What is JETAA International?

The JET Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) is an Alumni Association created in 1989 to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship developed between JET Programme participants. The purpose of JETAA is to promote through its activities a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme. The JET Alumni Association has 53,000 alumni from the 20 years for the Programme. Nearly 23,000 alumni are now registered to the some 52 regional Chapters located across 17 countries and we believe this is the largest growing alumni association in the world. We are now seeing second generation JETs (participants whose parents went on the JET Programme) joining the Alumni on their return from Japan.

JETAA Chapters play an important role in the promotion of Japan in their region in the form of social events related to Japan, orientations for new participants of the JET Programme, support for newly returning JETs and promotion of Japan and the JET Programme in their local communities.

JETAA International provides a central point of communication, facilitates exchange of resources, knowledge and talent, and helps promote the JET Programme and alumni Chapters around the world. To view our bylaws CLICK HERE

JETAA International – Because of JET


As the largest global exchange alumni association, JETAA International draws on its diverse membership to enhance ties amongst the peoples of Japan and the participant countries of the JET Programme.


  • JETAA-I serves as the worldwide communication hub for both Chapters and individual alumni, as well as businesses and organizations throughout the world.
  • JETAA-I facilitates the sharing of resources across Chapters, ensuring that JET Programme participants and alumni are able to benefit from the wealth of experience that JETAA members can offer.
  • JETAA-I helps promote and develop the JET Programme and its many alumni Chapters through recruitment, training, research and by raising awareness of the JET Programme and Japan.
  • JETAA-I harnesses the talents and experience of its diverse membership to benefit Japan and the international community.