About Jet Academy

Principal’s Greeting

To those who are planning to study in Japan

 In this era of advanced internet and technology, some question the purpose of studying foreign languages or even studying abroad. However, I have met over 3000 students in my 20 years of teaching, many have expressed that there is meaning in studying abroad and one can get invaluable experiences from it. Studying abroad means to stand on your own feet in a foreign country, and at the same time learn to overcome every day struggles like communicating in a language that is foreign to you. Yet, every single one of these experiences will become irreplaceable in your life.

 Founded in 1988, our academy was created with the efforts of each teacher and student who held on to their dreams and goals, supporting and complementing each other to this day. Even now when we have come so far, we are still striving to become even better than before.

 The proverb, “the heavens will help those who help themselves” is our motto, displayed in all our classrooms. Happiness and blessings will fall upon those who initiate learning and strive hard for themselves. To everyone studying in Japan, please try your best to master the language until it is second to none. From the bottom of my heart, I hope that through studying in Japan, you will be able to grow in every aspect and enrich your lives here.

山口 閑子

Yamaguchi Shizuko

Principal

Education & Experience

Graduate of B.A. Literature (Waseda University)
Head teacher of JET Academy (2010-)
Vice-principal of JET Academy (2019-)
Principal of JET Academy (2021-)

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Board Members

金美齢

Alice M. King

Honorary President

Education & Experience

PhD Candidate (Waseda Graduate School)
Visiting Scholar (Cambridge University, England)
Lecturer (Waseda University)
National Policy Adviser of Taiwan Presidential Office (2000/5/21 -2006/5/20)
Principal of JET Academy ( -2000/3), President of JET Academy ( -2014/3)
In 2017, she was awarded with “Orders of the Rising Sun” in recognition of her contribution in promoting Japanese Language and Culture.

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越野充博

Koshino Mitsuhiro

President

Education & Experience

Graduate of Bachelor of Commerce (Waseda University)
Board of Directors Representative of Koshino Construction Company, a company with more than 100 years of history in Kita-ku, Tokyo, and served as the President of North Branch of Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Member of Board Director from 2000, and Board Chairman from 2014.

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井上靖夫

Inoue Yasuo

Executive Director

Education & Experience

Graduate of B.A. Literature (Waseda University)
Study abroad at University of Freiburg (Germany)
After serving as the Director of Academic Affairs at the founding of school, he was appointed as the principal of JET Academy. (2000-2021)
Lecturer, Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics (Waseda University), Member of Japanese Language Subcommittee of the Council for Cultural Affairs.

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Vision and Mission

Vision

We aim to nurture our student’s overall growth and develop a better understanding of Japan through learning Japanese.

Mission

Acquire high level proficiency in Japanese, understand Japanese society, culture, history and the way of thinking in depth from an autonomous, broad perspective.

Provide guidance to those preparing for higher education and seeking employment, promote from a perspective that allows one to reach a higher potential in achieving their goals.

Character Development

Develop characters that have the flexibility and perspective in understanding and adapting to different values through experiencing a different culture while studying in Japan. Develop characters with the ability to communicate personal intentions while taking into consideration the Japanese way of thinking, thoughts for other and social etiquette rules.

School Motto

「天は自ら助くる者を助く」
 “the heavens will help those who help themselves”

JET Academy Facts

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(As of October 2021)
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(Average Score from 2018 to
2020)
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(from 2019 to 2021)
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Acceptance Rate into Higher Education
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(from 2001 to 2020)
Students working Part-time
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Timeline

March 1988Received approval from the governor of Tokyo to establish Shibanaga International School.
April 1988Opening of JET Academy.
April 1989Became one of the founding schools in NISSHINKYO Association for Promotion of Japanese Language Education.
August 1989Became one of the first batch accredited schools by the association.
April 2000Appointed by the Ministry of Education as one of the Preparatory Schools. (There are only 12 of such schools nationwide including JET Academy)
April 2002Started 「Japanese Language Teacher Training Course」.
October 2004Accepted 20 Thai students on government scholarship. (1st term)
October 2006Accepted 20 Thai students on government scholarship. (2nd term)
October 2012Accepted 10 Thai students on government scholarship.  (3rd term)
October 2014Our Honorary President, Ms. Alice M. King received “Award for Distinguished Service to Education (教育功労賞)” from the governor of Tokyo. (She was the first person to receive such award in the field of Japanese Education).
December 2014Accepted 8 Thai students on government scholarship.  (4th term)
October 2015Accepted 4 Thai students on government scholarship.  (5th term)
November 2017Our Honorary President, Ms. Alice M. King was awarded with “Orders of the Rising Sun” in recognition of her contribution in promoting Japanese Language and Culture.