ChottoMonkey wrote:Hopefully I can pay enough attention to how the processes work that I won't need to ask for help to get my wife set up once she joins me.
You'll be fine! I spoke zero Japanese when I arrived, and I still managed to get MG squared away when she joined me a year later. Got her health insurance, auto insurance, cellphone, and eventually, a dependent visa, then a work visa and a job... all with pathetically minimal Japanese skills!
ChottoMonkey wrote:I am curious how having a dependent will factor into the decision process for where placement will be. I requested simply "rural" for placement because we like the idea of living in a smaller community where we can try to be more involved/connected. But then again, I'm just thrilled that we will get to go have an amazing adventure, regardless of where we are placed.
"Rural" varies wildly, but if you get lucky, you'll be at a school full of open-minded staff who will want to include your family in stuff. MG was invited to enkais and staff trips when she first arrived; even invited to join us in the classroom!