Asche wrote:I know a lot of people are concerned about the radiation and I know my family has been trying to dissuade me from applying because of it, but the way I look at is, why should I let the fear of something like radiation or earthquakes stop me from doing something that I have dreamed of for years?
crystal wrote:Has anyone had experience cancelling and did you have to pay any fees?
There were 125 JETs positions in Fukushima last year, so the percentage of getting placed there is not that low.
After my research, my personal comfort level is that I'm okay with Japan, but I'm definitely NOT going if I'm placed in Fukushima. Sure JET is awesome but I don't want to increase any chances of developing cancer in my life (even if it's 5-10%) for a trip that I don't have to necessarily take this year.
They say that we may be responsible for paying for flights/fees of ~$2000 if we accept now and back out when we find out about our placement, but does anyone know statistically how likely that is going to happen? In the Alternate forum, a few Coordinators said that the 2nd wave of Alternates being upgraded is when short-listed JETs find out in May/June where they're placed and then back out because they don't like the area. How does this work? Did all those cancelling JETs pay the $2k and then the upgraded Alternates go instead?
I wish the JET Program could have done a special recruitment for Fukushima this year where those who are willing to go there can check off a box or something
GAHHH I can't decide whether I should accept because I don't want to pay $2000 and I also do not want to go to Fukushima.
ljoekelsoey4 wrote:you dont pay for the flights; if you back out someone else takes your seat on the plan. dude, chill the @?!" out already, your not going to be placed in the exclusion zone, and it has being scientifically proven to be safe to live anywhere that is not in the exclusion zone. being australian/american (judging by the dollar signs), id worry more about gettin cancer from the sun...
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.
And fine, it's a "relocation" that doesn't necessarily have to happen this year.
This is not at all true. 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.ljoekelsoey4 wrote:it has being scientifically proven to be safe to live anywhere that is not in the exclusion zone.
You are on point.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.
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: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.
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.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.
On point.teapot wrote:basically the earlier that you let them know you're bailing is the best for everyone involved, including you.
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