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Increase in Trinis applying to teach English in Japan

Published: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and his wife, with successful applicants for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme at his residence in St Clair.

There has been an “unprecedented increase in the number of applicants” from T&T to go to Japan to teach English.

The announcement was made by the Japanese Ambassador in Port-of-Spain, Mitsuhiko Okada, during yesterday’s send-off ceremony at his residence in St Clair for the successful 17 T&T nationals who will be leaving for Japan next week.

There were 64 applicants last year and 78 this year.

Okada said there has also been a “notable increase in the number of successful candidates” for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme.

He said the increase was “evidence of the growing popularity and reputation of this exchange programme.”

Okada said: “There has been a grounds swell of enthusiasm among Trinbagonians who are eager to experience Japanese culture.”

Some 17 nationals were chosen to go to Japan this year for an initial period of one year to teach at primary and secondary schools across Japan. The period could be extended.

Okada said the teachers are about to adopt dual roles as assistant language teachers and cultural ambassadors of T&T.

Since the programme was started in 1987 more than 100 nationals of T&T have visited Japan to teach English.

One of the successful applicants was Sashta Jebodh. She told reporters she was very excited about the new venture.

She said there should be more cultural exchanges between Japan and T&T.

Jebodh said there should also be more awareness in T&T about the various Japanese festivals and cultural events.

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