Coordinator for International Relations

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A Coordinator for International Relations (国際交流員 Kokusai Kōryūin?), or CIR, is a partipant on the JET Programme residing and working in Japan. Although responsibilities for a CIR vary according to his or her contracting organization, the majority of a CIR's time is spent organizing and assisting various projects related to adjusting Japanese society to an increasingly multilingual, multicultural, and international world. Many of these projects include but are not limited to: international exchange programmes, primary and secondary school visits, language classes, cooking classes, cultural lectures, as well as translating and interpreting. CIRs are employed throughout Japan at international exchange associations, prefectural offices, city halls, town halls, village halls, and boards of education.

JET is administered by Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and funded by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

Statistics[edit]

In 2010, there were 354 CIRs, accounting for approximately 8% of the 4,334 JET Programme participants.

Prefecture/Designated City Number of CIRs (2010)
Hokkaido 9
Aomori 15
Iwate 3
Miyagi 3
Akita 9
Yamagata 5
Fukushima 5
Ibaraki 4
Tochigi 3
Gunma 2
Saitama 4
Chiba 3
Tokyo 0
Kanagawa 1
Niigata 6
Toyama 11
Ishikawa 18
Fukui 4
Yamanashi 4
Nagano 8
Gifu 10
Shizuoka 5
Aichi 6
Mie 7
Shiga 6
Kyoto Prefecture 6
Osaka 1
Hyogo 6
Nara 6
Wakayama 2
Tottori 14
Shimane 19
Okayama 1
Hiroshima 4
Yamaguchi 5
Tokushima 7
Kagawa 5
Ehime 6
Kochi 16
Fukuoka 6
Saga 5
Nagasaki 10
Kumamoto 5
Oita 7
Miyazaki 14
Kagoshima 14
Okinawa 6
Sapporo 5
Sendai 2
Yokohama 1
Kawasaki 1
Nagoya City 1
Kyoto 0
Osaka City 4
Kobe 2
Hiroshima City 4
Kitakyushu City 3
Fukuoka City 4
Chiba City 2
Saitama City 0
Shizuoka City 0
Sakai City 1
Niigata City 5
Hamamatsu City 2
Okayama City 0
Sagamihara City 1

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • David L. McConnell, Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program (2000)
  • Bruce Feiler, Learning to Bow: An American Teacher in a Japanese School (1991), later published as Learning to Bow: Inside the Heart of Japan (2004)

External links[edit]

  • CIR Homepage - the official website for CIRs all over Japan
  • National AJET - the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching