JET Application Update 2016

The deadline for the 2016 JET Program Applications has been extended to Friday, November 20, 2015!!!

Please remember that you must submit BOTH online AND paper applications.

Paper applications should be mailed to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Over 5,000 applications have been created online, and only around 500 physical copies have reached the offices. PLEASE do not procrastinate! Send in your applications as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, use the JET Inbox in the online application portal to contact the JET Program Office, or email the Miami JET Coordinator at

2015 JET Information Sessions

The 2016 JET Program Application Guidelines are now available!

Applications will open online in early-October and must arrive at the Washington DC JET Program office by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 13th, 2015.

Departure will place the following July/August.

For information on how to apply, accessing the online application, and information on the selection process, see the JET Program USA webpage.


2016 JET Program recruiting sessions will take place throughout the Florida in the following locations:






5:00 P.M. ~ 6:30 P.M.

University of North Florida

Thomas G Carpenter Library, Room 2116


10:30 A.M. ~ 12:00 P.M.

Florida Atlantic University

Building SU 80 – Room 132
Boca Raton Campus


10:00 A.M. ~ 12:00 P.M.

Florida International University

Graham Center 305


3:30 P.M. ~ 5:00 P.M.

New College of Florida

ACE 102


5:00 P.M. ~ 6:00 P.M.

University of Tampa

Riverside Center (RIVC) 102


6:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M.

Ringling College

Academic Center, Room 209


11:00 A.M. ~ 12:30 P.M.

Barry University

R. Kirk Landon, room 204


6:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M.

Florida State University

Diffenbaugh room 009


1:55 P.M. ~ 2:55 P.M.

University of Florida

Room TBA


6:00 P.M. ~ 7:00 P.M.

University of Central Florida

Career Services Building #140,
Room 115


11:30 A.M. ~ 12:30 P.M.

University of South Florida

Patel Center for Global Solutions – CGS 140


4:00 P.M ~ 5:00 P.M.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Cohen Center, CC162


3:00 P.M. ~ 5:00 P.M.

University of Miami

Dooly Memorial Classroom Bldg, 200


2:00 P.M. ~ 3:30 P.M.

Flagler College

Career Services Conf. Room, (Ringhaver Student Center 245)

Contact for questions or concerns.

More details at:

New JET Sayonara Nijikai



Please join us after the Pre-Departure Orientation to say goodbye to some of the new JETs who will be leaving for Japan the next day.

The location of the event was selected due to the proximity to the hotel where most of the new JETs are staying.

Tom’s NFL has street and lot parking. The area looks a little dingy outside, but once you get in it’s your typical sports bar.

Friends of JET are welcome at this event.

When: Friday, July 31 at 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: Tom’s NFL, 5001 NW 36 St, Miami Springs, Florida 33166

No RSVP necessary.

2014 JET Program Information Sessions

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program across the State of Florida.

***The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.***

SCHEDULE UPDATED: Sept 20th, 2014

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching(JET) Program across the State of Florida. The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.

9/11/2014 University of Tampa 5:00P.M.~5:55 P.M. (Riverside Building)

9/15/2014 Florida State University 6:00 P.M~7:30 P.M. (Diffenbaugh 009)

9/16/2014 University of Florida 1:00 P.M~2:30 P.M. (CSE E220)

9/16/2014 University of Central Florida 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (CSEL Bldg. #140, Room 115)

9/16/2014 Rollins College 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach-Reed Room)

9/17/2014 Florida Gulf Coast University 11:00 A.M.~12:00 P.M.

9/17/2014 New College of Florida 12:00 P.M.~1:00 P.M. (Library, 156)

9/17/2014 University of South Florida 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M. (CGS 140)

9/22/2014 Florida Atlantic University 11:00 A.M.~12:30 P.M. (GS214B)

9/22/2014 University of Miami 4:00 P.M.~5:30 P.M. (Whitten Learning Center, 140)

9/24/2014 Florida International University 1:30 P.M.~3:00 P.M (GC140).

9/25/2014 Eckerd College 5:00 P.M.~6:00 P.M. (Seibert 106)

9/25/2014 Ringling College 6:30 P.M.~7:30 P.M. (Location)

9/29/2014 University of North Florida 10:30 A.M.~11:30 A.M. (58W/3804)

9/29/2014 Barry University(Miami) 1:00 P.M.~2:30 P.M. (Landon Student Union Conference Room 204)

9/30/2014 University of West Florida 11:00 A.M.~2:00 P.M. (Career Services Building 19)


The Consulate is attempting to set up information sessions at the following schools: New College, and Florida Gulf Coast University, Ringling College, Saint Leo University, Florida Southern College, and Saint Thomas University. Please contact the Consulate for questions regarding these sessions. Depending on availability, we may or may not be able to visit these schools.

Contact for questions or concerns


Goodbye, New JETs! Enjoy Japan!

A few short months ago we said goodbye to the new JETs as they set off for their Japan adventure.  The JET Departure Orientation and Departure Reception was graciously hosted by Miami’s Consul General of Japan at his residence.  At the orientation, JET Alum and JET Coordinator Abigail MacBain  along with alumni volunteers provided support and orientation for the JETs as they prepared for their departure the following day.

