2019 Arizona JET Program Welcome Back Reception

On Friday, February 1, the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles hosted a Welcome Back Reception for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants who recently completed their time on the program in Japan and returned to Arizona. Approximately 40 guests attended the event held at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union including JET alumni from years past and members of the Japanese / Japanese-American community.

It was a lively celebration filled with conversations and new connections as guests reminisced about fun-filled memories and their lives in Japan, but also looked ahead to new opportunities. The night honored JET participants’ efforts to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations at the grassroots level by becoming a part of local communities throughout Japan.

While JET Program participants depart the United States as cultural ambassadors representing America, they return as cultural ambassadors of Japan with a new outlook, as well as customs and traditions they share and pass on to others. As such, the Honorary Consul of Japan in Phoenix, Mr. Kelly Moeur, encouraged JET alumni to maintain their connection with Japan and take part in Japan-related organizations in the community.

About the JET Program:
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is one of the oldest and largest program of its kind; bringing young people from around the world to live and work in Japan. In its 32 years of history, the JET Program has created over 68,000 alumni from 73 countries, and there are over 5,500 people currently participating in-country. JET participants teach and share their cultures with the people of Japan, and also learn through living in local communities. Learn more about the JET Program at: https://jetprogramusa.org/Open a new window


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2019 Arizona JET Program Welcome Back Reception honorees and guests