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February 13, 2009

The British Council is 75 years old

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The British Council was established 75 years ago as part of the response to the rise of fascism in Europe. The aim was to develop friendly relations with other countries and promote British culture and education.

Things have come a long way since then. In Japan, the BC helps connect about 100 Japanese schools with British schools each year. There are also over 6,000 Japanese students currently studying at British institutes of higher education, and about 17,000 students taking English courses through the BC centers in Tokyo and Osaka.

The British Council has developed an online Internet portal called LearnEnglish where teachers and students can download free materials.

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