CLAIR News February 2017

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CLAIR News February 2017
Mental Health Support Resources

The JET Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to 20,000 yen per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance. Additionally, the JET Online Counselling Service offers professional counselling for free through Web Mail and Skype. Please ask your contracting organisation for further information.

2016-2017 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

JET Programme participants who have passed the JLPT N3 conducted on 4 December, 2016, may be eligible to receive a grant for the test fee. To check your eligibility, please read over the Grant Overview and Eligibility Flowchart, accessible from the link below. If you meet the conditions, please submit your grant application directly to CLAIR. It must arrive by 10 March, 2017.

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

Are you making progress in your Japanese Language Courses? You will not be able to access your account after the six-month period has ended, so please remember to complete your course and to download your Certificate of Completion as well as the PDF textbooks.

Home Country Taxes

Personal tax affairs in one’s home country are the responsibility of each individual JET participant. Be sure to receive and keep your gensen chō-shū-hyō or Statement of Earnings. Please refer to page 63 of the 2016 edition of the General Information Handbook (GIH) for more details.

Period of Stay and Status of Residence Renewal

To JET participants who arrived in April: It is almost time to extend your Period of Stay, so please check the dates written on your Residence Card (especially JET participants in their 3rd year who will be reappointed for another term). For information on extending your Period of Stay or changing your Status of Residence, please refer to page 67 of the 2016 edition of the General Information Handbook (GIH).

Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment

JET Programme participants finishing the programme in April may be eligible to receive a pension refund (lump-sum withdrawal payment). For more information, please refer to page 161 of the 2016 edition of the General Information Handbook (GIH).

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