Akita Leavers Conference 2022

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The 2022 Akita Leavers Conference (令和4年帰国者研修会; Reiwa Yonnen Kikokusha Kenshūkai) was a conference held online specifically for JET participants leaving the program in 2022 on Friday, May 20th 2022 using Google Classroom.

JETs learned about topics such as how to receive their pension refund, how deal with Japanese taxes, and the rules regarding returning airfare, moving out, goodbye speeches, traveling under COVID-19, and dealing with reverse culture shock after JET.


The [Handbook] contains all of the information delivered during the conference in details, including processes for pension refunds, taxes, visas, and more.


Farewell Speeches & Letter Writing

Masahiko Sato, Instructor at Akita University (Guest Lecturer)

How can you properly convey your regards to the many people who've watched over you during your time here? We've invited Mr. Masahiko Sato, an Instructor at Akita University, to help you prepare your farewell speeches and thank you letters.

  • Presentation and handout not uploaded as per Mr. Sato's request. Please contact the PAs if you would like a digital copy of the handout.

Leaving Japan: Taxes and Pension

Chris Scrafford

Time for everyone's favorite topic: taxes! Learn more about what taxes you are responsible for, when/how to pay them and other financial factors to account for.

COVID Procedures

Suriya Ratnam

While the pandemic has certainly added additional challenges to the journey after JET, there are several other factors to be considered as well. In this presentation, we will cover the various aspects of returning home and preparing for unexpected situations.

Moving Out & Preparing for Successors

Majesty Zander

What services need cancelling? What paperwork do you need to file? How do you get rid of your stuff? How should you prepare for your successor? We’ll talk about all of these points and more in this cover-all presentation on everything you need to think about when moving on from JET.

Reverse Culture Shock

June Kim

Going back to your home country? After living abroad, you can definitely expect to feel some reverse culture shock, and even some homesickness for your life in Japan. We'll break down the basics of reverse culture shock to help you better cope with returning home. As well as give you ideas for ways to stay connected with your life and memories in Japan.

See Also

Akita Leavers Conference
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