ABOUT THE JET PROGRAMME
The Consulate General of Japan in Sydney promotes the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme on behalf of the Japanese Government.
The JET Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. Specifically, the Programme aims to enhance foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level through fostering ties between Japanese and foreign youth.
It offers university graduates and young professionals the opportunity to serve in local government organisations as well as public and private elementary, junior high and senior high schools.
The JET Programme is conducted under the auspices of local government in Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
Begun in 1987 with the cooperation of the governments of the participating countries, the Programme has grown year by year. In 2017, the number of JET participants working in Japan reached 5,163 from 44 countries, and the number of ex-JET participants from approximately 65 countries totalled over 60,000.
The JET Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over its 31 year history, and utmost care is being taken to ensure that this high level of respectability be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries, and are therefore expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations.