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By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese executive inaugurated the Japan trade and instructing (JET) software in line with international strain to "internationalize" its society. This bold application has grown to be an enormous govt operation, with an annual price range of $400 million (greater than the U.S. NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand overseas nationals hired every year in public colleges far and wide Japan.

How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react while a buzzword is unexpectedly changed into a fact? How did the arriving of such a lot of foreigners impact Japan's academic paperwork? How did the foreigners themselves suppose upon getting to know that English educating was once no longer the first aim of this system? during this balanced learn of the JET software, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic learn to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand debts, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, lines the tradition clashes in any respect degrees of the forms, and speculates on what classes the JET software holds for different multicultural initiatives.

This interesting book's jargon-free variety and interdisciplinary process will make it attractive to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET participants.

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