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The newest JET program participants have descended on Tokyo anxious to fan out across the country.

This year’s Japan Exchange and Teaching group, consisting of assistant language teachers, coordinators for international relations and sports-exchange advisers, is more diverse than ever with 5,351 representatives from 25 countries. Of those, 2,631 have signed on for another year in Japan, while many of the new arrivals said they are already planning to stay longer than their one-year contract.

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