In the USA, there are no Kei-cars（軽自動車）. I had never seen a Kei-car until I moved to Japan and started driving one for work. Read the rest of this entry
After you have decided to apply for the JET Program, you have to actually do it…That may sound obvious, but so many people simply do not apply for the JET Program even though they would like to.
Life can throw a million mini unrelated hurdles at you that can make you stumble, get distracted and even forget to apply altogether. As such, it can also be a bit daunting and takes some time to complete, so please give it the attention it needs and start as soon as possible.
That brings us to the Online Application (to then be printed and mailed upon completion. Must arrive by the deadline, not mailed by the deadline.) Read the rest of this entry
- I know japan is relatively expensive and can you shed some light on what a salary like this would afford in japan in terms of lifestyle?
The JET Program salary is standardized (excluding Tokyo placements) to receive 3,360,000 Yen for their first year, and to have a gradual light increase per year. at the current conversion rate that comes out to ~$28,025.70 for the first year. A critical piece to keep in mind is that if you are coming from the USA (and you will be an ALT), you will be applying for USA and Japan Tax exemption for at least the first 2 years once accepted. This makes a massive difference as taxes usually take a hefty chunk out of your paycheck. From there you will have to pay a few forms of insurance that you must enroll in, as well as Japanese social security (you can get back the JSS upon completion of the program!!). I would estimate what you get per month at about 2,000 USD after any deductions. Read the rest of this entry
If you have considered, or are considering, applying to the JET program then you have most likely considered the fact that it is a looooong application process (about 8-9 months). Followed of course by: Is it worth the wait? What will I be doing in almost a year from this point? Will I still be interested? Will I be qualified enough for the position? and everything else that pops up in your mind as you consider applying. Read the rest of this entry