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What is the JET Programme?
The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan. Through the JET Programme, people from participating countries are invited to Japan and are appointed to work as ALTs, CIRs or SEAs by local governments in Japan for one year. The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan's local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

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Why is it called an exchange programme?
Firstly, each participant in the JET Programme brings their culture to a local community in Japan, helping the country to gain personal contact with peoples of other countries. Secondly, each JET participant will learn a great deal about Japan, its culture and its people. It is expected that JET participants will share what they learned with their family and friends upon returning home.

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Is JET like a study abroad programme?
No. An appointment on the JET Programme is a professional commitment with specific terms and conditions as set by the local government appointing you. You will be expected to carry out duties during your appointment as a civil servant.

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What distinguishes the JET Programme from other English teaching opportunities in Japan?
The JET Programme is sponsored by three Japanese Ministries (MIC, MOFA, MEXT) and JET participants are placed within local governments all throughout Japan. As a government-sponsored programme, the JET Programme is not a language school business that hopes to profit financially from English education. The goal of the JET Programme is to promote internationalisation in Japan's local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

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What kind of support is there for JET participants?
Many JET participants are placed in rural areas of Japan and may sometimes feel isolated or lonely. Click here to read about the JET Programme's extensive support system.

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What is expected of JET participants?
Click here to read about the general duties of JET participants. In addition, JET participants are cultural ambassadors of their home countries, a role that extends beyond the nine to five workday. JET participants must constantly be aware of their behaviour and should make efforts to adapt to the Japanese culture and work environment. JET participants are expected to take an active role in the workplace and community, which may include staying late at school to help with a club or sport or volunteering with local groups and participating in community events.

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When does the JET Programme year begin?
JET participants from English-speaking countries, France and Germany arrive in late July and early August (some participants may also have the opportunity to arrive in April depending on the needs of the local governments). JET participants from Brazil, China, Korea, Peru and participants from some other countries arrive in April. It is not possible to arrive at other times.

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How long can I participate in the JET Programme?
Appointments on the JET Programme are for a period of one year, and acceptance into the programme is not a guarantee of more than one year of participation. If both the contracting organisation and the JET participant are in agreement, JET participants may be reappointed up to two more times, allowing a total of three years of participation on the JET Programme. JET participants whose work performance are deemed to be of an exceptionally high standard may be reappointed an additional two more times, allowing for a total of five years on the JET Programme.

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