Special Invitation to JETAA on behalf of MoFA & Japan Tourism Agency – Unique Opportunity in Japan

This message is being posted on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency
DEADLINE for applications to be received by the Consulate-General of Japan: July 11, 2011

APPLICATION GUIDELINE

INVITATION PROGRAMME OF JET ALUMNI TO DISASTER STRICKEN AREAS IN TOHOKU:

1. ORGANIZERS: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Tourism Agency

2. CONDITIONS FOR PATICIPATION

(1) There are no restrictions based on age or sex.

(2) Must have worked for two years or more as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or a Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) in local governments in Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture or Sendai City.

(3) Must be able to individually make direct contact with schools and local governments to which they were assigned.

(4) Must be accepted by the organization for which the participant worked as a JET, and is able to arrange exchange activities with their organizations.

(5) Must be able to travel without an escort from their arrival to their departure from Japan.

(6) Must release information such as their experiences while in Japan and their impressions from a foreign visitor’s point of view via various channels including contribution of articles to the mass media, blogs, homepages, Facebook, etc.

(7) Must consent to interviews by Japanese and foreign media outlets if they are arranged during their stay

3. PERIOD AND PLACE OF STAY

Participants will stay in Japan for approximately one week sometime between July and September. They will stay in Tokyo for one night when they arrive in or depart from Japan. They will then stay in their former working place for three to four nights, engaging in exchange activities with their former colleagues, students and others, and observing reconstruction activities in disaster stricken areas. They will stay in a neighboring tourist site for one night. Staying beyond this scheduled time is not acceptable.

4. EXPENSES

(1) Expenses born by the Government of Japan are as follows;

a) International flight expenses (Economy class flight tickets are paid in kind)

b) Travel expenses within Japan

– Flight expenses: Economy class flight tickets are paid in kind.

– Long distance travel expenses in Japan: Standard JR tickets are provided.

– Short distance travel expenses: To be provided on a case by case basis.

c) Lodging and meal expenses

Paid in kind, in principle at the limit of 15,000 yen per day which includes one night lodging and two meals and lunch. Lunch costs are paid for on a case by case basis.

d) Insurance

Standard insurance is to be provided.

(2) Participants must pay the following expenses:

– Travel expenses within their own country.

– Individual expenses, including telephones, faxes, room service, laundry, etc.

– Other costs incurred by their early departure from Japan.

5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

The following (original and four copies) must be submitted by July 11, 2011 to the Japanese Embassy or Consulate General located in their own country and jurisdiction (submitted documents cannot be returned):.

(1) “CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE” (annexed form), completed by former employer.

(2) Curriculum vitae

(3) Scheduled plan of stay

(4) Copy of a document certifying nationality (passport, birth certificate, etc.)

6. ARRANGEMENT OF FLIGHT TICKETS

Flight tickets and other arrangements will be provided to the participants through travel agencies located in their own country.

7. CANCELLATION OF PARTICIPATION

If the application documents contain false statements or the organizers decide that the participant has committed an inappropriate act as a participant, participation may be cancelled even after the selection.

8. COURT JURISDICTION AND GOVERNING LAW

With regard to the operation of this Program, the Tokyo District Court has exclusive jurisdiction for all legal matters. The governing law will be Japanese law.

DEADLINE for applications to be received by the Consulate-General of Japan: July 11, 2011
For the JETAANY members, inquiries may be directed to: jet@ny.mofa.go.jp

Important Notice:
*The travel advisory by the US State Department states “Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid travel to destinations within the 50-mile evacuation zone of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. U.S. citizens who are still within this zone should evacuate or shelter in place”; therefore, those whose former workplaces are within the 50-mile zone are not eligible for this program.