 of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test or Level 3 of the old JLPT.

(3) Able to take part in the entire program.

(4) Are currently not Japanese-language teachers.

(5) Do not have a job offer to be employed as a Japanese-language teacher at the time of application.


(6) Are not a staff member of the Japanese embassies or consulates.

(7) Are between the ages of 18 and 54 at the starting day of the program. If the nominee is under 20 years of age, the consent of a parent or guardian is required.

(8) Have not stayed in Japan for more than seven consecutive days in the last five years at the starting day of the program.

(9) Are in good physical and mental health.

(10) Have not received compulsory education in Japan more than three years.

(11) Are not scheduled to come to Japan for study or language training except under this program by the end of March, 2015.

(12) Have the nationality of a country which has diplomatic relations with Japan, and have the nationality or permanent residency of a country where the relevant Japan Foundation overseas office or Japanese embassy or consulate is located.


6.Expenses,  Allowances  and Facilities to be provided by the Institute

The Institute will bear the expenses, or will provide the participants with allowances and facilities, as stipulated in the following articles:


(1)Air Ticket

The Institute will provide them with round-trip airline tickets (discount economy class) between the airport nearest from their residence and the Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Japan) by the most reasonable or economical route.
The ticket will be sent to them by e-mail and the purchased tickets should not be abandoned. The Institute is not able to reimburse them for the cost of any ticket purchased by themselves. In principle, concerning the trips both to and from Japan, the route cannot be changed to suit personal requests.

If the flight schedule arranged by the Institute makes it necessary for them to arrive in Japan earlier than the starting day of the official program period, or to leave Japan later than the last day of the period, the Institute will provide them with accommodations and meals in accordance

with the regulations of the Institute for these additional days in Japan.

(2)Airport Tax and Foreign Travel Tax
If the participants pay any airport tax or foreign travel tax on their trips to Japan, the Institute will pay them the cost of such taxes after their arrival at the Institute, in exchange of the receipts.  However, the Institute will not pay the cost of their passports and visas.

During the period of the program, a single room in the Institute will be provided for each participant for free of charge.  While they are away from the Institute on trips arranged by the Institute, accommodations will be provided by the Institute. In the case of field trips, they may be required to share a room. They are not allowed to stay out of the Institute on weekdays.

During the period of the program, meals and allowances for meals will be provided as follows.
Participants can take breakfast, lunch and dinner at the cafeteria inside the Institute.

The Institute will provide participants with meal allowances of 3,000 yen for each day.  40% of the meal allowances will be given to them in cash money, while the remaining 60% will be given to

them in the form of a prepaid card that can be used only in the cafeteria inside the Institute.   Note that the Institute will not reimburse them by cash for any unused points of the prepaid card. When meals are arranged by the Institute during site visits, trips, or parties, the meal allowances will not be given accordingly. The cash allowances will be paid to them at the orientation of the program. 

(5)Overseas Travel Accident Insurance
They will be insured with an overseas travel accident insurance policy during the period of the program. The detailed coverage conditions are defined in the contract between the insurance company and the Institute. Chronic or preexisting disease or injury, and dental care, pregnancy, childbirth, and diseases arising from premature birth or miscarriage are not included in the coverage. The Institute cannot bear any responsibility beyond the coverage of this insurance.


(6)Expenses Concerning the Curriculum
There are no tuition or admission charges to be paid by the participants. Study materials used in the curriculum will be supplied by the Institute, and expenses for visits and trips planned in the curriculum will be covered by the Institute.


7. Extension of Stay in Japan

The participants cannot be permitted on extension of stay with

any reason after their official period of the program is over.


8.Obligations of the Participants

During the period of the program, the participants will be under the obligations stipulated in the following items. If there is a serious violation of any of these obligations on their side, their participation might be cancelled by the Institute.

(1)To obey the laws of Japan. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in Japan for persons under the age of 20.


(2)To undertake the educational training according to the curriculum of the program with sufficient sincerity.


