Akita Leavers Conference 2023

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The 2023 Akita Leavers Conference (令和5年帰国者研修会; Reiwa gonen Kikokusha Kenshūkai) was a conference held online specifically for JET participants leaving the program in 2023 on Friday, May 26th.

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


The 2023 Handbook contains all the information delivered during the conference in detail, including processes for pension refunds, taxes, visas, and more.


Guest Lecture: Farewell Speeches & Letter Writing

Masahiko Sato, Instructor at Akita University (Guest Lecturer)

How can you properly convey your regards to the many people who have watched over you during your stay in Akita? 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 get in touch with the PAs if you would like a digital copy of the handout.

Leaving Japan Procedures: Taxes & Pension

Chris Scrafford

Local residence tax, including its conditions, calculated period, and payment, will be explained. We will also go over all the necessary forms, steps, deadlines, things to watch out for, and FAQ regarding your lump-sum withdrawal payment for your pension refund.

Reverse Culture Shock

Aiya Perrine

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 will 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.

Moving Out & Preparing for Successors

Maitseo Bakwena & June Kim

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.

Professional Development Workshop: 'I Love Me' Binder

Stephen Fischer

Have you ever felt uncertain about your abilities or struggled with imposter syndrome? What would you say if I told you, you have more worth and power than you may know? For today's final installment, we will learn about 'I Love Me' binders and how they can set you up for current and future success.

See Also

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