Heya! I'm kiiiind of bringing my girlfriend over with me? But it's a weird situation. We met while I was living in Scotland during grad school, then about a year after we started dating I lost my job and couldn't get another before my visa expired and I had to return to the states, so we've been long-distance for a year and a half now
She tried coming over here but lacked the money to try school and couldn't get a job, but luckily we both had met because she was pointed my way for Japanese language advice; she's TEFL certified and wanted to go teach in Japan already but got derailed by family deaths and I'd wanted to as well but did the grad school thing first while I had the money. She did NOT get into JET, unfortunately, but she did get into another program (I can't remember which, I think Interac?) and she's already been told she's being placed near me. Basically, what we did was we researched locations together, picked out a handful that we both could agree on, and then made sure we requested them in specific orders on every application we filled out for ourselves just in case. She's being placed in Hiroshima while I'm in a suburb of Okayama-shi, so while it's not ideal it's MUCH better than the 18 hour 3-times-a-year-or-less situation we've got right now! The plan is, when we're both finished with our respective programs after however long, we'll try to move in together; apparently, as long as we've lived together for 5 years in any country, we can start moving on a spousal visa through the EU and use the whole her being Scottish thing to get that done and then move to any number of places with nice legal couple status stuff, yay!
Though...she is VERY affectionate, and growing up in Scotland with a gay father she's always been very, very out in the open, even when I'm uncomfortable with PDA. I keep telling her that we'll have to tone it down a little bit in public out of politeness, but maybe I should just link her this thread!