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July 19, 2002

Daily Yomiuri Features JETs

The latest in the Daily Yomiuri's "Gaikokujin" series, published today, focussed on the JET program. It featured all aspects, from ALTs working in remote islands off the coast of Kyushu to bureacratic problems within the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), which administers the program at the national level. The main, perennial complaint of participants seems to be that they are underutilized. A CLAIR report said that over 60% of ALTs surveyed said they were "ordered to attend (their) workplace during extended holiday periods" but 96% of them had no duties to fulfill. If you have something to say about your JET experience, why not visit our Message Board section on the JET program.

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