Just found a link to this article:
Fear for Jobs Ignites English Crisis in Japan
An upsurge in English education in Japan? Combine this with the new requirement of English being taught in elementary schools and my chances are looking better. I also heard a rumor, emphasis on 'rumor', that the JET program is having issues, as it's a government program and the government has a budget problem.
If you read the article, make sure to read the single comment, as it has a good point.
EDIT: Here's the forum where I first found the link. Good thread. They mention how the better teachers are in the private sector as teacher education isn't the best. While I'm always for improving education overall, this gives me motivation for setting up my own school with concrete standards of teaching and teacher training.