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CLAIR News November 2018
Registration for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey for JET Participants

CLAIR requests each JET participant register for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call) and Contact Information Survey. Please register using the links below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor.

Emergency Call 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)

Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counseling 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 not covered by health insurance. The coverage period for this year is from Sunday, 1 April 2018 to Sunday, 31 March 2019. The application form can be submitted through your contracting organisation.

CLAIR also offers a free online counseling service to provide JET 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 Counseling sessions from 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019. CLAIR recommends trying the Web Mail Counseling system first. There is no limit to the number of threads you can start in the Web Mail Counseling system.

Web Mail Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization.

Skype Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization.

CIR Mid-Year Conference

The CIR Mid-Year Conference will take place from Monday, 26 November to Wednesday, 28 November at Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall.

For more information, please ask your contracting organisation supervisor.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Volunteer Recruitment

Recruiting is underway for volunteers to assist with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The online application is available at the Organising Committee’s homepage until 21 December (link below).

Foreign residents and visiting volunteers including JET Programme participants and alumni will likely be able to contribute in receiving, guiding, and attending to visiting parties connected with the events as well as other various areas of support.

Through the online application, applicants will have a dedicated “my page” through which various information and preferences can be submitted. Notification regarding invitations to volunteer will take place between February and July, 2019. The process will include an interview and a pre-Games training and has been designed to accommodate overseas applicants.

The Olympics will be held from 24 July to 9 August, and the Paralympics from 25 August to 6 September, 2020. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! Start your application now!

There is a requirement of a minimum of ten days of activities for each volunteer, so be sure to coordinate with your contracting organization.

JET designation code: PREOTHE092607

Now Accepting Applications for the 13th Annual International Exchange Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award)!

Together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), CLAIR is holding the International Exchange Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award). This award commends local governments for exemplary yet little-known international exchange activities with the hope of leading to further exchange of ideas between local governments and improved international exchange.

If your contracting organisation is involved in international exchange, please consider applying. The deadline for applications is Friday, 30 November.

For more information about this award and how to apply, please refer to CLAIR’s International Exchange Division homepage.

For Enquiries: International Exchange Division
TEL: 03-5213-1723 Mail:

2019 After JET Conference and JET Programme Career Fairs

JET participants completing their appointment on the JET Programme in 2019 are eligible to attend the 2019 After JET Conference (AJC) held on Thursday, 28 February 2019 at the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall.
For JET participants interested in working in Japan after JET, three career fairs will be held in Fukuoka, Osaka and the Greater Tokyo Area on Sunday, 3 February; Sunday, 17 February; and Friday, 1 March respectively. More information about these events will be sent via e-mail in early December to all JET participants who have registered their e-mail address with CLAIR. To those who have not yet registered their e-mail address with CLAIR, please do so as soon as possible.

Information about career support for JET participants can be found at the URL below:

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

Registration is still possible after the deadline for a course has passed. Please check the course guide before registering via the online Contact Information Survey for JET Participants (link in first section). Participants who apply before Monday, 10 December will be able to start their course on Tuesday, 1 January. For those whose courses have already 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 to give a worldwide audience insight into the unique experiences and achievements of participants during their time on the Programme. Instructions regarding the submission of documents are accessible from the link below.

Reappointment Procedures

The time for reappointment procedures is approaching. Please talk with friends, family, etc. and consult with your supervisor before making your decision.

All JET participants should have received documentation regarding the reappointment procedures from their contracting organisations. Please read the documents carefully and consult with your supervisor if you have any questions. More information about reappointment can be found in the GIH (pg. 65-67).

Translation & Interpretation Course Training Seminar (English)

The training seminar for the Translation & Interpretation Course (English) will be held from Monday, 10 December to Friday, 14 December 2018. The seminar will take place at the Japan Intercultural Academy of Municipalities (JIAM) in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Please bear in mind that participation in the training seminar is a requirement for receiving a Certificate of Completion for the course.

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