AJET Blocks

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.

AJET Website Block Map

  • Block 1
    • Block 1
    • Akita
    • Aomori
    • Hokkaido
    • Iwate
  • Block 2
    • Block 2
    • Fukushima
    • Miyagi
    • Sendai
    • Niigata
    • Yamagata
  • Block 3
    • Block 3
    • Gunma
    • Ibaraki
    • Nagano
    • Saitama
    • Tochigi
  • Block 4
    • Block 4
    • Chiba
    • Kanagawa
    • Shizuoka
    • Tokyo
    • Yamanashi
  • Block 5
    • Block 5
    • Aichi
    • Fukui
    • Gifu
    • Ishikawa
    • Toyama
  • Block 6
    • Block 6
    • Hyogo
    • Kobe
    • Kyoto
    • Shiga
  • Block 7
    • Block 7
    • Mie
    • Nara
    • Osaka
    • Wakayama
  • Block 8
    • Block 8
    • Ehime
    • Kagawa
    • Kochi
    • Tokushima
  • Block 9
    • Block 9
    • Hiroshima
    • Okayama
    • Shimane
    • Tottori
    • Yamaguchi
  • Block 10
    • Block 10
    • Fukuoka
    • Nagasaki
    • Oita
    • Saga
  • Block 11
    • Block 11
    • Kagoshima
    • Kumamoto
    • Miyazaki
    • Okinawa

Block Representatives

Block 1 | Block 2 | Block 3 | Block 4 | Block 5 | Block 6 | Block 7 | Block 8 | Block 9 | Block 10 | Block 11

Lauren Handlon

Lauren Handlon


2nd Year Hokkaido JET
Block 1 Representative
Aomori | Akita | Hokkaido | Iwate

Block 1 includes Hokkaido, Akita, Aomori, and Iwate. Lauren is a JET from Colorado, USA, so she feels right at home in the mountains of Hokkaido! She has an unhealthy addiction to kpop and idols, and spends an awful lot of time watching Rupaul. She hopes to renew the sense of community that unites Block 1 together, holding events for new and old JETs alike in each of the 4 prefectures!

lauren.handlon@ajet.net
Surie Vixaysakd

Surie Vixaysakd


3rd Year Miyagi JET
Block 2 Representative
Fukushima | Miyagi | Niigata | Yamagata

Block 2 includes Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, and Niigata. Surie spent last year as Miyagi AJET Committee’s secretary. She hopes to inspire the JETs in Block 2 to reach out to their communities and explore what’s in their backyard. Her ultimate goal is to host a Block 2 Olympics.

surie.vixaysakd@ajet.net
Jacob Waalk

Jacob Waalk


3rd Year Nagano JET
Block 3 Representative
Gunma | Ibaraki | Nagano | Saitama | Tochigi

Block 3 is a sprawling strip of central Japan, stretching from the mountainous prefecture of Nagano in the west and continuing through Gunma, Tochigi, Saitama, and Ibaraki in the east. Jacob has been a Nagano AJET committee member for the past 2 years helping plan various local events, such as hanami and ryokan trips. In the coming year he wants to host unique events that integrate natural beauty and cultural heritage, as well as create volunteer opportunities for JETs to give back to the Japanese community.

jacob.waalk@ajet.net
Olivia Retter

Olivia Retter


1st Year Tokyo JET
Block 4 Representative
Chiba | Kanagawa | Shizuoka | Tokyo | Yamanashi

Block 4 includes Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka. Olivia is from England and is a first year JET based in Tokyo. She likes art, travelling and cooking. She aims to help to foster a strong community across block 4 that presents a welcoming environment, particularly for those who might fear feeling isolated in the busier metropolitan areas. She wants raise awareness among block 4 JETS of the wealth of opportunities presented by AJET both to expand their personal development and to ensure their full enjoyment of their time in Japan.

