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A place to connect, celebrate & cultivate.


Your KenJETkai community can provide you with the network, resources, and relationships that will enable you to thrive!

JET and Japanese locals working together

What is KenJETkai?​


We talk about the "JET “Programme”, but the experience is really about the “People” and
“Places” that JETs encounter during your time in Japan. For the select group of people who do
JET, perhaps more than for anyone else who lives and works in Japan, where you are placed and who you are with can have a life-changing impact that resonates through your time on JET and long into the future, even decades later.

KenJETkai is a resource for JETs, comprised of groups for each prefecture in Japan. Each group is a community of people who have experienced life and work in that particular place, so they can understand your stories, answer your questions, and share your bonds to the prefecture, the town, the school, or even the neighborhood joint where you hung out. 


These groups can serve different needs, depending on who you are.

New and Current JETs

Whether you are preparing to leave for Japan to begin your JET experience or you are well into your time there, your KenJETkai community can provide you with the networks, resources, and relationships that will enable you to thrive.

It provides a forum to ask questions specific to where you will be going, to stay in touch with
friends around the prefecture, and to reach out to your sempai as you prepare to finish JET and move on to new places and new challenges.

JET Alumni

There’s no place like home. And also, for many of us, no place like our furusato
However, all too often, we lose touch with the people and places that matter to us in Japan.
KenJETkai is a way to re-connect with your home prefecture so you can continue the
grassroots cross-cultural exchange and friendship that was at the heart of your JET Programme experience.


No matter what JETAA chapter you belong to (or don’t belong to), what country you live in, or
when you were on JET, KenJETkai makes you a member of a community of people who share
your knowledge of and affection for your prefecture and everything that makes it special.



How to Join

On Facebook, you can "Like" and "Follow" the page at to receive tips and ideas about how you can foster this exchange.

Next, check to see if your prefecture already has a group by looking through the list under Groups here.


You can also check out the KenJETkai Starter Guide (the top post in the Discussion Group) to find a group or get tips on how to create one for your prefecture. Then, invite your friends, whether alumni, current JETs, or people from your kencho or community, to join you. 

If you don't find what you're looking for, please feel free to reach out to the KenJETkai Working Group, or the JETAA-I Chair or Vice Chair.​

Let's KenJETkai!

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