Facts About the JET Programme in Shimane

As a follow up to the Myths About the JET Programme in Shimane, I thought it may be interesting to provide some general facts about the Programme and its participants in Shimane. There will be no quiz. I just like numbers.

      • There are 60 ALTs and 20 CIRs on the JET Programme in Shimane, giving Shimane a total of 80 participants.
      • Those 20 CIRs mean Shimane has the most CIRs of any other Prefecture or Designated City in Japan.
      • Shimane’s JETs come from the USA, China, Korea, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Jamaica, France, Russia, and Canada.
      • Of the countries with more than 100 participants, Shimane lacks only a JET from the UK.
      • JETs from the USA make up approximately 53.5% of the Programme across Japan, and 66.3% of Shimane’s participants.
      • There are 45 women and 35 men on the Programme in Shimane.
      • The approximate average age of a Shimane JET is 26.5 (CIR: 27.2, ALT: 26.3).
      • That means if you are a 26 year-old female ALT from the USA, you are the perfect ‘average’ Shimane JET. Feel special.
      • Excluding all first year JETs, the remaining 52 JETs accounted for approximately 101 years of experience on the Programme at the start of the latest contract year.
      • The 2010 Summer intake was unusual in that every new Shimane JET that year re-contracted for a second year.
      • Shimane JETs currently account for approximately .01% of Shimane’s permanent population and about 1.2% of the foreign resident population.
      • At its peak, Shimane had over 120 JETs. Between Matsue City switching to Interac ALTs and general budget cuts, this number has decreased, but remains relatively stable at present. This reflects a wider pattern across Japan of lower overall JET numbers compared to the peak of over 6,000 in 2002.
      • Shimane is thought to be home to the smallest municipality to employ a JET in Japan. This would be Chibu Village, the only municipality on Chiburi Island, part of the Oki Islands.
      • Famous Irish-Greek writer Lafcadio Hearn taught at the same senior high school school in Matsue as a JET.
      • Speaking of Hearn, he only lived in Shimane for 15 months, meaning that a JET half-way through their second contract year has lived here longer than he did.
      • Due to her technically being an employee of the Shimane International Center and thus not affected by the 3-year movement cycle, one of the Japanese PAs is in her 7th year in the position. This makes her one of the longest serving PAs in Japan.
      • While it is no surprise, Shimane is one of the least selected Prefectures by aspiring JETs. Currently there are 5 JETs in Shimane who selected the Prefecture as one of their preferences on the application form.
      • The JET Programme began in 1987. At least 34% of the JETs currently in Shimane are younger than this.
      • At the end of the 2011-12 Summer JET year, the average length of time on the Programmer of the ‘Leavers’ was just over 3 years.

Breakdown of Shimane JETs by Year

Year Percentage
1st Year 34%
2nd Year 23%
3rd Year 29%
4th Year 9%
5th Year 5%

※The first year figure includes April 2012 arrivals from Korea, China, and Australia.

And there you have it. Do you  feel enlightened now? Is there anything else you’d like to know? Are you the elusive perfectly average Shimane JET?


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