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.