International Affairs Division
The International Affairs Division (国際課; Kokusai-ka, often referred to as the "IAD") is the division of the Akita Prefectural Government that is responsible for the JET Program. Within the JET Program hierarchy, this kind of organization is called the 取りまとめ団体 (Torimatome Dantai) in Japanese, and the "Host Prefecture" in English. The 取りまとめ団体, or Host Prefecture, acts as an intermediary between CLAIR and Contracting Organizations/JET participants. For example, they are responsible for sending out all CLAIR-related paperwork to the Contracting Organizations around the prefecture, among other things.
The International Affairs Division is located in Akita City on the second floor of the Prefectural Government, Main Building (県庁本庁舎; Kenchō Honchōsha), directly across from Akita City Hall. They are a division under the Akita Prefectural Department of Planning and Promotion (企画振興部; Kikaku Shinkō-bu). This is also where the CIR PA and Japanese PA work. Currently, members of this division and the Education Center sit on the application review panel for selecting Block PAs.