(3)Not to make use of their coming to Japan and stay in Japan on this program for any other purpose or activities.

(4)Not to take part in any activity that is not allowed under their visa statuses, not engage in any job or work.

(5)To understand that the participants are invited as members of a group, and to attend all the activities of the program, under the direction of the Institute.

(6)Not to come to Japan earlier than the arrival date of the flight schedule arranged by the Institute.

(7) Not to go abroad or return to their home countries during the program.

(8)Not to visit the third countries for any private purposes when they return to their own countries.

(9) To leave Japan on the flight arranged by the Institute as soon as their official period of the program is over; and return to their own countries.


(10) To observe the “Rules and Regulations for the Participants of the Japanese- Language Programs” of the Institute.


(11) To cooperate with the Institute and fill out the questionnaire when the Institute conducts a follow-up survey.

(12) To report the Institute immediately when the participants are infected by infections disease(s) prescribed in the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Infections Patients Act (Act No. 114 of 1998)


. Rules Concerning the Cancellation of Participation

The Institute may cancel their participation in the program and send them home during the course of the program, if the Director of the Institute judges that any one of the following situations occurred:


(1)Their physical or mental health has made it impossible or unsuitable for them to continue participating in the program any further.


(2)They have seriously violated the obligations stipulated in Article 8 above.


(3)They do not devote themselves to the activities required in the curriculum that are designed to realize the aims of the program.

(4)There was a false description in their application forms or other documents.

(5) The Japan Foundation may cancel the invitation if the participant becomes disqualified, as of the starting day of the program.


Participants are required to submit a written report (in Japanese) on their impressions or thoughts of the program through the Japan Foundation overseas office or send it to the Institute within one month of returning home.


All applicants are required to send the following information:


1. Full name as in passport.

2. Nationality.

3. Date of Birth.

4. Sex: Male/Female.

5. Email address.

6. Mobile number.

7. Home address.

8. Major of study.

9. Current profession


to the following email address: husamaljoubassi@ab.mofa.go.jp


Deadline to apply (8 May 2014)


Applicants will undergo a Japanese Language Test in the Embassy on (12 May 2014)







Conferment of Decoration to H.E. Al Masaood
2nd Japanese Language Speech Contest


11 March 2014

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On March 11, 2014, the 2nd Japanese Language Speech Contest, organized by the Embassy of Japan, was hosted by Khalifa University to share knowledge of the Japanese culture through learning the Japanese language. The event was attended by H.E. Yoshihiko Kamo, Ambassador of Japan, and Dr. Tod A. Laursen, President, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, to encourage Japanese language learners from various schools and academic institutions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Students were required to write a text, composed in Japanese, about topic of their own.




Conferment of Decoration to H.E. Al Masaood
Reception for ATHS Students


26 February 2014



On February 26, 2014, a reception for the Applied Technology High School (ATHS) students was held at the official residence of the Ambassador of Japan, as an cultural activity organized by the Embassy of Japan.  The students, who had their experience from the educational tours in Japan last summer, gave group presentations with a good command of Japanese to other attendants.




Conferment of Decoration to H.E. Al Masaood
New Japanese Language Courses start again in April 2014


30 March 2014

  • New Japanese Language Courses will start again on April 13, 2014.
  • Guidelines for Applicants is available here (MS word).
  • For application form, please click here. (Deadline of submission is Tuesday 8 April 2014)
  • Class schedule is available here
  • Consent form is available here
  • If you are not a beginner and not sure about your level, please click here for the level check sheet.
  • Courses will be conducted at Abu Dhabi Japanese School (map).




Conferment of Decoration to H.E. Al Masaood


11-15 November 2013


A Japanese famous natural textile artist holds cultural events in the UAE



On November 11-15, Mr. Akihiko Izukura, a famous Japanese natural textile artist who is active in the U.S. and Europe, visited the UAE for the first time. Under the patronage of Embassy of Japan, he mounted exhibitions in both Abu Dhabi Art Hub and Sharja University where he presented his own philosophy in dying clothes using traditional Japanese nature-friendly method.




