The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, called MEXT, is the Japanese authoritative body on all matters relating to education. Although the activities and duties of MEXT are all-encompassing within the realm of education, JET Programme participants will see MEXT most with regards to orientations, seminars and teaching guidance.
MEXT takes a proactive approach to helping ALTs by providing useful seminars and workshops at all of the JET Programme conferences. MEXT also provides school education training, and guidance to ALTs.
Another fundamental charge of the MEXT is to evaluate and construct the education curriculum, implement policies and to set education standards and texts. These policies and standards directly affect the classrooms where ALTs teach.
ALTs have the opportunity to participate in a direct opinion exchange with MEXT (as well as the other Ministries and CLAIR) every other year during the ALT Opinion Exchange.