Kagoshima International Association

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Outline of the Association

The Association is a public service corporation established in cooperation with Kagoshima Prefecture, municipalities and the local business community.
In January 1990 we received recognition from the Minister of Home Affairs as a "regional internationalization association" central body for international exchange. Having been entrusted with the management and operations of the International Exchange Plaza since July 1990, and that of Kagoshima Asia-Pacific Intercultural Countryside (KAPIC) Center between April 1994 and March 2006, we organize a variety of projects to promote international exchange. On 1 April 2012, Kagoshima International Association was recognized by Kagoshima Prefecture as a public interest incorporated foundation, and thus we took another step forward in our journey towards promoting regional international exchange.

Our Mission

The Association aims to actively promote international exchange with various countries at the local level, as well as international cooperation. We also aim to help local residents deepen their level of international understanding, hoping to nurture this regional society into one that is vibrant and internationalized.

About the Association

Kagoshima International Association (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

President Mr Koichi Shiota, Governor of Kagoshima Prefecture
Chairman Mr Sadatoshi Tsumagari, Representative secretary of Kagoshima Association of Corporate Executives


c/o Kagoshima Prefectural Citizens Exchange Center
1F 14-50 Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima City
Tel: 099-221-6620
Fax: 099-221-6643

Outline of Main Projects

International Understanding
Running the International Exchange Plaza, organizing projects and providing relevant information
International Exchange
Dispatch and hosting of youth exchange groups from countries and regions that have exchange ties with Kagoshima, promoting interaction with foreign residents in Kagoshima, tie-up and support for organizations dealing with international exchange, registration and utilization of volunteer interpreters and host families, passport service
Organizing Japanese language/culture classes and seminars to promote multicultural understanding, consultation for foreign residents and suchlike
International Cooperation
Supporting foreign students, promoting understanding of international cooperation, supporting relevant organizations

History of the Association

September 1927
Kagoshima Prefecture Emigrants Cooperative is established (dissolved on 1 April 1950)
1 February 1955
Kagoshima Overseas Association (private organization) is established
5 November 1955
Kagoshima Overseas Association becomes an incorporated foundation
27 April 1987
Changes name to Kagoshima International Association
January 1990
Receives recognition as a regional internationalization association from the Minister of Home Affairs
July 1990
International Exchange Plaza is set up in the I'M Bldg.
April 1994
Kagoshima Asia-Pacific Intercultural Countryside Center opens
April 2003
Kagoshima International Association moves to Kagoshima Prefectural Citizens Exchange Center
1 April 2012
Receives recognition as a public interest incorporated foundation

Information Disclosure (in Japanese)


Kagoshima International Plaza (Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima City)

Kagoshima Prefectural Exchange Center


Kagoshima International Plaza




〒892-0816 c/o Kagoshima Prefectural Citizens Exchange Center 1F 14-50 Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima City, 892-0816 Japan
TEL:099-221-6620 FAX:099-221-6643
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