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Program seeking English speakers to live, work in Japan

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 23, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Japanese commuter train.
Live and work in Japan.
KALAMAZOO--A public information session has been scheduled at Western Michigan University for people interested in learning about the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme International, which brings native English speakers to Japan to teach English and help with internationalization projects.

The free session is planned for 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, in Room 3025 of Brown Hall on WMU's main campus. College students thinking about their job prospects after graduation as well as professionals under age 40 are particularly encouraged to attend.

In collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the JET Programme recruits thousands of new participants each year to live in Japan and work as assistant language teachers, coordinators for international relations or sports exchange advisors.

When ready to apply for one of those positions, applicants must meet various eligibility requirements, such as committing to a one-year contract and having at least a bachelor's degree or a three-year teacher training certification by the time they depart for Japan.

The JET Programme information session is being sponsored by WMU's Soga Japan Center and Department of Foreign Languages. For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Angles at or (269) 387-3044.