I just wanted to double check, but for the two documents (criminal record check and certificate of health) we only need to bring those documents to the interview or submit it by the end of February if we are applying for the early departure, correct? If we are applying to leave with the regular group, we don't need to hand these in just yet, but at a later date?
That is correct! I had to double check the forums myself a couple of times, but even in my interview details letter it sates the following:
Candidates who have opted for a possible early departure (April and prior to
Group B Departure - August 4, 2012), may submit their Police Record Check
and Certificate of Health in a sealed envelope, with "Attention: JET
Programme" and their first and last name clearly printed on the outside, to
the interview reception desk. Alternatively, early departure candidates
must submit these documents by mail or in person, no later than February 29,
to the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver. Candidates who did not opt
for possible early departure should not submit these documents at interview
time. You will receive instructions regarding these documents when the
interview selection results are announced.