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    Hello all! Im a former JET 2006. My husband applied and got an interview this year. I've been looking all over for families applying for the program, but most applicants seem to be fresh about to be college graduates or young couples.

    We will be going as a family with our daughter who will be 1. Is there anyone going with children? Or are we the only family?

    BTW I wish everyone the best during this stressful time. Prepping for interviews can be so stressful. And then the wait after is gut wrenching hell. 頑張れ!
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    We've got more than a few couples here on the board, and a couple of folks have kids (our resident bad dad is currently banned, but he'll be back).

    While we'd love to have you stick around here and keep us company, and though I certainly think we've got a lot of advice and support to offer a young family, if you're really looking for a family-oriented group of JETs, there's one on Facebook that is probably right up your alley. As most JET groups, there is no doubt some overlap, anyway...

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/jetcouplesandfamilies/
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    Ah, thanks! That is super helpful! My husband won't make an account on here and mine happened to still be available from eons ago. I'll vent for him.
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    ebochan? ebochan....ebochan.....

    Chunky black girl with the low cut tops? Theres a blast from the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ini View Post
    ebochan? ebochan....ebochan.....

    Chunky black girl with the low cut tops? Theres a blast from the past.
    Can't tell if kidding or not...
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    I remember you all like you were my children. ebochan was from the golden age of ITIL - before the dark times.
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    Hahaha. Omg. That's me. The boobs got bigger since I had the kid. Wow. Didn't think anyone on here would remember me....
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    Will only one of you be working? 'cuz this new payscale will kick you in the teeth with a kid.
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    Christing hell, Ini.

    And I guess welcome back Ebochan, though you are from well before my time.
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    Only one he is applying to JET and then I will find work once there. I figured I can give lessons to the obaachans and okusans. Amd there are some jobs which require residence. What is the new pay scale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebochan View Post
    Only one he is applying to JET and then I will find work once there. I figured I can give lessons to the obaachans and okusans. Amd there are some jobs which require residence. What is the new pay scale?
    Lower. I think, what, 280,000y a month for new starters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebochan View Post
    Only one he is applying to JET and then I will find work once there. I figured I can give lessons to the obaachans and okusans. Amd there are some jobs which require residence. What is the new pay scale?
    His take home each month will be around 230,000, give or take. You'll get a small stipend for the rugrat. (That will vary by prefecture.) You might be able to get conversation work in your area, you might not. The inaka is a lot emptier than it was when I arrived, let alone when you left.
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    Lower. I think, what, 280,000y a month for new starters?
    minus tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    minus tax.
    Yep, very true. Let me find a payslip from last year...

    256,049y was my average takehome.

    Edit: Balls, wrong payslip. 229,530y.
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    I dunno; there's a couple near me making it work with one JET and one night-lessoning, and they've even got a little money on the side. They live pretty frugally (no car, closet of an apartment), but I guess they're okay. They could probably do better if they were a little more motivated, even (we've been trying to talk them into looking for a bigger place all year).
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    It's festivals days like these on which I really try really hard to make up for not partying in college.
    yeah, because who needs free flowing drugs and alcohol fueling adventorous sex with taut, lithe young bodies when you could wander around a dying town in the freezing cold with a can of asahi super dry in your hand while some toothless old farmer shouts at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by word View Post
    I dunno; there's a couple near me making it work with one JET and one night-lessoning, and they've even got a little money on the side. They live pretty frugally (no car, closet of an apartment), but I guess they're okay. They could probably do better if they were a little more motivated, even (we've been trying to talk them into looking for a bigger place all year).
    Couples can get by, I think. Those with older kids, too. Just not sure with a wee one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    His take home each month will be around 230,000, give or take. You'll get a small stipend for the rugrat. (That will vary by prefecture.) You might be able to get conversation work in your area, you might not. The inaka is a lot emptier than it was when I arrived, let alone when you left.
    ah. When did they change the pay scale? And how on earth did inaka become more inaka? People moving to bigger cities because of the economy?

    i just asked and my husband didn't know about the change in pay.
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    JET participants who started on the Programme in 2011 or earlier receive approximately 3.6 million yen per year after Japanese income and resident taxes are imposed.

    In line with revised application guidelines, JET participants who arrive in Japan from 2012 will receive approximately 3.36 million yen in their first year of appointment, approximately 3.6 million yen in their second year of appointment, approximately 3.9 million yen for their third appointment, and for those appointed for a fourth and fifth year, approximately 3.96 million yen for each year. JET participants arriving in Japan in 2012 or later who will have Japanese income and resident taxes imposed on them will have to pay these taxes from their remuneration.
    The JET Programme--Official Homepage of The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebochan View Post
    And how on earth did inaka become more inaka? People moving to bigger cities because of the economy?
    In part, but mostly because grandma dies and there is no new grandma to replace her. Loads of empty schools and houses in rural Japan these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uthinkimlost? View Post
    In part, but mostly because grandma dies and there is no new grandma to replace her. Loads of empty schools and houses in rural Japan these days.
    word

    Both of those things, really. After you live here for a while, you tend to stop noticing it; it seems normal and it's easy to get accustomed to it. Travel outside of Japan for a bit, though, or coming here from overseas, and it can be rather alarming. The inaka is being reclaimed by nature at a startling rate, kids are increasingly scarce, entire villages are dying, and everybody seems to be pretty okay with it.

    There was an ES that was closed and torn down just a few blocks from my house. It's a big empty lot now; I have guests park there when I throw a party or something. My old village will probably have to close their preschool this year, and maybe their elementary school in another two or three years. I doubt they'll keep the JHS running much longer. Already more teachers than students. They just finished a nice new road that leads to the next nearest village, and its schools are a little bigger and nicer.
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    It's festivals days like these on which I really try really hard to make up for not partying in college.
    yeah, because who needs free flowing drugs and alcohol fueling adventorous sex with taut, lithe young bodies when you could wander around a dying town in the freezing cold with a can of asahi super dry in your hand while some toothless old farmer shouts at you.

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