On November 18, 2016, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle recognized one highly-qualified organization for their contributions to Japan-US relations. In a ceremony held during the JET Program Welcome Back & 30th Anniversary Reception at the Official Residence, the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association was awarded the Consul General’s Commendation.
The Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association was founded shortly after the inception of the JET Program itself in 1987, currently has 544 registered members. Their activities focus on supporting the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle in recruiting and screening applicants, supporting past and future JET participants in their transitions between Japan and the US, and promoting Japan and US-Japan relations through events, activities and outreach.
In addition to events, PNWJETAA cooperates with other chapters of the JET Alumni Association all across the United States to strengthen mutual understanding between the US and Japan. One example of this is “Tohoku Tomo,” a documentary film co-created by a member of PNWJETAA. Motivated by worry that concern for the affected areas was waning, two JET alumni traveled to Tohoku to shoot the film, and have since held numerous showings across the United States.
The Consul General’s Commendation is awarded to community members in recognition of their contributions and achievements in promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States of America. The Consulate hopes the community will join us in congratulating PNWJETAA for their accomplishments.