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Let'sgoJapan
November 28th, 2011, 00:47
I'm curious, for instance, I have 5 JETs in a town of 60,000ish

5100
November 28th, 2011, 00:55
Can we move this to the lounge?

mteacher80
November 28th, 2011, 01:30
The first few years we had 5 JETs in a Town of 81,000 (actually had 9 living in that town but 4 commuted to other surrounding areas) that same town now has 2 private hires and one JET that does 3 of the 5 high schools in town.

coop52
November 28th, 2011, 08:11
City of 200,000- 13 JHS and 8 HS. Seems like a lot.

word
November 28th, 2011, 08:29
One in a hovel-cluster of under 2,000.

Let'sgoJapan
November 28th, 2011, 10:43
City of 200,000- 13 JHS and 8 HS. Seems like a lot.

Yeah, I thought our ratio was high, I guess we also have a 6th HS JET, but she does some schools outside the city as well...

kurisu
November 28th, 2011, 10:49
22 in a city of 320,000

Lianwen
November 28th, 2011, 10:54
..3 in a town of 14k.

Gizmotech
November 28th, 2011, 14:46
5 jet 2 private in a city area of 100k people. That's 4 SHS (will be 3 next year. woot school mergers) and the rest for the bazzillion tiny JHS and ES.

Gezora
November 28th, 2011, 15:28
31,000 people. 3 muni ALTs for the elementary and jr. high schools.

MJN
November 28th, 2011, 15:34
1, me, about 2-3k.

In my whole -shi area of 35k or so there are 2, including myself. He's about an hours drive from me.

lilyanphino
November 28th, 2011, 18:40
4 JHS JETs + 2 private ALTs hired by the city + 2 HS JETs for a city of 200,000.

Page
November 28th, 2011, 18:52
Does 60,000 count as a town? I think our city has about 80k with 14 or so ALTs because we're so far apart (and our towns only combined a decade ago, they're just now starting to combine JHS), but I'm the only one in my town. There's only one ES, kindy and JHS so they don't need more far'ners.

Gezora
November 28th, 2011, 19:32
Yeah, I was just comparing my hometown to my current town.
Hometown: about 29,000 people in 35 square km
Current town: about 31,000 people in 72 square km

Which is why the place I live feels so damn deserted. It also doesn't help that my hometown actually contains thriving businesses instead of abandoned storefronts and crumbling old warehouses.

Cytrix
November 28th, 2011, 19:46
18,000 people, two JETs. One ES/JHS and one HS ALT.

I'm the only HS ALT in my -Gun so I travel a fair way (doing 3 hours of driving on Wednesdays and nearly 2 hours on Mondays and Thursdays)

Kittens
November 28th, 2011, 21:47
I'm the only one in a town of 12,000 that covers about 150 km2.

However, my "city" of several merged towns is about 60,000 or so but it covers a huge area. We have 6 ES/JHS and 2 SHS ALTs, all JET.

Antonath
November 29th, 2011, 09:03
One HS JET in a city of 20k, but a bunch of private ALTs for the ES/JHS.

JackAttack
November 29th, 2011, 10:52
11 SHS JETs live in my city of about 500,000, but I think 6 of them work outside the city. All municipal ALTs are privates.

Tyr
November 29th, 2011, 19:40
Somewhere under 200,000 and...maybe 10 Jets? Its hard to tell, a fair few in other nearby places and I never really cared to check which city they were officially based in.
This is a super quiet city for its size.

disguisedrobot
November 29th, 2011, 20:05
5 Interac, 1 JET, 1 Peppy kids and maybe 1 or 2 some other private/BOE hired teachers in my ku of 61k.

Let'sgoJapan
December 4th, 2011, 12:06
5 Interac, 1 JET, 1 Peppy kids and maybe 1 or 2 some other private/BOE hired teachers in my ku of 61k.

Does that just create resentment for the ones who aren't JET?

Milanna
December 4th, 2011, 12:55
2 in a town of what wiki says was estimated at 33k people nearly 10 years ago..

agrilledfish
December 4th, 2011, 19:23
It's just me in a town of about 7000 (although that's from 2003, and I know it's been shrinking every year).

Just for fun, I put the above data in a spreadsheet and the average ratio so far is about 14000 : 1, including private ALTs.

MJN
December 5th, 2011, 10:07
Does that just create resentment for the ones who aren't JET?

Funny thing is, I've had an Interac guy that lives near-ish me ask me how I can stand working for JET. I have no idea why, or if it's a product of resentment.

greengoo
December 5th, 2011, 23:12
55,000 peeps

3 JHS/ES JETs
4 SHS JETs
2 Interac
1 Peppy Kids

That I know of.

