2016 JET Pre-Departure Orientation & Luncheon

On Friday, July 29th, the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage proudly sent eight new Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants from Alaska. The JETs will teach English as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in elementary, middle, and high schools in Japan.

The Consular Office of Japan hosted a pre-departure orientation and reception for the outgoing JETs. During the pre-departure orientation, the new JETs were briefed on travel logistics, living in Japan, and post-arrival orientation in Tokyo. 

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After the orientation, JETs attended a lunch reception with local JET alumni, Japanese language professors, and other JET Program supporters. A cello quartet composed of University of Alaska Anchorage students Megumi Aisu, Erin Kim, Jamie Byers, and Jenifer Yun opened the reception with a special performance of Japanese music.

Consul Makoto Izakura addressed the guests and spoke about the importance of international relations at the grassroots level. Other speakers included JET Alumni Association Alaska President Chris Vaughan, Japanese Society of Alaska President Erika Ninoyu, and Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley. JETs gave self-introductions and had the opportunity to socialize with other guests.

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The following morning, the eight JETs departed from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, meeting other departing JETs in Portland, Oregon before arriving at Tokyo’s Narita Airport. We send our best wishes for success to the JET participants.

This year, the JET Program celebrates its 30th anniversary and welcomes 1,946 new participants for a total of 4,592 participants from 40 countries.  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.