Official from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Mr. Satoshi Uemura,
welcomes new JET Program Participants to Japan at the Orientation Welcome Reception.
On July 27 and August 3 a welcome reception was held in Tokyo for a total of 1,800 newly arrived JET program participants. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program is one of the world’s largest international exchange programs. It is administered through the collaboration of Japan’s local government authorities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
Participants are recruited and selected through Japanese embassies and consulates overseas, and are invited to Japan to work at schools and local government offices, in order to promote foreign language education and to contribute to international exchange activities in local communities throughout Japan.
Since its beginning in 1987, over 62,000 people from 65 countries have participated in the program. While working at schools and local governments, many of the participants also strive to promote the appeal of Japan’s local regions worldwide. For example, they join JET Alumni Associations (JETAA) after returning to their home countries, and hold events to introduce Japanese culture, and thus continue being a bridge between Japan and the world.
Next year the JET program celebrates its 30th anniversary. Having been selected as a host country for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, and with the impact of globalization in different areas in Japan, the further promotion of its internationalization has become more important than ever. Consequently, the JET program is expected to prove beneficial in deepening mutual understanding between Japan and other countries.