A recent post on the JET Yahoo! group:
Just wanted to offer some words of encouragement to JET 2005-2006 applicants. I was just talking to one of my co-workers about the fact that JETs are the best! He mentioned to me that the Japanese government is putting a lot more money into English Education over the next few years. So the number of ALTs will grow! He said that they are looking to hire 400-500 more ALTs next year alone...so that is wonderful news for everyone! Good luck!
I'm so amped for this interview. I should mention that I spent the bulk of my college winter break traveling through India, and I stupidly forgot to pack the wonderful Japanese language tapes that Angelo gave me for Christmas. I am happy to say, however, that since I've been back at school I've been catching up. This morning, I listened to them while at the gym. It's hard to believe that in the next month I'll be through the interview (if I'm granted one at all). I'm very optimisitic, however, and I think I'm anxious to find out simply because if I'm denied an interview, then I can get going on my other prospects. Whatever happens, I know I'm going to be happy after graduation, so it's all good in the hood.