By living and working in the cities and towns of Japan, JET Program participants become a part of their communities in a deeper, more meaningful way than the average American has a chance to experience while traveling abroad. The following is a summary of the Terms and Conditions of the JET Program contract. All JET Participants are required to read the 2019 JET Program Application Guidelines before applying. Please visit the How to Apply page for additional information.
Participants are expected to be at work approximately thirty-five hours a week, excluding lunch breaks. It is likely that participants will be required to work during normal Japanese office and/or general school hours, which are from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese national holidays are days off. However, there are cases in which extra hours are required before/after usual office and/or school hours, or where participants are required to work on Saturdays, Sundays and Japanese national holidays. The amount of paid leave per year differs among contracting organizations, but all participants are guaranteed to have at least ten days.
The JET participant’s salary is determined by the number of years of participation on the JET Program. As employment through the JET Program as an ALT or CIR is a full-time paid position, JET participants receive a monthly salary from their contracting organizations. Yearly salary before tax is:
• ¥3,360,000 a year for first year JET participants
• ¥3,600,000 a year for second year JET participants
• ¥3,900,000 a year for third year JET participants
• ¥3,960,000 a year for fourth and fifth year JET participants
In Japan, joining the national social (health) insurance, contributing to the pension fund program and paying employment insurance are mandatory. A part of these costs are borne by the participant and deducted from the monthly post-tax remuneration each month on payday.
Transportation To and From Japan
The JET Program participant’s flights to and from Japan are provided for them by their contracting organization.
Outside Work Prohibition
Participants are prohibited from taking on any work other than that of this Program for the duration of their appointment.
Participants with a driver’s license may be required to operate a motor vehicle as a part of their work duties.
JET Program Visa
The JET Program Office will provide the necessary work visa for candidates who are selected to participate on the 2018 JET Program. Detailed instructions will be provided after notification of selection.
Dependents of JET Program participants (spouse or children) are also eligible for dependent visas. Please note that only legal spouses and children under the age of 18 are eligible for a dependent’s visa. A fiancé(e), common-law spouse, etc. is not eligible.
For Participants Who Already Reside in Japan
Individuals with residence status in Japan are still required to return to the United States for the interview process. However, they do not need to return to the U.S. for the Pre-Departure Orientation (which is mandatory for all other participants) and may travel directly to the Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo.
Travel Expenses Home
JET participants who (1) complete their JET appointment in good standing with their contracting organization, (2) are not seeking third-party employment in Japan, and (3) depart Japan within one month of the end of their JET contract, will be provided with airfare expenses from an international airport in Japan to the designated airport in the United States from which they originally departed via the most reasonable and standard route.
Repayment of Travel Expenses
JET Participants who violate terms and conditions by, for example, failing to complete the full duration of their appointment without due reason, or become disqualified through committing inappropriate acts after arriving in Japan, will bear the full cost of traveling home. In addition, these participants must repay to their contracting organization the cost of travel to Japan and other expenses incurred by the contracting organization, including those costs for housing in cases in which the contracting organization has already made arrangements.
The information provided here should be considered a summary of the terms and conditions of participation on the JET Program. All participants are required to read the Application Guidelines for full details on contract information, terms and conditions, etc.