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The 40th International Educators to Japan Program (IEJ Program 2015) [June 21-July 2, 2015]

The 40th International Educators to Japan Program (IEJ Program 2015)


The IEJ Program,* in which Western educators engaged in the teaching of Japanese children overseas are invited to Japan, was held for the 40th time in 2015. The aim of the program is to enable participants to deepen their understanding of school life and the environment surrounding schoolchildren in Japan through school visits, home stays, and cultural activities and to make use of the experience in their instruction of Japanese children.

*IEJ Program: The IEJ Program was started by the Japanese Business Association of Southern California in 1975. The secretariat for accepting participants in Japan was organized by JETRO Koseikai until 2008, since when IIST has served in this role.

Program duration: June 21 (Sun) - July 2 (Thu), 2015
Place: Tokyo, Nara, Aichi, Hiroshima, Kyoto
Participants: 29 teachers and school administrators from U.S.A, Canada, and Belgium

Sponsoring Japanese Business Associations (listed in order of year of initial participation)

• Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA)
• Japanese Educational Institute of Houston
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC)
• Dallas Japanese Association
• The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia
• Japanese Firms Association of Colorado
• Japanese Business Society of Detroit
• Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry
• Shokokai of Portland
• EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation/ International School of Brussels (ISB)
• San Antonio Japanese Companies Association

In cooperation with:

• Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation (Suzunoya Inc).
• Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association (NIEVA)
• Ikaruga Homestay Society

Activities, Visited places

6/21 (Sun)
Arrival in Japan

6/22 (Mon)
Orientation and seminars

6/23 (Tue)
Visits to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward and Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward

6/24 (Wed)
Kimono wearing experience (Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation)

6/25 (Thu)
Transfer to Nara city/Ikaruga town/Toyota city

6/26 (Fri)
Nara Group: visit to Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University
Ikaruga Group: visit to Ikaruga Elementary School
Toyota Group: visit to Takahashi Junior High School

6/27 (Sat)
Free time with host families
Transfer to Hiroshima

6/28 (Sun)
Visit to Motomachi Elementary School, visit to Miyajima-island

6/29 (Mon)
Visit to the Peace Memorial Museum; lecture on atomic bomb experience and peace studies, transfer to Kyoto

6/30 (Tue)
Tour in Kyoto

Wrap-up meeting, Farewell Dinner

7/2 (Thu)
Departure from Japan


In the school visits, the pillar of the program, the participants divided into some groups to visit public elementary school, junior high schools and an integrated secondary school, where they experienced school life in Japan. During the visits, they observed classes, performed demonstration lessons, had a school lunch with students, and watched students cleaning up.

In Hiroshima, the delegation visited the Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum and had an opportunity to listen to Mr. Koji Matsuo, chief executive counselor of Calbee, Inc., about his own atom-bomb experience and peace activities through music.

The participants also engaged in activities relating to Japanese culture, history, and customs, including a kimono wearing experience, home stays in a regional city, and visits to shrines and temples in Kyoto. It is hoped that this experience in Japan will help the participating educators communicate and teach students in their respective regions and Japanese students living abroad.

Welcome ceremony at Tachiai Elementary School

Welcome ceremony at Tachiai Elementary School

Demo lesson at Tachiai Elementary School

Demo lesson at Tachiai Elementary School

Class observation in Takahashi Jr. High School in Toyota

Class observation in Takahashi
Jr. High School in Toyota



International Exchange Dept.

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