Getting a Japanese License?
IF you are planning to go to the Menkyo Center to convert to a Japanese license after July 9, the following is for you.

Until now it's been necessary to bring a "Foreign Registration Certificate" (Touroku Genpyou Kisaijikou Shoumeishou, 登録原票記載事項証明書) to the Menkyo center when switching to a Japanese driver's license.  Beginning July 9, Foreign Registration Certificates will no longer be issued, so in it's place the Menkyo Center requests you bring an original copy of your Residence Record (Juminhyo, 住民票), which you can get at your local town hall beginning July 9.  
If you have any questions feel free to contact the PAs.  Good luck.

Kumamoto City JETs  have a new website.  It's pretty cool.  Check it out.  

Do You Like Red? 
This map showing the population growth rate of municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture was shared the other day on kumamoto-i.  It's based on census information carried out in 2005 and 2010.  


   10.0 % and over
   7.5 - 9.9 %
   5.0 - 7.4 %
   2.5 - 4.9 %
   0.0 - 2.4 %


   0.0 - 2.4 %
   2.5 - 4.9 %
   5.0 - 7.4 %
   7.5 - 9.9 %
   10.0 % and below  

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Japanese Phrase of the Week

意味 (meaning):
Kumamoto dialect for あきれる or 頭に来る or むかつく
to be fed up with, to drive one crazy
Obscure English Word of the Week
Pangram [PAN gruhm]
1. a sentence that includes all the letters of the alphabet

example sentence:
When making a pangram, it's really hard not to list random words like quaffle,  zipper, and extremely juicy vegetables. 
・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM
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