The General Information Handbook (GIH) is a comprehensive resource about the JET Programme for JET participants and contracting organisations. This bilingual publication is sent to new JET participants in their home countries before they depart for Japan.
All JET participants are expected to read the GIH thoroughly, bring it with them to Japan, and keep it as a reference.
Current JET participants can view/download the newest version of the GIH from this page. Please make sure you always refer to the most recent version of the GIH, since changes and updates to the handbook are made each year.
In addition to general information about understanding your terms and conditions, Status of Residence/Period of Stay, taxes, and insurance, the GIH also contains information that can assist you with your everyday life in Japan.
The GIH is printed in both English and Japanese side-by-side so that JET participants and contracting organisations can use it as a tool to facilitate communication.
Participants who require medicine during their participation on the JET Programme should make sure to bring a Yakkan Shoumei Certificate with them on arrival to Japan in order to submit to customs.