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  1. Re: Teaching English at the JSDF officer Academy. (防衛大学校)

    Given that the BoE themselves subcontract their teaching gigs, I would be highly surprised if the JSDF did not do the same-- the US military certainly does.

    You might want to start your search by...
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    Re: Quitting JET (the horror)

    Discounting everything to do with my personal experience:

    unemployment is down,
    stocks are up for five years running,
    federal interest rates are still stupid low,
    consumer spending has...
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    Re: Quitting JET (the horror)

    It's a bit late in the game to think about what's best for the BoE, don't you think?

    It's not your problem.
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    Re: Quitting JET (the horror)

    I'm voicing my support for Sherlock on this one, except for the whole US job market thing. (It's time to stop saying the economy sucks-- unemployment is less than 6% and I personally have recruiters...
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    Re: Actual Career-oriented jobs for Gaijin

    Eh...kinda. There is a small ray of hope here though.

    Programmers and sysadmins are exempt from being paid overtime due to the nature of their work, yes.

    But in general, it is 100% a violation...
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    Re: When to quit your job at home

    You don't *have* to give them shit.

    In no US state are you legally required to give any amount of notice at all. You may be -contractually- obligated to do so if your employer paid for your...
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    Re: Excellent job vs Japan

    I would not recommend the former. Japanese companies in the US do not pay competitively as-is, much less factoring in OT.

    The latter would be better.
  8. Re: What do you guys do to get through boredom/isolation at work?

    "In the absence of orders, find something and kill it."
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    Re: NTT/ISPs and the interwebs

    Aren't there cheap services now (seedboxes?) that will download your [public domain content] for you, then you just download from them over a standard HTTPS/SFTP connection? At that point it's just...
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    Re: Mending Relationship with Supervisor

    JETs must be like middle managers and seagulls. They fly in, shit all over everything and leave.
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    Re: Driving - Good radar detectors

    I drive like a geriatric bus driver on meth so I haven't kept up with the latest tech, but back in my day Valentine-1 units used to be the best money could buy. The few people I knew with exotics...
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    Re: ALT blogs/vlogs/books and such stuff

    An empty Pringles can and a dead fish would do the job.
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    Re: Driving - Good radar detectors

    Does Waze not work in Japan? You get real-time updates of speed traps and cameras so long as other drivers report such things periodically.

    Also, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but Japanese...
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    Re: Interview Advice/Prep?

    Well shit. Guess they just didn't like me then!
  15. Re: Places actually worth visiting while you are in Japan

    Sounds like a typical tourist trap.

    I've heard similar stories about Okinawa given all the foreigners they deal with there. Have not been myself though.
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    Re: Looking for Jobs in Japan after Jet.

    No, but I know a few non-ALTs who are, and that's been the advice given to me.
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    Re: Interview Advice/Prep?

    ESID ;)
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    Re: Looking for Jobs in Japan after Jet.

    What type of work?

    For any field, get JLPT 2 or 1 for starters. Being certifiably bilingual is a must.

    Hit up LinkedIn and find recruiters around Japan. There are many, many, many. Just be...
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    Re: Interview Advice/Prep?

    Your outfit should be fine; it sounds professional enough if not a bit literal-blue-collar. You're not a Japanese salaryman; nobody's going to look down on you for not showing up in monochrome.

    I...
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    Re: What do you guys think they want from me?

    What did you put on your application as your hometown? You're most likely going to be asked about representing that, not the location you're applying from.

    Also, keep that highbrow nonsense off...
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    Re: Did AJET ever get fixed?

    Cool, thanks for the clarification. It really is shocking "organizations" like that exist.

    I was mainly curious because I know foreigners in any country are most likely to be preyed upon by their...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Go check out Lenox mall. It's across the street from the embassy and is the only interesting thing in Atlanta (if you like high-end shopping).
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2015

    http://i.imgur.com/1H7UILw.jpg

    There's a reason its called the peach state
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    Re: Did AJET ever get fixed?

    All I'm seeing is that their marketing is a bit misleading and they have questionable financial practices. I'm not seeing the difference between AJET and any other given NPO. Did they pocket disaster...
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    Re: Did AJET ever get fixed?

    I'm curious-- what is the drama with AJET about? In every context I see it mentioned, there is nothing but derision. Aside from behaving like a non-profit, what did they do?

    The official JET...
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