On July 26, a reception was held at the Consul-General’s Official Residence to farewell the Western Australian participants of the 2018 Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme. Approximately 100 guests attended and gave the participants a warm send-off, including The Hon John Quigley MLA, Attorney General, representing the Premier of WA, Mr Kyran O’Donnell MLA, representing the Leader of the Opposition, Ms Gaye McMath, Commissioner, City of Perth, His Worship the Mayor, Mr Logan Howlett JP, City of Cockburn, Mr Hirotomo Akaiwa, Director, CLAIR Sydney office, and Mr Will Perera, President of JET Alumni Association WA.
Consul-General Hirayama expressed his gratitude for the 30 plus years of continued success of the JET Programme, as well as to all those involved. He expressed his appreciation and made specific mention of the ongoing support given by the Western Australian Government and Parliament, the participants themselves, the CLAIR Sydney Office, and all others involved in promoting cross-cultural relations between Japan and WA. The representative of the Western Australian Government stressed the importance of the Japan-WA relationship to Western Australia, and of the great value of the JET Programme, while speaking of the high expectations held for the participants to act as ambassadors for Western Australia.
This year 18 participants (16 Assistant Language Teachers, and 2 Coordinators for International Relations) will leave at the end of July to go to Japan. The 17 participants in attendance made brief self-introductions and introduced their placements in Japan.