“IEC” is an acronym of the International Education Center, the English name of our organization.
The IEC was established in April 1947 under the name of the International Education and Cultural Association, later changed to the IEC (the International Education Center). In August 1948, the IEC was authorized as a non-profit organization (Zaidan Hojin) by the Ministry of Education and later moved under the jurisdiction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. In April 2012, the IEC was authorized anew as a general incorporated foundation (Ippan Zaidan Houjin) by the Cabinet Office. Ever since its foundation 65 years ago, the IEC has been promoting International education and cross-cultural understanding and engaging in language education both in English and Japanese.
The IEC organizes “the Global Human Capital Development Program” offering a series of content-driven courses for acquiring authentic English and interdisciplinary knowledge, “Japan-America Student Conference” (since 1934) , “International Speech Contest in Japanese” broadcast by NHK (since 1960), “Seminar on English Teaching Methods” designed for junior and senior high school teachers, “Princess Takamado English Essay Contest Japan Office”, and so on. These programs and events enjoy the backing of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, the Embassy of the United States, etc.
The IEC has been operating Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin which offers elementary to highly advanced English education, such as professional interpreter training, since its foundation in 1945, and the Japanese Language Institute (JLI), which offers Japanese education for adult foreigners, since 1967.
Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin is an English language school tailored for the training of individuals wishing to acquire authentic English in globalized society. The Japanese Language Institute (JLI) was founded in 1967 as the Japanese training division of Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin.
Since it’s foundation in 1945, Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin has been offering diversified English training programs such as English Conversation, Practical Business English, Interpreter Training and so on, for employees from government organizations, private companies and other adult learners.
Meeting once a week to 5 days a week, the JLI offers diversified practical Japanese training programs for all contexts both in the office and in day-to-day life. The JLI’s target learners are business people, company trainees, expatriate families, people married to Japanese spouses and other adult foreigners studying Japanese language and culture.