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  1. Re: Who is the most "successful" JET alum you can think of?

    Word, I agree wholeheartedly with your definition of success. I think way too many people measure success in terms that don't actually reflect on the merits of a well lived life. I too think...
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    Re: Placement Map??

    The selections have been made for over a week now, at least in my prefecture. No doubt Tokyo is hard at work making sure the list doesn't blow out an open window, and will get around to sending them...
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    Re: Bills (money things)

    Of all things for you to feel like an ass about, word. That's one of those simple pieces of misinformation that's supported by an easily verifiable fact (it says it right there on our money!) so it...
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    Re: Bills (money things)

    In America it's illegal to refuse currency, so you might feel like an asshole buying a pack of gum for $.25 using a $100 bill, but technically a merchant can't refuse you. In practice, that's not...
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    Re: Shikoku & Kyushu

    You can throw rocks across many borders, but you won't find many Indians and Pakistanis appreciating the closeness of their bonds. I said relative busyness because I'm well aware that most Honshu...
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    Re: Shikoku & Kyushu

    Well it's obviously not going to be a huge inconvenience except for when you're doing major traveling. But those times are hours sunk just getting anywhere noteworthy.

    Getting off of Shikoku is...
  7. Thread: Stuff to bring

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    Re: Stuff to bring

    I really enjoy giving out omiyage here after trips. The expense and hassle of carrying it is nothing compared to the benefits. But really, I can't imagine I would have made even a slightly different...
  8. Thread: Dental things

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    Re: Dental things

    Just for reference, don't count on your procedure definitely being super cheap here. I think maybe I mentioned this somewhere, but one of my fillings here cost ¥3000 and the other cost ¥35000. The...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Also there's a chance you might be leaving in July, but there's also a chance you'll be leaving as late as next January. So even if you were trying to be decent, and someone hired you, you could pass...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    No that's wrong. There's no natural way to adjust to that awful apostrophe.
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    My work computer has the apostrophe as shift-2 or something, which is easily the worst thing to ever happen to me in life. The shortened space bar is awful too, but manageable.

    On my personal...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    I know the end result is the same, so maybe why waste the stamp, but why didn't you just decline the position instead of waiting to time out, if you knew you weren't going to take it?
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    A lot of mugs here are ridiculously small, which makes brewing a cup of tea an aggravation. But there are normal sized mugs that you can grip in your thick meaty western hands available as well. You...
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    Re: Relationship/Cohabiting question

    Marriage[...] is a means to make this problem literally go away entirely.

    If you don't want to get married in spite of that, you both need to think on the reasons why. If it turns out you need...
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    Re: Aspiring Canadian JETs 2015

    Why has more than one person said "costed"?

    Also, yeah, wow, that's way too much money. Are you one of the Guam applicants? Even then I find it hard to believe transportation costs would be more...
  16. Thread: EARTHQUAKES!!!

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    Re: EARTHQUAKES!!!

    I don't know if ripping out a swath of Middle of Nowhere, America would cause anyone to more than sigh into their coffee.
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    Re: Japanese to know upon arrival

    Mmmm mmmm mmm mmmm mmm sou ka would be even better, with the best results including vigorous head nodding.

    Someone's doing that right this moment in fact.
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    Re: Relationship/Cohabiting question

    Oh, although that aside, I agree you should get married on paper now. The times are a changing, and people have all sorts of reasons for putting off marriage, but even if they're good ones, this...
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    Re: Relationship/Cohabiting question

    Surely Interac doesn't require people to sign leases, do they? I've known several who say they don't get much assistance at all in setting up a living situation. It's not like jet, where they...
  20. Poll: Re: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    It's really not so bad however many schools you have. How many connections you make depends entirely upon you. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're going to be best friends with any of the...
  21. Sticky: Re: Official "Things that can and cannot be found in Japan"

    Also for some reason most of the recycle shops in my area have an extensive selection of high priced and exquisite looking cognac, scotch, and other liquor you may want to serve your guests at your...
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    Re: Interac UK Applicants

    Interac people do seem to be hotter on average than jets. I guess that's one thing they've got going for them.
  23. Sticky: Re: Official "Things that can and cannot be found in Japan"

    Yeah the liquor selection in the grocery store will cover most of your basic needs, unless you're a real snob. There aren't sixty brands and flavor of vodka, but there's usually a cheap brand, a...
  24. Poll: Re: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Three shos and a chu. A friend of mine has ~18 schools. He's the only guy in his town though, so he goes to pretty much every kindergarten to jhs in it.
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    Re: International Banking/Bringing $

    9500 for a wire transfer fee? Jesus, you might as well throw your yen in a box and mail it home.

    What's the process of opening up a Shinsei account? I've got a local branch nearby, but it looks...
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