The Japanese Cultural Society Singapore

シンガポール日本文化協会

JCS History

The Japanese Cultural Society was founded in 1963.

On 26 August 1964, the Society was approved by the Registrar of Societies and later published in the Government Gazette as a non-profit organization.

The founding members strongly believed that language learning is a gateway towards learning the culture of a country. Gradually, in March 1966, a language study committee was formed. The Society started the ‘Japanese language course’ as one of its activity. We began with 3 Japanese language classes under the assistance of the Japan Embassy.

Subsequently, from the year 1973 - 1980, one Japanese language Specialist was sent to JCS from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan; followed by three others sent by the Japan Foundation. Since then, the Japanese Cultural Society has grown from strength to strength, and JCS becomes the largest organization for the education of Japanese language in Singapore.

Thus, the JCS Japanese Language School was formed and registered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore in October 1982; managed by a Board of School Committee.

Today, more than 2,000 students enrolled to the school each year.

 

JCS quarters

The Society shifted from Orchard Road to its quarters in Middle Road in the year 1981.


Acknowledgements

We appreciate the valuable support of various Japanese governmental bodies and cultural organizations.

They are

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan,
  • The Japan Foundation,
  • The Japan-Singapore Association,
  • Toshiba International Foundation,
  • Embassy of Japan in Singapore,
  • CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations),
  • The Japanese Association, Singapore,
  • JCCI (Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore) and
  • The Japanese School in Singapore.