Kan Government dipping into the trans-Pacific honey pot to benefit younger Japanese teachers of English.

A news item from the Japan Times, about sending Japanese who teach English in Japan to America, to brush up on their teaching ability.

You see, the Japanese government will spare no expense (to the tune of $6 million) to support Japanese who teach English, but not native English speakers who teach English!

So all the excuse making and frustrations created around allegedly not having the money to do direct hire teaching of foreigners, or covering them for social insurance, was nonsense. It really was about who was getting the money: a Japanese, or a non-Japanese?

I’ll have something to say in the next week about the other leg to this story, about beefing up U.S.-Japan cross-cultural ties. As I’ve said before, this seems more about creating shills and lackeys, and letting money grease the smooth relations between the two countries. There is a whole contingency dedicated to seeing this money flow, which is why you are not hearing very much from Renho and the JET Program lately.

4 thoughts on “Kan Government dipping into the trans-Pacific honey pot to benefit younger Japanese teachers of English.

  1. You see, the Japanese government will spare no expense (to the tune of $6 million) to support Japanese who teach English, but not native English speakers who teach English!

    As a counter point, how many “native English speakers who teach English” in Japan are actually teachers by PROFESSION versus how many Japanese who teach English as their chosen career? Who would you rather support? One group that has made a life choice or a group that came over to make a quick buck or just trying to make ends meet until they can do something else?

    (I do NOT mean to imply that there aren’t actual TEACHERS that are native English speakers in Japan. But they seem to be few and far between.)

    1. Chuckers, it’s really the cart before the horse in both cases, isn’t it?

      For one, the reason the Japanese government is sending the young Japanese teachers of English overseas, is becasue they really need to “skill up” their English. This means, they probably aren’t where they need to be to teach English.

      Then, with regard to native speakers of English, the government ministry purposes allows these hairbrained temporary and dispatch systems to continue, and with them the various labor and treaty violation. The Japanese cry poverty or free market when reformers seek to, well, have the labor and treaty laws apply. Nevermind the fact that the jobs are never defined as permanent.

      So now the Kan Government comes up with $6 million? Where did this come from? It’s $60,000 per participant (100 participants), although it’s not clear how much of that goes to fund the Japanese instruction in New York and Los Angeles. Plus, the short-term visits by U.S. students, who should be made to understand that they will be pressed to leave if they try to stay.

      Again, it’s a small, (socially) elite and pre-selected group selected to benefit. Typical JET style, and what the fat Japan lobby in Washington likes, because they can get their kids into it (especially if they are biracial kids.) But it does nothing to truly help of U.S.-Japan relations. It just creates another generation of bought off shills on the U.S. side, and throws some money at a handful of pidgin English teachers on the Japan side. Since fewer Japanese are even interested in studying in the U.S., this looks like a sap to the failing efforts of the U.S. consulates in Japan to sell the schools back home—what’s now clear to me is one of their main purposes in Japan.

  2. I really [don’t] care one way or the other what the J-govt does regarding English. Now am I a real teacher?
    Or better yet is living in Japan even a real life?
    Who knows?
    But as long as the yen keeps rolling my way I`m good.

  3. You are digging yourself into hole by continuing to call JETs socially elite. You simply do not have enough information about the specifics of the accepted applicant pool or the program itself to continue making connections between it and screwed up japan-America right wingy crap. It’s just not part of the same lobby that you’re suggesting. It’s a small, WIDELY varying sometimes loosely and locally regulated government program that you’re assigning all sorts of blame to.

    Also, direct hires have always been the top choice for BOEs and schools, over JET or dispatch. No one ever cried poverty in regards to them. They are simply the cheapest and most qualified, and usually come with a japanese spouse and marital visa. No matter what happens to JET this will never change.

    Also, please tell me more about why you made the “especially if they are bi-racial” comment. ?????

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