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    Re: Getting an Official Transcript

    My school also did this, as long as it's sealed and an official copy (which it sounds like it is), you're fine.
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    I'd say that's pretty accurate, actually.
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    Re: Buying stuff!

    There's lots of mom and pop stores but the big brands are

    Electronics: Yodabashi, K's Denki, Yamada (K's and Yamada are linked to the shop search and Yodabashi has a list at the bottom)...
  4. Thread: Packing for Japan

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    Re: Packing for Japan

    Second bags DO cost $$$. The policies changed across (all?) airlines in June 2013. Check your airline's policy online to be sure.
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    Re: I have a problem, any advice (Incoming JET)

    ^Those kinds of stores are almost always exaggerations combined with other circumstances that are conveniently left out of the story (because that makes them less interesting).

    Listen to MC,...
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    Re: Advice for re-applying after withdrawal?

    Statement aside I'm feel like there is a question about this on the application somewhere (I also withdrew, though before placements were out).

    I don't know how much you really need to talk about...
  7. Thread: Currency Issues

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    Re: Currency Issues

    You might want to call and check how long it'll take for you to get the yen, depending on how rural you are it may take more time than you have to get the cash. Also if you're planning at all to...
  8. Thread: Contact lenses

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    Re: Contact lenses

    My bad, I assumed. Good luck--let us know how much it costs, I'm still on the fence about getting them here because of the trip involved!
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Remember that their job as your supervisor is a very small part of their job and because Japan rotates people it might be their first time and they might not know what to do. There are guidelines as...
  10. Re: Joining Interac: a wise decision when you have loans?

    ^This. Unless you are in love with Japan or have a reason that you can't leave it's kind of silly to suffer here if you can get something better back home with which to pay your loans.
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    Re: Pension Refund And Returning To Japan

    Oh, I assumed you were going to do it sooner, it takes about 2 months to process and get your money (or it did when I did an old ITILer's), FYI!
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    Re: Ways to keep busy during summer holidays

    No one is forced to do nothing, it's a choice. It can be hard to think of new ways to fill the time, though. (Not particularly directed to you Kurisu, seems to be a trap that a lot of ALTs fall...
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    Re: Contact lenses

    If you'd feel comfortable getting the appt done back home (depending on your level of Japanese, I'm assuming even the most wonderful of J-speakers doesn't come to Japan with optometry ready levels)...
  14. Re: Joining Interac: a wise decision when you have loans?

    With student loans I'd say staying on JET is the wiser of the two financially speaking. Sure you don't pay health insurance and pension(?) on Interac but I'd say the amount you "save" about equals...
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    Re: Pension Refund And Returning To Japan

    I can't speak as to where you should do it (rationally speaking since it's a national pension program you should be able to do it anywhere but I'd stop in at your new city's tax office to check...
  16. Thread: Items from Pred

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    Re: Items from Pred

    If you think they're being serious ..carryon.


    For most electronics I'd recommend waiting until New Year's to replace them (if you'll be in the country and are planning to buy new). I got a...
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    Re: Driving test is complete and utter bullshit

    The system isn't against you, it's against everybody! Most of us with licenses were failed for the stupid sht, too. I think I failed 3 times, can't even remember.
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    Re: Items from Pred

    Yeah, if you don't mind stepping on their toes you can always call to confirm this with your supe (who may or may not know if they're a recent transfer). If your pred is a dick and finds out they...
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    Re: Gifts/Omiyage When Arriving

    Yeah, I brought taffy when I came and it didn't go over well (that's the boxes that didn't melt on the way over). I was left with a lot of taffy (which would be awesome if I didn't hate it). ...
  20. Thread: Packing for Japan

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    Re: Packing for Japan

    ^Yeah, that was my point I should have made clearer. It's easy to get around on a computer, you need virtually no computer know-how but that's not the case with consoles. It's worth it to bring...
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    Re: Packing for Japan

    Nostos: Depending on what your daughter watches it may be blocked in Japan.
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    Re: First Month on JET (This Upcoming August)

    Maybe some dainty feet or leopard print bras could do the trick.
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    Re: Any Hospitality students who have been in JET?

    You'll definitely learn a new language and culture but organization and planning skills will depend on where you are. Some ALTs don't plan anything (at work) so it's hard to say for sure! (Not in...
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    Re: First Month on JET (This Upcoming August)

    To answer your question, I spent the first two days going to meet with my schools with my supe and also getting signed up for the bank, etc. (it doesn't matter if you know how to do these things...
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    Re: Garbage Collection

    Once you find out your city you should be able to go to your city website and find information about trash removal (after searching an hour on their poorly organized POS website). Hope you read...
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