The YOKA, Spring Edition
is HERE!  This YOKA includes:
  • Prose: Personal Musing on the Value of Experience by Aria Coveney
  • Photo: Takahashi Inari Shrine at Hatsuuma Festival by Hiroshi Fukushima
  • Full Bloom: Night and Day by Adele Jackson-Gibson
  • Photo: Sunset over the Cherry Blossom Trees at Tachioka Lake in Uto City by Inandi Roux
  • Photo: I Identify With by Zachary Johnson
  • Poem: Are humans not after all, just hope and desire made into flesh? by Aria Coveney
This YOKA was designed by Zachary Johnson.

Online JET Programme Publications

ALT Handbook, 2013 update
ALT Handbook (pdf)
"The British Council has engaged in an across-the-board collaboration with Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) to create and provide content for a new edition of MEXT's Team Teaching Handbook" Source: British Council (

The After JET Guide
This JET Programme publication, passed out at the Leaver's Conference is available here (pdf).

                      Cows in Aso
The 2014 Guide for Non-reappointing JETS
aka "Leaver's Packet"
Is finally here!  This handy packet includes information for non-reappointing JETs on such fascinating topics as sending your stuff home, return airfare, visas, pension refunds, selling your car, saying goodbye, employment post-JET, and more.  
Please take the time to read through this packet sooner rather than later.  We recommend that you start planning now on how to do everything so you have time to spare at the end. Your last months on JET will fly by, and you don't want the last several weeks of your time on JET to be bogged down by paperwork or other details that can take away from other important things, such as saying goodbye to friends and colleagues.  
We have uploaded the information packet as a pdf and powerpoint.  Take your pick:
・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
Area Guide


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