Its taken a little while to post this, but I recently attended an event held at the House of Lords to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET scheme in Japan.
I’m not a JET alumni, though have done some English teaching in Japan in my time… The JET scheme has gone from strength to strength, growing from an initial cohort of a few hundred in its initial year, to 50,000+ participants from 50+ countries in total.
The amount of investment made by the Japanese government in developing these cultural links must be extremely significant. It feels that this is taken for granted in the UK, shown by policies such as the restriction on post-MBA work visas for international students.
More event photos can be seen at this link; https://boltsie.dphoto.com/album/f8d6ag