Philippine Embassy Welcomes Filipino Participants to the 2019 JET Programme

5 August 2019 – The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo welcomed 53 young Filipinos participating in this year’s Japan Exchange and Training (JET) Programme during a welcome reception hosted by the Council of Local Authorities of International Relations (CLAIR) at the Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo.

In its remarks, the Philippine Embassy highlighted how the JET Programme provides a platform for the Filipino participants to gain an insight into the culture of Japan as well as share the best of what the Philippines has to offer through immersing themselves in their respective places of assignment in local communities.

Filipino participants to the 2019 JET Programme before they are deployed to their assignment in various local prefectures in Japan.

The JET Programme recruits foreign applicants annually to either serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) to teach English in local schools all over Japan or serve as Coordinators of International Relations (CIR) to assist local governments in their international relations activities by providing essential language support and cultural advisory. The participants are contracted for one (1) year renewable up to a maximum of five (5) years.

Filipino JET Programme Participants with Second Secretary and Consul Jan Kenneth E. Bolante (third from right), Mr. Hiroaki Isobe, CLAIR Executive Consultant (first from right), and Ms. Hamada Nobuko, Deputy Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (fourth from left)

This year, the Philippines has one of the highest number of participants, next to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and the first among non-native English speaking countries. The 2019 JET Programme has attracted over 2,000 participants from 50 countries.