The 2017 JET Opinion Exchange Meetings

Each year in January numerous ALTs gather in  Izumo, Matsue, and Hamada to discuss their work, lives, and satisfaction with the JET Programme in Shimane. We consider this an important part of our yearly schedule and we encourage all ALTs, especially first years, to attend in order to provide us with your feedback.

The dates for the 2017 ALT Opinion Exchange Meetings have been set as follows:



When: 13:30~15:30, Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Izumo Joint Government Building (出雲市合同庁舎) Room 603.


When: 10:00~12:00, Friday, January 27th, 2017
Meeting Hall, Shimane Prefectural Office Building (会議棟島根県庁) Room 2 (ALTs).


When: 13:30~15:30, Monday, January 30th, 2017
Hamada Joint Government Building (浜田市合同庁舎) Room 503 (ALTs).

*Please meet Sondey/Alex in the 1st floor lobby of the main building at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

What should I bring?

You don’t have to come with anything, but bring a pen & paper if you would like to take some notes.

What should I wear?

Your regular clothing for school will be sufficient. Formal wear/a suit is not required.

What happens to the information?

Your opinions will be collected, collated, and translated into Japanese and distributed to BoEs and schools across the Prefecture, anonymously. We’ll let you know via the BB once it’s been sent out.  Please make sure that they read it! We also plan on sending a PDF version of the report (in English/Japanese) to all ALTs.

What about our supervisors?

Supervisors gather separately with the Japanese PAs at the same time and talk about their own opinions, problems, questions and concerns regarding the JET Programme. These are also part of the report that gets sent out to BoEs.

What about CIRs?

CIRs have their opinion exchange meeting during their mid-year conference in October.

What will we be talking about?

We will cover the following topics broadly. Feel free to bring up anything  that’s on your mind , with regards to the the JET Programme in Shimane, during each section.

Pre-Departure: Contact with your supervisor/predecessor, the Welcome Handbook, and contact with the PAs.

Arrival: Tokyo Orientation, initial contact with schools/supervisors, the Japanese language course in Matsue, Shimane Orientation.

Post-Arrival: Job/Life satisfaction, placements, workloads, problems/difficulties in the workplace, positive things about your job.

PA-related: The BB, the Event Calendar, ‘mass e-mails’, this website.

Reappointment: A general discussion regarding why people decided to staying or to leave.

Note: *As it is a large group discussion, we anticipate that certain personality types may dominate the conversation and we may ask people directly to share their opinions to make sure that everyone has a chance to speak.

*While this is a great time for open discussion about work, it is not a group therapy session and time is very limited so we may have to move on from a topic to ensure we cover everything.If we cut you short, this is not at all a reflection on your comments but just to ensure we can hear from everybody and cover all the topics.  If you have any larger-scale concerns that cannot be covered in the time or framework of the Opinion Exchange Meeting you are welcome to contact Sondey or Alex at any time, before or after the meeting.

*This is a work function so please be professional, please refrain from private conversations and using your mobile phone.

Please let Sondey or I know if you have any questions about the sessions.

We Look forward to seeing all of you in the next couple of weeks!