Don't get your hopes up for any news within the next week. I did last year and we were waiting for a hell of a long time, April 20th to be precise. I know there was the Tsunami last year but that didn't affect the program that much. I initially though that it would seeing as there would have suddenly been a lot of people looking to go home, therefore freeing up more spaces for CLAIR do dole out. The thing is though, I talked to a Fukushima JET that I met in a hostel in Hokkaido and he said that they didn't get any new JETs, so that rules out that theory.
Even then, I didn't find out my placement until early June and in fact that was thanks to the Kobe BOE being nice enough to tell us early. Most of people didn't find out until mid-June.
Anyway, for those of you who are lucky, the Tokyo Orientation are as follows:
Saturday, the 28th of July 2012 - Wednesday, the 1st of August 2012.
Given that timeline, I'd say that your flight to Japan should be about the 26th of July.
Other than that, if anyone wants to ask a year one JET any questions, I will gladly oblige.
2011 Shortlist (Upgraded from Alternate)