Lecture on recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake


26+27 June 2013


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On 26 and 27 June, Mr. Gouta Matsumura, Representative Director of the Ishinomaki NPO center, held two lectures respectively at the University of Sharjah and at the General Secretariat of the Executive Council – Abu Dhabi. Mr. Matsumura talked about his city, Ishinomaki; which was severely hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and presented his center's unique experience in developing revival activities in and around Ishinomaki.





MEXT scholarship programs 2014

16 May 2013


> UAE nationals only may apply.

> Applicants for the Research Program must have been born on or after 2 April 1979.

> Applicants for the Undergraduate Program must have been born between 2 April 1992 and 1 April 1997.

> Deadline to apply (Tuesday 11 June 2013)

> Exams and interview (Saturday 15 June 2013)


Application is by post or courier only to the following address:

Culture and Information Section

Embassy of Japan

P.O.Box: 2430

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Attention Mr. Kaneko

(Please write down on the top of envelope "Scholarship Application")


Details on the right side of the page

Click here for the press release in Arabic.





Japanese robot creator holds workshop at Khalifa University


17 December 2012


On 17 December 2012, under the auspices of the Embassy, Prof. Tomotaka Takahashi, world-renowned robot creator, held a workshop in Khalifa University. More than 100 students from the Robotics Institute and Nippon Club enjoyed the demonstration performed by his robots.





Japanese Film Screening on 17 November

8 November 2012


The Embassy of Japan will hold a Japanese Film Screening on Saturday 17 November, 2012. Animation film called “5 Centimeters per Second” will be screened in Japanese language with Arabic subtitle. The film was directed by a world-renowned animation creator Makoto Shinkai.

The event is open for public. Admission free.


Screening schedule
Film: “5 Centimeters per Second” (Language: Japanese, Subtitle: Only in Arabic)
Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Time: 3:30pm- (Doors open at 3:15pm)
Venue: the Auditorium of Abu Dhabi Japanese School (please click here for a map)








Japanese Films on Abu Dhabi Film Festival


2 October 2012


This year, three films related to Japan will be screened by the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (11th - 20th October 2012).


Schedule and Details:


1 “Outrage Beyond”

Screenings: 12 October, 4:00pm, Marina Mall Vox Cinema
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Directed by Takeshi Kitano / 110min / Japanese / Arabic and English subtitles / 15+


2 “Like Someone in Love”


Screenings: 12 October, 4:00pm, Marina Mall Vox Cinema
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Directed by Abbas Kiarostami / 109min. / Japanese / English subtitles / 15+


3 “Modern No. 2”

Screenings: 16 October, 6:15pm, Marina Mall Vox Cinema
////////////////////18 October, 1:30pm, Marina Mall Vox Cinema

Directed by Mirai Mizue / Short Narrative / 4min. / Color / (None) / No Subtitles /

For more details, please visit Abu Dhabi Film Festivals’ official website: http://www.abudhabifilmfestival.ae





Workshop on Japanese Traditional Confections

3 September 2012


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explaining the process to make Wagashi


On September 3rd, 2012, the Embassy held a workshop on Wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery, at the Ambassador’s residence in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with TORAYA.


This event was organized to introduce diversity of Japanese culture to Emirati people. UAE officials in the education sector and members of the General Women’s Union participated in the workshop.


Following the lecture about history and ingredients of Japanese confections and the demonstration of preparation, participants tried to prepare the sweets, learned about Japanese tea ceremony and tasted Wagashi and tea.

They enjoyed learning the concept of Wagashi that lies not only in the taste but also in the beautiful presentation.





Monthly Japanese Film Show (September)

6 September 2012


The Embassy of Japan will hold a Japanese Film Show on Sept. 15th, 2012. The film “Creyon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Anime)”will be screened in Japanese language with Arabic subtitle.
The event is open for public.  Enjoy the Japanese Animation with your family members and friends. Do not miss it.