olivia.retter@ajet.net
Roxana Daliana

Roxana Daliana


2nd Year Fukui JET
Block 5 Representative
Aichi | Fukui | Gifu | Ishikawa | Toyama

Block 5 includes Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, and Toyama. Roxana feels lucky to have been placed in a prefecture with such a supportive and fun JET community. She wants everyone to have the best experience possible and feel like part of a community. With knowledge of the events and opportunities for involvement in Block 5, anyone’s situation can be enriched! By promoting and facilitating events, she hopes to expand the opportunities in Block 5 to strengthen relationships and foster a sense of community.

roxana.daliana@ajet.net
May Zhang

May Zhang


2nd Year Shiga JET
Block 6 Representative
Hyogo | Kyoto | Shiga

Block 6 includes Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga. May is lucky to be placed in a prefecture with awesome champon (a noodle dish) and a warm, tight-knit sense of community. She hopes to share both of those with all of Block 6 so that one day, everyone may enjoy eating ramen together while listening to Enya under the sakura. May wants to foster a friendly and supportive environment in which people feel welcome to reach out and connect with fellow Blockies.

may.zhang@ajet.net
Rebekah Lan

Rebekah Lan


5th Year Mie JET
Block 7 Representative
Mie | Nara | Osaka | Wakayama

Block 7 includes Osaka, Nara, Wakayama, and Mie. Rebekah is ready to utilize her skill sets and experience as Regional Advisor and time on her local AJET to provide more opportunities for people to explore in both the well-known metropolis that is Osaka and the hidden gems of Wakayama and Mie. Her goal is to host a pub quiz and a Japanese cultural event for everyone to come together to attend.

rebekah.lan@ajet.net
Nikki Smith

Nikki Smith


2nd Year Ehime JET
Block 8 Representative
Ehime | Kagawa | Kochi | Tokushima

Block 8 includes Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima and Kochi. Nikki is a second year JET from Australia who is passionate about idols, cats, and travelling. Shikoku is home to beautiful scenery, rich history, and the famous Shikoku Pilgrimage. Shikoku is an often-forgotten gem, so Nikki is looking forward to hosting events that explore the beauty of the island and encourage JETs to learn more about their new home. Additionally, she wants to foster a community atmosphere and create a wonderful environment for JETs to thrive in.

nikki.smith@ajet.net
Ellie Murphy

Ellie Murphy


2nd Year Hiroshima JET
Block 9 Representative
Hiroshima | Okayama | Shimane | Tottori | Yamaguchi

Block 9 includes Okayama, Tottori, Hiroshima, Shimane and Yamaguchi. Ellie wants to foster a strong, social and connected Block 9, in the hope of creating a better working and living environment for JETs. To do this, she plans to share information about resources and events in each prefecture, and create events that the whole Block can attend and enjoy!

ellie.murphy@ajet.net
Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher


3rd Oita JET
Block 10 Representative
Fukuoka | Nagasaki | Oita | Saga

Block 10 includes Nagasaki, Saga, Fukuoka, and Oita. Robert wants to be a reliable source of info from travel tips to personal well-being for all of the JETs in northern Kyushu. It is a personal goal for him to co-host 2 all-Kyushu events, with an open invitation to all blocks. In his spare time, Robert enjoys traveling and trying to catch up on his video game library and Netflix queue.

robert.fisher@ajet.net
Christine Zawlocki

Christine Zawlocki


3rd Year Kagoshima JET
Block 11 Representative
Kagoshima | Kumamoto | Miyazaki | Okinawa

Block 11 includes Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa. Christine strives to promote a friendly and cooperative community across her block. It is her goal to provide resources and guidance to JETs living in Block 11, a friendly ear to listen and a voice to be heard, and has made it a personal goal to host at least 3 block events to bring her community closer together. In her free time, Christine is an avid baker, enjoys a variety of sports, and studies various traditional Japanese arts. She also appreciates receiving pictures of cats, no notice required.

christine.zawlocki@ajet.net

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