*Edit Oliver here! I have updated the statistics on this post – originally written by Damien (my super senpai CIR-PA) – to reflect the current Shimane JET Programme (as of March 2018)
As a follow up to the 4 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 25 CIRs on the JET Programme in Shimane, giving Shimane a total of 85 participants.
- Those 25 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, Poland, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, France, Russia, the UK and Canada.
- JETs from the USA make up approximately 57% of the Programme across Japan (July 2016) and 66.3% of Shimane’s participants.
- There are 43 women and 42 men in the Shimane JET Programme.
- The approximate average age of a Shimane JET is 26.5 (CIR: 27.2, ALT: 26.3). (last updated 2012)
- 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 55 JETs accounted for approximately 115 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 .012% of Shimane’s permanent population and about 1.1% of the foreign resident population. (December 2017)
- 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 13th 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.
- 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
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?