Announcements archive

By David Dowell, 8 February, 2021

We have a new, modern media system for KobeJET!

The system has already been implemented with our information pages and song content. Now we need help moving the images for lessons. This creates a media library with easily searchable and reusable media elements, including images, audio and other files.

If interested in helping out with this intitiative, contact us using our webform or directly at!

By David Dowell, 2 February, 2019

Hello everyone,

This is just a notification for a local community event for any of those interested:

Valentine KiraKira Performance
Date and Time: 2019 February 14(Thurs)19:00 start
Location: Kobe Shinkaichi,  Kirakukan (喜楽館)
Contents: Come and enjoy stage performances from various artists and performers!
Language: English if possible
Tickets: Tickets on sale now! Can be ordered by email or direct purchases at Kirakukan
Contact Details:
Kobe Shinkaichi,  Kirakukan (喜楽館) (078-335-7088)

By David Dowell, 6 November, 2018

I would like to express my extreme personal disappointment in the KEC and the School Education Division for the obvious, complete lack of understanding, let alone support, for an online educational resource for language and culture education in Kobe. To not understand the value of encouraging modern, technology-focused educational initiatives is unacceptable in 2018 in a country widely regarded as a world leader in technology development.

To date, the only proactive action taken by these bureaucratic entities has been to recently block the KobeJET resource on school networks. No notices were sent out ahead of this action to inform the teaching community. No requests or contact of any kind was attempted with the site managers to rectify any issues with maintaining compliance with guidelines, rules or regulations.

The KEC and School Education Division are failing in their duties to improve the quality of education for the students of Kobe. The use of technology, and encouraging and facilitating the creation of cooperative, engaging content are not backburner agenda items. They are priorities. And currently the only contributions to this effort have been several meetings that resulted in no tangible progress, and the blocking of the only Kobe, volunteer-made, digital resource available.

If this is the best the KEC and School Education Division have to offer - students will suffer.

If the individuals that comprise these bureaucratic entities, in possession of self-will, are unable to battle the entrenched bureaucratic mindset that "if I don't change anything or try to introduce anything new, I can't be blamed" - the next generation will suffer.

If the only recognizable impact of their actions continues to showcase gross negligence of their primary responsibilities - to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence - to the point of actually hindering external efforts to advance and improve education... at best, Kobe will continue to slip in position as a respected international leader in innovation, and at worst become a well-known example of "what not to do".

With the sincere hope these words encourage critical thinking,

David L. Dowell, Webmaster for KobeJET

By David Dowell, 25 October, 2018

For your information, I thought I would pass along this list of facilities that are doing flu vaccines this year. Prices, times, dates, and availability vary by location, so be sure to call first if you decide to go get vaccinated. Locations with a circle in the rightmost column are giving vaccinations for everyone aged 1 through 64. 

Below, please find a rough translation of the text at the top of the page.

Click the link for the pdf list of locations, which are sorted by ward

[Kobe City] 
Routine immunization program for the elderly and list of influenza vaccination locations for persons aged 1-64

List of participating medical institutions

  1. A circle indicates that vaccinations are available for this group. Be sure to consult with the doctors at your chosen location.
  2. Times and dates for inoculations vary by medical institution. Please contact the hospital or clinic of your choice beforehand.
  3. The institutions on this list have agreed to give inoculations, but there is a possibility that limitations to the vaccine supply or the needs of existing patients may render the vaccines unavailable. 
By David Dowell, 8 September, 2018

Hello everyone, 

Our office will be hosting training events for elementary school teachers on Tuesday, November 27th and Thursday, December 13th. We are seeking about 20-25 ALTs for each day. 

There is no preparation required - participants will be briefed on the day. The main focus will be conversation practice, so that the ES teachers can practice their English with native speakers. 

If you are available and interested in joining us on either or both of these dates, please let me know. As a reminder, be sure to check with your OTEs and school staff before replying.

By Joy Sung, 3 July, 2018

It's that time of year (to stand in line while awkwardly holding a cup of your urine sample)! 

All reappointing ALTs *must* take the health exam, though ALTs who are not reappointing can choose whether or not to take it. 
Your health check forms will arrive via school mail in a light green envelope with an English translation attached. The English translation is just for your reference; you **MUST** fill out the original Japanese forms in pencil (no pens!) as described on back of the form, and then take them with you to your health exam. 

