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 Akita JET
Block 1 Representative
Aomori | Akita | Hokkaido | Iwate
Block 1 includes Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita. Matthew is now a second year JET based in Daisen City, Akita prefecture, originally from Queens, New York. Matthew hopes to encourage JETs to get to know each other on the national level, particularly those living in Block 1. He hopes to organize blockwide activities open to any and all JETs that will allow all of us to discover northern Japan together! In his free time he tries to learn basic Japanese.
1st Year Fukushima JET
Block 2 Representative
Fukushima | Miyagi | Niigata | Yamagata
Block 2 includes Niigata, Miyagi, Fukushima and Yamagata. Eilidh (pronounced like Hayley without the H) is a first year JET in Fukushima, originally from Scotland. She loves getting involved in local, prefectural and block events, and wants to spread the block 2 love to JETs all over Japan, and simultaneously foster a greater sense of community within her block. In her free time she enjoys spontaneous trips, crying over cute dogs, and eating a quite frankly alarming amount of (mostly junk) food.
5th Year Saitama JET
Block 3 Representative
Gunma | Ibaraki | Nagano | Saitama | Tochigi
Block 3 includes Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Nagano. Sarah is now a 5th year JET, based in Saitama. Her background in music has led her to organize music events in Tokyo throughout the year. This experience has allowed her to discover a passion for hosting events and bringing people together through parties and trips. She hopes to provide new opportunities for JETs, and to enhance the JET experience by expanding the community.
Block 4 Representative
Chiba | Kanagawa | Shizuoka | Tokyo | Yamanashi
Kizzy lives in central Tokyo as part of Block 4 which includes Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka. Born in Kent, UK and now living in Japan with her husband, Kizzy enjoys participating in communal activities such as fundraising, events and festivals. She wants to be able to share her experiences during her time on the JET programme in a constructive way, to support and benefit others.
Block 5 Representative
Aichi | Fukui | Gifu | Ishikawa | Toyama
Block 5 includes Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa and Toyama. Devon Corrie Smith is a citizen of Sheffield in the North of England, a resident of Fukui prefecture, an ALT of Mikuni JHS, and a loyal servant to the JETs of the region, Block 5. Father to a murdered goldfish. Husband to a man named Matt. And he will have his say in influential JET matters, in this life or the next.
Block 6 Representative
Hyogo | Kyoto | Shiga
Block 6 includes Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga... TBD
5th Year Osaka JET
Block 7 Representative
Mie | Nara | Osaka | Wakayama
Block 7 includes Osaka, Nara, Mie and Wakayama and is represented by Mandy Beaulieu. Mandy is a 5th year JET stationed in the kitchen of Japan and comedy central, Osaka and is originally from eastern Canada. She’s a member of the Hanshin Tigers fan club, a seasoned taiko player and an active meditation enthusiast.
Block 8 Representative
Ehime | Kagawa | Kochi | Tokushima
Block 8 includes Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime, and Kochi, represented by Adam Christenson. Adam is an ALT in Miyoshi City, a sleepy town in the west of Tokushima. Adam studied English in university and worked in insurance for 3 years before dropping everything to come to Japan. He is an avid reader and a sports omnivore, and enjoys looking at his video game collection that he never has time to play.
Block 9 Representative
Hiroshima | Okayama | Shimane | Tottori | Yamaguchi
Block 9 consists of Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Shimane and Tottori, collectively known as the chugoku region. Callum, born, raised and well fed in the UK, feels lucky to be placed in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, where he has organised many events, both work and non work related, and hopes to make many more spread across the chugoku region. He hopes to liasse as much as possible with his fellow JETs to create an environment that is both comfortable and fun. He also enjoys music, comedy and fermented barley.
1st year Nagasaki JET
Block 10 Representative
Fukuoka | Nagasaki | Oita | Saga
Block 10 includes Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Oita, and Saga and is represented by Lila Klopfenstein. Lila is a first year ALT in Nagasaki City. Originally from the western United States, Lila spends her time imparting her love for potatoes and rural America on her students while hiking/swimming with fellow JETs across the Kyushu region. She hopes to facilitate events which bring Block 10 JETs into nature and Japanese community.
Block 11 Representative
Kagoshima | Kumamoto | Miyazaki | Okinawa
Are you interested in being the next Block Representative for Block 11?
Block 11 includes Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa.
Interested individuals should contact the National Council