Date/Time: 15:15- Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Venue: the Auditorium of Abu Dhabi Japanese School (please click here for a map)
Title: Creyon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Anime)
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: Arabic





New Japanese Language Courses start again in September 2012

26 August 2012


For details, please check Guidelines For Applicants.

Application forms are available here. (Deadline of submission is Wednesday 5 September)


!!Important notice for students of the previous courses!!
1. There has been a change in curriculum and class formation.

If your previous level was L5, please take L5 this time again.

If you took L8 before, please register for L6.

For previous L9 students, please take L7 (conversation) class.

L7 is a class for advanced learners who completed the text “Genki 1”.


2. Please beware that the Location has changed from the former place.




Introducing Japan in the English Summer Challenge of UAE University

18 July 2012


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Left: Quiz given from Mr. Ohmori

Right: Mr. Ohmori and students


On 19th July, Mr. Setsuo Ohmori, DCM of the Embassy of Japan, made a presentation on Japan in the English Summer Challenge of UAE University, which is sponsored by ADEC with the aim of improving local high school students’ skills of English.


The presentations were made for both male and female students separately. After showing a DVD on Japan, Mr. Ohmori introduced basic information on Japan and the bilateral relations between UAE and Japan by giving quiz.


The pictures of Japan, shown in the DVD, attracted students’ attention. In addition, the quiz stimulated their intellectual curiosity and increased their interaction with the topics during the presentation.


At question and answer session, students were keen to understand various aspects in details by raising questions on several topics as Japanese culture, latest technologies, trade and information on studying in Japan.


The Embassy of Japan highly evaluates this opportunity for promoting and introducing Japanese culture to the UAE young generation and looking forward to cooperate with other educational institutions as well.



Japanese Students from the Fujimigaoka High School had exchanges with the UAE students and a senior official from Masdar

15 July 2012




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March 28th and 29th, Japanese students from the Fujimigaoka High School visited the UAE as their short-term study abroad program, and had an opportunity for making warm relationship with UAE students.


On March 28th, the Japanese students visited the UAE University (UAEU) to develop friendship with members of the “Sakura Club (Japan Club)” of the UAEU. After respective presentations about respective schools, the “Sakura Club” guided the campus and offered an opportunity for Japanese students to try on the UAE’s traditional costume, Abaya. As the UAEU students voluntarily provided their explanation about the museum which Japanese student visited after the exchange program at the UAEU campus.


The following day, the students of Fujimogaoka met with the members of Japan Club of the Zayed University. The members of Japan Club explained the development plan of Saadiyat Island for Japanese students at the Manarat Museum in the Island.  Students exchanged gifts and their contact information for further communications.


A few months later, on May 31st, students from the Fujimigaoka received a senior official from Masdar, Dr. Nawal Al Hosani, Director-Sustainability. Dr. Hosani visited Japan to promote the “Zayed Future Energy Prize,” and taking this opportunity, she visited Fujimigaoka to learn about the Fujimigaoka’s education for environment. Dr. Hosani also received their hearty welcome from the students who visited the UAE last March.


Furthermore, on July 13th, the members of “Sakura Club” from the UAEU visited Fujimigaoka Campus in Tokyo.  Friendly relationship between students from the UAE and Japan was renewed through their presentations about Japanese culture, such as Japanese calligraphy, and Kendo performance.


Further development of wider two-way relationship is expected between the two countries through this kind of friendly interaction between the students from the UAE and Japan.



Japan won the AFC Futsal Championship title
6 June 2012


On June 1st, Japanese Futsal National Team won the final by 6-1 at Al-Wasl Stadium, in Dubai, and was crowned the new champion of Asian Futsal.


The game seesawed at the beginning, but at 15th minute of the first half Japanese team scored the go-ahead goal. In the 10th minute of the second half, a Japanese player got a red card. As a result, the team was forced to play in an extremely difficult situation. However, they got over the disadvantage and scored 6 goals.


