Holding of the Symposium and a Reception Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the JET Programme

August 16, 2011
Japanese

  1. On Thursday, September 8, the Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the JET Programme (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) will be held at U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University. The symposium will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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).

  2. The JET Programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level. The symposium will be held to reflect on the results of the Programme's efforts during the past 25 years, and contribute to the Programme's further development, as well as to widely publicize the Programme to all walks of life.

  3. On the occasion of the holding of the Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the JET Programme, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to hold a reception at the Iikura Guesthouse in the evening of the same day, with a view to deepening the understanding of the relevant parties in Japan and abroad on the significance and results of the Programme, among others, and seeking further coordination with parties related to the Programme including those from local governments and in the education field, and the diplomatic corps in Tokyo.

Additional information

Symposium Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the JET Programme (Overview)

1. Time and date:
   12:30 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2011
2. Venue:
   U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University
   (5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
3. Co-organizers:
   Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications,
   Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
   Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,
   Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR)
4. Supporters: 
   National Governors' Association,
   Japan Association of City Mayors,
   National Association of Towns and Villages
5. Scheduled programs and participants:
   (a) Greetings by co-organizers: 
      Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, 
      Minister for Foreign Affairs, 
      Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
   (b) Greetings by guests: 
      Ambassador of the United States to Japan (to be confirmed), 
      Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Japan (to be confirmed), 
      Ambassador of the ROK to Japan
   (c) Commemorative lecture:
      Mr. James Gannon,
      Executive Director, Japan Center for International Exchange
   (d) Activity reports:
      Dr. Angus Lockyer, 
      Chair, Japan Research Centre, University of London
      Mr. Kim Jin Ah, 
      Director of International Cooperation Department, 
      Governors Association of Korea
   (e) Panel discussion:
      Panelists:
      Dr. Akira Nakamura, Professor, Meiji University
      Dr. Angus Lockyer,
      Chair, Japan Research Centre, University of London
      Mr. Kim Jin Ah, 
      Director of International Cooperation Department,
      Governors Association of Korea
      Mr. Keiji Yamada, Governor, Kyoto Prefecture
      Mr. Masao Niisato, Professor, Tokyo International University
      Ms. Yoko Kimura, Chairperson, Board of Directors, CLAIR

— Participants: Approximately 350 people including those from local governments and in the education field, and the diplomatic corps in Tokyo.

— Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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