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Sep. 13th, 2010



Question about Post-JET health insurance

This question goes out to any former-JETs who are back in America. More specifically, this is for anyone who has a pre-existing condition that requires health insurance coverage. When you returned to America, and tried to get health insurance, what sort of proof, if any, did you need to provide to show you had insurance in Japan?

I'm diabetic, and got my Japanese insurance through my wife's Board of Education. We are now back in America, and now I am trying to get insurance here. However, because diabetes is a pre-existing condition, I need proof that I had insurance in Japan. Without that proof, I have to wait six months from the time I start my new coverage until I can actually receive treatment for diabetes. Someone at my wife's former Board of Education went to the National Insurance Office to receive proof that I was covered. Unfortunately, they say that there is no form proving my insurance. The Board of Education now wants us to provide them with something asking for proof of insurance.

Has anyone run into this sort of problem upon returning to America and trying to get insurance? If so, can you please give me some advice?

Aug. 19th, 2009


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Hey there,
I'm an ALT in Toyohashi, Aichi and have to make a short self introduction at my new High School. I'm expected to talk for 5 minutes and am a little worried. I'll make a brief intro in both English and Japanese and then am hoping to do a quick, easy, fun introduction song on my ukulele to fill up the rest of the time. The song can be in either English or Japanese. It just has to have something to do with meeting new people, looking forward to working together, blahblahblah.

Any suggestions?

Feb. 3rd, 2009



Hey beautiful JETters, question to you...

Hi everyone, sorry if this is something already discussed. If so, feel free to tell me off. ;)

I've got a question that I hope you guys can help me with. I'm seriously considering going into the JET program. Got my interview date all set up and everything. But now I'm having second thoughts about it all. See, the last few times I was studying/living abroad, a lot of my interaction with the native people centered around my ability to speak English. It got to the point where I almost felt like I was being "used"- that people would feign friendships or an interest in me just so they could unleash their broken English for me to assist and correct them. My appearance, as a foreigner, made me stick out even more and I ended up feeling sort of isolated a lot of the time.

I know the JET program has you in a teaching position, or at least an assistant position, and I want to ask you all: Do any of you JETters ever get that feeling, like you're just a foreign curiosity or a talking English parrot, while living abroad? What about you people who are kind of shy, like me? Are the challenges of JET even harder as a result of that?

Any feedback/stories/ideas you have would be most appreciated. This is a major decision in my life and I want to think it all the way through.

Cross posted to a few other Japan-related LJ communities.

Jan. 31st, 2009



Insulin pump at an onsen?

My wife and I are going to the Yuki Matsuri this week, and we are going to an onsen while we are there. I'm diabetic and have an insulin pump. Can anyone give me some advice on what I should do with it while there? I can disconnect the pump, but there will still be an adhesive patch, like for an IV, stuck to me. I'd rather not have to take the patch completely off, but will if I have to. Is anyone on this list diabetic, and if so, have you run into this situation?


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Jan. 20th, 2009



Reservations for Naked Man 2009 now open!

The time has come, lovelies, to send in reservations for a spot on the buses for that quite mindbogglingly Japanese festival, Naked Man.

The full and complete details from Richard, the fabulous OkaJET President are under the cutCollapse )

Nov. 29th, 2008



Sapporo Snow Festival

My wife and I live in Okinawa, and want to go to the Sapporo Snow Festival. Does anyone have any recommendations for travel agencies to go through? We went through HIS to buy tickets to California, but aren't sure if there are cheaper agencies to go through, or if it's easier/cheaper to purchase directly from one of the airlines. Do agencies get a better tabi-wari rate?

This has been cross-posted to "jet_programme", "jetjapan", and "okinawa"

Oct. 3rd, 2008

autum fae


Anyone doing Nanowrimo this year in Japan?

So anyone here doing Nanowrimo this year in Japan?
Anyone in Shizuoka?

Sep. 20th, 2008



Translation help

Hey all,
My wife and I are in Okinawa, and well, watashi-tachi baka gaijin desu. We speak very little Japanese at the moment. I was supposed to get an English/Japanese dictionary before I left, but I bought two phrasebooks, which have limited dictionaries at the end. Can any of you suggest a good online translation site? To be more specific: I'm looking for one that translates into romaji, until we learn more kanji/hiragana/katakana. Also, if anyone knows of any online phrase translators, that would be even better. I know of Kanjidict, dicts.info, and they are fairly helpful, but any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks!

X-posted to eikaiwa, jet_programme, jetjapan

Jul. 29th, 2008

JG: Ueto Aya (上戸彩) - eye cover


Tons of different questions

Hi there,

it's been a while since I posted here last, I think.
Before I start my question marathon, I'd like to introduce myself again. I'm currently living and working in Japan (Yamaguchi Prefecture) as English teacher for a private family run eikaiwa. I came here in March. I'm not a native-speaker of English as I'm German.

Anyway .. the following questions concern work, travelling, credit cards, paypal, selling things to overseas etc.
So if you at least could help me with one of my questions, that would be awesome :D

Thanks a lot in advance and here we go:

1) Vacation in Kyushu (Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima) - any recs?Collapse )

2) Seishun Ticket (also for limited express?)Collapse )

3) Japanese credit card (how to / where?)Collapse )

4) Selling stuff overseas (paypal, mail service etc.)Collapse )

5) Next job: eikaiwa vs. ALTCollapse )

6) Work visa: diploma translation?!Collapse )

Uff, that was a LOT! Sorry!
Hope you can help me :)

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