めんそーれ incoming OkiJETs

Welcome to all the incoming OkiJETs for 2017! While we’re sad to see a number of OkiJETs leaving us we’re looking forward to meeting all you newcomers. We’re sure you’re looking forward to arriving by now so why not take a look at the OkiJET welcome videos page for a great preview of your year(s) ahead.

Also, please come and say hello on the OkiJETs Facebook group which is a great place to ask general questions about work and home life in Okinawa.

This site contains a wealth of information about what to expect and it’s all written by previous and current OkiJETs so please take a look around and start getting excited.

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Tropical Depression Chaba

Typhoon Chaba (台風第18号 taifuu dai jyuu hachi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. Technically it’s still a “tropical depression” but forecasters seems sure it will turn into a typhoon by this weekend. It is expected to pass over Okinawa bringing rain and strong winds around Monday, October 3rd.

Please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm. If you have an outdoor washing machine, find a way to firmly tape/hold the lid down.

Be sure to check in with your coordinators for typhoon procedures regarding school and keep an eye on the news. 1st year JETs, page 25 of your OkiJET Welcome Handbook has more information on how to prepare for a typhoon for your reference.

You can keep track of developments at:

http://www.stripes.com/blogs/pacific-storm-tracker/tropical-depression-21w-chaba-6-1.431235
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/typh5.html
https://english.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/wp201621.html
http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/warnings/wp2116.gif

Stay safe everyone!

Tropical Storm Nepartak

Tropical Storm Nepartak (台風第1号 taifuu dai ichi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. It is forecasted to pass over Ishigaki and Miyako area from tomorrow night, July 6th to Thursday morning, July 7th bringing rain and strong winds.

If you are in the affected regions, please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm.

You can keep track of the Typhoon at:

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/1601.html

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2016/Tropical-Depression-Nepartak

 

 

KenJET Reappointment and Returning JET Ceremonies

Date: Friday, July 8th

 

Time & Location: Ken ALT Reappointment Ceremony: 10:30 – 11:30 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Rooms #1 & #2

Ken ALT Returners Ceremony: 13:15 – 14:15 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Room #1

Address: Okinawa Prefectural Office 沖縄県庁(Okinawa kenchou) 〒900-8570 沖縄県那覇市泉崎1丁目2番2号 098-866-2715

Please park in the basement parking at the office and get the parking validated. If you park at the public parking structure, we will not be able to validate your parking. You can visit the OkiJET website for a more detailed step-by-step set of directions to the Prefectural Office.

Attire: Formal business event, so formal business attire is required. Kariyushi is also okay.

Other Reminders: For Reappointing JETs, please bring your inkan for your contracts. After the ceremony, those who need to renew their working visas have a chance to go to the Immigration Office in Naha. For Returning JETs, you will need to prepare a short speech (in Japanese) about your experience on JET. You will also be receiving your flight tickets at this time, so be sure to bring your inkan.