The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, now in its 27th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2013, the Programme welcomed 4,372 participants from 40 countries. Since the beginning of the JET Programme, there have been more than 60,000 participants from 63 countries around the world (see diagram below).
No matter where you go in Japan today, you will find JET participants developing strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. After completing their time on the Programme, many former JET participants use their experiences in Japan to continue enhancing relations between Japan and their home countries.
The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and local government organisations. CLAIR provides support for both JET participants and their contracting organisations by arranging each JET participant's arrival and holding orientation seminars, as well as providing counselling and distributing a wide variety of essential resource materials and information.
The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for its role in advancing mutual understanding and for being one of the world's largest exchange programmes. We hope many more individuals and regions will participate in the JET Programme during the 21st century so that even more progress can be made in the internationalisation of our local communities.