I read this in the SF group and found it to be really helpful, so I thought I would share it with everyone.
"I know many of you are anxious to find out about your placement. Many of you have made placement requests, I want to assure you that the JET office in Japan does their best to make sure you are placed somewhere that you will be happy, and part of that is trying to place you where you requested. The reality is that it is impossible to grant all placement requests due to many reasons. One of the main reasons is that most JETs request the same places that are popular and well known (Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Kyoto, etc.), so there are too many requests for the open positions in these areas. Another reason is you may not fit the needs or desires of a certain Contracting Organization (CO), remember your CO is the employer and they have needs to fill too, which you may not meet. For example, COs may request someone that is from a certain country, from a place that has a sister city relationship with their town, has teaching experience, speaks Japanese, or has some special skill. The CO's requests are also not always guaranteed to be met either, but the JET office tries their best to make a match. Ideally, the CO's request and the JET participant's requests both match up. Another thing the JET office takes into consideration if they are unable to meet any of your requests is your background and interests, they will review your application and feedback from your interview and try to find a location where they think you would be happy. For example, if you indicate that you enjoy snow sports, they might put you in an area where you have easy access to skiing or if you enjoy working with children, they may put you in a location that emphasized elementary education. Regardless, I can assure you that there is a lot of thought and work put into where you are placed, even though it may not seem that way at first. With that said, whether you receive one of your top three choices, or are placed someplace you have never heard of, I sincerely hope you have an open mind when you receive your placement, regardless of where you are placed. I assure you that it will be a rewarding experience. "
Last edited by wiensama
on Sat May 19, 2012 4:53 am, edited 1 time in total.
2012 ALT Shortlist - Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa-shi