On April 27, 2007, for the first time in the 20-year history of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), the Prime Minister of Japan met and spoke with former JET participants from across the United States. Cerell Rivera represented Northern California and Nevada in the meeting that took place in Washington, D.C. at the official residence of Ryozo Kato, Ambassador of Japan to the United States.
In opening remarks Prime Minister Abe stressed to American alumni that "government-to-government relations are not enough… It is people-to-people connections that are absolutely essential." He further illustrated his point as he spoke individually with alumni about their thoughts on Japan and the JET Program.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program aims to promote internationalization in Japan's local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level. Now in its 21st year, the Program has seen significant growth: from its original 848 participants from 4 countries in 1987 to 5,508 participants from 44 countries in 2006. Over 46,000 people from 55 different countries have participated in the Program since its inception.
Prime Minister Abe Meets With Local JET Alumnus
June 15, 2016