JET Programme

I’ve always known that I wanted to travel and teach abroad but the JET Programme had been at the bottom of my list. That said, I have no regrets with my decision. My time in Japan has helped me grow so much as both an educator and a person.

Koi fish pond in Saijo, Ehime

JET 2020: To go or not to go?

Out of my current desk warming boredom, I’ve been reading some of the concerns of incoming 2020 JETs, along with the mostly negative comments from current JETs. They do also raise a few valid points. So the question is to go or not to go?

COVID in Rural Japan: Braced for Bad News - A Hassan.- covid in rural japan

COVID in Rural Japan: Braced for Bad News

I feel for the people in the rest of the world, and even the rest of the bigger cities in Japan. Living through COVID in rural Japan has been like living in a little anti-pandemic bubble. Most likely the virus is here, but being in one of the most rural cities, in one of the most rural prefectures, on the least populated island of Japan, means that it’s progression has been exponentially slower than elsewhere in Japan and the world. Despite all this, I can’t help but be braced for bad news.