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1624 several foreign and native English teachers in Japan working together on a futuristic version of a website on a computer, anime style

The latest Phase 5 Release (v1.5) comes with a number of improvements, including:

  1. Improved translations - the site is now much more useful for native Japanese speakers. Many content items such as taxonomies and terms, information pages, and songs have been fully translated, but there are still quite a few lessons that still need to be translated. Please contact us if you'd like to help with translations.
  2. Improved Glossary search - find and add relevant terms with a faster, more user-friendly interface.
  3. Various fixes, increased performance, and improved reliability for the downloadable Progressive Web App site version for mobile devices.
  4. Users now have the option to show their own location on maps for easier locating and navigation.
  5. The admin toolbar has also been enabled for general use. There is an outstanding bug where certain option users don't have access to will still appear, but we want users to be able to begin using this feature as it will also be undergoing an update in the near future which will enhance its functionality as well as address the "Access Denied" issue depending on the user's current role.
1621 An older Japanese samurai master and his young, female apprentice

I have really enjoyed updating and managing the KobeJET website for the past 7 years. It has been both a fun hobby and useful tool in trying multiple new web technologies that I have used in other websites for the US Forest Service, FCC, BehaveNet, and more - and that I've been able to update in return from lessons learned.

But while I fully intend to keep hosting the site, providing updates, and continuing to use it as an example of what is possible with Drupal 10.2 and beyond, I would like to hand off all actual JET questions and interactions to current ALTs.

The site has a lot of potential for helping new and current ALTs connect with their communities, learn about their schools and sempais/kouhais, and share information about the city, resources, and on and on.

If you might be interested in becoming the new KobeJET admin, please send a short introduction to and I will follow up with you to verify your status as a current ALT and next steps to help you get up and running on the site.

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You may not have noticed much a change on the front side of things (which is a good thing!), but is now running on the latest version of the open source Drupal 10 CMS!!🥳

And just in time for Halloween!🎃 This comes with numerous feature and performance improvements for all users - lesson and favorite location perusers, content contributors, and user managers. And we are still looking for all three. So if you're interested in getting more involved with KobeJET in any capacity, please let us know! Translating 🙊🈺, managing the current JETs directory📚, adding or adopting and updating lessons...🚀 the list goes on and on.

We hope you enjoy the latest updates and look forward to your feedback! Oh, and we added emojis too!😊

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