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JET Video Contest

JET Video Contest Now Accepting Submissions!

CLAIR is very happy to announce the long-awaited return of the JET Video Contest, being held for the first time in 7 years! All JET Programme alumni as well as current participants are invited to submit self-made short videos related to their experiences in Japan. The purpose of this contest is to highlight the various charms of Japan as seen through the eyes of former and current JETs. The creators of exceptional videos will be invited on a trip to Tokyo for an award ceremony, with their flight and accommodation paid for, and have the chance to be rewarded for their work. Please check below for more details.

・Table of Contents

All current and former JETs, regardless of their current country of residence.


Each video should no longer than 5 minutes and highlight the charms of Japan based on one’s experiences. Additionally, each video should align with one of the following 3 famous Japanese idioms.


(Ichigo Ichie)


‘Once-in-a-lifetime chance’ ‘Trying as hard as one can’ ‘The beauties of nature’

  • The people, places, and things you’ve had the chance to encounter
  • Chances that you’ve taken

  • Adapting to life in Japan
  • A time you gave your best at work or a at a hobby

  • A scenic location you have a personal connection to in Japan
  • Seasons in Japan

We encourage everyone to use their own creative liberty when interpreting these idioms, to create unique videos highlighting their own unique connection to/experience of Japan. Please check the terms and conditions for more details.

・Submission Timeframe

The application period will open 1 October 2023, with applications closing 17 January 2024 at 17:00 JST.

・Submission Method

All videos should be uploaded to YouTube with the hashtag #JETVideoContest2024. Once uploaded, please copy and paste the following text, enter your information, and email it to for your video to be reviewed.

  • Name:
  • Current Country of Residence (or Prefecture within Japan):
  • Job Type (ALT, CIR, SEA):
  • Contracting Organization on JET:
  • Years on JET:
  • Title of video:
  • Theme (“Once-in-a-lifetime chance”, “Trying as hard as one can” or “The beauties of nature”):
  • Link to video:
  • Contact email address:

*By submitting a video, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.

・Submission Terms and Conditions

Please carefully read over the terms and conditions before submitting a video.

JET Video Contest Terms and Conditions

・Prizes and Award Ceremony

Creators of exceptional works will have the chance to win a variety of prizes for their work, with some creators winning a flight to Japan and accommodation in Tokyo to attend the award ceremony in person in late summer 2024. Please refer back to this page for more detailed information at a later date.

・Example Videos

Please check out some winning videos from our last video contest in 2017 and get inspired!

More Videos Here

We are looking forward to your wonderful submissions!

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