More honesty about the JET Programme appears in the comments at the Japan Times.

Particularly, Ryan Moulton’s letter, which is the top one.

For several years now, I have advocated reform of the program—which modest position even attracted its share of trolls, not wanting any discussion at all.

I am convinced that, on balance, the program does more harm than good. It’s plausible, though, with more of a teaching focus (and less revolving door), Japan could bring it around to be something useful for the early 21st century.

Right now, it’s too many young people stuck at internet keyboards all day, and then wheeled out to be the exotic gaijin for the kids for an hour or two . . .