Prefectural Advisors (PAs) are appointed in each prefecture and designated city throughout Japan. The PA role is to provide support to JET participants and contracting organizations (COs), as well as useful information to JET participants about everyday life in Japan.
In Saga Prefecture we have three PAs:
- CIR PA – Works for the Prefectural International Affairs Division and the PA role is built into their CIR role. They are PA from August-July
- ALT PA – A Prefectural ALT who volunteers to take on the role and continues to work as an ALT as well as a PA. They are PA from April-March
- Japanese PA – Works for the Prefectural International Affairs Division, usually the supervisor of the CIR PA.
Current Saga Prefectural Advisors
Hannah – CIR PA
Hannah is a 4th year CIR from Pennsylvania, USA, living in bustling downtown Saga. She is a bit too fond of both karaoke and Japanese baseball, and is known to randomly start singing fight songs and commercial jingles. She is also interested in Japanese study, through both traditional and nontraditional (karaoke…) methods.
Ian – ALT PA
Ian is a 3rd year ALT from sunny Australia. He enjoys theatre, reading, video games, and movies – practically any medium that tells a good story. His passion is getting to know his students inside school, but gets embarrassed when they treat him like a celebrity at the local mall.
Tomoo Baba – Japanese PA
Tomoo was born in Saga. He has experienced working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and lived in Malaysia for two years. He has the amazing skill of hand-stand walking because he practiced Capoeira for some years, but how and when you can witness this skill is a secret.
Considerations when using the PA System
- Mediation: Legally, PAs cannot become involved in disputes or issues between JETs and their contracting organizations. A JET should first speak directly to their CO before contacting a PA about a work-related issue. PAs may be contacted for advice if both the JET and their CO agree that discussion with a PA would benefit the situation.
- Counseling: Of course your PAs and DRs will do their best to support you in your life in Japan. However, please understand that they are not professional counselors, and as such cannot offer direct mental health support. JET participants who would like to receive counseling have a couple options:
- Professional Counseling: CLAIR will subsidize 50% of counseling costs incurred not covered by Japanese National Healthcare (up to 20,000 yen per JET participant per year). For a list of counseling options (both free and professional) please see here.
Any information PAs are told by JETs is kept confidential between PAs, who may consult with each other about an incident unless otherwise specified by the JET. If the JET wishes to keep their identity secret, the PAs may discuss the incident without disclosing personal details. PAs reserve the right to contact emergency services, etc., in the event there is cause to believe a JET will do harm to themselves or to someone else, or is doing something illegal.
To reach a PA please call 0952-25-7328. You can also email the CIR PA.
CIR PA office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 and ALT PA office hours are Mondays 9:00-4:30.
Alternatively, if you have a question that you think could benefit other JETs too, you could submit it here (anonymously) and the answer will be made available online.