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Starting in 2009, Akita Prefecture initiated the block system. This system is designed to create a better local support system concerning work, Japanese Culture, and January re-contracting decisions. Officially, there is a block meeting (ブロック会議) sponsored by the International Affairs Division each January.

What does a block leader do?

Block leaders are people willing to share local information with all new incoming ALTs. In some cases, sempai ALTs or supervisors are unable to do so (for various reasons). In these cases, the block leader is a person you can contact about local information such as where to buy stuff for your apartment, find interesting places, or show you a good place to meet locals. Your Block Leader keeps in contact with the PAs to provide feedback and help with outreach and support.

The Block Leaders coordinate our official January block meetings. In some cases, Block Leaders also coordinate with sempai JETs in organizing smaller local block meetings in August and March/April. Also, Block Leaders attend Akita orientation to welcome new JETs and give presentations concerning work and life in Akita.

It is important to note that block leaders are not trained or expected to give counseling of any kind. If you require any form of mediation, consultation, help with work-related issues or any problems that you find difficult to deal with by yourself, please contact your Prefectural Advisors. If you want counseling, please contact your CO or Prefectural Advisors for information on finding a counselor.

2014-2015 Block Meetings

The 2014-2015 block meetings took place on January 16th 2015. For more details, check the Block Meetings 2015 Wiki Page.

2015-2016 Block Meetings

The 2015-2016 block meetings took place on January 12th 2016. For more details, check the Block Meetings 2016 Wiki Page.

2016-2017 Block Meetings

The 2016-2017 block meetings will take place on January 13th 2017. For more details, check the Block Meetings 2017 Wiki Page.

How are the blocks separated?

Akita's Blocks

Akita Prefecture is separated into three blocks, with two block leaders for each. The blocks are North (県北), Central (中央), and South (県南).

2016-2017 Block Leaders

Block name Leader Cities Year
North Michelle Berent Odate 3
Hannah Phillips Kosaka 2
Central Cari Johnson Akita City 2
Rebecca Bamlett Akita City 2
South Jackie Jean-Francois Yokote 3
Danie Manos Yuzawa 2

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