5100
December 5th, 2011, 23:39
55,000 peeps

3 JHS/ES JETs
4 SHS JETs
2 Interac
1 Peppy Kids

That I know of.

BUSTLING METROPOLIS.

Gezora
December 6th, 2011, 11:42
A Peppy Kids has sprung up in the building that, a year ago was a Docomo store and a few months back was a campaign headquarters for a local politician. I wonder if I'll ever run into the ALT.

5100
December 6th, 2011, 11:45
A Peppy Kids has sprung up in the building that, a year ago was a Docomo store and a few months back was a campaign headquarters for a local politician. I wonder if I'll ever run into the ALT.

It's probably daddyatemyfries.

mrcharisma
December 6th, 2011, 12:01
About 70,000 I think but there's a couple of smaller towns joined on which might add a few more on.

I know of 9 JETs (including 1 CIR) and another private ALT. I'm convinced there's another foreigner here as there's a Peppy Kids Club in town and you'd expect there to be an ALT there.

Gizmotech
December 6th, 2011, 12:03
Peppy Kids scare the living shit out of me. I know a guy working there... I seriously wonder about him. I also worry about the kids he teaches.

Ini
December 6th, 2011, 14:16
peppy kids are creepy. they showed up at the super arena after the quake trying to give kids english lessons, I soon chased them out the building.

dialogue
December 6th, 2011, 14:41
About 10,000 folks here (three towns combined; my home base is about 2,000). Just one JET, no Interac folks or anything. I AM SO LONELY

MixedNuts
December 6th, 2011, 14:49
Ugh, couldn't they find a better way to help out after the disaster? Oh right, teaching kiddies a few English phrases after a huge disaster is top priority. I can imagine it:

Genki teacher: How are you??? (笑)
Student: (in Japanese most likely because it'd be too difficult to say with the amount of English she knows) ...I'm cold and my parents are missing.
Genki teacher: ...
(Or maybe "頑張れ!!"?)

I got really tired of hearing people trying to milk the disaster for their interviews or application essays, or companies using that as an ad campaign for how you could "help" Japan by teaching English for them.

Lianwen
December 6th, 2011, 15:27
There`re two ALTs from Peppy Kids Club in my local city. I randomly see them time to time, and I invite them out, but they only want to do stuff with each other.

Honestly, when I do get to talk to the one girl, she seems waaaay overworked. It`s just the two of them that do the whole area, including going to another prefecture.

MJN
December 6th, 2011, 16:03
Peppy Kids scare the living shit out of me. I know a guy working there... I seriously wonder about him. I also worry about the kids he teaches.


There's 2 folk from interac I know that are the absolute polar oposites of each other, but both work for the same city area.

One is a homosex, very open and very loud about it, wears stupidly bright colours, constantly, and pretty much demands to be the center of attention. Constantly.

The other is a man you'd struggle to spot in a rock field. Getting more than a word out him is borderline impossible, getting just a word is difficult enough. He always dresses in very raggy style jeans and plain t-shirt, wears broken selotaped glasses, usualyl unshaved and gives off a general homeless impression.

Both really make me question interac.

5100
December 6th, 2011, 17:08
The other is a man you'd struggle to spot in a rock field. Getting more than a word out him is borderline impossible, getting just a word is difficult enough. He always dresses in very raggy style jeans and plain t-shirt, wears broken selotaped glasses, usualyl unshaved and gives off a general homeless impression.


... Are you stalking me?

disguisedrobot
December 6th, 2011, 17:48
Resentment? In what kind of way?

Most of the Interac and JETs I know here in my prefecture are sound people, not weirdos at all. We had a JET replacement but out of the 3 times I've seen that person since they've been here, conversation has been difficult and awkward. I get the impression they don't want to socialise with anyone else here. Never returns messages and even the other JETs have given up on contacting.

ESID I know, but I get the impression that a lot of the JETs in my prefecture apparently don't actually do too much work.

5100
December 6th, 2011, 18:34
Resentment? In what kind of way?

Huh?



ESID I know, but I get the impression that a lot of the JETs in my prefecture apparently don't actually do too much work.

Yeah, like that.

disguisedrobot
December 6th, 2011, 23:09
I was referring to this:


Does that just create resentment for the ones who aren't JET?

flojo
December 14th, 2011, 10:36
City of over a million (1.5 mil?). 100 plus JETs, plus a few private hires, plus a couple of JETs from another prefecture, housed in our city...

