The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program welcomed a total of 47 Filipinos – 46 assistant language teachers (ALT) and one international relations coordinator (CIR) – to participate in its annual program for the year 2022.

The selected Filipino JETs are scheduled to fly to Japan on August 14. Prior to their flight, participants engaged in a series of activities to prepare them for their duties in Japan. The number of JET participants has steadily increased since its launch in 2014 and in total we have more than 250 participants.

On July 15, His Excellency Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko hosted a farewell reception for participants at his residency. The first farewell receptions since 2019, Ambassador Koshikawa congratulated attendees and shared his hopes for the program’s growth.

He said in that speech, “By promoting mutual trust and internationalization, participants become cultural ambassadors who connect Japan with their home country. Filipino JETs are so successful in this aspect, consistently paving the way for stronger ties between Japan and the Philippines.”

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Earlier in the day, participants visited the Manila Japanese School (MJS) in Taguig City. They had the opportunity to observe English classes and meet Filipino English teachers. The two sides had a fruitful exchange of views on Japanese teaching techniques and classroom practices.

In addition, the Japan Culture and Information Center (JICC), in cooperation with the JET Alumni Association of the Philippines (JETAA-PHL), held a virtual pre-departure orientation for participants on July 30. . Aimed to prepare incoming JETs for life in Japan, participants were provided with essential resource materials and learned about Japanese society and culture in relation to their role as ALTs and CIRs.

The JET program was started by the Japanese government in 1987 with the hope of deepening mutual understanding between the Japanese people and those of other countries through foreign language exchange and cultural immersion. Since its inception, approximately 5,761 participants from 57 countries (as of 2019) have already been admitted to the program. Over the next few years, the program hopes to attract even more participants from around the world, including the Philippines, to Japan.