ABK 公益財団法人アジア学生文化協会 The Asian Students Cultural Association

The Asian Students Cultural AssociationThe Asian Students Cultural Association

Brief History

HOZUMI Goichi
1957 9 Asian Students Cultural Association (ASCA) established by HOZUMI Goichi.
1958 9 First issue of The Asia-no Tomo.
1959 8 Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) established by HOZUMI Goichi.
1960 6 Asia Bunka Kaikan (ABK) opened(110 rooms)
1964 11 Asia Bunka Kaikan Dosokai (ABKD Alumni Association) inaugurated
1966 6 First conference of the Board of Representatives of ABKD held
1968 7 Wing added to ABK(40 rooms)
  12 Hiroshima Asia Bunka Kaikan opened (36 rooms; until March, 2001)
1969 12 Sosei Dormitory opened(7 residents; until May, 2002)
1972 7 Japan-Thailand Economic Cooperation Society established
1973 1 Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan) (TPA) established through the joint cooperation of ex-students and ABKD trainees
1975 10 Awarded a Japan Foundation Special Prize
1979 4 First Chinese government scholarship students accepted into the dormitory (18 students)
1980 1 Foreign Students Advisory Center started (until March 2005)
  3 Ohmori Dormitory opened for Chinese Students in Japan at the request of the Chinese Embassy (50residents; until April 1985)
1983 4 Bungaraya Dormitory for Malaysian students in Japan opened at the request of the Malaysian Embassy
  4 Japanese Language Institute started for those desiring to go on to university in Japan
1986 4 Japanese language course for young diplomats of the Asia-Pacific Region started at ABK by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (until August, 1989)
  12 “ABK Ryugakusei Tomo-no-kai,” a voluntary citizens’ group for exchange with foreign students, organized
1987 9 Japanese Language Special Course of the Japanese Language Institute opened
1988 4 Grassroots Scholarship for Foreign Students started(donation solicitations ended September, 2004)
1989 1 ABK Asia Seminars begun; Asian language classes started
  7 Receive commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs
1990 4 Commissioned to manage Tokyo City's Ohta Kinenkan Dormitory for Chinese students from Beijing, China (41 residents; until March, 2002)
1991 4 ABK Corporate Cooperation Scholarship started
1992 4 Akabane Dormitory for the Japanese Language Institute opened(13 residents; until March, 2007)
1994 10 Japanese language program started for Tokyo City Scholarship International Students (until March, 1999)
1996 10 Began accepting Thai government scholarship students into the Japanese language program
1999 11 The Japanese Language Institute received Ministry of Education designation as a Preparatory Course for University
2000 4 Began accepting Malaysian government scholarship students into the Japanese language program
2001 3 Fujimae Women's Dormitory for the Japanese Language Institute opened (50 residents)
  9 Asia Bunka Kaikan Annex opened.
  11 Receive Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Meritorious Service Commemorating the Centennial of Japan's International Student Acceptance System
2002 9 Ceremony held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Association and the 100th birthday of its founder, HOZUMI Goichi
  9 Somei Women's Dormitory for the Japanese Language Institute opened (13 residents)
2004 3 Yamabuki (29 residents) and Nippori (9 residents) Dormitories opened
  4 Began accepting Indonesian province government scholarship students into the Japanese language program
2006 11 Held first symposium to commemorate the Association's 50th anniversary
2007 10 50th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony, second commemorative symposium, and international forum
2008 10 Held second international forum in Bangkok
2009 4 Sugamo Dormitory for the Japanese Language Institute opened(13residents)
  10 Tabata Dormitory for the Japanese Language Institute opened(13residents)

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Asian Students Cultural Association
Asian Students Cultural Association
Asia Bunka Kaikan
2-12-13 Honkomagome Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo Japan 113-8642
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