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  1. Re: Discrepancy between Self-Assessment Medical Form and CoH

    Basically, the more information you can provide on the topic, the better. Best thing would be to have your GP write a letter explaining that it was an over diagnosis, that you don't have OCD, that it...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Yes. Alternates generally will be taking over the spots of shortlisters who declined.

    You can expect to hear your placement sometime between now and departure :p Realistically, anywhere from as...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    They only send us the completed form. If you want to know if it arrived safely, you should give them a call and ask.
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    Re: Stuff to bring

    Another good trick if you read Japanese well is to google a Japanese word + とは or って. This is the format usually used when people ask what something means. The first hits will usually be to...
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    Re: Placement Map??

    Last year's announcement went out next week's Friday's 2014 equivalent. Usually we can get it out to everyone within a couple of days of getting the list from Tokyo. They're generally pretty...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Thanks x_stei! I love Eryk's blog, I used to read every entry back when I was on JET. I haven't read his blog much since 2012 but I'll take a look at these. I recommend his blog to my JETs - I think...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    I completely agree that an overview of the Japanese school system, the life of different types of students, and just a general understanding of the educational system in Japan is desperately needed....
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Day to day the measures are annoying, sure. But then you have instances like last week, when Prime Minster Abe and his wife came to San Francisco. Had someone been able to install spyware on our...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Weepinbell - a lot of JETAA chapters might charge an admission fee to an event in order to build their coffers for when they put on larger events and cost money. None of the chapters charge...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Aya - Different countries could have different policies, sure. I believe that for the US though it's basically up until we start doing the interviews for the next year. I know one of the guys I...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Group C is for late upgrades who be ready for regular departure, or for regular departure candidates who have something serious come up (family or health emergencies) and can't make their departure...
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    Re: Stuff to bring

    Airline luggage policy may change from Consulate to Consulate, as it depends on what airline the travel agency books for us. Keep your fingers crossed for two free checked bags, but it may only be...
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    Re: Stuff to bring

    Random thoughts on topics I've seen floated on this thread so far:

    Omiyage: Yes, bring omiyage from your hometown / country for your co-workers and principals. However, it's not something to freak...
  14. Poll: Re: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    ^ As Libellule's post shows, ESID all around. Whether or not your travel time factors into your job depends on where you're placed - If you're taking a ferry to work because you live on an island,...
  15. Poll: Re: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Singinglupines - Haha no, travel time isn't factored into work. Most of my schools though were within a 20 minute drive from my apartment. I only had one that was a 45 minute drive away but I only...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    Yeah, Japanese keyboards have a terrible design. Small space bar, tiny backspace button, and a bunch of old outdated buttons that you're never going to use. See here.

    It seems that Japanese...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    I've never even seen PC games sold in Japanese stores. They don't have a dedicated nationwide game store like Gamestop; most game stores are either mom & pop run, second hand stores, electronic...
  18. Poll: Re: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    I had 11 ES when I first started. My second year that switched to 5 ES and 1 JHS for the majority of my time. Towards the very end of my 3rd year I had 5 JHS.

    I thought I had a lot, but there was...
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    Re: FBI Background Check delayed?

    I think June 10 used to be the deadline in the past. We just kept it like that this year to indicate that we need the background checks are important and we need them for you to participate on the...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    Another tip for those planning on getting a phone in Japan - you can always sell the phone when you're done with it and make back some money. I'm not sure what the best place is to sell your phone...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    *Edited to stay on topic*
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    You can always make calls from your phone - the plans are to keep the cost per minute down. So instead of being like 30 cents/minute you'd pay $10/month extra to make that 5 cents/minute, or...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    ^ True. The landscape for the way people use their cellphones in Japan has changed within the past few years and continues to change. I imagine most people just use LINE VoIP instead of actually...
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    Re: Japan and Phones

    I don't think $80/month is that bad, especially for an unlimited data plan. If you're not a heavy data user in America you may find that your usage will go up in Japan. Google Maps is almost...
  25. Re: Doing JET with no teaching experience

    Personally I prefer the "summer camp counselor" type over the "teacher" type for the JET Program. Because you are an Assistant, and not the main teacher, you're going to be using more people skills...
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