Many kinds of activities take place at TIA (Toyota International Association): Japanese and other Foreign Language Classes, Volunteer Activities, Counseling for foreign residents, etc.
Toyota International Association
Toyota Industry and Culture Center, 3F
1-25 Kozakahonmachi
Toyota City, Aichi

Closed on Mondays

Fun Programs


Toyota Global Square

Toyota International Association (TIA) was moved to the 3rd floor of the Toyota Industry and Culture Center on June 1, 2007, and the “Toyota Global Square” (hereafter referred to, simply, as “The Square”) was opened.

A place for exchanging culture and feeling a sense of familiarity with the world

There are many foreign residents living in Toyota City. Furthermore, as a result of (Japanese) corporations making advances into foreign markets, the large number of visitors to Toyota City from abroad or Toyota citizens returning from having lived abroad (“returnees”) has literally made Toyota City into an “international metropolis.” The Square was born out of an increased need to obtain all sorts of information, not only with regard to local affairs, but from abroad, as well, in order to have deeper exchanges and to facilitate the visits of people from different cultural backgrounds.

New activities are born out of encounters

The first thing that strikes us upon entering “The Square” is the unique arrangement of the space. Approximately 900 square meters of space are not divided into rooms by walls of any sort, and the space is very open and spacious. The space was built with the thought that visitors to TIA events or volunteer activities would feel at home and with the expectation that they would make new friends, observe the activities of other groups, and, thereby, enlarge their own circle of activities. Everyone is urged to make use of this new base of internationalization, “The Square”!

There is a large-format screen on the east end of the lounge area for use with a projector. The set-up is perfect for holding lectures or seminars.
There are long desks in the lounge area that can be arranged for Japanese language classes. Sometimes the meeting room takes on many different kinds of appearance.

Toyota Global Square
Toyota Industry and Culture Center, 3F (1-25 Kozakahonmachi, Toyota City)
Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 to 19:00
Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 to 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Also closed for consecutive days at the Year End/New year holidays and Golden Week holidays.
0565-33-5931 (Toyota International Association - TIA)

A place for Citizen’s “Internationalization Activities”

An overview of facility/resources available at the Toyota Global Square

■Aichi 2005 World Expo Memorial Stage—This facility features a stage
The stage and a 103 inch large-format screen commemorate the World Expo’s “One City/Town/Village—One World” program, help to foster international exchanges among Toyota citizens and peoples of various countries. They were installed with hope that a “circle of friendship” would continue to widen from now on. They can be used for a variety of events designed to promote international exchanges. Furthermore, one can simply relax and enjoy beautiful images on the large screen at any time by viewing DVDs featuring content about world travel or World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites.

■ Information Corner
Many kinds of courses, training guide books, foreign languages, etc., related to international matters, courses of various kinds, guidebooks about training or language are available.
There is a bulletin board on which one can read private messages, such as “I teach English.”

International exchanges, guides for various courses, volunteer activities, living in Toyota City or sightseeing information is available in both Japanese and other foreign languages. The latest foreign language magazines, which are difficult to obtain in Japan, are also made available. Foreign residents who feel daily stress or frustration due to being surrounded by the Japanese language might be able to find relief from these negative feelings by reading magazines written in their native tongue.

■ Library
Whether for international exchange or education to gain international understanding, one can either browse through or borrow library materials. Although the number is limited, all the materials have been carefully selected for their usefulness (However, in order to use the library requires that one register as a TIA volunteer).

■ Volunteers’ Room
These rooms are used by TIA volunteer groups for holding regular meetings and for various activities. If you are interested in volunteer activities, why not inquire about them?

Using the Global Square Effectively
In order to make use of the rich resources of the Global Square in an effective manner by many people, it is necessary that “rules of use” be followed. User’s understanding and cooperation is requested. Above all, no smoking or eating is allowed in the Square, and photographs are strictly prohibited.