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    Joining the party a bit late, but I just got upgraded a few days ago and am the very last upgrade of the 2015 programme. Feeling like my head is going to implode at the thought of selling my apartment, quitting my job, cancelling my phone contract and switching around my (already booked) vacation to Thailand in the next two weeks, but hi! Great to meet you all, and thank you for providing so much helpful advice throughout this thread. No idea where I'm going to be placed, but I hope I'll be able to make a few friends despite my late arrival.
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    Welcome to the world of December upgrades, where you have to light your life and career on fire before boarding an airplane.
    I am going to use that in my signature because truer words have scarce been uttered.


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    At the risk of sounding noobish or seeming like I've not done any research, I have a question: why are there a few 2015 applicants who are getting notice of their placements now? I was under the impression that notice of acceptance is given in April, and that there is early departure around April, and late departure in July/August. Did I miss something?

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    They are being upgraded from the very end of the 2015 alternate set to replace people who left quickly, broke contract quickly, or have recently left. There won't be any more placements from now until April for early departures.
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    So those who were wait-listed? I never realized that the waiting period extended that long. Screaming internally as I watch my carefully laid out plans explode.

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    So those who were wait-listed? I never realized that the waiting period extended that long. Screaming internally as I watch my carefully laid out plans explode.
    Yep. I was given my notice first week in December for an upgrade for Tokushima-ken. I believe the latest you can be upgraded is the second week of December though. So it isn't hopeless if you are put on the alternate list.
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    an upgrade for Tokushima-ken.
    Tokushima-ken for the win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenParadox View Post
    At the risk of sounding noobish or seeming like I've not done any research, I have a question: why are there a few 2015 applicants who are getting notice of their placements now? I was under the impression that notice of acceptance is given in April, and that there is early departure around April, and late departure in July/August. Did I miss something?
    Yeah I could not believe I actually got upgraded from the waitlist at the beginning of December, I gave up hope after September and got on with my life. So, never lose hope I guess, because I thought my interview was a real shit show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RavenParadox View Post
    So those who were wait-listed? I never realized that the waiting period extended that long. Screaming internally as I watch my carefully laid out plans explode.
    Oh my dear Raven, you have no idea, lol. I was part of a group of individuals who was told we were shortlisted, then told it was a clerical error and we were really all alternates. It's fun telling others you are going to Japan, then telling them you are not, then explaining you might leave the country at a moments notice...but probably not, lol. XD

    At any rate, the cutoff for alternates was the 2nd week of December. We got an official email basically saying "Sorry, but better luck next time!" Although speaking to the coordinator, there were so few alternates this year (fewer and fewer every year, supposedly) that most of us would probably make it all the way to interviews, no sweat, if we reapplied. And from what I've seen on the site, alternates reapplying and making it the 2nd or 3rd time isn't uncommon....so hooray for the unpredictability of life!(?)

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