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REMUNERATION

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TAXES

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10.1
Are JET participants employees of the JET Programme, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communciations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology or CLAIR?
No. JET participants are appointed (employed) by various individual institutions or local government organisations (also called contracting organisations) in Japan and the terms and conditions of the appointment are set by each local government.

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10.2
How much is the remuneration (salary) for JETparticipants?
JET participants who started on the Programme in 2011 or earlier receive approximately 3.6 million yen per year after Japanese income and resident taxes are imposed.

 

In line with revised application guidelines, JET participants who arrive in Japan from 2012 will receive approximately 3.36 million yen in their first year of appointment, approximately 3.6 million yen in their second year of appointment, approximately 3.9 million yen for their third appointment, and for those appointed for a fourth and fifth year, approximately 3.96 million yen for each year. JET participants arriving in Japan in 2012 or later who will have Japanese income and resident taxes imposed on them will have to pay these taxes from their remuneration.

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10.3
Is the remuneration enough to live on?
Yes. The remuneration is considered enough to live comfortably in Japan.

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10.4
I have a student loan. Will the JET remuneration allow me to pay it off?
Although the remuneration is sufficient to live comfortably in Japan, it is unadvisable to participate in the JET Programme for the purpose of paying off loans. Money transfer fees, fluctuating exchange rates and financial commitments in Japan (such as rent) will affect how much money you are able to send overseas to pay off loans, and you must first give priority to any expenses you may accrue in Japan (housing fees, automobile fees, etc.).

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10.5
CIRs are required to have Japanese language ability. Are they paid more?
No. There is no distinction in remuneration based on job-type.

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10.6
Do JET participants have to pay taxes in Japan?
Some do, some do not. Tax requirements in Japan are determined by a number of factors, including your nationality, status of residence (the type of work you are permitted to do in Japan), your previous year's income in Japan (if any) and whether a tax treaty exists between Japan and your home country or not. For more information on tax requirements in Japan for JET participants, please refer to the General Information Handbook.

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10.7
Do JET participants have to pay taxes in their home countries?
Tax requirements for your Japanese income is largely determined by whether a tax treaty exists between Japan and your home country or not, and its contents. For more information, refer to the General Information Handbook. However, please note that CLAIR cannot take responsibility for information on home-country tax obligations, so participants are strongly encouraged to contact tax authorities in their home country for the most accurate information.

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