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CLAIR News November 2019
Registration for the Safety Confirmation System (Emergency Call)
and Contact Information Survey for JET 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: or
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 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, 2019 to 31 March, 2020. The application form must be sent to CLAIR by 10 April, 2020 (Fri).

CLAIR also offers a free online 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 Counselling sessions from 1 April, 2019 to 31 March, 2020. 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.

Web Mail Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Skype Counselling
Login Password: Please ask your contracting organization or refer to the e-mail version of CLAIR News.

Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

For those currently enroled 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.

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.

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 receive documentation regarding the reappointment procedures from their contracting organisations. Please read the documents carefully and consult with your supervisor if you have any questions.
The reappointment documents will also be made accessible on the JET Programme website after the official notice to contracting organisations. Please refer to the link below.

More information about reappointment can be found in the GIH (pg. 64-67). (password: kmjb26)

Now Accepting Applications for the 14th Annual International Exchange
Commendation (Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Award)

Together with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), CLAIR is marking the 14th year of 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. Not only local governments, but private non-profit organisations can apply for this award as well.

If your contracting organisation is involved in international exchange, please consider applying. The deadline for applications is 29 November 2019 (Fri).
For more information about this award and how to apply, please refer to CLAIR’s International Exchange Division website.

For Enquiries: International Exchange Division: Ms. Nedachi
TEL: 03-5213-1723 E-mail:

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.

Information about the American Embassy Mailing List

From the American Embassy:

“The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S. Consulates in Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Naha have many exciting resources and programs useful for JETs. By filling out this survey, you will get on our mailing list, though which we will inform you useful and exciting opportunities just for the JETs! We will also send you emails with upcoming events and grant opportunities. We might contact you when our Foreign Services Officers travel to your region, in case you might be interested in learning more about careers in the U.S. Foreign Service!

Note: We will not share any of this information with any other organization without your express consent.

Feel free to share this URL with other American JETs (new or returners).”

Global Career Fairs Held by Local Governments

Iwate Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture are hosting career events, and invite JET participants along with foreign exchange students to network with various local companies and attend an employment guidance seminar. If you are interested in participating, please visit the websites below.

Global Career Fair in Iwate
Date:30 November, 2019 (Sat) 10:30am ~ 4:30pm
-Morning- Career Guidance
Iwate Prefecture Citizen`s Cultural Exchange Center – “Aiina”
6th floor, group activities room 3
(1-7-1 Morioka Station West, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture 020-0045)
-Afternoon- Career Fair
Apio Iwate Industry, Culture, and Convention Center.
(389-20, Sunagome, Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture)

For more information, please consult the Iwate Prefectural website:
URL (Japanese only):

Global Career Fair in Gunma
Date:30 November, 2019 (Sat)
Hotel Racine Shinmaebashi
(1-35-1 Furuichi Town, Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture)

For details, please consult the Gunma Prefectural website.
URL (English):

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