EIGHTEEN Jamaicans will leave the island on July 26 to participate in the annual Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
They are Jessica Blake, Lychelle Brown, Alexia Campbell, Christine Corniffe, Anna-Kay Dunkley, Karl Fagan, Terrique Goldson, Janae Marshall, Aneika Mullings, Danielle O'Neil, Janel Polson, Chantel Smith, Annabell Stubbs, Brandon Virgo, Tracy Waugh, Kacey-Ann Whilby, Racquel Whitter and Robyn Whyte.
They were selected from a pool of approximately 470, and were formally recognised at a send-off reception held in their honour on July 5 at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Kingston.
Each participant was offered a one-year contract with the possibility of an extension up to five years.
Ambassador Yasuo Takase said these students will serve as assistant language teachers and cultural ambassadors.
"I would like to thank Jamaica for allowing their brightest people to spend their important years in Japan to contribute to the education of Japanese students," he said.
The JET programme began in 1987 and is Japan's largest cultural exchange programme. Jamaica was the first Caribbean country to begin participating in the programme in 2000. Since then, over 200 Jamaicans have been dispatched to Japan.