Filing for the pension refund (lump-sum withdrawal payment) is a long process that begins before you leave Japan. For an in-depth explanation, please refer to the General Information Handbook.
How can I obtain a letter of reference?
Letters of reference should be obtained directly from your former contracting organisation. Keep in mind that writing a letter of reference is not a common occurrence in Japan and that your former contracting organisation might need some guidance as to what type of letter is appropriate (perhaps providing some samples would be best). Please understand that letters of reference can only be provided by your employer, and therefore cannot be provided by CLAIR or by the Embassy or Consulate General of Japan in your home country.
How can I obtain proof of employment?
Proof of employment should be obtained from your former contracting organisation. Please understand that proof of employment including letters of reference can only be provided by your employer, and therefore cannot be provided by CLAIR, or an Embassy or Consulate General of Japan. It is recommended that you contact your former contracting organisation if you require proof of employment.
Does teaching experience gained on the JET Programme transfer to institutions in my home country?
While your contracting organisation will be able to provide documentation that outlines the number of classroom hours and duties performed, etc., whether or not this experience will transfer to institutions in your home country is entirely up to the discretion of each individual institution.
How do I join a JET Alumni Association?
JETAA aims to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme. Chapter activities include assisting local Embassy or Consulate General of Japan staff with JET Programme application interviews and pre-departure orientations, offering support and providing information to those returning home, organising Japan-related events, etc. Each JETAA chapter maintains its own website and holds annual meetings. Please contact the JETAA chapter you would like to join directly, through their website or social media.
How do I inform CLAIR of a change in contact information?
In order to receive news from CLAIR about future events of interest to former JET participants, please inform CLAIR of any changes to your contact information. Please refer to this page for more information. Current JET participants should notify CLAIR via the contracting organisation.
How can I help new JET participants preparing to go to Japan?
If you wish to continue to be involved in the JET Programme, contact your closest JETAA chapter and Embassy or Consulate General of Japan.