On Sunday April 9th, JETAA Western Japan members gathered at Trente et Un at the Kobe Portopia Hotel to honor the US Consul General Allen Greenberg and Mrs. Greenberg.
Seventeen people were in attendance, including the Consul General and his wife Haruko; Jay Klaphake, founder of TEDxKyoto and TEDx Ambassador; Yoshihiro Utsumi, Executive Director of the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association;Ryan Hata, Alumni Relations chair for AJET; and current ALT Jeff Anderson, brother of Taylor Anderson.
The 2017-2018 chapter officers were also introduced and an overview of the year’s planned events were announced. A request was made for volunteers to help with the organization of the proposed JET Film Festival in honor of the JET Programme’s 30th anniversary.
10% of the cost of the event was donated by the restaurant to the Ashinaga Foundation which provides educational and emotional support to orphans around the world.