On July 22nd, 135 new Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants from Southern California and Arizona departed for Japan from LAX.
The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles hosted a Pre-Departure Orientation and Send-Off Dinner Reception in honor of the 2017-2018 participants on the eve of departure. At the reception, participants were joined by representatives from the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California, the Japan-related community, and members of the JET Alumni Association of Southern California and Arizona (JETAASC). Consul Mayu Hagiwara, Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center, applauded the 133 Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) and two Coordinators for International Relations (CIR) while highlighting the importance of their role in Japan. Mr. Joe Moore, Co-President of JETAASC, and Ms. Kathy Huynh, a 2017 JET Program Participant, followed with words of encouragement for the new adventure participants were about to embark on. Mr. Kihei Otani, one of the Vice Presidents of the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California, concluded by encouraging JETs to stay connected with Japan upon their return home from the program before a toast to celebrate the new JETs.
This year, the JET Program welcomes more than 1,700 new JET participants worldwide. During their time in Japan, participants help promote foreign language education and internationalization in local communities across the country.
The application period for the JET Program is October and November each year. For more information about the program and application process, please visit www.jetprogramusa.org.