The Block System is a social support network. It was created in response to a need for local social support in regions far from Naha City (where the PA Support System is based). Okinawa is divided into 8 “blocks”, which are each headed by a volunteer “Blockhead” from the JET community. The Blockhead helps both Muni and Ken JETs settle into their area by organizing social events and providing information on local daily life (e.g. places to go, where the nearest supermarket is, etc). Blockheads are not responsible for helping with work-related issues.

Block Map with Labels

Blockheads 2020/2021

Block 1: The North (Nago, Kunigami), Christian St. Prix
Block 2: Upper Chubu (Okinawa City, Uruma, Yomitan), Chase Takenaka
Block 3: Lower Chubu (Urasoe, Nishihara, Ginowan), Andrea Hartman
Block 4: Naha, Callan Moor

Block 5: The South (Itoman, Nanjo, Yonabaru), Erin Ng
Block 6: The Outer Islands (Iheya, Izena, Ie, Kume, the Keramas, and the Daitos), Rose Turck
Block 7: Miyako, James Pearson
Block 8: Ishigaki/Yaeyama, Mark Wallace