On October 27, the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu held the 2023 Welcome Back Reception for the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program participants who returned from Japan this year. Two returnees, who stayed in Shimane and Kumamoto, attended the event at the Consul General’s official residence.
Consul General Kodama extended his gratitude to the JET Program participants for their efforts in promoting internationalization by nurturing future generations of globally-minded youths. In addition, he expressed his hope that they would continue to share their international experiences and bonds with Japan with a number of people they will meet. Following this, representatives from the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjinkai, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, Honolulu Yamaguchi Kenjinkai, Wahiawa-Waialua Hiroshima Kenjinkai and Hokkaido Jinkai also welcomed the JET participants’ homecoming, and introduced them to various Japanese cultural events and volunteer opportunities organized by their respective organizations, as well as other opportunities to continue to serve as a bridge between Japan and Hawaii.
The JET returnees gave presentations about their experiences in Japan, and each participant said that it had been one of the most memorable experiences of their lives.
【About the JET Program】
The JET Program, which began in 1987, seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. In total, approximately 900 people have been selected from Hawaii in the past 35 years.
The program is based upon intensifying foreign language education in Japan and promoting international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese youth and JET Program participants. This program also provides valuable opportunities for the participants to learn about Japan and Japanese culture.
Participants worked as either assistant English language instructors or coordinators of international relations throughout various parts of Japan. JET participants work and live in Japan anywhere from one to five years.