On Thursday 19 July, Ambassador Kusaka hosted a reception at his official residence to bid farewell to 6 JET Programme participants from Canberra who will work as Assistant Language Teachers in Japanese schools.
The reception was attended by approximately 50 people, including representatives from the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Australian National University, Department of Education and Training, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and 20 former JET Programme participants.
In his speech to bid the new JET Programme participants a fond farewell, the Ambassador stated that since the beginning of the JET Programme in 1987, approximately 4,300 Australians have participated so far. Ambassador Kusaka also said that as Japan leads up to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the JET Programme participants will play a very important role in the promotion of internationalisation in not only classrooms but in their local communities as well.
This year’s JET Programme participants will depart for Japan on Saturday 28 July and will begin their lives as JETs by attending orientation in Tokyo.