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CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #74 September 2018

Are you a brand-new ALT looking for some advice for your time in Japan, or are you a seasoned JET veteran looking for something new to catch your eye? Whichever category you fall into, you ...
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Everyday life after a disaster

Camilo A. Guerra-Tejo (Mihara) There is no question that disasters alter our lives.  Homes and cherished personal items are destroyed, places are closed, roads become impassable, and sadly lives are lost. But, after the initial ...
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Life as a Muslim in Japan

Aisha Bibi (Hiroshima) “Muslims are spied on in Japan”—this was the statement that I had read online when I searched about Muslims in Japan. I wasn’t sure if it was true or not but it ...
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Donations and Volunteering for West Japan Floods

Callum Hull (Hiroshima) As many of you may know, on the 6th and 7th of July 2018, West Japan was hit with record rainfall as—three times the expected rainfall for July. The Chugoku region of ...
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Family Spotlight: Winter Holiday Fun!

JET Couples and Families share about their winter holiday adventures Shantel Dickerson (Oita) This month’s Family Spotlight features winter holiday highlights from four JET families. Take a peek to see what they were up to! ...
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Are You a Dancer?

Emily Bisset (Tokyo) I have had an on-off love affair with dance my whole life. After renouncing ballet at the age of four when asked to wear a pink tutu, I did a bit of ...
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From well-educated to functionally illiterate in 14 hours

In the time it takes to fly from Atlanta to Tokyo Sabrina Hassanali (Tokyo) While I know that moving to a new country can be intimidating, I felt pretty confident before arriving in Japan. I ...
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JET Family Spotlight: A Week of “Lasts:” Getting Packed with Tokyo Orientation on the Horizon

Ben Holschuh, husband of ALT in Oita Prefecture As I’m getting ready to leave, I’ve had a lot of “lasts” for me. During my last week, I’ve had my last Monday morning team meeting and ...
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Volunteering on an Oyster Farm by the Sea of Japan

Amberly Young, ALT in Fukui Prefecture Driving down meandering roads along the Sea of Japan, I felt a mixture of fear, homesickness, and excitement. I was heading for a week-long homestay on an oyster farm ...
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Navigating the Tax Waters During Your Special Experience in Japan

Kevin Matthews, CPA, PHR, MBA, MAcc What an exciting time! That was the feeling I had when I stepped off of the plane after arriving at Narita Airport. I had just flown business blass (they ...
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