Crystal, as others have said, there's no monetary penalty for not taking an offered position. There is, however, the penalty of being unable to apply for a position with the JET Program for the following year, meaning you will have to wait for the next-next application cycle before you can get a position through JET.
This is not at all true.
ljoekelsoey4 wrote:it has being scientifically proven to be safe to live anywhere that is not in the exclusion zone.
There's still considerable debate on the matter, and it's a possibility that living in Fukushima or the surrounding prefectures will increase your risk of cancer. The question comes down to how much risk are you will to take on? I live in a prefecture right next to Fukushima, and I'm ok with that risk; others may not be.
G-Ratasaurus-rex wrote:If you're not happy with going anywhere in the country, you shouldn't accept your position.
Also, it's not a "trip" it's a job.
You are on point.
crystal wrote:Do you know if someone takes my seat on the plan - do they have to be from the same city/airport that I'm from, or if the chances of them taking the seat is higher if the cancellation happens earlier? I'm not trying to opt out, I'm trying to find out what's the worst-case scenario if I really somehow got Fukushima and don't feel comfortable going.
Yes, someone takes your seat on the plane. As far as my limited-knowledge about the acceptance process goes, there are nationality quotas for the prefecture, and possibly even consulate-quotas for each prefecture, but that doesn't necessarily mean that someone from your city will go in your stead. But someone will.
crystal wrote:And regarding radiation concerns - that view really depends on the extent of your research. Even the official government online graph with the radiation detection show that areas in proximity of Fukushima outside of 20-30km (up to like ~80km) still experience higher than normal radiations.
Not just higher, but significantly higher-than-normal. But these higher-than-normal radiation rates only-possibly-maybe pose an at-worst very small risk of developing cancer. You may not be comfortable with that, which is, of course, fine. I would still recommend seriously weighing a Fukushima placement, especially depending on your location in Fukushima. It's the third-largest prefecture in Japan, and the radiation rates vary greatly by location in Fukushima.
teapot wrote:basically the earlier that you let them know you're bailing is the best for everyone involved, including you.