Please be sure to read through the "2018 Annual Health Examination" pdf for information about the health checks (where and when you can take them, what kind of tests are involved, and more). ***If you decide to take your exam at city hall, make sure to read the last few pages of the document in order to find the correct entrance!!***

If some of the information at the top of your health exam form is incorrect, (such as the spelling of your name or your birthday), please do a double strike-through and correct the information by hand. On the day of your exam, be sure to call the nurses' attention to the mistake and show them the correct information. PLEASE NOTE that your age is given as of March 31st, 2019, not as of today. You may be recorded as one year older than you currently are because of this, and it is not a mistake unless your birth date is recorded incorrectly.

ALSO: The later in the year it gets, the more crowded the exams will be (everyone procrastinates, including government employees), so if your schedule allows, please try to go earlier rather than later. ALTs will receive 1/2 day special leave to take the health exam. As always, be sure to
check with your school regarding scheduling and ensure that they know when you are planning to take the health exam.

Please login, then go to the "Work" tab for the documents. (Or check your email. :) )

By David Dowell, 28 June, 2018

Hello everyone, 

Higashi Ochiai ES is seeking a second ALT to help with a teacher training event on Monday, August 27th from 9:30 to 11:45am. We have already been able to recruit one person, and they would like two.

According to the request I got, the DS will include the following:

  • school English lesson
  • explanation of the Let's Try and We Can books
  • breaking into two teams to workshop lesson plans
  • small talk practice

The stated goals are 1) to increase the Japanese teachers' contact with English in order to help them "skill up", and 2) to help them prepare some lesson plans/materials that they can use in 2nd semester. 

I don't think ALTs would need to prepare anything.

Please let me know if you are available and interested, and as always don't forget to check with your school staff first. Thank you!

By Joy Sung, 7 June, 2018

Congratulations, Daniel R.! Your t-shirt design has won the hearts of over 2/3 of the Kobe JET community that voted!


Just like last time, we'll be ordering t-shirts, polo shirts, and hoodies. Please note that due to the nature of screenprinting costs, the more orders we have the less each person has to pay. At a rough estimate, t-shirts will be under 2,000 yen, polo shirts will round out to about 2,000 yen, and hoodies will likely run for 3,300 yen. **Please note that XXL and XXXL sizes will be slightly more expensive.** We will contact you with a definite price once all orders are in.

Here are examples of what the t-shirts will look like. The polo shirts and hoodies will have this design on the back instead. The font has red outline added to it to help it stand out against dark colors.

KobeJET 2017-2018 t-shirt design logo
KobeJET port tower t-shirt design logo

Deadline to order is Monday, June 18, 2018.

When ordering, please email the following details to (Feel free to ask questions) 

1. Your name

2. T-shirt/polo/hoodie

3. Color (Please include the code)

4. Size

5. Quantity

6. Any other questions you might have

 *** T-SHIRTS ***

The t-shirts are 100% cotton (except for two of the grey colours, 044 and 003, which are 5% and 20% polyester, respectively).

Shirt colors
Shirt sizes

Note: The green sizes are for children, the pink are “ladies’ sizes/shape”, and the blue are regular adult sizes. From the top of the chart, 身丈 = length of garment, 身巾 = width of garment, 肩巾 = shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 袖丈 = length of sleeve. (You can ignore the last line.)

Shirt sizing dimensions


The polo shirts are 60% cotton, 40% polyester.

Shirt polo sizes and colors

Note: 着丈 = length of garment, 身幅 = width of garment, 肩幅 = shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 袖丈 = length of sleeve. (You can ignore the last line.)

*** HOODIES ***

The hoodies are 100% cotton.

Shirt hoodie sweaters sizes and colors

Note: 着丈 = length of garment, 身幅 = width of garment, 肩幅 = shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and 袖丈 = length of sleeve. (You can ignore the last line.)

Also, the colors in the pink box are only available in adult sizes.

By Tiffany Tomcal, 6 June, 2018

Hello everyone!

It's that time of year again and I'm recruiting ALTs to come to Ibukihigashi's (Thursday, July 12th) and Ibukinishi's (Thursday, July 19th) English Camps. Both days are full day shuccho and there is no prep on your part.

As you all know, these events require many ALTs to occur (20+) and both days are woefully short on hands at this point. Please check with your schools in the next two weeks if you can attend. After that it's the same deal as last year; if I don't hear from you, you might just receive a call from me at your school ;-)

I hope to hear from you all soon, and wish you have a lovely day!


Tiffany Tomcal

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