Jul 04

Typhoon Season

Hello fellow JETs!

As you know, a typhoon has passed by the Fukuoka area today. As we are approaching the midst of the typhoon season, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with what you should do before and during a typhoon.

A typhoon is a tropical cyclone. During a typhoon you can expect strong wind and heavy rain. Before a typhoon hits, it is wise to secure outdoor belongings (e.g. plants on your balcony). In the event of a strong typhoon with very strong wind and heavy rain, it is recommended that you stay indoors and wait for the typhoon to pass.

For those of you who will be travelling this summer, please be aware of the chance of typhoon, which often causes delay and cancellation of flights and boat rides, etc.

Click here for useful weather forecast websites and more information on what to do in natural diasters.


Apr 25

Update: Getting a Japanese Driver’s License

Hello JETs, I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

The “Getting a Japanese Driver’s License” page on the website has been updated.

As of March 2017, Fukuoka and Kitakyushu City Driver’s License Centers no longer administer driver’s license converstion practical skills test (driving test). They only handle license conversions that do not require a driving test. To take the test, you must now go to Chikuho or Chikugo Driver’s License Centers. (See the Fukuoka Prefectural Police website for more information in Japanese)

Please be aware of this when you are preparing to convert your driver’s license.

Apr 11

JLPT Registration is Open!

Hello Fukuoka JETs!

Yes, it’s that time again! Registration for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has opened up for the Summer 2017 test.

It’s your chance to put all those skills that you’ve learned to the test!

The JLPT is offered twice a year in Japan. The next test is on Sunday, July 2nd. Registration has already begun, and the deadline to register for the July test online is Friday, April 28th at 17:00. The deadline for application by mail is Friday, April 28th (postmarked). If you are interested in taking this test, please see more information on how to register here.

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