The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

We have been working in Japan since 1953. Every year we connect with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people in Japan through our cultural programmes. 

The focus of our work is;

- providing English teaching using modern communicative methods and an efficient IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exams service. 

- supporting people who want to study in the UK. 

We also work in English education, Higher education and Arts to encourage international partnerships.


Organisation name: British Council
Year of foundation: 1953
Office: 1-2 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0825
Director: Matthew Knowles


Organisation name: British Council
Year of foundation: 1934
Office: London, UK
Chief Executive: Scott McDonald
Patron: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Type of organisation: The British Council is incorporated by Royal Charter 

Our Tokyo centre was established in 1953 and you can find out more about it’s history and values.

For more information and facts worldwide visit the British Council website and our annual reports.

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