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CLAIR News October 2017
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 not covered by health insurance. The coverage period for this year is from Saturday, 1 April 2017 to Saturday, 31 March 2018. The application form can be submitted through your contracting organisation. Please note that the application form has changed as of April.

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.

Accepting Applications for the JET Programme Video Contest 2017

CLAIR is accepting submissions for the JET Programme Video Contest 2017.
Videos must be approximately three minutes in length, and must showcase the charm of Japan’s local regions as seen by JET participants.

The deadline is Thursday, 30 November 2017.

You can apply via the link below.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

For JET Programme participants who passed the JLPT N3 conducted on 2 July 2017, you may be eligible to receive a grant for the test fee. To check your eligibility, please read over the Grant Overview and Eligibility Flowchart, accessible from the link below. If you meet the conditions, please submit your grant application directly to CLAIR by 31 October 2017.

2018 After JET Conference and JET Programme Career Fairs

JET participants completing their appointment on the JET Programme in 2018 are eligible to attend the After JET Conference (AJC) on 24 – 25 February 2018 at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center.

At the conference, there will be seminars on post-JET career development and various career led by JET alumni who returned to their home countries after finishing the Programme.

There will also be one-on-one career consultations as well as opportunities to network with alumni and various professionals.

The conference will be held primarily in English.

For JET participants interested in working in Japan after JET, career fairs will be held in Osaka and Yokohama on 3 February and 25 February respectively.

Participants will be able to attend a seminar on job-searching in Japan and meet with companies interested in hiring JET participants for work in Japan.

Detailed information will be sent out via e-mail and will also be made available on the JET Programme website in the near future.

Information about past After JET Conferences can be found here:

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 for a new course by 10 November, your new course will begin on 1 December.

Registering with Your Embassy

All JET participants are strongly advised to register with their home country’s embassy or local consulate while living in Japan, as your embassy may be able to help you and your relatives obtain necessary information and check on each other’s safety in times of emergency.

Please ask your home country’s embassy or local consulate for details.

Registration of Contact Information for JETs

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.

Newly Established Grant for SEA Skills Training

CLAIR established a new grant for SEA Skills Training, through which contracting organisations can receive a partial subsidy for costs associated with the training. For further information, please contact your contracting organization.

Reappointment Procedures

The reappointment period is approaching soon. Please take the time to consider your decision carefully, including talking with friends and family, and consulting with your supervisor.

All JET participants should receive documentation regarding the reappointment process from their contracting organisations by mid-October. For more detailed information about the process, please consult with your contracting organisation supervisor, and/or refer to the General Information Handbook (pg. 65-67).

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