Sasakawa fund for Japanese language education

For students

Read about how the fund is helping Japanese language students around New Zealand, and see if you are eligible for funding assistance.

For teachers

We have a range of Japanese language teaching resources available for use. Teachers may also be eligible for grants or scholarships.

About the fund

Find out about the history of the Sasakawa fund, the programme framework and the management committee.


Get more information about research that is exploring the changing nature of Japanese language learning in New Zealand.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the fund please contact us directly.

Why Japanese?

Discover how studying Japanese has helped nine successful Kiwis, and made an impact on their careers and life journey. Click here to watch the videos.

Tokyo Olympics Poster Competition

2016 marked 21 years since SFFJLE began in NZ. One of the ways we chose to celebrate our birthday was through a poster competition open to all high school students and Japanese language students at university.

The brief was to design a poster to inspire New Zealanders to learn Japanese in advance of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 (or perhaps the Rugby World Cup). The advertising flyer explains the brief in more detail.

The 27 entries were judged by representatives of the Sasakawa Management Committee, together with a professional graphic artist who then used the winning design to inspire her work on another poster which was made available to schools later in 2017 and will be used as the basis of a social media and a 'lamp-post' campaign in Auckland.

Following are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners:

  1. Czarina Benedicto (681 KB)
    Year 9, Villa Maria College (in 2016)
  2. Louise Mitchell (380 KB)
    Year 11, Otago Girls High School (in 2016)
  3. Jan Neang (983 KB)
    Year 11, Papatoetoe High School (in 2016)

Czarina’s entry was judged to be ‘clear, simple and inviting of a cultural connection’.

Graphic designer Myah Flynn's poster 'There's never been a better time to learn Japanese' can be downloaded for printing.

Advertising flyer

Tokyo Olympics poster competition (1,349 KB)

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