The JET, or the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program, is a government sponsored program that gives qualified candidates the opportunity to live and work in Japan within the public school system as an English Teacher. Listen to the rich and varied experiences of JET alumni to glimpse some of the amazing opportunities that are available through this unique program. If interested, please find more information on the program or how to apply at:

About the JET Program

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.

The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Only the best candidates are chosen to represent America. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.

Each fall, applications are reviewed to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Applicants who pass the initial screening are invited to interview. Selected candidates will be offered a position with the JET Program and then matched with a contracting organization.

Interested individuals are encouraged to like the Official JET Program USA Facebook page ( or follow the JET Program USA on Twitter( Updates and notifications are posted frequently throughout the application and interview process.

The JET Alumni Association of Portland (Portland JETAA) is a proud sponsor of Mochitsuki 2021!

Portland JETAA welcomes returning JET participants back to Oregon and Idaho and provides a variety of social and networking opportunities for former JETs and other friends of Japan. Anyone is welcome to join Portland JETAA and take part in their activities.

For more information and to become a member please visit their website at: