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Welcome to the new blog of FJET!

If you’re coming to or living in Fukui and you need information, have questions or anything else to share with Fukui’s English-speaking population, you’re in the right place! Started, run, and frequently updated by Fukui JET Program(me) participants, alumni and friends, this blog is a one stop shop for information (in English!) about Fukui.

Want to feel even more connected? Join our Facebook group, Fukui JET (FJET)!

Thanks for stopping by, and let’s help each other have an awesome time in Fukui!

*This blog is currently under construction, so bare with us a we try to consolidate our information from our old site (fjet.org) and put it here.*

In the meantime, check out our Facebook group, Facebook page and Instagram

FJET Council Elections 2020

FJET is currently accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 JET year.

To be eligible for nomination you must:

  • Be a current or former JET currently under contract by the Fukui Kencho BOE, JET City ALT or CIR
  • Be re-contracting for the 2020-2021 term
  • Be willing to support your fellow officers by attending events 

Note to community members and private hires
Unfortunately, you are not eligible for election as an officer, but you are always welcome to contact officers through the official channels to offer your services as support and a community connection.

If you are interested, please see the descriptions for positions below. Please contact us if you have any questions.If you nominate a friend, please ask them and tell us they have agreed to being nominated.

To apply or nominate,  EMAIL  fjetpresidents@gmail.com with the following information

  • Name
  • Position
  • Your intentions for the position (under 100 words)

AVAILABLE POSITIONS

FJET Presidents (x2)

  • Editing and updating the Welcome Handbook for new arrivals.
  • Planning for Fukui Orientation in August (Give a quick intro about FJET and its benefits to incoming newbies, BBQ, city tour, dinner at a nearby izakaya on the first evening)
  • 3 main events: Fuji Trip in August, Festivus (between Thanksgiving and winter vacation), and the Osaka Sumo Trip (March)
  • Other responsibilities include organizing and hosting FJET meetings (Usually 2-3 over the course of the year – most planning and correspondence is done via email), regularly checking the presidents’ email account and forwarding pertinent info to the mailing list, making executive decisions if for some reason there is a scheduling conflict for events.
  • Administrators for the FJET Facebook group

FJET Social Secretaries (x2)

  • Social Secretaries are responsible for planning events to keep the JET community “social”.
  • The biggest events have been the Contract Signing after-party and the Sayonara Semi-Formal but they are free to organize other events if they so choose.
  • With the current pandemic, Social Secretaries have the fun challenge of creating online events! 

FJET Community Liaisons (x2)

  • They are our connection to the Japanese locals. They should be community-savvy enough to inform us of any interesting upcoming events, festivals, opportunities, and be in touch with the International Club.
  • Major events they plan include the SDC Charity Auction and book swaps. Fundraising for local and national charities (Fukui merch/talent show) 

FJET Treasurer 

  • The treasurer is in charge of making the yearly budget, holding the money box, and maintaining the FJET bank account.
  • Given that this individual will be in actual possession of the money box, we ask that they are located in Fukui City or the nearby vicinity in order to facilitate access to FJET funds as need be.
  • They are also responsible for keeping track of and collecting money at events or designating a responsible party to do so. 

FJET Southern Representatives (x2) 

  • These two representatives must reside in Tsuruga or further south.
  • They assist and maintain communication with the Volunteer Coordinator in working with the Tsuruga orphanage (Shiroume) by helping to coordinate volunteers in the South for the monthly orphanage visits.
  • They are to keep FJET informed of events in the south and are free to plan events that will attract FJETs to their area.
  • Their main responsibilities are planning the Kar Rally, usually held in June, and planning the Tsuruga ice skating event, usually held sometime between November and March. 

FJET Volunteer Coordinator 

  • The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for planning, managing and supervising the monthly orphanages for Fukui City (Hoho no Emi) and Tsuruga (Shiroume), liasoning with charities in and outside of Fukui, handling donations, and promoting volunteer opportunities to Fukui JETs. 
  • As the Volunteer Coordinator, you are able to find and create volunteer opportunities that match your needs and interests. For example, previous Coordinators have conducted beach clean-ups, care packages to a local hospital, and worked with AJET to donate masks in Japan during a pandemic.  
  • The Volunteer Coordinator is to not only regularly maintain contact with volunteers through email, but also through the Facebook group, ‘FJET Volunteer.
  • Japanese proficiency is not required but highly recommended as it may be necessary for communication with the orphanages, other Japanese organizations and the Japanese community. 

 FJET Sports Representative 

  • The sports rep is a liaison between the captains of the sports teams and anyone who is interested in sports.
  • Their job is to coordinate information given to them by the sports teams and send it out on the official email and from time to time promote sports events in Fukui and elsewhere. 

JETFuel Editors (x2) 

  • Essentially a community zine, it is a collection of photos, art, trip reports, poetry, candid shirtless pictures, and interesting anecdotes from JETs all around the prefecture.
  • This is a self-nominated position only.
  • We will only accept people who nominate themselves.
  • If you have experience in graphic design, school newspaper or yearbook clubs, scrap-booking, or even blogging and are interested, please step up and help out! 

FJET Webmaster  

  • They are in charge of the web presence of the Fukui AJET chapter. Right now, the FJET website is undergoing some major changes.
  • This year’s webmaster has moved the website to a wordpress and is currently editing information.
  • We are also working on putting out regular blogs.
  • The webmaster should have a reasonable amount of technical/computer savvy skill but do not have to be a master. Just a willingness to work hard

To apply or nominate,  EMAIL  fjetpresidents@gmail.com 

Care Packages for Sexual & Domestic Violence Victims

Now more than ever, incidences of domestic violence have risen globally (with some institutions/safe havens reporting a 100% increase) as more and more families are in the same space and in constant contact for longer than usual. That is why it is important to show support for these victims by giving them feel-good care packages and other necessary donations.

FJET is working with a local Domestic and Sexual Violence center to provide 15 care packages to women at the center. I would like to deliver these care packages to the center by May 29. The care packages will include:

  • 1 canvas or see-through bag  (in which the items will be placed in) 
    • If you donate this, it is best to donate all 15 of these. 
  • 1 calming scented candle
  • 1 calming scented lotion
  • 1 gel body wash
  • 1 container of bath salts/bath bombs
  • 1 cute/colorful hair scrunchy
  • 1 beauty face mask/pack
  • 1 cloth face mask (new edition for the current situation) 
  • 1 handwritten card in Japanese (English may be acceptable as well.)
    • You don’t need to write your name on this. Also, this is a great opportunity for artists to design these. 

NOTE: We are only accepting unused travel or medium-sized bottles of the lotions, body wash, etc. 

If there is something on this list you would like to contribute 15 of, contact the Volunteer Coordinator before purchasing.

Some people have already bee in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator about donating, but if you have been in contact with her about donating something, please also sign-up with the Signup Genius form. Below is a link to sign up to pledge a donation.

In addition to the roughly 15 care packages that will be donated, the center is in great need of sized-small sweatsuits/sweats and underwear, and would also like sized medium, if possible. *Clean, hole and stain-free used sweatsuits/sweats and underwear (bras, etc.) are acceptable for donation.  

If you are willing to donate clothing or items for the care packages, please fill out the sign up sheet and email fjetvolunteer@gmail.com to arrange pick up/drop off. 

Don’t forget to spread the word throughout the community to your friends, teachers, coworkers, etc. You don’t need to be a JET to donate!