Announcing the JET Film Festival, Saturday November 18 ジェットフィルムフェスティバル、11月18日(土)

Last year, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme, JETs past and present placed all around Japan created short, bilingual videos about the beauty of the areas they lived in as part of the JET Programme Video Contest. The JET Film Festival on Saturday November 18th at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe will screen the winning entries of this contest, as well as “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story“, the documentary of the life and legacy of Taylor Anderson, a JET participant from the US who lost her life in the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Join us at this event and support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which was set up in her honour.

After the film screening will be a reception, providing an opportunity for you to network with current JETs, JET alumni and the local community over light refreshments. (Limited to first 50 people only. 2000 yen, or 1000 yen for current JETs/JET Alumni)

Please also see the leaflet below. We look forward to welcoming you there!

You can sign up using the contact form below the Japanese text (please sign up one person at a time).





Farewell Sunday Roast for UK Deputy Consul General

On Sunday 11th June, JETAA Western Japan members bid farewell to UK Deputy Consul General Patrick Bannister and his wife Stephanie before they left to take up new positions in Tokyo. The event took place at the Harbour Tavern, a British pub in Kobe, over a traditional British Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.

JETAA Western Japan wishes Mr. and Mrs. Bannister the best of luck in their new lives in Tokyo.

Enter the JETAAWJ Logo contest and win 5000 yen!

JETAA Western Japan needs a logo!

Design our logo and receive a 5,000 yen Amazon gift card if your design is the winner.

You may want to take a look at some of the other chapters’ logos for inspiration.

How to apply:

Email jetaawjchair (at) with your entry in .jpg format. Include your full name, years and location on JET, and the city or prefecture where you currently reside in Japan.


We must receive your entry by Friday June 30th.

Who can enter:

You must be a current JET or a JET Alum, living in Japan.

If your logo is chosen, it will be used on the website and on future JETAA Western Japan communications. By entering this contest, you consent to us using your logo freely.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submission!

Networking Brunch

On Sunday April 9th, JETAA Western Japan members gathered at Kobe Portopia Hotel to honor the US Consul General and Mrs. Greenberg.

Seventeen people were in attendance, including the Consul General and his wife Mrs. Greenberg; Jay Klaphake, founder of TEDxKyoto and TEDx Ambassador; Yoshihiro Utsumi, Executive Director of the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association; and current ALT Jeff Anderson, brother of Taylor Anderson.


New JETAAWJ Website

Welcome to the new JETAA Western Japan website! Find out what’s going on throughout Western Japan and get involved- sign up to make sure you stay in the loop. Contact us if you have any questions, requests or comments.

The website will be updated with more features, photos and information, so check back from time to time!

Why don’t you also join our Facebook group and say hello to other alumni?