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Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme. This 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 that do not qualify for health insurance. The coverage period for this year is from 1 April, 2018 to 31 March 2019. The application form must be sent to CLAIR by Friday, 12 April 2019.

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 or Host Prefecture/Designated City for further information.

Information for Participants Completing their Term on the JET Programme

JET Participants finishing their term of appointment in July/August this year are strongly recommended to start planning for their departure as early as possible. Please refer to the relevant information for departing JET Programme participants found in the 2018 General Information Handbook (Chapter 7: Leaving JET, p.161-175) and the After JET Guide.

In addition, if you require a certificate of employment or letter of recommendation for your future job search, please do not forget to request it from your contracting organisation (Samples are included in the appendix of the manual for contracting organisations as a reference).

General Information Handbook:
After JET Guide:

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 will be published on our website in the near future. We will notify you when this happens.

Multi-Language Disaster Preparedness Signage Tool

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

2018-2019 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

The application period for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) first test date (scheduled for Sunday, 1 July 2018) ended on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. Test results will be sent out in early September 2018. The deadline to submit your documents to CLAIR is Wednesday, 31 October 2018. The application period for the second test date (scheduled to be Sunday, 2 December 2018) will begin in early September 2018.

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 June (Sun), your new course will begin on 1 July (Sun).

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.

2018-2019 Grant for TEFL/TESOL Certification

CLAIR provides grants to JET participants who wish to improve their English teaching skills by obtaining online certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The application package was sent to all contracting organisations in April. Please ask your supervisor for the application package, or alternatively you can download it from the JET Programme website. The deadline for submitting your application to CLAIR is 25 May (Fri).

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