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CLAIR News September 2018
Registration for the Emergency Call System and Contact Information Survey

CLAIR requests each JET participants register for the Emergency Call System and Contact Information Survey. Please register using the links below.

Emergency Call System:
Login ID and password are both the final nine numbers of your JET Number, omitting the first two digits (20).

Contact Information System:
Login ID: JET Number (11 digits beginning with 20)
Password: Date of birth (YYYMMDD)

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 counseling 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.

CIR Mid-Year Conference

The CIR Mid-Year Conference will take place from Monday, 26 November to Wednesday, 28 November. We are looking for CIRs to showcase examples of their work at the conference. For more information, please ask your contracting organisation supervisor.

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. Participants who apply before Wednesday, 10 October will be able to start their course on Thursday, 1 November. 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 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.

Multilingual 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, 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.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

For JET Programme participants who have passed the JLPT N1, N2, or N3 conducted on Sunday, 1 July 2018, you may be eligible to receive a grant for the test fee. To check your eligibility, please read the Grant Overview and Eligibility Flowchart, accessible from the link below. If you meet the conditions, please submit your grant application directly to CLAIR. It must arrive by Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

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.

Enrolment in Property Insurance

Is your house or apartment covered by property insurance (kasai hoken)? If you do not know, please check with your contracting organisation supervisor.

There have been several cases where JET participants were forced to pay for the damages to not only their own, but also their neighbours’ housing when there were water leaks or other problems (if a water leak occurs, damage to the property of neighbours is covered by the JET Accident Insurance Policy Liability Endorsement, but damage to your own property as well as damage to the structure or building can only be covered by property insurance). Whether or not to purchase property insurance is the choice of the JET participant. However, if you are liable for reparations, the costs can be very high and therefore CLAIR recommends that JET participants enrol in property insurance.

Furthermore, JET participants are encouraged to consider purchasing earthquake insurance, too. Most JET participants live in rental housing. However, it is possible to enrol in earthquake insurance for damage to household items. JET participants may wish to consider the cost of replacing appliances such as computers, TVs and stereos with the cost of earthquake insurance. *Fire and earthquake insurance are often available together as a set.

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 by mid-October. 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).

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