Consul General Omura opened the program with a speech welcoming the newly-returned JETs. In light of increasing recruitment numbers and the recent addition of Tokyo placements to the JET Program, he also expressed his hope that the new alumni will proactively participate in Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association (PNWJETAA) activities promoting JET and Japanese culture.
There was then a greeting from Ms. Annie Vuong, PNWJETAA secretary, introducing JET alumni activities, followed by self-introductions from four recent returnees, highlighting their memories of Japan and future career plans. In her toast, Washington State Senator Karen Fraser expressed her gratitude to the Japanese government for their ongoing support of the JET Program. She explained the importance of the program in further strengthening Japan-U.S. relations and shared her hope that the recent returnees will continue to act as a bridge between the two countries.