Are you ready for disaster?
Due to changes in the educational policy (the prefecture was changing from JET ALTs to privately dispatched ALTs) from the following April my position would no longer be necessary. Thanks for all your hard work and all that.
This was a bit of a shock. When I took the job I was told that the one-year contract would be renewable indefinitely, and no-one had told me that change was coming.
I found myself with less than five months to find a full-time job in Sendai, or my family and I would be on the street.
My family was unharmed but the house we lived in was structurally damaged and my wife's business took a big hit.
Due to fears over the nuclear accident we found ourselves packing a car in the middle of the night, perhaps never to return. The funny thing was, I never thought about anything we'd left behind during the six weeks we were away.
The key lesson is that it is dangerous to assume that things will not change unexpectedly.