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    Message from the Japanese Ambassador to the UK

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    8th September 2017

    As the world gets ever smaller, effective communication across international borders is increasingly important.  Former JET Programme participants, having acquired a deep level of cultural sensitivity and understanding, are ideally placed to play a positive role in this regard.  The JET Alumni community therefore functions as an indispensable bridge between the UK and Japan, and JETAA provide [...]

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  • How to make Japanese part of your life in the UK How to make Japanese part of your life in the UK

    How to make Japanese part of your life in the UK

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    17th October 2018

    Image credit: Yoshiaki Miura Many JETs return from Japan keen to continue to use their Japanese in some way, be it professionally, just for enjoyment or gaining further qualifications, such as the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. But without the opportunity to use Japanese in everyday life, even when will is there, it can quickly dry up to the occasional LINE message or realising you [...]

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  • Interviewing at Japanese companies: what you need to know Interviewing at Japanese companies: what you need to know

    Interviewing at Japanese companies: what you need to know

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    17th October 2018

    It’s now very likely that during your working life you will interview at a company or organisation from outside your home country, or be interviewed by someone of a different nationality: indeed, anyone who’s participated on the JET Programme has already experienced this at least once. Earlier this year an episode of BBC World Ser [...]

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  • Japan and the Midlands Japan and the Midlands

    Japan and the Midlands

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    17th October 2018

    by Rob Gorton – JETAA Midlands Chair When I first returned from the JET programme I lived in London, where there’s an extremely large Japanese community. When I moved to the Midlands for work, I wondered whether I’d be able to find anything similar, and was worried not. Would there be anyone who shared my interest in Japan or my experience living there? People returning to parts o [...]

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  • Beth Kempton: 'Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life' Beth Kempton: 'Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life'

    Beth Kempton: 'Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life'

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    14th October 2018

    Former JET Beth Kempton has written a book seeking to distil the famous and elusive Japanese principle of wabi sabi into an approach to our fast-paced world. Praised by the Sunday Times as "a truly transformative read" (and with translation rights already sold in 19 languages), Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life also explores the concept's centricity to Jap [...]

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  • JET Spotlight: Olly Wells JET Spotlight: Olly Wells

    JET Spotlight: Olly Wells

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    10th October 2018

    While Olly Wells had planned to go into teaching before JET, the experience has proved the foundation of a thriving career in the state and international sectors. He is currently headmaster of Rong Qiao Sedbergh School in Fuzhou, China, and is also doing a PhD at Lancaster University. JETLAG caught up with him to discuss his experiences. 1. What inspired you to join the [...]

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