Japanese team has already won the ticket to the World Cup to be held in Thailand this November. Congratulations to all the players, the coach and all the supporting fans!


For more details please visit:




Global Day 2012 at Abu Dhabi University
30 May 2012



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Members of Abu Dhabi University Japan Club (above) and Japan Club's stall (below)



On 30 May, Abu Dhabi University hosted an annual cultural festival “Global Day” at khalifa city campus of the university. Following an opening ceremony attended by a number of ambassadors and diplomats, traditional dances and songs were performed by students from various countries. Members of Japan Club of the university performed Kimono (Japanese traditional wear) show.
Japan Club of Abu Dhabi University has 15 member students and is actively engaged in learning and promoting Japanese culture in Abu Dhabi.



The First Japanese Speech Contest in the UAE
30May 2012


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Teachers and students of Zayed University


On May 24th, the First Japanese Speech Contest in the UAE was held successfully at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence.


18 beginner level speakers and 7 intermediate and advance level speakers competed to win the awards in each level. Following speeches, Mr. Ahmad Bukhash, chief architect & founder of Archidentity who majored in architecture and design in Kyoto Institute of Technology and a alumnus of Japanese Government scholarship program, made a presentation about his experience in Japan, concluded question and answer session.


To celebrate the occasion, a reception was held and a Japanese buffet including Sushi-roll and tempura was served there. The contest and the reception was a precious chance for Japanese language educators and learners to exchange their experience and opinions.



The result of the 1st Japanese Speech Contest

Intermediate and Advance Course
1st place Ms. Ohood Ali   Click here for the speech document
2nd place Ms. Fatma Sahem        Click here for the speech document
3rd place Ms. Yonghee Kwun-Macarten     Click here for the speech document
Audience Prize Ms. Ohood Ali


Beginner Course
1st place Ms. Ayesha Al-Hashimi  Click here for the speech document
2nd place Ms. Samar Al-Khalifi     Click here for the speech document
3rd place Ms. Hessa Al-Hawai      Click here for the speech document
Audience Prize Ms. Amal Al-Hosani





The opening ceremony of the new Japanese School Premises and Japanese Culture Center
3May 2012


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Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili and Mrs. Hoda Kanoo with Japanese School students at the opening ceremony


On May 3rd, the opening ceremony of the new Japanese School premise and the launch of Japanese Culture Center was held successfully held at its new school premises in which H.E. Tatsuo Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and Mrs. Hoda Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation attended.


After the greetings from Mr. Ubukata, Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Al Khaili made their remarks in which they hope the relocation of Japanese School and opening of Japanese Culture Center would be a milestone for developing the educational and cultural ties between UAE and Japan. Following the remarks the students and teachers sang three Japanese songs in chorus.


After the opening ceremony, Mr. Onodera, the principle of the Japanese School in Abu Dhabi, guided the guests on tour in the new premise. During the tour, “soran-busi”a Japanese traditional dance was presented by kindergarten pupils and a Japanese tea ceremony was demonstrated for them.


Book Donation Ceremony at Zayed University
8 April 2012




Mr. Setsuo Ohmori and Dr. Lauren R. Wilson hold one of the books donated to Zayed University



On 8 April, Mr. Setsuo Ohmori, Chargès d’affairs, of the Embassy of Japan attended a ceremony for the donation of 100 titles of Japanese books which were donated by Nippon Foundation to Zayed University Dubai Campus this year.

AT the library of Zayed University, Mr. Ohmori was received by Dr. Lauren R. Willson, Provost of Zayed University. Present in the reception were the Japanese Club students and their Japanese teacher.




Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2012

2nd Apri, 2012


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Japan's booth in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair


The annual event “Abu Dhabi International Book Fair” was held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from March 28th - April 2nd. During this period, more than 200,000 visitors toured the booths and stands of the Exhibition where more than 500,000 titles were displayed.

