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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    Somebody on Reddit reported getting their hard copy letter from the new electronic FBI eDO background check process today so I should also be getting mine very soon.
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    The DC embassy sent us an email this month telling us to get the ball rolling on the FBI check if we planned to get it directly from the FBI, presumably still operating under the old 10-14 week...
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    I cleared my FBI background check yesterday. Holy shit that was fast compared to previous years. They have a new "electronic" system that takes a week instead of 10-12 weeks.

    I'm so glad to have...
  4. Re: The application forms - minor details/mistakes that could cause you to be rejecte

    I chuckled.
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    Honestly it was one of the most fulfilling things I've done in my life. Which is a primary reason I want to go back. I had an amazing small-town placement (in the town of Kikonai) where I got along...
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    Not sure if this is "news" or not but the SAMPLE 2018 application is available here: https://jetprogramusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2018-Application-Form-SAMPLE-1.pdf
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    2011-2013 Hokkaido alum here re-applying for the 2018 year.
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    There's beginner, intermediate, advanced, and...

    There's beginner, intermediate, advanced, and also two courses beyond the advanced level: a translation course and a pedagogy course. In order to take either of these, you need to pass a qualifying...
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    Re: My feminine name

    People will only laugh if your name is Benjamin and you don't want to go by Ben.
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    Not that this eases your anxiety, but they will...

    Not that this eases your anxiety, but they will still charge your CC whether your prints were clear or not. (I had all kinds of fingerprint trouble myself, so I empathize.)
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    Re: Incoming Hokkaido JETs

    When I was applying for JET, I just assumed small-town Hokkaido was the most typical of JET placements. Granted, my roommate from college did it a few years ago and he got a small Hokkaido town up...
  12. Re: Does Yahoo Auctions accept Rakuten Debit Cards?

    Anybody have any tips for signing up for the Premium service? I've tried the 4 American visa/mastercards I have but none of them were accepted. From what I've read on other forums, it's next to...
  13. Sticky: Re: Official "Things that can and cannot be found in Japan"

    As an update, I did find the low fat milk but I think it's still 2.5 or 3%. Not low by american standards, but at least it's not 8%. Also sometimes the market will only have 1 brand of it available,...
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    Yeah, I talked to him too and he said the same...

    Yeah, I talked to him too and he said the same thing.
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    Re: Incoming Hokkaido JETs

    I don't have a car and get along just fine, but not everyone can do that. I live right beside my main JHS school (4 days a week) and my elementary school is an 8 minute walk (1 day a week). And I...
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    Re: Incoming Hokkaido JETs

    The Super Hakucho does stop in Shiriuchi, but not frequently (It does, however, stop in my town, Kikonai, more times per day.) Futhermore, Shiriuchi's train stop is about 2.5 miles outside of the...
  17. Re: Catching a cold each month! Has this happened to you?

    I've had more colds this past winter than I ever have in my life. For me, too, almost every month. It's my first year... hope next is better.

    The lack of soap in the bathrooms is incredible. But...
  18. Re: How badly will a previous freakout in Japan hurt my chances?

    Honestly, I wouldn't invite attention to it; might even be best to leave it off entirely. I understand that your previous circumstances may have been unavoidable. However, it seems to me that more...
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    Re: Incoming Hokkaido JETs

    I know that a 25 year old woman from Texas is going to the town south of me, Shiriuchi-cho. That's all I know!
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    Re: Incoming Hokkaido JETs

    Now that I've been here almost a year, I'll comment on Hakodate. It's a decent city and has some charms. I'm an hour south and luckily I have the last train stop before the tunnel to Honshuu; there...
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    It took me awhile to find it, but yes, I found it at the supermarket. It's near the butter and comes in a squeeze tube (!) rather than the can that I'm used to in the states.

    As far as milk goes,...
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    I'd like to know this too.

    I'd like to know this too.
  23. Re: In long term preparation of applying? What do?

    I applied twice to JET. The first year, I was put on the alternates list, the second year I was shortlisted straight away. The main thing that I changed? I took a year of grad school in the interim...
  24. Re: Noobs: a video that perfectly summarizes your future JET experience

    The bit where he wipes his nose as he says "maji ka??"... I lost it right then and there
    Tyr, maybe there's a JHS bias. I don't teach HS so I don't have any point of reference for HS.
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    This was my problem. When I moved in last summer,...

    This was my problem. When I moved in last summer, my pred left me a router, but it kept asking for the password and I thought that my pred had left a password-locked router. I finally figured out...
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