The recipients of the award were Dr Peter Cave, Dr Angus Lockyer, Dr Peter Matanle, Dr Chris Hood and Mr Julian Paisey, all of whom worked at schools in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s as what are now called ‘Assistant Language Teachers’. In their subsequent lives and careers they have enthusiastically promoted Japan and the JET Programme. Dr Cave is a Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Manchester, Dr Lockyer a Lecturer in Japanese History at SOAS, Dr Matanle a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield and Dr Hood a Reader in Japanese Studies at Cardiff University. Mr Paisey, who works for the OECD, served the JET Alumni Association for five years from 1998 to 2003 as its longest-serving president.
At the reception, Ambassador Tsuruoka expressed his admiration for this longstanding international exchange programme and everything it had achieved, and offered warm words of advice and encouragement to this year’s contingent.
*Photograph: Ambassador's Commendation recipients with Ambassador Tsuruoka, Current Chair of JETAAUK Sarah Parsons, and Director of Japan Local Government Centre Kazuya Shima
Embassy of Japan