In the Japanese booth, around 300 titles were displayed with a variety of subjects and topics such as Manga, Anime, Origami (Paper Folding), Japanese Foods, Japanese language, mentality and history. Mr. Hideki Yamada, Director of the First Editorial Department of the University of Tokyo Press, answered many questions posed by visitors and publishers wishing to further their understandings of Japanese culture.

A small origami class, held in front of the booth, attracted a large number of people. The class promoted selling out more origami books from Kinokuniya booth, located in the backside of the Japanese booth.

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has now become a good opportunity to introduce the attraction of Japanese culture towards the people of UAE.


Reception to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the earthquake

22 March 2012


Japanese calligraphy demonstration by Mr. Liva


On March 22, the Embassy of Japan in the UAE held a reception to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake at the Ambassador’s residence in Abu Dhabi. More than 130 guests attended the reception. In the opening remarks, Ambassador Watanabe renewed his condolences to all victims of the unprecedented disaster, assuring that he firmly believed in recovery and revival of Japan thanks to various assistances from the people of the UAE.


A calligraphic demonstration was made by Mr. Bruno Riva, a Swiss calligrapher, after the speech. He wrote several pieces in Japanese letters under the theme of the reconstruction of Japan. The guests enjoyed the exhibition on the walls of the venue where numerous messages and thoughtful gifts the Embassy had received from Emiratis and other nationals residing in the UAE were displayed.


Small World 2012

16th March 2012


On March 16th, an annual charity event “Small World 2012” was held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
19 countries, including Japan, participated in the event. Booths were decorated in their unique designs and their national foods were served. On the stage, original dance and songs were performed.
Japanese booth served sushi-roll and teriyaki chicken which attracted many visitors.
This event was a special occasion for sharing friendship with other nations and demonstrating Japanese culture to the visitors.
Last year, Small World donated 750,000Dh to the Japanese Red Cross to support the earthquake and tsunami victims. Our embassy extends the cordial thanks to the Small World.


Japanese youths from the “Japan Future Leaders School” visited UAE

10 March 2012


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Left: Emirati students teaching the history of Arabic coffee to the Japanese members

Center: Emirati students serve a traditional Emirati breakfast

Right: A Japanese member making a traditional Emirati food



From March 7 to 10, 14 members of “Japan Future Leaders School” visited Abu Dhabi. They participated in a cultural exchange program with members of the Nippon Club at Khalifa University. While having a traditional Emirati breakfast prepared by the Club members, students from the two countries introduced traditional commodities to each other in their own culture. During a presentation made by the Japanese members, they shared basic knowledge about Japanese culture, politics and economy with the Emirati students. They also made discussions on interesting topics such as the Imperial System, job hunting in Japan and so on.


TAIKO LEGEND; Heart Beat from Japan

Japanese Drum Concert by Mr.Eitetsu Hayashi attracted UAE people

8 February 2012





photo by Sakae Oguma



On 26 and 29 February, Taiko (Japanese drum) concerts by Mr. Eitetsu Hayashi and members of “EITETSU FU-UN no KAI” were held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister of the UAE, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of UAE-Japan Diplomatic Relations. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah attended the concert held at Abu Dhabi National Theatre. More than 1,500 audiences thronged to see the performance in the two cities were fascinated with their resounding beats.


Concurrently with the concert, a Japanese photo and food exhibition was arranged and held by the Japanese Community in Abu Dhabi. The hall was crowded with a large number of visitors who toured the exhibition and enjoyed the taste of sushi.




