Who Runs the JET Programme?

The JET Programme is administered by four Japanese government ministries and local contracting organizations throughout Japan.


The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) manages the JET Programme in conjunction with the other Ministries listed below. CLAIR was established to promote and provide support for an increasing interest in local level internationalisation in Japan.

● Overseeing correspondence with the Ministries involved with recruitment and selection of new JET Programme participants.
● Placement of participants in contracting organisations after being notified of successful applicants by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
● Conducting promotional activities regarding the JET Programme.
● Providing assistance and guidance to contracting organisations.
● Coordinating the re-appointment process between JET participants and contracting organisations.
● Preparing and implementing orientations and conferences such as the Tokyo Orientation, CIR and the Conference for Returning JETs.
● Providing support for ALT Prefectural Mid-year Seminars.
● Preparing training materials such as Japanese language course material.
● Providing counselling, guidance and other assistance for participants.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), through its embassies and consulates in each participating country, is the first line of contact for JET Programme participants. Based on the acceptance guidelines for each country, MOFA recruits and selects participants through overseas Embassies and Consulates.

● At overseas Embassies and Consulates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will hold information sessions for interested applicants, review applications, hold interviews and notify successful candidates.
● In addition the Embassies and Consulates will hold Pre-departure orientations and Q&A sessions help to ease anxieties and to ensure that new participants can begin the Programme fully prepared.
● Sponsors a "welcome back" reception and work closely with the local JETAA (JET Alumni Association).


The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is involved with the JET Programme in countless ways, most notably in administrative areas, such as calculating financial resources and determining acceptance guidelines for each participating country.

● Contacts schools, local government offices and other organisations that employ JET Programme participants in order to compile assignments within Japan
● Creates acceptance guidelines and numbers for each participating country
● Allocates local taxes to help cover a portion of Programme expenses such as each participant's remuneration and travel expenses.


The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) takes a proactive approach to helping ALTs by providing useful seminars and workshops at all of the JET Programme conferences.

Another fundamental charge of the MEXT is to evaluate and construct the education curriculum, implement policies and to set education standards and texts. These policies and standards directly affect the classrooms where ALTs teach.


Contracting Organisations

Contracting Organisations include Boards of Education, local schools or government offices that hire JET Participants. The contract of employment that JET participants sign is between them and their Contracting Organisation.