Returners and Recontractors Conference 2016

The 2016 Akita Returners and Recontractors Conference (平成28年度再任用者及び帰国者研修会) was held on Monday May the 30th 2016 at the Personnel Training Center in Tenno.

JETs were split up into two groups: Returners (those leaving JET) and Recontractors (those staying another year). Returners learnt about topics such as how to receive their pension refund, how deal with Japanese taxes, and the rules regarding returning airfare, goodbye speeches, settling your affairs, and dealing with life after JET.

Recontractors Workshops

Cultural Understanding

  • Nicholas Asquith

The deeper, intuitive aspects of our culture are unconscious. And being part of the JET community means we will come into contact not only with Japanese culture, but the cultures of our peers. This workshop gives us an opportunity to share our experiences with others and gain additional insights into behaviour we’ve experienced since arriving in Japan.


  • Masahiko Sensei

Having trouble understanding Akita-ben? This unique Tohoku dialect sounds foreign even to many native speakers of Japanese. Come and learn the basics of the phonetics and grammatical differences behind the dialect! You will also learn new vocabulary and useful phrases that will be sure to help you in your everyday lives.

Japanese Studies

  • Colin Flinn

Whether you are studying on your own or in a classroom, you are sure to have questions on how to best utilize your time. JLPT veteran and resident guru Colin shares what has worked for him and provides his patented study tips - be it passing the JLPT or daily conversation you are sure to find something useful here.

Akita Association of JETs Info

  • Mike Aubrey and Joey Griggs

Mike and Joey will discuss the role of AAJET, its history of volunteerism in Akita, who it has partnered with this year and expand on the direction it will be taking in the future with respect to the JET community.

Making the Most of Your Time in Japan

  • Jeffrey Lowther and Misa Yasuda

This presentation will address ways for us to overcome difficulties and make the most of our limited time in Japan, both in and out of school. Join us as we share about events, clubs, creating lesson materials, and discovering Japan's hidden treasures.

After JET Conference Recap and Info

  • Tara O’Donnell

An overview of the After Jet Conference 2016 held in Chiba earlier this year. Leaving JETs from every prefecture in Japan attended the conference and career fair this year. The conference mainly discussed how to deal with the mixed emotions of leaving Japan and how to utilise your JET experiences to get future employment.

The Super Senpai

  • Jonathon Morris

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a super senpai! This workshop will look at some of the ways we can be the best at welcoming the next generation of ALTs to Akita. Using our own experiences, we will learn a little about the importance of mentoring and discuss the best ways to help ensure our new JETs smoothly transition into Akita life. Faster than a speeding bullet!

Classroom Management: The Good, The Bad, and the Rowdy

  • Danie Manos and Keith Ikoma

Have a class that is dead silent? Or one that is never silent? Maybe it’s just that one class clown who distracts everyone else… In this discussion-based seminar we will talk about different classroom situations all teachers struggle with and ways to handle them. Whether you need help with discipline or have advice to offer, ALTs of all school levels are welcome.

Returners Workshops

Life After JET: Job Hunting

  • Jonathon Morris and Lynne Francis

Vince Ricci résumé, cover letter and interview tips

University of British Columbia - Common Interview Questions

How to Perfect the Elevator Pitch

Farewell Speeches & Letters in Japanese

  • Masahiko-sensei

Leaving Japan: Tax/Pension Refund, etc.

Settling Your Affairs, Pre-departure & Preparing for New Arrivals

  • Rachel Youngblood


  • Check in time: 9:30-9:50
    • Opening Ceremony: 10:00
    • Lunch: 12:00-1:00
    • Closing Ceremony: 16:45

Lunch tickets at the education center are prone to running out, so it is in your best interest to arrive slightly early and purchase a lunch ticket.

See also

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