2017 Ken JET interviews

Ken JET Interviews are taking place on Monday, October 16th for Ken JETs on Ishigaki and Miyako and Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th for mainland and Kume Ken JETs. The revised interview schedule has already been sent out to your schools and is also attached here for your reference Ken JET Interview Schedule 2017

The Ishigaki interviews will take place at Yaeyama Senior High School in the small Meeting Room (八重山高等学校) and Miyako interviews will take place Miyako Senior High School in Meeting Room #1 (宮古高等学校 第1会議室).

Wednesday and Thursday’s interviews will be taking place at the Prefectural Office on the 13th Floor in Meeting Room #3 (県庁13階 第3会議室)You can park downstairs, best near the west (西) elevator hall, and get it validated by us. Please make sure you park directly beneath the Kencho and not in one of the other underground lots. Otherwise you will have to pay for parking yourself.

Finding your way to the Prefectural Office

めんそーれ incoming OkiJETs

Welcome to all the incoming OkiJETs for 2017! While we’re sad to see a number of OkiJETs leaving us we’re looking forward to meeting all you newcomers. We’re sure you’re looking forward to arriving by now so why not take a look at the OkiJET welcome videos page for a great preview of your year(s) ahead.

Also, please come and say hello on the OkiJETs Facebook group which is a great place to ask general questions about work and home life in Okinawa.

This site contains a wealth of information about what to expect and it’s all written by previous and current OkiJETs so please take a look around and start getting excited.

Tropical Depression Chaba

Typhoon Chaba (台風第18号 taifuu dai jyuu hachi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. Technically it’s still a “tropical depression” but forecasters seems sure it will turn into a typhoon by this weekend. It is expected to pass over Okinawa bringing rain and strong winds around Monday, October 3rd.

Please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm. If you have an outdoor washing machine, find a way to firmly tape/hold the lid down.

Be sure to check in with your coordinators for typhoon procedures regarding school and keep an eye on the news. 1st year JETs, page 25 of your OkiJET Welcome Handbook has more information on how to prepare for a typhoon for your reference.

You can keep track of developments at:


Stay safe everyone!

Tropical Storm Nepartak

Tropical Storm Nepartak (台風第1号 taifuu dai ichi gou) is currently approaching Okinawa from the southeast. It is forecasted to pass over Ishigaki and Miyako area from tomorrow night, July 6th to Thursday morning, July 7th bringing rain and strong winds.

If you are in the affected regions, please take all precautions to secure your own safety. Secure or clear your balcony of any loose items or objects that may be blown away by the storm.

You can keep track of the Typhoon at:





KenJET Reappointment and Returning JET Ceremonies

Date: Friday, July 8th


Time & Location: Ken ALT Reappointment Ceremony: 10:30 – 11:30 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Rooms #1 & #2

Ken ALT Returners Ceremony: 13:15 – 14:15 in the Prefectural Office, 13th Floor Conference Room #1

Address: Okinawa Prefectural Office 沖縄県庁(Okinawa kenchou) 〒900-8570 沖縄県那覇市泉崎1丁目2番2号 098-866-2715

Please park in the basement parking at the office and get the parking validated. If you park at the public parking structure, we will not be able to validate your parking. You can visit the OkiJET website for a more detailed step-by-step set of directions to the Prefectural Office.

Attire: Formal business event, so formal business attire is required. Kariyushi is also okay.

Other Reminders: For Reappointing JETs, please bring your inkan for your contracts. After the ceremony, those who need to renew their working visas have a chance to go to the Immigration Office in Naha. For Returning JETs, you will need to prepare a short speech (in Japanese) about your experience on JET. You will also be receiving your flight tickets at this time, so be sure to bring your inkan.