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By Charlie Hayes | 1st February 2018 | 1 Comment

So you need to get a background check, huh?
Maybe you’re moving out of the country, or maybe you just want a change of pace here when your contract is up, but either way, this is the place you need to go:
群馬県警察鑑識科学センター
〒371-0846 Gunma-ken, Maebashi-shi, Motosōjamachi, 535−1
 
They’re open from 8:30 to 5.
It’s 1.4 km from Shim-Maebashi station, so you might want to take a cab. If not, there’s an underground walkway, but it’s kinda hard to get to from the station. Go straight out the main exit, turn right at the main …

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By Terry Dassow | 7th September 2017 | 1 Comment

If you’re new to Japan and have been asking around about how to get a Japanese driver’s license, you’ve probably heard some tales. There are some determined ALTs out there. Shrugging off the expenses and stress, they take the driving skills test over and over again until they finally pass.
If you’re looking for another way, a 50cc scooter license might be right up your alley. Getting one is actually very simple. No need to take a driving skills test. No struggling through a Japanese paper test.  Here you’ll find …

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By Neal Beaver | 12th June 2017 | 1 Comment

GAJET organizes a group trip each year, but if you’re interested in climbing Mt. Fuji alone or you’re busy that particular day, this guide is for you! I’ve written as much as I know about the mountain and provided links for leftover questions. Afterwards, there’s a little photo-journal and story about my own hike to get you inspired!
Safety
When to climb:
Mount Fuji is open to climbers in July and August. Technically, you can climb the mountain any time, as there’s no patrol to stop you, but climbing outside of these two …

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By BY DANIEL JONG | 11th December 2016 | No Comments

The inevitable is coming. Every year we complain and try to prepare, and yet every year we get knocked down a notch and are reminded we will never win winter. Winter in Gunma is just as dreaded as every sempai will tell you- the houses are ill-equipped at keeping in heat, the AC heaters work overtime to keep the drafty winds out, and the chill-to-the-bone winds that sweep through Gunma will make you feel like Frosty. Winter is not easy but we are all here to conquer it as best …

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By Kristin Wilson | 20th May 2016 | No Comments

Working on JET or as an ALT can provide a pretty comfortable lifestyle for those of us in Gunma. We are afforded a decent salary along with many of the comforts of large cities (Takasaki, Maebashi) without paying Tokyo prices. Yet, I am sure all JETs would never turn down an opportunity to save a little more cash and enhance their savings for any future plans post-JET.

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By | 14th February 2015 | No Comments

If you’ve stepped foot in a grocery store some time in the last few weeks, you’ve probably realized that it is, once again, Valentine’s Day in Japan.

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By | 25th December 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s December! The first snow has fallen in the mountains, the last of the summer mosquitos are dying (thank god) and everyone in Gunma is setting up their kotatsu, refilling their kerosene and buying this season’s most fashionable puffy down jackets. It’s time to brace yourself for the long dark winter ahead.

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By Chris De Borja | 18th May 2014 | No Comments
GAJET Committee 2014-2015

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the year again!  As the weather begins to change, so must the GAJET Committee!

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By Jenny Cohen | 19th April 2014 | No Comments

As we head into spring, the air is becoming warmer, flowers are beginning to bud and nature is awakening. I am finally feeling more cheerful and yearning to be outside. Spring is one of my favorite times of year precisely for these reasons, and it is the perfect time to visit the many breathtaking, calming and mystical temples and shrines around Japan.

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By Robbie Blackburn | 25th March 2014 | No Comments

In the mountainous north of Gunma is the scenic Tone District (利根郡). With Numata City (沼田市), it is home to some of Gunma’s most famous tourist locations and activities. Further divided into one town (Minakami) and three villages (Katashina, Kawaba and Showa), Tone is famous for its beautiful scenery, adventure sports, powder snow, and hot springs. In fact, Tone hosts two large GAJET events: the summer canyoning event, and the winter ski and snowboard trip.