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Former JETs in State Department launch friendship group

  • 2015-07-01 15:00:00
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(NHK News Web: June 26, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.)

 

 Alumni of the Japan Teaching and Exchange Program (JET) in the U.S. Department of State have launched an in-house friendship group and renewed their commitment to enhancing Japan-U.S. ties.

 

 The Department of State is home to about 120 former English teachers who have worked as assistant teachers at Japanese schools through the JET program hosted by the Japanese government. As part of celebrating the launch of the friendship group, members held their first meeting on June 25.

 

 Former JET participants within the Department had hardly known each other until Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2011. Many of them flew to Japan to volunteer in relief activities and came to know one other. They have kept in touch, which led to the creation of this friendship group.

 

 “People-to-people ties serve as the very foundation of the Japan-U.S. relationship,” said Office of Japanese Affairs Director Joe Young at the ceremony launching the group. He added: “Your deep connections with Japan will help maintain sound Japan-U.S. ties in the future,” expressing hopes for the group’s activities.

 

 “Many JET alumni are in posts that can have a direct impact on Japan-U.S. ties,” a founding member of the group told NHK. “I hope we will be able to contribute to the further development of bilateral ties.” The member showed a commitment to facilitating people-to-people exchange and other activities.

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