The United States Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that furthers U.S.-Japan understanding through the network of 35,000+ alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and the 19 JET alumni associations across the United States. The JET Program selects young people from 58 countries to live and work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers or Coordinators for International Relations.
Created by a JET alumni working group and JET alumni association leaders to serve alumni in the United States through its unique role as a national nonprofit organization, the mission of USJETAA is to support the JET alumni community and strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship via educational, cultural, and intellectual programs serving the alumni network. USJETAA promotes cross-cultural understanding at the grassroots level through support and resources for JET participants, alumni, and alumni associations throughout the United States. This strengthens the capacity of the JET alumni network, enabling alumni to contribute to the greater U.S.-Japan relationship and ‘bring Japan home’ by fostering education and understanding of Japanese culture in the United States.
USJETAA is an independent, self-sustaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for and about the JETAA network and alumni in the United States. It facilitates cooperation and communication among JETAA chapters with the business and academic communities, governments of Japan and the United States, U.S.-Japan-related organizations, and the global Japanese community, thereby creating a dynamic network that enables JET alumni to be actively engaged with each other, in their communities and with others involved in U.S.-Japan relations.