For what its worth, and I don't think it is worth anything, here is the letter they sent to JETs not granted an interview this year:
Dear JET Program Applicant,
Thank you for your recent application to the 2006 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. The JET Program Review Committee has now processed and evaluated all applications. Unfortunately, we cannot offer you an interview for this year’s program. Please be aware that the decisions made by the JET Program Review Committee are final, and there is no appeals process. We ask that you please refrain from calling or emailing our office to ask specifically why you were not selected for an interview because it is our policy not to comment on this information.
Generally speaking, the following are some of the most common reasons applicants are not selected: missing documents (such as official transcripts, proof of graduation, recommendation letters, or proof of study abroad), unofficial documents, and/or failure to meet eligibility requirements or to effectively address necessary points in statement of purpose.
We sincerely hope that our decision will in no way diminish your interest in exchange and teaching opportunities with Japan and encourage you to try again for next year’s program. If you would like to apply for the 2007 program, please visit our website at www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JETProgram/homepage.htm in September 2006 to access the 2007 application. Carefully reviewing application instructions is very important and may improve your chances of selection in the future.
Once again, thank you for your interest in the JET Program. You will be getting a hard copy of this letter in the mail within the next few days. We wish you the best of luck as you continue in your career.
JET Program Office
Embassy of Japan
I think it is identical to the one they sent out last year and, although I didn't keep it, I think it is also identical to the one they sent to me in 2000. At least they are consistent. If you didn't get in this year, there's always next year and there are plenty other ways to work in Japan or score with Japanese girls. Please don't commit seppuku if you didn't get an interview.
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