JET Programme and Kakehashi Project Reception


On the 12th of November 2015 Ambassador and Mrs. Monji hosted a reception at their residence that brought together young Canadians going to Japan and those who have just returned under two exchange programs sponsored by the Government of Japan, namely the KAKEHASHI Project and JET Programme.

The Japan’s Friendship Ties Programme (called the KAKEHASHI Project in North America, “bridging” in Japanese,) is an international initiative to promote people to people exchanges between Japan and regions around the world. Among about 5700 people who are expected to take part in this programme in FY2015, there are approximately 120 Canadian students.  From the Ottawa region, a group of 20 students, ranging from undergraduates to PhD candidates, were selected from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Also in attendance were two members of the JET Programme, who recently returned to Ottawa and members of the JET Alumni Association Ottawa (JETAA).  Guests including members of Ottawa‘s international and diplomatic community were treated to a speech by Ambassador Monji on the importance of such programmes in building links between Canada and Japan. Some participants spoke about their expectations or experiences in Japan. Guests were then able to enjoy sushi and sake while discussing Japan-Canada relations.



Members of the KAKEHASHI Project, who will soon depart for Japan, with Ambassador and Mrs. Monji.


JET Programme Alumni of Ottawa with Ambassador and Mrs. Monji.



KAKEHASHI participants receiving a briefing on how to prepare for their trip to Japan.


Ms. Christine Nakamura explains about the KAKEHASHI Project.



Ambassador Monji opens the reception with a speech.



Speech by a KAKEHASHI participant, Mr. Gabriel Vermette, on behalf of the University of Ottawa students.


Sarah McIntosh speaks on behalf of Carlton University students.



Anna Rayner-Grignon recounts her life-changing experience under the JET Programme.




Minister Karube’s toast.




Ambassador Monji sharing his knowledge of sake.


Guests enjoying sushi.




The returned JETs were also able to indulge their nostalgia for Japanese food.