The Block System

The Block System was established in response to a need for local social support in regions far from Naha City (where the PA Support System is based). Okinawa is divided into eight areas, or “blocks,” headed by a volunteer “Blockhead” from the JET community. The Blockhead helps both Muni and Ken JETs settle into their area, they also organize social events and provide information on local daily life (e.g. places to go, where the nearest supermarket is, etc…). Blockheads are not responsible for helping with work-related issues.

Block Map with Labels

Blockheads 2017/2018

Block 1: The North (Nago, Kunigami), Iacinta Lucas
Block 2: Upper Chubu (Okinawa City, Uruma, Yomitan), Oliver Weeden
Block 3: Lower Chubu (Urasoe, Nishihara, Ginowan), Jasmine Yorke
Block 4: Naha, Christopher Bell

Block 5: The South (Itoman, Nanjo, Yonabaru), Rowan McGregor
Block 6: The Outer Islands (Iheya, Izena, Ie, Kume, The Keramas and The Daitos), Shelby Replogle
Block 7: Miyako, Lucas LaPlante
Block 8: Ishigaki/Yaeyama, Johann Kuipers


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