On Saturday, December 6th, six recently returned members of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, together with seven members of the Japan-United States Teacher Exchange (JUSTE) Program were honored during a luncheon reception at the official residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Houston. Guests included JET Program alumni and supporters, representatives from the Japan-America Society of Houston and local Japanese businesses, and the principal of Johnston Middle School.
In his opening remarks Consul-General thanked everyone for their attendance and continued support of Japanese cultural activities. In closing he expressed his wish that the occasion be used as a chance to exchange views and share ideas on how to strengthen and revive Japanese culture and language education in the state of Texas. (link)
The Japan-America Society of Houston (JASH) took this opportunity to present Johnston Middle School with the Shintech-Kanagawa Fund, which will support Japanese language education at Johnston. Before the presentation, JASH President JJ Naoki spoke, highlighting Johnston Middle School as the sole middle school offering Japanese language in Houston. Principal Wenden Sanders responded by thanking JASH and reaffirming Johnston’s commitment to their Japanese language program. Following the presentation a representative from the JUSTE and JET Program shared some words. The afternoon concluded successfully with over 40 participants having attended the reception.