Nov 29

Asia on Air: Celebrating 30 Years of the JET Program

The JET Program was founded in 1987 as a program that fostered ties between Japan and four other nations. Today, the program has evolved to include participants from more than 40 countries around the world, with activities ranging from English-teaching to sports exchanges.

This episode of Asia on Air celebrates 30 years of the JET program by interviewing three former JETs:

  • Joy Champaloux, Associate Program Officer at Sasakawa USA and President of the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.;
  • Bill Clifford, CEO and President of the World Affairs Councils of America and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and
  • Hayley Aron, Administrative and Program Assistant at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Listen in for host Brian Graf’s discussion with our accomplished guests on their experiences in Japan as JETs and how these experiences have shaped their careers and encouraged them to support U.S.-Japan relations.

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Host and Creator: Brian Graf

Guests: Bill Clifford, Hayley Aron, and Joy Champaloux

Producer and Engineer: Graham Dietz

Music by HitsLab and Moby Gratis


Asia on Air is a new Sasakawa USA podcast committed to analysis of the latest news in U.S.-Asia relations. Through the lens of the U.S.-Japan relationship, each episode features expert opinions on a variety of subjects ranging from security and foreign policy to economics and culture. Click here to listen to Asia on Air’s SoundCloud channel.


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