All of the speakers and speech were wonderful at this years event, but I’m honored to have the privilege to share the motivational speech given by Dr. Mary Watt of the University of Florida Department of Literature, Languages, and Cultures.

Remarks for JET (delivered August 3, 2012 Coral Gables, FL)
Copyright 2012 Mary Watt, University of Florida.

I would like to start by thanking consul general Kawahara for inviting me to share in this event.  It is a privilege and an honor to witness such an auspicious moment for you are all on the threshold of something very exciting, and frankly, very inspiring.

In the fourth century St. Augustine said that the world is a book and he who fails to travel fails to read it… but in my own life I have come to believe there is a corollary to that  .. namely, that each life is a chapter in that great book, one that we write ourselves, such that each day becomes your opportunity to read the chapters that others are writing just as you pen your own.  As teachers of language, you will have a unique opportunity to contribute not only to your own story but to the stories of those whom you meet and those who will be irrevocably changed by your contact with them.  For in giving them another language you will be giving them part of your soul.  And make no mistake, you too will be changed by such contact – to teach or to learn a language is to engage in a mystical exchange, where thought is turned to sound and sound is in turn transformed into image, images shaped by the length of time you take to pronounce them, by your tone of voice and even by the look on your face.  For of course, language is much more than words: a gesture, a hesitation a smile or a frown can all affect the way in which your thoughts are purveyed and how your thoughts are perceived.  I say this not to intimidate you but to make you aware of the majesty of the task of the teacher and to remind you that a kind word and a smile can take you places no passport can – into the heart of another human being.

Your task will be difficult.  Those of you who have learned another language know the pain and frustration of the inability to communicate your excitement, your disappointment, your pleasure.  Let’s be honest, if language learning was as easy as purchasing a computer program in a big yellow box we would all speak several of them.  But that is not the case.  It takes human beings and the splendor of the human creation to forge this bond, to be vulnerable and to accept the vulnerability of the language learner and treat it as a delicate treasure.  On those precious occasions where I am asked to  address students and teachers of language I cannot help but recall the Old Testament story of the tower of Babel – a wonderfully archetypal tale in which human arrogance is punished by the inability to understand one other.  I dare say that much of the discord in human history can be attributed to arrogance leading to misunderstanding and vice versa.  And so the steps you take today constitute an exercise in reconciliation – a journey towards healing the rift of Babel.

As such you represent, and I do not exaggerate when I say this, the greatest hope that we have for international understanding and therefore, global harmony.  And for this I salute you.  It is one thing to walk a mile in another man’s shoes – it is another to travel thousands of miles to do so, for just as your students will learn from you, you will learn from them.  Your voyage will be a transformative exercise, one in which new sounds, tastes and sensations all add to the making of a new person.  As you experience Japan you will become more than who you are today  …  not less.  For this I urge you to be gracious and above all thankful to your students for contributing to your growth as well.

As a final thought I would ask you to have empathy for those you encounter along the way on this journey and throughout the journey of your life.  After all, as the great poet Dante Alighieri said – we are all just pilgrims, fellow travelers on the road, doing the best we can in a sometimes difficult world.  And with that I would ask you to join me now in a toast as I wish you a safe journey and success in Japan.  Godspeed.

Job Opening at the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville

There is a position for a Program Assistant at the Japanese consulate in Nashville. Among other duties, this person will also be in charge of coordinating and administrating the JET Program for the state of Tennessee and all other states under the Nashville consulate’s jurisdiction.


For more details, see job description:


Deadline to apply is August 6.

New JET Q&A and JETAA meetups!

It’s time for the new JET Q&As and JETAA meetups afterwards!  Please come out to show your support and share your wisdom with your new kouhai!

  • Gainesville-
       Date: June 1
       Location: (currently no post-Q&A JETAA meetup planned)
  • Miami –
    Date: June 15
    Time: from 7:30 PM
         Location: Mi-kan Japanese Restaurant, 80 SW 8th St. 1st Floor, Miami, FL 33130 (same building as the consulate)
  • Tampa –
    Date: June 16
         Time: from 6:30 PM
         Location: Chili’s on Dale Mabry Ave one block south of Columbus Dr. 2903 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607;
    followed by Tampa Karaoke, 1220 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33629

LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story

Filmmaker Regge Life started a Kickstarter page to raise funds and promote his new project, a documentary on Taylor Anderson. They reached their initial fund raising goals in just 17 days, but are hoping for continued pledges so they can compose original music, make a Japanese version and kickstart distribution in both countries. He reached out to the JET alum community to both thank us for our support and let us know he’s continuing to move forward. Regge also mentioned his hope of expanding the focus to include Monty and a few other ALTs.

If you are looking for a different way to bring awareness to the JET community, the JET mission, and how JET relationships with their hometowns in Japan can have a deep and lasting impression, please consider pledging to this project. For details and to pledge, please visit the LIVE YOUR DREAM page on Kickstarter.

This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a disaster that no one could have expected. In my 21 years of working on Japan based projects, I had witnessed earthquakes, but never the devastation of a tsunami.

To read an interview about Regge Life’s experiences in Japan from the Kyoto Journal, click HERE.