Tsugaru City CIR
Hello! My name is Chris Hainge and I am the Coordinator for
International Relations (CIR) here in Tsugaru City. I first came to
Aomori Prefecture in 2003 as a member of the JET Program
and worked as a CIR in the former Village of Shariki. After a
regional merger in February of 2005, I became the CIR of Tsugaru City.
has allowed me to meet many interesting people, both from Tsugaru City
and from our sister city, Bath, Maine,
USA. I look forward to meeting new people and spreading awareness
about foreign cultures
during my time here in Tsugaru City.
What is a CIR?
A CIR is a foreign national that is placed in local government offices
or related organizations for the purpose of carrying out
internationalization activities. In Tsugaru City, this usually
involves a balance of language instruction, event planning, sister
city communication, and duties related to the yearly exchange
program. However, the duties of each individual CIR vary widely
depending on their host organization.
The JET Program
The JET Program enables local government agencies to employ foreign
nationals for the purpose of improving foreign language education as
well as promoting international exchange at the community level.
activities such as language instruction at schools and assisting with
international exchange activities, participants interact with local
residents on a wide variety of levels. The JET Program aims to
increase cross-cultural understanding as well as contribute to
internationalization efforts in Japan through this interaction.
information on the JET Program, please visit their website:
Tsugaru City Info
Sister City: Bath, Maine