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English teachers ahoy: Japan to expand JET program 200%

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Have you ever wanted to live in Japan? If you're reading this site, chances are you've at least considered it.

And for many an English-speaker, the most accessible gateway to living in Glorious Nippon has been the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), a government-run initiative to place English-speaking foreigners in local governments, interpreting and teaching English to everyone from local officials to schoolchildren. 

Now it seems that a good many more potential JET-setters may get their chance, as Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has proposed to expand the JET Program's ranks, for the purpose of boosting Japan's competitiveness and nurturing international talent.

The current draft of the LDP's move proposes that the number of available JET teachers hired be increased from 4,360 to 10,000, a more than twofold expansion over three years. Eventually the plan calls for those teachers and more to be dispatched to schools all over the country. Within a decade, a JET-appointed teacher will be placed in every Japanese elementary, middle, and high school.

That sounds pretty cool. Though JET's had its problems and critics, it's safe to say that the program's done much more good than harm so far, and improving Japanese kids' access to English teaching will certainly make it easier for them to cope on the global stage.

Are you excited by the news? Planning on JET-ting your way to Japan in the future? In that latter case, check out the unofficial video guide below for some insights into the program courtesy of JET veterans and other English-teaching expats in Japan.


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