Japan Photo Contest

The Japan Tourism Agency is having a photo contest and are looking for your submissions! Simply:
1) Visit their website
2) Submit your photos from Japan
3) Get entered to win great prizes includeing flights to Japan and accommodation
The contest runs from September 1, 2012 to February 15, 2013.
See Contest Rules & Details.

JETAASA Natsu Matsuri

JETAA Southern Alberta’s Annual Natsu Matsui is just coming up soon!!!

Activities and food FREE for members and by donation to Smile Kids Japan for all others. Come join us at Edworthy Park on Saturday August 25th, 2012! We will also be having a garage sale where you can get get rid of any excess stuff you have.

We will have lots of great events for Alumni, Family and Friends. Please email sajetaa@gmail.com to RSVP and check out our Events page for more information. We can’t wait to see you there 🙂

JETAA Canada National Conference 2012 Recap

The JETAA Canada National Conference was held in Calgary on June 8-10 and saw 16 delegates from JETAA chapters all across Canada – JETAABC, JETAA Man/Sask, JETAA Toronto, JETAA Ottawa, JETAA Quebec/Atlantic, and from CLAIR in New York – in attendance. There were discussions on updates to the JET Programme by Stephanie White from the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa, presentations by CLAIR from the JLGC in New York, chapter reports on successful events and initiatives, JETAA Canada by-law discussions, and ideas on national cooperation between the chapters. Our keynote speaker was Ms. Erynne Sjoblom who talked about the Alberta/Japan Twinned Municipalities Association (A/JTMA – website) and talking about the role of A/JTMA in creating sister-city relationships between Canada and Japan and how JETAA can become involved in the process.

The conference minutes are now available on our Meeting Minutes page, and photos from the conference are available in our photo gallery. The conference was a great success with all of the delegates eager to share their new-found knowledge with their chapters. It was a pleasure for JETAASA to host the conference and we wish all the best to the conference hosts next year!

JETAA Canada National Conference 2012

The JETAA Canada National Conference is coming up quickly in a few weeks and we’re working hard to put the final details together to make it a fantastic conference. Rooms are booked, flights are booked, hotel is being prepped, the schedule is being ironed out, and the finishing touches are being put into place. This year’s conference will be held at the Delta Bow Valley [209-4th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta] in a few short weeks, from June 8-10th, 2012.

Check out the Conference page for live Twitter during the conference, location, schedule, and delegate information!

About Us

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and local government organizations.

The JET Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. It seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET participants at the person-to-person level.

The JET Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) is a self-supporting alumni association which was created in 1989 to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship developed between JET Programme participants who have finished their tenure in Japan. The purpose of JETAA is to promote through its activities a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme.

The JETAA Southern Alberta (JETAASA) Chapter is one of seven local chapters in the JET Alumni Association of Canada network. In 1998, JETAA Southern Alberta split off from a larger Alberta-wide chapter based in Edmonton to become its own distinct chapter, creating both Northern Alberta (CN5) and Southern Alberta (CN7) chapters. JETAASA is based out of Calgary – along with the offices of the Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, which has an area of jurisdiction that covers all of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Today, JETAA Southern Alberta has over 100 JET alumni members and interacts regularly with the Japanese Consulate, the Calgary Japanese Community Association, and various Japanese culture groups based in Calgary. The chapter puts on events throughout the year to promote the JET Programme, provide orientations to newly-departing JETs, holds networking events and BBQs for alumni members, and supports the consulate with many of their events and initatives. It exists to provide a network for all JET alumni in Southern Alberta in order to foster and strengthen ties between Canada and Japan and allow its members to connect and share their experiences with each other.

JET Alumni Association of Canada Chapters