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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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  • Yuriko Kotani: the Japanese comedian rising up the ranks of UK stand up Yuriko Kotani: the Japanese comedian rising up the ranks of UK stand up

    Yuriko Kotani: the Japanese comedian rising up the ranks of UK stand up

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    22nd July 2019

    After ten years living in the UK, in 2014 Yuriko Kotani decided to try stand up. For most, the idea of doing stand up is unthinkable, let alone in a second language. When I asked the Japanese comedian how that first time felt, performing in English, she says, "It was absolutely terrifying." "I hated it. I thought I'll do it and then no one will know – like it never happened. But th [...]

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  • More than 200 UK JETs depart for Japan! More than 200 UK JETs depart for Japan!

    More than 200 UK JETs depart for Japan!

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    22nd July 2019

    On Friday 19 July, outgoing JETs, JET alumni and invited guests packed the Paul Webley Wing in SOAS’s senate building to celebrate the imminent departure of this year’s JET participants to Japan. More than 300 people attended the event which opened with speeches from the Ambassador, Matthew Billin representing the outgoing JETs, and Rob Gorton representing JETAA. This year has seen a big i [...]

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  • Manga exhibition at the British Museum: review Manga exhibition at the British Museum: review

    Manga exhibition at the British Museum: review

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    22nd July 2019

    Staging an exhibition on manga, the Japanese tradition of comic books, is akin to staging an exhibition on American pop music: taken as a whole, the subject is so wide, so intertwined in its cultural context, who knows where you’d start? On top of that, while Pokemon and Dragonball may be fairly well known in the context of gaming and anime, unlike Elvis, Madonna and Beyoncé, few British peo [...]

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  • JET Spotlight: Vanessa Villalobos JET Spotlight: Vanessa Villalobos

    JET Spotlight: Vanessa Villalobos

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    22nd July 2019

    Vanessa Villalobos was an ALT in Tochigi City in Tochigi Prefecture north of Tokyo. She has built two businesses out of her experience on JET: an English tutoring agency for Japanese people in London, and a Japanese tutoring agency to connect Londoners with Japanese teachers. She told JETAA UK how she became an entrepreneur and the other ways JET has shaped her life since.  [...]

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  • Roundup: upcoming JETAA events in Summer 2019 Roundup: upcoming JETAA events in Summer 2019

    Roundup: upcoming JETAA events in Summer 2019

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    11th April 2019

    This section of the newsletter is designed to be a guide to upcoming JETAA UK events right across the country, coordinated by active Chapters in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland. Some individual chapter updates and news is also included. London Recent events have included a trip to sunny Primrose Hill in May, [...]

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