2014 JET-MIP
Send a HS Student to Japan For Two Weeks This Summer

Registration is now closed. Check back in December of 2014 for information on the 2015 Program.

The JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET-MIP) will provide 32 high school students with the opportunity to visit Japan for two weeks - with a focus on the Tohoku region where they will participate in exchanges with Japanese students, see the current condition of recovery in the region, and act as symbolic bridges to enhance the goodwill between Japan and the United States.

They will also participate in Japanese language courses and activities at the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute Kansai. Participants will also be able to experience life in Japan first hand during a weekend homestay. This program will provide an enriching experience to those who have been studying Japanese and seek to apply what they have learned.

On March 11, 2011, two Americans participating in the JET Program as assistant English language teachers lost their lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Taylor Anderson, who was in Ishinomaki City  and Montgomery Dickson, who was in Rikuzentakada City will be forever remembered as cultural ambassadors representing the U.S. They had a positive influence on the people and communities they served and JET-MIP was created immediately following the 2011 disaster to commemorate their work.

Photo Slideshow From the 2013 Trip

Photo Slideshow From the 2012 Trip


This program has the following three goals:

  1. Encourage American high school students to continue studying Japanese
  2. Encourage youth exchanges such as the JET program as an option for the future
  3. Create a network within participants of this program as well as individual networks between participants and people they meet in Japan (Bridge Building)


  • U.S. citizen (Must have US Passport or US Birth Certificate)
  • Native language or main language used at home is not Japanese
  • As of the program start date, must not have stayed in Japan for seven consecutive days or more within the past three years
  • Currently receiving credit for Japanese
  • Receive credit for at least two years of Japanese upon completion of the 2013/2014 school year
  • 11th or 12th grade during the current school year
  • Intends to continue Japanese-language education in the future
  • Have the following GPA (Japanese GPA: 3.5 or higher; Overall GPA: 3.0 or higher) or be a member of the National Honor Society
  • Must take Level 2 or Level 3 of the 2014 National Japanese Exam (NJE).
  • Must take part in the entire itinerary (No deviations before, during or after the trip. Non-participants cannot accompany you during the trip.)
  • In good physical and mental health
  • Have parent or guardian consent to participate in this program
  • Cannot participate in any other long-term programs to study in Japan prior to the end of March, 2015
  • Agree to participate in an online Skype interview if selected for the second round*
  • Complete all homework assigned after the trip


*Note: This is a competitive program and we will evaluate applicants based on all criteria listed above.

Tentative Itinerary

July 6th to July 24th, 2014

Participants will assemble in Los Angeles for the pre-departure orientation, then fly to Osaka for a brief stay at the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute Kansai. They will then travel to the Tohoku region to participate in exchanges with students in the cities of Rikuzentakata, Sendai, and Ishinomaki (Itinerary is subject to change). Afterwards, they will return to Osaka and participate in classes, and a homestay. Finally, they will return to Los Angeles for a wrap-up meeting and then return home. Click here to see the Tentative Itinerary. There will be plenty of travelling (flying & busing) during the course of the trip so make sure the student you choose has no issues with this before applying.


If selected, the Japan Foundation will pay for your accommodation, domestic and international airfare, food, and admission fees in Japan and during the orientation in Los Angeles. Participants are responsible for covering the following expenses:

  • Transportation from home to nearest airport
  • Excess baggage charges on all flights
  • Any baggage fees for domestic flight from nearest airport to Los Angeles and vice versa
  • Application fees for passport, visa, lost passport, etc.
  • Expenses for taking medical checkup (physical) for submitting “Certificate of Health” form including cost for doing blood type check
  • Other expenses not mentioned above including personal items, souvenirs, etc.

Application Procedures

Application for 2014 is now over. Please check back in December for information on the 2015 JET Memorial Invitation Program.


Important Dates

  • December 2, 2013: Application for JET-MIP and NJE are Available
  • February 8, 2014: NJE application ends at 5PM Eastern Time
  • March 2, 2014: NJE Examinations Begin
  • April 11, 2014: NJE Examinations End
  • April 16, 2014: JET-MIP Applications Must Arrive at JFLA by MAIL, FAX, or EMAIL
  • April 23, 2014: Preliminary Selection Will Be Made, Both Student and Teacher Will Be Notified
  • April 28 - May 2, 2014: Online Interview
  • May 14, 2014: Final Selection Will Be Made, Both Student and Teacher Will Be Notified
  • July 6, 2014: Fly to Los Angeles (Program Starts)

Past Participants' Essays

2014 JET-MIP (Year 4)

2013 JET-MIP (Year 3)

2012 JET-MIP (Year 2)

2011 JET-MIP (Year 1)

Program Report (Japanese Only)

2013 JET-MIP

2012 JET-MIP
2011 JET-MIP


ATTN: 2014 JET-MIP Coordinator
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

P: 323-761-7510x109/105
F: 323-761-7517
E: jet_mip@jflalc.org