2023 JET Program Pre-Departure Orientation and Reception

JET Coordinator Kai Wiesner-Hanks giving opening remarks
Keynote Speech by JET alumni Mr. Rikio Inouye
On Friday, August 4, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco held a Pre-Departure Orientation for the 88 new participants of the 2023 JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program) departing out of San Francisco. The orientation was followed by a farewell reception hosted by Consul General Noguchi at his official residence. In his remarks, the Consul General expressed the tremendous opportunity and experiences that await the participants in Japan, and shared his hope that they will continue to promote friendship between Japan and the United States after they return. This was the first in-person orientation and reception since 2019.
On Saturday, August 5, the JET participants left San Francisco to Japan, and will travel to their designated prefectures after a 3-day orientation in Tokyo.
The JET Program is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations for globalization of Japan at the grassroots level. The program invites young professionals from overseas to work in foreign language education and international exchange at schools, municipal offices, and boards of education across Japan. Since its foundation in 1987, more than 70,000 participants from over 70 countries have participated in and worked for the program as Assistant Language Teachers, Coordinators for International Relations, or Sport Exchange Advisors.
Nippon Travel Agency America Representative Ms. Yuko Oku presenting travel information
JET participants introducing themselves
Consul General Noguchi welcoming the participants to the reception
Outbound JET representative Ms. Namaesha Jhabua giving a speech
JETAANC Board Chair Ms. Arisa Takahashi giving remarks and toast
Group photo

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