Two successful candidates from the Kingdom of Tonga have been selected and will leave the Kingdom of Tonga on Saturday, July 30th to commence with their one year appointment with the JET Programme.
Prior to their departure, two participants- Ms. Maria Mabnolia Francis Halahingano and Mr. Peseti Tupou Vea- visited the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Tonga on Tuesday, July 26th. H.E. Mr. Yasuo Takase, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, welcomed and congratulated Ms. Halahingano and Mr. Vea. During the meeting, H.E. Mr. Takase said that this was the historical moment for the Japan-Tonga relationship. "The JET Programme is one of the center pillars of Japan's public diplomacy and the Embassy of Japan expects that you also serve as an ambassador from the Kingdom of Tonga to represent your country, along with teaching English. And, your outstanding contributions in Japan will leads to an increase of participants from Tonga" he also added.
Both Ms. Halahingano and Mr. Vea are English language teachers by profession and have been accepted by the JET Programme as Assistant Language Teachers, who serve for Fukushima Prefecture and Okinawa Prefecture, respectively, to teach English at Japanese schools.
The Programme aims to promote internationalization at the local level by inviting overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. The Kingdom of Tonga joined the JET Programme in 2011. The Embassy of Japan of the Kingdom of Tonga wishes to select qualified candidates to the JET Programme for the consecutive years so as to strengthen bilateral relationships through people-to-people exchange, which was endorsed by the Fifth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 5) in 2008.
Issued by the: Embassy of Japan office, Nuku'alofa, 2011. Photo: Hiromichi Suzuki (MIC).