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July 25, 2005

First Wave of New JETs Arrive

The first orientations for new arrivals on the JET Program started in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo at the weekend. The Tokyo Orientation began on Saturday and will continue until Wednesday, after which the participants will spread out to their posts across the country. There will be two further orientations, later this month and into August. This year, there will be a total of 5,853 people from 44 countries taking part in the program, including the usual 3,000 or so new arrivals. The total is down from 6,103 in the 2004-05 year. The participants are divided into three categories: Assistant Lantguage Teachers (ALTs), who make up about 91% of the total; Coordinators of International Relations (CIRs), who account for about 8%; and a couple of dozen Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs).
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