CLAIR News January 2021

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CLAIR News January 2021

Regarding the New Coronavirus

On 7 January 2021, the Japanese government declared a State of Emergency over the ongoing spread of COVID-19. This State of Emergency is in effect for Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa Prefectures. The duration of the state of the emergency will be from 8 January 2021 to 7 February 2021.

In addition to requesting residents refrain from all non-essential outings (especially after 8 pm), citizens are also asked to continue observing basic safety measures against infection, such as avoiding the ‘three Cs’: Confined spaces (with poor ventilation), Crowded places (with many people nearby), and Close contact (with people), in addition to wearing a mask, and hand-washing.

Even in areas of Japan outside of the scope of this State of Emergency, local governmental authorities may also be making requests of their residents. For further details please visit the websites of the government or local governments, etc.

〇Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretariat Homepages

CLAIR has compiled information about the new Coronavirus in multiple languages. Please visit the following link for information.

NHK WORLD also provides information about the new Coronavirus.

Registration for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey for JET Programme Participants

CLAIR requests each JET participant to register for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey. These are two separate systems. Please register to both using the links below.

Safety Confirmation System:

Your login ID and password are both the final nine numbers of your JET Number, omitting the first two digits (20).

Contact Information Survey:
Login ID: JET Number (11 digits beginning with 20)
Password: Date of birth (YYYYMMDD)

Following a change in operation of the Safety Confirmation system, a User Guide and notification will be sent from Contracting Organisations. Even for those who believe that they are already registered with the Safety Confirmation system, when you receive these materials please take this opportunity to confirm your registration.

As a matter of convenience, all IDs and passwords have been returned to their default settings, so when confirming your contact details, please change your password.

(Information about the methods of utilising the message recorder and the order of responses during emergencies is found within the User Guide, so please utilise it effectively.)

Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET Programme participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme. This programme provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to 30,000 yen per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance.

The coverage period for this year is from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. The application form must be sent to CLAIR by 9 April 2021 (Fri).

CLAIR also offers a free online service to provide JET Programme participants with mental health assistance from professional counsellors using Web Mail and Skype.

If you would like to use this service, please access the following website. After entering the password, you will be instructed to register. You can receive up to seven Skype Counselling sessions from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. CLAIR recommends trying the Web Mail Counselling system first. There is no limit to the number of threads you can start in the Web Mail Counselling system.

In addition to the Web Mail and Skype counselling listed above, we have established a toll-free telephone counselling service. This service is available once per month and does not require any advance reservation. Furthermore, as a special service, counselling will be made available every Wednesday between 13 January and 3 March 2021. Please make the most of these services if you are experiencing anxiety or other burdens on your mental health.

(Operating Hours: Third Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.)
※Schedule for the fiscal year of April 2020 to March 2021(from January)
13 January, 20 January, 27 January, 3 February, 10 February, 17 February, 24 February, 3 March, 17 March

Web Mail Counselling
Login Password: Please refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Skype Counselling
Login Password: Please refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Counselling via Telephone
Phone number: 0120-810-803
(No advance reservation required. Calls are free of charge.)
※ Limited to one call per person per day (no annual limit)
※ CLAIR has prepared three telephone lines for this service; however, there may be times when the lines become congested. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

The Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Will Hold Online Job Meetings

・Foreign students enrolling in colleges, graduate schools, and technical schools in Hokkaido (students planning to graduate in 2021 or 2022)
・Foreigners wishing to be hired in Hokkaido (Persons graduated from home countries or from Japanese colleges, etc.)

・Online job meetings with 5 companies considering recruiting foreigners. There will be time to promote yourself to these companies. You can also ask hiring managers and junior members of each company about work duties after joining the company and what the work environment is like.
・Participation is free. ★All associated telecommunication fees will be borne by participants.
・Method of Participation— Cisco Webex ★ You can participate with your PC and smart phones either at home or outside.
・There is no interpreter, and the meeting will be conducted in Japanese. ★The participants are required to be able to communicate in Japanese.
・40 minutes per 1 company [Explanation about the company and stories of actual experiences by junior members of the company (about 10 minutes) ; Q & A session (about 30 minutes)]
・About 5 to 6 people can participate per company.

How to participate
・Pre-reservation is required.
・Capacity 30 people. (First-come basis)
・When the capacity is filled, please understand your request may not be fulfilled.

Application deadline
Tuesday, 19 January 2021

For more details, visit the following website:

2021 After JET Conference and JET Programme Online Career Fairs

CLAIR will be hosting the 2021 After JET Conference and JET Programme Career Fairs for JET participants completing their appointment on the Programme in 2021.

An e-mail containing details of the events was sent to JET participants on 16 December.

If you have not yet received it, please see the URLs below for more information.
After JET Conference Website:
Career Fairs Website:

Frequently Asked Questions can be found at the URL below:

For other enquiries, please contact CLAIR at

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

For those currently enrolled in one of CLAIR’s Japanese language courses, please remember to plan your study schedule ahead of time. If you would like to change your course level, you can do so by accessing the Contact Information Survey site, selecting your desired course, and then clicking the ‘OK’ button at the very bottom of the page.

Participants who apply before the 10th of any given month will be able to start their course on the 1st of the following month. Once your course has started, please remember to plan your study schedule ahead of time.

Calling All Aspiring Writers: Submission of Articles for JET Programme Voices

CLAIR and The Yomiuri Shimbun have launched a periodical column in The Japan News, a globally-circulated English language newspaper. ‘JET Programme Voices’ is a collection of articles submitted by current and former JET participants which give a worldwide audience insight into unique experiences and achievements of participants during their time on the Programme. Instructions regarding the submission of documents are accessible from the link below.

Multilingual Disaster Preparedness Signage Tool

CLAIR provides an online tool to easily develop signage in multiple languages as part of continued efforts to promote disaster preparedness and internationalisation at the grassroots level. The main purpose of this tool is to allow users to create signage leading to evacuation areas, but it has many other useful templates as well. CIRs who are responsible for planning international events or translating signage as part of their work duties may find this tool helpful.

Notice for New Zealand and Australian JET Programme Participants

The Embassy of New Zealand in Japan would like to encourage all current New Zealand JETs to register with By registering you will sign up to receive important announcements from the embassy in the case of an emergency, as well as updates regarding the changing situation of COVID-19, etc.

The Embassy of Australia in Japan would like to encourage all current Australian JETs to register with Smartraveller ( to receive updates on travel advice. In addition, please follow the Australian Embassy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to get the latest information.

As a general reminder, CLAIR recommends all JET participants to register with their home country’s traveller programme (if available) in order to receive important information as well as inform the nearest embassy or consulate of their status abroad.

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