Gizmotech
December 14th, 2011, 10:52
City of over a million (1.5 mil?). 100 plus JETs, plus a few private hires, plus a couple of JETs from another prefecture, housed in our city...

Sendai doesn't count :P

flojo
December 15th, 2011, 07:23
Sendai doesn't count :P

Haha... Sendai's ages away...

Gizmotech
December 15th, 2011, 08:35
Haha... Sendai's ages away...

Then I'm confused. Where else in Japan has that many JETs concentrated into one major city area? Or is this one of those mega cities that spans an entire prefecture....

JackAttack
December 15th, 2011, 15:26
Where else in Japan has that many JETs concentrated into one major city area?

Kobe

Ini
December 15th, 2011, 15:28
yeah, its a big town. You really need to shout loud to make your voice heard

bRadO808
May 1st, 2012, 10:17
2 JETs for 8 JHSs in a city of 28,000. Next year they'll be hiring a third ALT dedicated to elementary schools.

Sorry to bump an old thread, but I'm bored at the BOE. Sue me. (^_-)

4715
May 1st, 2012, 10:36
[doublepost]

4715
May 1st, 2012, 10:36
One HS ALT (me) in a city of 62,000. Two private ALTs direct-hired by the city.

greengoo
May 9th, 2012, 01:14
City of 55,000, currently 8 ALTs, expanding to 11 come this August.

MJN
May 9th, 2012, 08:44
My entire -ken is getting 25 new alts this year.

Lianwen
May 9th, 2012, 11:37
3 ALTs for a pop of ~14k. All JHS/ES. We have ALTs from a neighboring town do HS.

BambooTelegraph
May 14th, 2012, 23:05
3 ALT's for the smallest city in Honshu. Which is 17,327. Though, I'm thinking for that title to be correct the actual number might be a lot less.

word
May 14th, 2012, 23:15
According to my village's website, the village population has dropped by over 200 to just over 1600 people in the last two years. I seriously wonder if I will be the last ALT my village accepts. I wonder if I will be here long enough to see the school close. My eikaiwa told me the other day that the preschool didn't have any new students enroll, and they closed for "remodeling." I find myself doubtful that they'll ever re-open....

patjs
May 18th, 2012, 08:32
Seems like Japan will be having a lot more stories similar to this as the years go on. Really kind of sad.

My town had 5 elementary schools for a town of like 12,000. Aside from the "downtown" area, the other schools have these big buildings 3/4 empty with class sizes of like 10.

coop52
May 18th, 2012, 08:51
There's been a couple of ES and JHS merging together here in the past few years, with another 2 JHS planning to be merged within the next 5 years or so. My high school has about 40 fewer students than last year, and we're not the only one. I can see them starting to merge some of the high schools in 20 years or so, but it's not that bad yet.

Gizmotech
May 18th, 2012, 08:52
Patjs: I live in one of the oldest (in terms of age) prefectures in Japan. My city is 100k people, but probably closer to about 80k in the actual town. We've got 8 MASSIVE Elementary schools which my friends tell me are pretty much empty. Heck, we just merged 4 SHS into 1 this year because there weren't enough students for each school and buildings were ancient. It's now the biggest SHS in Tohoku, but that's beside the point :P They figure my SHS will close in another 10 years or so as student numbers continue to fall off (According to current ES enrollment).... Too many obaachans and not enough kiddies.

MJN
May 18th, 2012, 13:00
It's a joke how much my city area has aparantly shrunk. THere's 3 closed high schools, and the last remaining is operating at under 400 out of about 1600 capacity. The middle schools I'm teaching at, my biggest (volume of pupils) is just over 100 pupils (1 first year class, 2 2/3 year) and it's not even half capacity. That's also the smallest (size) school I teach in, though.

You can see how how much the population has/is falling when you've only got a x-A class for each year, and the classroom for x-B, C D and E are all empty.

coop52
May 18th, 2012, 13:05
Just found out my school once had 7-8 classes per grade, plus separate classes for the kids on the English program. Holy crap, that's huge, especially since Tottori has had the lowest population out of all the prefectures for a while.

zero
May 18th, 2012, 13:25
Maybe it's something in the water here but my school is reversing the trend. There were too many new ES first years for the usual two classes that there has been for the last 10 years so they had to emergency classroom-up an empty room. The sixth years have the smallest classes and they get bigger as you go down the school. The kindergarten is filled to overflowing!

