The Japanese Agricultural Training Program (JATP) Graduation Ceremony

On October 4, the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and the Consulate- General of Japan co-hosted the Japanese Agricultural Training Program (JATP) graduation ceremony at the Consul General’s official residence.
 
 In his opening remarks, Consul General Omura expressed his appreciation for those involved in program and encouraged the trainee graduates. Dr. Terrance Leas, President of Big Bend Community College, and Takashi Yoshikawa, JAEC U.S. branch director all gave greetings, speaking of the importance of the program and their memories with and hopes for the trainees.
 
Consul General Omura Greeting BBCC President Dr. Terrance Leas Greeting
 
Following the speakers, training-completion certificates were awarded to each of the 52 graduating trainees, and trainee representative Atsumi Goto delivered remarks on behalf of the group, sharing her hopes for the future. Expressing gratitude that everyone was able to safely complete their program, she spoke of how she anticipates that the graduates will be able to use their experiences from their time in the U.S. to be successful in their respective fields when they return to Japan.
Utilizing the knowledge and experiences gained during their training in the U.S., we expect the graduates to contribute to the development of Japanese agriculture for many years to come.