Jamaican Language Teachers Making Their Mark in Japan

Being a part of the The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a dream I have had for a very long time. Now in my second year of college I know that after completing my degree I will be able to apply to become a JET in Japan and be able to not only teach English but learn more about Japanese culture as well as sharing Jamaica’s culture as well. I know many past and current JET program participants so I was very happy to see a feature related to Jamaicans teaching in Japan on the Jamaica Information Service website. It makes a very interesting read, so be sure to check it out below.

Thirty-one year-old, Stacie Miller is among the more than 200 Jamaicans who have made the trek across the Pacific to the Eastern nation of Japan during the past 13 years, to serve as assistant language teachers. They have travelled over 8,000 miles, cutting across cultural and language barriers to take up residence in a country which is completely different from their own.


The young, talented Jamaicans are forging a path for themselves in the Far East, flying the black, green and gold high, and making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of students, as they participate in various exchange programmes, most notably the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme and the Interac programme.

Ms. Miller, who migrated to Akita, Japan more than a year ago, is employed by the Daisen City Board of Education, as an assistant language teacher, where she teaches English Language at the kindergarten, primary, and junior high school levels.

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