Ini
May 18th, 2012, 13:27
schools here have 3 classes per grade of 37 kids each. why are you people living in such backwaters?

zero
May 18th, 2012, 13:51
Because this is the special hell they sent me to.
Three classes of 35 in one year. Two classes of 39-40 in all other years.
Oh and one school with an average of 8 kids in each year.

jwkelley
May 18th, 2012, 14:33
1 for a town of 6k.

Seeing all the schools closing is kind of sad. The only part of my town that seems to be holding steady is the area near the ship yard. There seems be a lot of women who get knocked up around that area.

With Peppy kids clubs ALTs in the Inaka, most i think hire one foreigner who travels to all the peppy kids clubs.

Another odd fact is my town has closed 2 JHS and 1 elementary school (which had been in that spot for 137 years) but their nursery numbers have been pretty consistent for the past 10 years.

MJN
May 18th, 2012, 15:35
schools here have 3 classes per grade of 37 kids each. why are you people living in such backwaters?

because JET

lilyanphino
May 18th, 2012, 23:03
I think all of the people who use to live in your areas and had kids moved to my area because all the schools in my city are growing like crazy. At least my school's new addition has helped with the lack of classroom space issue.

kalliea
May 19th, 2012, 03:51
1 Jet in my little 8k machi.
5 Jets + 2 Prefecture Jets in the greater -shi area, but that went to 5/0 my last year. They have since dropped to 4 city Jets, but brought back some of the prefecture people. So...who knows.

AVN
May 19th, 2012, 19:51
Town of 4800 (as of 2004 so probably far less now) and only me. With one ALT who visits the high school once a year from a city 40Km away.

This year some one of my NS and one ES had no new students.
Those schools are set to close when the current students finish. For the NS that's next year and for the ES that's in 6 years.

They think they will close the HS in the next few years, there are currently 70 students.

mteacher80
May 20th, 2012, 07:37
whats an NS?

Prospective
May 20th, 2012, 08:08
I presume Nursery School.

mteacher80
May 20th, 2012, 08:48
aaaahhhh ok

Sendai_Momiji
May 24th, 2012, 03:02
I just got my placement and it looks like I'm going to a village of about 900 people. (Otoineppu) I'm kind of wondering what I'm going into teaching wise. There's a SHS, a JHS and a ES there but I can't imagine the class sizes are going to be very big. The village website is actively recruiting people to move there so I guess that's something at least.

Gizmotech
May 24th, 2012, 05:53
I just got my placement and it looks like I'm going to a village of about 900 people. (Otoineppu) I'm kind of wondering what I'm going into teaching wise. There's a SHS, a JHS and a ES there but I can't imagine the class sizes are going to be very big. The village website is actively recruiting people to move there so I guess that's something at least.

a classroom?

Tyr
May 24th, 2012, 17:50
900 people and it has es, jhs and hs?!? Whaaaa? Madness. Usually such places just have ES and JHS with 0-4 kids per year.

Lianwen
May 24th, 2012, 18:05
I just got my placement and it looks like I'm going to a village of about 900 people. (Otoineppu) I'm kind of wondering what I'm going into teaching wise. There's a SHS, a JHS and a ES there but I can't imagine the class sizes are going to be very big. The village website is actively recruiting people to move there so I guess that's something at least.

It might be like the next town over near me. They have an ES, JHS, and HS, but the ALTs in the town only go to the ES & JHS. There's another ALT that comes from a different town to do that town's HS.

Eudox
May 24th, 2012, 22:50
Plenty of time to save and buy an iPad/kindle before you leave.... sounds like you're going to have a lot of free time at work.

totty137
June 1st, 2012, 15:49
There are 3 JETs in my area of about 20k people. 2 of use are JHS/ES and we have one HS. I'm a JHS/ES JET and I teach at 6 schools in the area. All my schools have been downsizing too.

My fellow JHS/ES JET said that some of her ES schools have so few students they are merging GRADES!

She teaches classes that are combined 5th and 6th graders in the same classroom and there are still only 10 kids.

Lianwen
June 1st, 2012, 15:54
^ We merged one of our ES`s grades. There are 6 children in 5th & 6th grade, but they are the most well behaved, eager little children ever. There was a 1st grader boom this year, so we got 5 new kids, so there are 7 now in the combined 1&2 grades.

dialogue
June 1st, 2012, 15:56
Well, that is not a surprise. One of my merged classes only has two students, and at another school there are no fifth graders, and one sixth grader. On the plus side, you can really learn the quirks of the kids.

OdysseyOfNoises
June 3rd, 2012, 21:41
4 SHS JETs in my city of 300,000ish.

coop52
June 19th, 2012, 11:17
Good for you