2015 JET-MIP
Join Us for a Trip to Tohoku Next Summer

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 - to 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.


This program has the following three goals:

  1. Visit the Tohoku region to learn about the effects of the disaster, current conditions of the area, and efforts to rebuild the region.
  2. Participate in exchanges with Japanese students and community members to build lasting friendships between the people of Japan and the United States as well as within the group of participants.
  3. Learn about the importance of studying Japanese and youth exchange opportunities such as the JET Program to continue the legacy of Taylor Anderson and Montgomery Dickson.


  • U.S. citizen (Must have US Passport or US Birth Certificate)
  • Native language or main language used at home is not Japanese
  • Currently receiving credit for Japanese
  • Receive credit for at least two years of Japanese upon completion of the current school year
  • Be in 11th or 12th grade during the current school year
  • Intends to continue studying Japanese language in the future
  • Have not visted Japan for seven or more consecutive days within the past three years
  • Must take part in the entire itinerary (No deviations before, during or after the trip. Non-participants cannot accompany you during the trip.)
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to participate in this program
  • Cannot participate in any other long-term programs to study in Japan prior to the end of March, 2016
  • 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 the 2015 National Japanese Exam (Level 2 or 3) offered by AATJ.
  • Agree to participate in an online Skype interview if selected for the second round*
  • Complete all homework assigned befure, during and after the trip


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

Tentative Itinerary

July 5th to July 23rd, 2015

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. 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 (This is only required if you are selected for this program and you do not need this to apply.)
  • Other expenses not mentioned above including personal items, souvenirs, etc.

Application Procedures

  1. Japanese language teacher must select ONE applicant per school for this program
  2. Japanese language teacher must register applicant for the 2015 National Japanese Exam (Deadline 2/17/2015 at 5PM Pacific Time)
  3. Japanese language teacher must give the 2015 NJE Exam, organized by AATJ, to Applicant (from 3/2/2015 to 4/10/2015)
  4. Applicant, parent/legal guardian, and teacher must complete the three part application packet
  5. Japanese language teacher must submit Application with NJE results and school transcript (unofficial OK) so it arrives at JFLA by MAIL, FAX, or EMAIL on or before Wednesday, April 15, 2015.


Note: We will not accept applications submitted by students, parents, or family members.

Application Period is now closed!

Important Dates

  • January 7, 2015: Application for JET-MIP and NJE are Available
  • February 17, 2015: NJE application ends at 5PM Pacific Time
  • March 2, 2015: NJE Examinations Begin
  • April 10, 2015: NJE Examinations End
  • April 15, 2015: JET-MIP Applications Must Arrive at JFLA by MAIL, FAX, or EMAIL
  • End of April, 2015: Preliminary Selection Will Be Made, Both Student and Teacher Will Be Notified
  • End of April, 2015: Online Interview
  • Mid-May, 2015: Final Selection Will Be Made, Both Student and Teacher Will Be Notified
  • July 5, 2015: Fly to Los Angeles (Program Starts)

Photo Slideshow (With Sound)

2014 Trip

2013 Trip

2012 Trip

Past Participant Essays

2015 JET-MIP (Year 5: Final)

2014 JET-MIP (Year 4)

2013 JET-MIP (Year 3)

2012 JET-MIP (Year 2)

2011 JET-MIP (Year 1)


ATTN: 2015 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