Release of Newly-Translated Japanese Books by Kalima

7 December 2011



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From left: Ambassador Watanabe,  Dr. Ali bin Tamim and Mr. Kawakami, Managing Director of the Kinokuniya Book World



On December 6, 2011, and in the presence of Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Director of Kalima, the foreign books translation project of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), held a ceremony at Kinokuniya Book World in Dubai to announce the release of newly-translated series of Japanese literature into Arabic.
The newly released seven books are;  "All She Was Worth"by Miyuki Miyabe, "Floating Clouds"by Fumiko Hayashi, "Shame in the Blood" by Tetsuo Miura, "Tokyo Tango" by Rika Yokomori, "Botchan (Master Darling)" by Soseki Natsume, "Woman on the Other Shore" by Mitsuyo Kakuta and "School of Freedom" by Bunroku Shishi.  With this, the total number of the translated and published books by Kalima from Japanese literature and other fields reaches 14.
Timing of the release was chosen to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the UAE Federation and the 40th anniversary of Japan- UAE bilateral diplomatic relationship.



Reception in Celebration of the 78th Birthday of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan

30 November 2011



On November 30, the Embassy of Japan in the UAE held a reception in celebration of the 78th Birthday of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, at the Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel. H.E. Jumaa Mubarak Al Junaibi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE along with 600 guests attended the reception.

The reception opened with the National Anthems of the UAE and Japan sung by the students of the Abu Dhabi Japanese School.

In his speech, Ambassador Tatsuo Watanabe expressed his gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other high officials for their kind support to make the move of the school to the new premises a reality. By referring to a Japan cultural center, newly established within the Japanese school, he emphasized the excellent and diversified bilateral relationship between the UAE and Japan and hoped the expanding cultural exchange will deepen a mutual understanding and consolidate a friendship between the two countries further.



World Robot Olympiad (WRO)2011 Abu Dhabi

1 November 2011


On November 19 and 20, 2011, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) will host the World Robot Olympiad(WRO) 2011. 76 students and coaches in 19 teams  from elementary, junior high and high schools will participate from Japan.  Let us come and see to cheer Japanese teams!  Entrance is free of charge (except for Car Parking fee).


For information of the participating Japanese teams, click here(in Japanese)  




Books Donation to the Zayed University

19 October 2011


On October 18, at the Library of the Zayed University’s new campus in Khalifa A city, Ambassador Watanabe and Dr. Sulaiman Al Jassim, the Vice President of the University, attended a ceremony for the donation of the books from Japan.  The donated books included 313 titlesoffered by the Japan Foundation (160 in English, 146 in Japanese and 7 in Arabic), 99 titles offered by the Nippon Foundation (all in English).
These books participated in the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in March 2011.
Encouraged by the success in the first ever participation, the Embassy plans to take part again in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to be held between March 28 to April 2, 2012.



Big gratitude for the donation-- UAE university students won introduction on Japanese culture

28-29 September 2011


To express sincere gratitude to the donation received from the four universities: UAE University, Khalifa University, Zayed University, and HCT, UAE students were invited to a two-day event hosted by the Embassy of Japan to the UAE. During the above event, UAE students experienced the taste of Japanese tea and culture at the Japanese Tea House in Emirates Palace.






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• Study in Japan


MEXT Scholarship Programs 2014


The Government of Japan offers scholarship programs to UAE national students to join:

(1) Undergraduate Student

Terms and conditions of Undergraduate Scholarship 2014


1. Application Form

2. Attachment

3. Certificate of Health



(2) Research Student

Terms and conditions of Research non-degree scholarships at graduate school 2014 (Research, Masters through research or PhD through research)


1. Application Form

2. Attachment

3. Firld of Study and Study Program

4. Recommendation Form

5. Certificate of Health



General Information about study in Japan


If you are interested in studying in Japan, these Websites below would be useful to you:

*Study in Japan
(A Comprehensive Guide)
*Japan Student Services Organization



The Japanese Language Course held by the UAE-Japanese Society



The United Arab Emirates-Japanese Society has been running Japanese Language Courses since 2004.
The courses offer levels of Japanese language Courses from L1 (for beginners) to L8. All courses are arranged depending on the number of students for each level, except L1.
Each level has 8 sessions in one term, 90 mimutes per class and will be held only once a week.