CLAIR News March 2018

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CLAIR News March 2018
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. The coverage period for this year is 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. Please submit your application form for the subsidy through your contracting organisation by 13 April 2018.

CLAIR also offers a free online service to provide JET participants with mental health assistance from professional counsellors using Web Mail and Skype. Please ask your contracting organisation for further information.

JET Internship Programme 2018

Are you a JET participant entering into your 3rd-5th year with JLPT qualification N2 or higher? Are you interested in working in Japan after the JET Programme? This year CLAIR will once again offer a 5-day internship programme to provide JET participants with the opportunity to gain experience working in a Japanese company. Further details will be sent out via your contracting organisation in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout!

2018 After JET Conference Materials and Information on Recruitment in Japan

Presentation materials and handouts from the 2018 After JET Conference have been uploaded to the After JET Conference page on the JET Programme website. If you were not able to attend the conference or did not receive some of the handouts, please refer to the following link:

In addition, for JET participants considering working in Japan, CLAIR provides information on job hunting in Japan.

Period of Stay and Status of Residence Renewal

For JET participants who arrived in April, it may almost be time to extend your period of stay. 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 69 of the General Information Handbook (GIH).

Preparing for Life After JET

JET participants finishing their appointments in 2018 should refer to CLAIR’s online ‘After JET Guide’ for information about how to prepare for your successor, move out of your apartment, deal with ‘reverse culture shock’, and prepare for your next career move.

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

For those currently enrolled in one of CLAIR’s Japanese language classes, 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. If you register to change your course level by 10 April, your new course will begin on 1 May.

Registration of Contact Information for JET Participants

Have you registered or updated your contact information?

All JET participants must access the link below and register their contact information. If you need to modify your information, you can do so via the same website. Please ask your contracting organisation supervisor to obtain your ID and password.

Home Country Taxes

Personal tax affairs in one’s home country are the responsibility of each JET participant. Be sure to receive and keep your gensen chō-shū-hyō or Statement of Earnings. Please refer to page 61-63 of the General Information Handbook (GIH) for more details.

Lump-sum Withdrawal Payment

JET participants finishing their appointments in April may be eligible to receive a pension refund (lump-sum withdrawal payment). For more information, please refer to page 165 of the General Information Handbook (GIH).

General Information Handbook 2018

The 2018 edition of the General Information Handbook is now available at the link below.

Programme Changes in the 2018 Fiscal Year

1. Japanese Language Courses

In the past, new JET participants registered for the CLAIR Japanese Language Courses after arriving in Japan. Beginning with July and August 2018 arrivals, participants will be able to register for their desired course before coming to Japan, and courses will begin approximately 2 months earlier than in prior years.

2. Grant for JLPT

Until now, the grant for JET participants who pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test has been limited to the N3 level. Beginning with the JLPT in July, participants who pass N1 and N2 will also be eligible to apply for the grant.

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