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  1. Pension Refund VS. Transferring Benefits to U.S.

    Hi,
    I was wondering if any returned JETs (particularly in the U.S.) have opted to NOT do the pension refund process in favor of having their Japanese pension funds transferred to their home country...
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    Re: English Textbook insanity

    I've been using New Crown for two years, and while it's not exactly "bad", it's boring as all fuck.
  3. Thread: Moving On~

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    Re: Moving On~

    haha. hey, if it's the only job that's really made me happy in the past.
  4. Thread: Moving On~

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    Re: Moving On~

    a little late to this, but...

    in my second year now, and decided not to recontract. I have family obligations, and I discovered through JET that classroom teaching is not something I really have...
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    Re: Life in the inaka

    1st year JET, here. I was 30 last year when I applied, as well, so fancy that.

    I was placed in southern Japan, in what I'd describe as a "big town". It's not quite inaka, but is close to it in...
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    Re: Help Choosing Location?

    The one piece of helpful advice I have to give is that I picked 3 southwestern Japan choices for mostly climate reasons (it was brought up it my interview, as well), and lo and behold, I received a...
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    Re: Help Choosing Location?

    U.S. Form for 2016 had the 3 dropdowns, and space to give reasons. But, IIRC, the character limit on each reason was something like 20-50. (Understandable.)
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    Re: HELP CHOOSING LOCATION?

    I requested a town inside Shimane pref. and didn't get it. But you guys might be talking about the cities.
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    Re: placement preference question

    I can see that. After a few years of living here, I'm almost sure Portland is where most of the world's laid-backness comes from.
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    Re: placement preference question

    I've seen that Catholics usually end up either not taking their religion so seriously (hence more like modern Jews), or leaving it. Of course then there's the third kind, who touch little kids.
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    Re: placement preference question

    oh the humanity. I can understand the military bases, but MORMONS...?

    Actually, I've had a mormon friend for a while who's cool. He's pretty secretive about his religion. I don't really have any...
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    Re: placement preference question

    fun times. just hope they don't send those icky Christians to my town to get their heads chopped off.
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    Re: placement preference question

    For what it's worth, I got the general region that my requests were in.
    I requested 3 cities in SW Japan, and I got a city in SW Japan, though none of my exact requests. I also mentioned in my...
  14. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    thank you grampa Ini.

    yeah, checking with my credit union (poor man's bank) is pretty high on my list now. also haven't asked my pred for recommendations yet, guess I should.
  15. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    true.
    I'm a little drunk right now, having a hard time seeing the blindingly obvious.
  16. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    what do you mean?
  17. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    beginning to consider bringing $1-200 worth of yen on the plane and exchanging most of my money in Japan when I get there. Seems like inside the banks in the destination country usually offer the...
  18. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    well, I'm planning to bring all I have. I currently work a $10.50/hour fulltime job, which is sufficient for living, but not for saving. My supervisor recommends I bring about 25man with me. As it...
  19. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    my rent is 43k. deposit plus shikikin appears to be 101k altogether. place looks nice.
  20. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    whaaaat! I thought you guys were really smart, and that's why I come here. :(
  21. Thread: Economics

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    Re: Economics

    nobody's told me what to do, yet I'm just a bit skittish at this time. My closest brush with the stock market having come from the movie "Trading Places".

    Anyway, I've decided I won't do...
  22. Thread: Economics

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    Economics

    So,

    If I am REALLY trying to save up and think I am going to just barely scrape by on my first month's rent & deposit in Japan, should I convert most of my savings to yen before it gets any...
  23. Re: Preparing for the JET Program Prior to Departure

    I feel like I should be stepping back while making some kind of knowing gesture and saying, "yeah, you got me".
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    I suppose it's not surprising that it would take a while to distribute all the information on every JET that gets placed every year. if it's just a matter of sending accepted applications to BOE's,...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    this fits well with what I've seen in the past week. a rep of my BOE went ahead and contacted me to let me know about my housing and documents pertaining to my position. I asked a few questions, but...
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