Sempai kohai system
Since the late 1990s experienced Akita JETs have been helping out new JETs arriving in Akita in late July and early August.
Sempais (experienced JETs) are there to help new ALTs get adjusted in their communities. They are a go-to person for daily life questions like "Where can I buy...?" or "Which cell phone service is best in this area?" or "How can I get to...?" They are also there to be another native English speaker to talk to. Sempais are NOT there to deal with any serious problems, especially those related to mental or physical health, work, or the law. If your kohai has a serious problem in those or any other area, contact a PA.