Applicants with a high level of written and spoken Japanese (at least JLPT level 2/N2 or equivalent*) can apply to work as CIRs, assisting in local government offices with international activities at a local level.
Japanese interest in international exchange has never been greater. Coordinators for International Relations work with their Japanese colleagues to promote and develop exchange activities at a local level.
This could mean working on projects to bring Japanese into contact with local foreign residents, or developing relations between the contracting town, city or prefecture and the CIR’s home country. Many towns and cities in Japan are linked with a sister city abroad, and a CIR may work to strengthen links with a sister city.
* Please see this link for more information regarding the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). It is not necessary for CIR applicants to hold the JLPT Level 2/N2 certificate as long as they have the required level of Japanese. CIR interviews are conducted in Japanese and include a thorough evaluation of Japanese language ability. If you are unsure as to whether your level of Japanese is suitable for the CIR position, please telephone the JET Desk and ask to speak to the Programme Coordinator who will be happy to evaluate your Japanese ability.