Just an FYI, if you're requesting Hyogo or Hiroshima, there's a chance you could end up where I am, in Okayama. It's the oft-forgotten prefecture between Hyogo and Hiroshima, and they've been increasing their number of JETs the past couple of years after cutting so many. There are a lot of older JETs leaving too, so hopefully I see a few more Canadians around here.
If you do get Okayama, rejoice, because there's a pretty good community here, and Okayama is kind of in the middle of Japan, and therefore a major travel hub; the airport has flights to pretty much anywhere in Asia, and I live about 10 minutes from a Shinkansen station.
Also, it would be really interesting if I could meet some of you Fukuyama JETs, I actually live closer to Fukuyama than any other city, despite being in another prefecture. I just don't know anyone there and have no reason to go haha
2011 Short-listed candidate in Vancouver, BC