Prefecture-wide conferences are usually held at the Akita Prefectural Education Center (秋田県総合教育センター) in Tenno, slightly north of Akita City. Block meetings are held at different locations depending on your block.

Tokyo Orientation

April, July and August. The 2-day Tokyo conference for new JETs.

Akita Orientation

August. This conference for new JETs has information on Akita, lesson planning ideas, travel, etc.

Akita Orientation
2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Skills Development Conference

October. Up until 2011 this was known as the Mid-Year Conference due it it being held halfway into the Japanese fiscal year. In 2011 CLAIR revised their guidelines and goals, giving us the brand new Skills Development Conference, or SDC. This conference includes many JTEs as well as the JETs. Presentations range from increasing communication between JTEs and JETs, lesson ideas, improving the quality of team teaching, etc.

Skills Development Conference
Mid-Year Conference 2008 • 2009 • 2010
Skills Development Conference 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
2020 2021

Block Meetings

January. These one day conferences provide a forum for exchanging teaching ideas, tips to survive and thrive in winter, and also are a great way to reconnect with local JETs after the holidays. The PAs also use this opportunity to talk to the JET community about the recontracting decision (unless the deadline has passed).

Block Meetings
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Akita Leavers Conference

This is a one-day conference for JETs who will be leaving the JET program, and focuses on explaining the many procedures and things to do regarding visas, pension, etc.

Akita Recontractors Conference

This is a one-day conference with only JETs that focuses on making new goals for those who are going to stay in Akita one more year.

Akita ReOrientation Conference

Often referred to as R&R, this one-day conference was held in May or June. R&R was a conference with only JETs that focuses largely on helping those leaving the JET Program (Returners) and making new goals for those who are going to stay in Akita one more year (Recontractors). As of 2019, the Returners half and the Recontractors half were split into separate conferences.

Akita ReOrientation Conference
Returners & Recontractors Conference 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Akita ReOrientation Conference 2018 2019

Other Conferences/Seminars

There are also several other conferences and seminars that are run by either CLAIR or organizations that are not directly related to Akita Prefecture. Whether or not you can attend and how much these conferences will cost you depends on your contracting organization.

Translation/Interpretation Course Training Seminar. A week-long seminar aimed at developing interpreting and overall Japanese language skills. Widely thought to be the best language course that CLAIR offers. More info can be found here.

After JET Conference (formerly known as the Conference for Returning JETs). (Not to be confused with Akita's Returners and Recontractors Conference held in May/June!) This is a 2 day conference for those completing their tenure on the JET Programme. It is held at the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hotel in Chiba. Handouts from the 2015 conference and information regarding the 2016 conference can be found here. The JET Career Forum (Tokyo) is also held concurrently at the After JET Conference.

  • 2018-2019: February 28-29

Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese-Language. Run by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, this program has multiple programs taking place throughout the year that is aimed towards people who want to become Japanese language teachers in the future. This program is not for studying Japanese.
Held in Urawa City, Saitama Prefecture. Information for the 2019 program can be found here.

See also