Race to the Top results are in!

Race to the Top

This past year National AJET set ambitious goals for JET community involvement: 1,000,000 yen raised for charity and 10,000 volunteer hours of community service. To allow JETs to log their contributions to the community, AJET introduced the JET Community Service Tracker, an online form designed to collect data on volunteer hours served and charity money raised by JETs around Japan.

AJET used the JET Community Service Tracker to determine the winners of the Race to the Top Challenge, a contest to see which prefecture could raise the most yen and volunteer hours per JET. The challenge ran from November 1, 2013 through April 31, 2014. After six months, AJET is proud to declare the winners of the Race to the Top Challenge!

Top 3 Prefectures: Money Raised

Prefecture Total money raised Money raised per JET
1. Saga (48 JETs) ¥400,000 ¥8,333
2. Niigata (102 JETs) ¥551,888 ¥5,410
3. Oita (80 JETs) ¥185,019 ¥2,312

Top 3 Prefectures: Community Service Hours

Prefecture Total hours Hours per JET
1. Yamagata (81 JETs) 1189 14.6
2. Saga (48 JETs) 294 6.1
3. Hokkaido (263 JETs) 1476 5.6

Nationwide Totals

Total money raised Total hours
¥2,105,258 3676

Congratulations to Saga and Yamagata for your extraordinary commitment to the community! You are the champions, but the people of Saga and Yamagata are the real winners to have such dedicated and generous JETs.

The JET Community Service Tracker is still up and running. The information on the Tracker allows AJET to share the positive impact JETs make in their communities with the Japanese Ministries that support JET and with the Japanese public. Please visit the JET Community Service Tracker and continue to log your JET community’s positive impact!​