All JETs are represented through Blocks, groups of prefectures that together elect one Block Representative to the AJET National Council. Which AJET Block represents you? To find out what’s going on in the JET world all over Japan, use the block directory on the right or contact a Block Representative.
2nd Year Aomori JET
Block 1 Representative
Aomori | Akita | Hokkaido | Iwate
Block 1 includes Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate and Akita. Amanda wants to be a surgeon and move back to Hawaii where she can help Japanese speaking patients. She love coffee and cats, so she spends her weekends at Starbucks and cat cafes! She wants to provide the same sense of community to the incoming JETs of the block 1 prefectures that she was welcomed with.
4th Year Fukushima JET
Block 2 Representative
Fukushima | Miyagi | Niigata | Yamagata
Block 2 includes Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima and Niigata. Merran spent the last two years on Fukushima’s AJET council, and the past year as president. She hopes to connect the Block 2 community through the creation of great opportunities for you to meet other JETs, as well as the promotion of events from around both Block 2 and Japan.
2nd Year Nagano JET
Block 3 Representative
Gunma | Ibaraki | Nagano | Saitama | Tochigi
Block 3 includes Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Nagano. Ashley was previously a Nagano AJET council member with experience in coordinating large and small scale events and a background in communication. Just to name a few of last year’s events, she has planned Nagano AJET Thanksgiving, Geisha Night and Hanami!
3rd Year Tokyo JET
Block 4 Representative
Chiba | Kanagawa | Shizuoka | Tokyo | Yamanashi
Block 4 includes Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka. Since coming to Japan, Kristie have been an active member in her local community and the JET community. Taking part in local events, sports clubs and festivals has helped her create a life in Tokyo and being part of a large group of JETs has developed her organizational skills. Her qualifications include social planning in the Tokyo JET committee, holding the position of treasurer for the Biomedical Sciences Society in University and participating in Tokyo JET Orientation as panelist.
4th Year Toyama JET
Block 5 Representative
Aichi | Fukui | Gifu | Ishikawa | Toyama
Block 5 includes Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Gifu and Aichi. Domnhall wants to strengthen the bonds between the five prefectures of Block 5 and give JETs more chances to visit new places, do those things they’ve exclaimed at in other people’s photos, make connections, and have the craic (Irish for fun) with new friends. He has held the position of Toyama AJET Prefectural Representative for the past two years and successfully strengthened the local community.
3rd Year Shiga JET
Block 6 Representative
Hyogo | Kyoto | Shiga
Block 6 includes Shiga, Kyoto and Hyogo. Carolina has plenty of leadership experience, which she large gained throughout University, as the president of 4 distinct clubs. This year she has served AJET as the Shiga Prefectural Representative, gaining experience and knowledge that will help as the Block 6 Representative.
3rd Year Nara JET
Block 7 Representative
Mie | Nara | Osaka | Wakayama
Block 7 includes Mie, Osaka, Nara and Wakayama. Jessica is luckily placed in a prefecture with a close knit JET community. She intends to spread that sense of community to the whole of Block 7, making the best Block they can possibly be! Her experiences on Nara AJET council and as Nara Touch Rugby co-Captain have given her the skills to bring our communities together and to ensure that everyone’s interests are represented at the national level.
3rd Year Kochi JET
Block 8 Representative
Ehime | Kagawa | Kochi | Tokushima
Block 8 includes Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi. As Block Rep Amon wants to make it easier for JETs to cross borders by sharing information about and creating events. He wants to work with prefectural AJET groups and individuals to achieve this. One of his goals is to encourage each prefecture to designate one “open” event where they welcome JETs from other prefectures. He brings experience from the 2015-16 Council as Director of Volunteering along with prior experience in planning events for the Shikoku Hiking and Adventure Group
4th Year Hiroshima JET
Block 9 Representative
Hiroshima | Okayama | Shimane | Tottori | Yamaguchi
Block 9 includes Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. Preston’s main goal is make existence in Japan, however long or short, the least unfortunate as possible. To him, that means having engaging local gatherings where people can laugh and have fun. It means trying to understand and alleviate individual problems by continually updating reasonable general guidelines for most situations. He is passionate about these things and excited to get started!
2nd Year Saga JET
Block 10 Representative
Fukuoka | Nagasaki | Oita | Saga
Block 10 includes Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki and Oita. In one of the smallest JET communities in Japan, Harriett has been able to be active in her first year. As Block 10 Representative she wants to strengthen the ties within the community and allow others within her Block to feel as valued as she has felt. Harriett has been recognized for her activeness and leadership within the Saga community by being appointed Saga AJET Representative for 2016-2017. She looks forward to serving as Block 10 Representative this year!
2nd Year Okinawa JET
Block 11 Representative
Kagoshima | Kumamoto | Miyazaki | Okinawa
Block 11 includes Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa. While representing Block 11, CJ hopes to listen to concerns and give the people a voice on the National AJET council. As a strong proponent of self care, he will work to give everyone the resources necessary to face the unique challenges of The JET Programme. He learned the skills necessary to to achieve this goal as an undergraduate student serving as coordinator for his university’s tour guide office. In this role, he facilitated discussion between the 100 student guides and 12 professional staff members. He looks forward to being your Block 11 Representative!