This is an unofficial, simple breakdown of how the re-contracting system works, and was not written by the Prefectural Advisors. Discuss your specific situation with your supervisor and contracting organizations (City Boards of Education or Prefectural Boards of Education)
1st - 3rd years
You will be issued a re-contracting form by your contracting agency. Signing "Yes" or "No" to re-contract is all you'll need.
There are no other requirements.
4th - 5th years
In some cases, there can be special requirements for JETs recontracting for a 4th or 5th year.
Please contact your supervisor early in your 3rd year for more information.
You will need to renew your visa. See our Visa Renewal page for more information
*Under special circumstances a contracting agency may choose not to, or be unable to, renew your contract. Please discuss with your contracting organization the particulars if this is the case.