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  1. Thread: Moving On~

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    Re: Moving On~

    If last year serves as any guide, the BOE should be handing out recontracting papers any day now with an internal deadline well before the JET-wide one. Get the first years in the honeymoon period!
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    Re: Apartment set up

    Lol. You do realize you get to choose who stays with you, right? :)
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    Re: Apartment set up

    First of all I'm terribly jealous at your multiroom situation. I'm in a one room Leopalace and have a CO that is extremely inflexible regarding housing situations.

    There's something to be said for...
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    Re: Which program/route to go down?

    I mean, it sounds like you want to be in Tokyo for a year. JET takes roughly a year before you're on the ground and is for all of Japan, so even with the huge Tokyo JET expansion that's a lot of time...
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    Re: Best cities to list as preference?

    Take a look here for the details on this year's number of positions per Contracting Organization.
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    Re: placement preference question

    Requested Kobe, Hyogo-ken, and Tokyo. Had notes about mild climate, urban, and on the sea. Was placed nearby in a place that matched my notes nicely but that I never would have requested.
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    True that, you should instead do every prefecture twice.
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    Re: Teaching English to adults

    As with most things, if this is a real class then you have to set goals and expectations and a curriculum and blah blah blah. If not, turn it into a topical discussion class. Set a theme that you...
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    Re: What Are Your Plans for Golden Week?

    Going to Osaka for a concert this weekend, been awhile since I've seen any live music.
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    Re: Seeing Japan: What to do in each prefecture?

    Come to Kagawa for a long weekend. Rent a cheap bike. Eat the udon, there's other stuff but it won't fill you up for 300yen. Island hop, see some art or something and take in what is considered chill...
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    Re: What Are Your Plans for Golden Week?

    Was thinking about hopping on the bike and riding around for a few days. I've done a few overnight trips but I've been meaning to do a multiday.
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    Poll: Re: JLPT July 3rd, 2016

    Hopefully putting down some cash and having the deadline ahead will motivate me to study.

    edit: poo##op is the id I was given. bastards.
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    Re: Travelling Recommendations

    As long as I get a sumimasen and at least a head nod.
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    Re: Travelling Recommendations

    Heh, I guess it's all relative. I'm used to the odd "fuck you, faggot!" followed by a thrown beer bottle. Japanese cycling is heavenly compared to that of the US.
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    Re: Travelling Recommendations

    Not a specific place recommendation, but this country is great for riding bikes. Polite drivers , decently maintained roads, and lots of neat understated country stuff.. Bike all day, go to an...
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    Re: "The Last Supper" Thread for 2015 JETs

    It's definitely worth the splurge for a nice toaster oven, preferably convection. I went a year without one and getting it really opened up my cooking options.

    And bread machines are unnecessary,...
  17. Re: SIM options in Japan for voice and data if bringing your own phone?

    Looks like I'll be diving into the MVNOs, wish me luck.

    Unfortunately I have a slightly odd phone: a South Korean Note 4 S-LTE (SM-N916K). This means not a ton of band overlap. Looks like two LTE...
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    Re: PLACEMENTS!!! 2015 General Placements Thread

    Placed in Takamatsu-Shi, Kagawa-Ken, Shikoku. I'll be departing out of DC.
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    Re: State Background Check

    My bank was able to to give me a money order in dollars, I was ready for mass confusion but they were very familiar with the process. I think maybe Japan Post can do money orders? Some of the airmail...
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    Re: State Background Check

    Hey Penguee.

    I'd probably try to mail it if that is an option for your state, even if you're not sure about the timing. But if your options are don't do it all or try for the semi-official one, I...
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    Re: International Banking/Bringing $

    The 10K thing is known as an FBAR, this handy form.
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    Since the topic here seems to have shifted a bit to computers, I was wondering what the PC Cafe situation is like in the rural areas.

    In my current location (Korea), anywhere with more than a few...
  23. Thread: Driving...

    by vaterross
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    Re: Driving...

    I was using AAA's estimate for 2014 in the US seen here. (Actually, I may have used the 2013 numbers divided by twelve and rounded for my initial estimate of $700...) Also, I should really be better...
  24. Thread: Driving...

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    Re: Driving...

    Word, if I understood you correctly, you are saying something like it is irresponsible to not have a license in the developed world? Driving as a form of civic engagement is an interesting concept,...
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    Re: For the rejected.

    I would not recommend lying on the medical form for Japan. Especially as JET is probably the most flexible Native English Teacher scheme regarding health issues. And anytime you start mixing your...
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