Feb 15

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Position: Group Leader for Summer Abroad Program to Japan
Posted by: World Learning
Location: Brattleboro, VT, USA; Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here is a job passed along to us. Please view the below document for more details and how to apply:

World Learning Youth Exchange is seeking experienced and inclusive educators to lead groups of high school students on cross-cultural exchanges in summer 2020. Experiment group leaders guide a group of 10 to 12 high school students on a 3-week journey to Japan. For more information, visit The Experiment Group Leader webpage.

Job Description: Opportunity to Apply for Group Leader Positions in Japan

Applicants must have youth facilitation experience, language fluency in English and Japanese, and valid work authorization in the United States.

Application Process: Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume to groupleaders@worldlearning.org. Invitations to complete an application will be extended on a rolling basis.


Feb 14

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Position: Japan Specialist Travel Consultant
Posted by: Inside Travel Group
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us directly from the company:

Inside Travel Group is now recruiting expert Travel Consultants for our InsideJapan brand in Boulder, Colorado. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a good knowledge of Japan, and a passion to design and sell amazing holidays to our clients.

You will be responsible for creating, selling and delivering high quality Japan holiday packages. Most of your time will be spend interacting with clients or travel agents over the phone or by email, along with ensuring everything is in place so our clients have the best possible holiday experience.

The role is very varied and requires strong organisational skills with an ability to handle a large variety of simultaneous tasks under strict deadlines. The Travel Consultant is responsible for the reservation process as well as the preparation and sending of client travel documents, requiring strong attention to detail.

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Feb 11

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Multiple Positions: Various
Posted by:
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Pam Kavalam (Shiga-ken) for passing along the following job openings:

Also, we have a number of other roles open internationally and domestically. Anyone interested can contact me at pkavalam@classpass.com and apply using my referral code (https://grnh.se/0271ed991). 

Feb 11

Earlier this month, JET alum Jonathan Kushner was featured on the website of Connect, an online monthly dedicated to the JET Program and English-speaking community in Japan. Mr. Kushner talks about his experiences on JET and how they helped launch his post-JET career.

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Kushner

Feb 4

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present)

Please click on the following link to see what’s happening with your local JETAA chapter for February 2020!


Feb 4

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Multiple Positions: Visitor Service & Administrative Services Manager
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Full-Time, Temporary

Please see the below document for a temp job passed along to us.

Japan Society is seeking an experienced professional to manage the visitor services and administrative services functions for the period of April-August 2020. This position manages the box office and visitor services as well as office services. This position interfaces with the public, vendors and staff. The Visitor Services & Administrative Services Manager is responsible for supervising the Visitor Services Associates, and the Finance and Administration Department’s Administrative Assistant.


Jan 30

Justin’s Japan: ‘One Green Bottle’ at La MaMa

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By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

Beginning Feb. 29, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Clubwill stage the U.S. premiere of “One Green Bottle” from writer/director/star Hideki Noda, artistic director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

“‘One Green Bottle’” is a slapstick comedy about a family of three that collapses in the span of one evening,” explains Noda. An absurdist gender-bending farce that illustrates our current selfie society’s relationship with consumerism and modern technology through one night in the life of a disordered family on the road to ruin, the play stars Noda (playing Boo, the mother of the family) with Lilo Baur (Bo, the father) and Glyn Pritchard (daughter Pickle). The English translation is adapted by Will Sharpe and features music based on Japanese noh and kabuki traditions, performed by Genichiro Tanaka.

“In today’s internet society, the information we receive is actually becoming more and more catered towards what we like, as opposed to the general perception that the world is saturated with too much information,” says Noda. “The more we receive this customized information and get into what we like, the more we are becoming like a ‘society of narcissists.’ That is why I would like to have as many diverse audiences as possible come to see my play.”

The show originally premiered in London in 2018, where it was called “enjoyably zany” by “The Telegraph.” Noda’s critically acclaimed production of “The Bee” was presented in 2012 by Japan Society as part of the Under the Radar Festival.

“One Green Bottle” runs from Feb. 29 through March 8 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 66 East Fourth Street. For tickets, visit www.lamama.org or call (212) 352-3101.

Jan 30

Job: Logistics & Translator for 1 Month Student Trip to Japan (Grad Student or Postdoc) (Boston, MA, USA/Japan)

Job Title: Logistics & Translator
Posted by: Hiring Professor, Dr. Daniel Aldrich
Location: Boston, MA, USA/Japan
Contract: 1 Month (late June to end of July)

Here’s a job forwarded to us from the hiring professor:

I am writing to ask for your help in finding a bilingual graduate student or postdoc for a one month classroom in the field to be held in Japan in July 2020.

The graduate student or postdoc will travel with our students from Boston’s Logan airport in late June to Japan and spend the full month traveling with the group and assisting with logistics and translation.  The following skills are required:

1) fluency in Japanese and English (simultaneous translation)

2) strong knowledge of quantitative methods

3) ability to travel and comfortably interact with undergraduate students

Compensation is high and all travel and accommodation will be covered. The program assistant must be able to start the trip in Boston. Please have interested candidates email me by 14 February at daniel.aldrich@gmail.com with the following items:

1) a cover letter describing qualifications

2) c.v. / resume

3) a link to a recorded video of the candidate carrying out simultaneous translation of a Japanese language television show for 1 minute

Thank you,

Daniel Aldrich

Jan 21

Job: Summer Staff Positions – Concordia Language Villages (Beltrami County, MN)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Multiple Positions: Language Teacher, Camp Counselor, Teaching Mentor, Cooks, and Office Staff
Posted by: Concordia Language Villages
Location: Beltrami County, MN, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from Concordia Language Villages:

Mori no Ike, the Japanese program of Concordia Language Villages, is hiring summer staff. We are looking for language teachers, camp counselors, teaching mentors, cooks and office staff. Not all positions require Japanese proficiency. Come immerse yourself in Japanese language and culture in the North Woods of Minnesota this summer!


For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/work-at-the-villages/staff-applications/summer-positions

Jan 20

Job: Administrative Support Specialist – Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (Washington, DC, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Job Title: Administrative Support Specialist
Posted by: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

This position is located in the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

The incumbent serves as Secretary to the Executive Director and as Staff Assistant for all Commission-related activities, with responsibility for performing a variety of analytical, technical, advisory, administrative, and other office duties and functions related to the management of the Commission and its related organizations.

More information and Application Process: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556814500

Jan 18

Job: Summer Internship Opportunity – JUSFC & I-House (Tokyo, Japan)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Job Title: Summer Internship Opportunity (Unpaid)
Posted by: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the International House of Japan (I-House)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the International House of Japan (I-House) are currently seeking three Summer Interns for short-term (not to exceed two weeks) internships during late July-August 2020 to coincide with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The interns will support the ongoing activities of the 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program (NichiBei Creative Artists) . JUSFC and the National Endowment for the Arts have selected five artistic teams for this program. Each team of artists from the United States and Japan are working on a collaborative artistic project that will be presented to the public in Tokyo during summer 2020. More information on this project can be found HERE.

The internship is expected to be fast-paced, and will be based in Tokyo. This is an unpaid internship, and relocation to Tokyo is not covered. However, JUSFC and I-House will reimburse local transportation costs for daily commuting.

More Information and Application Process: https://www.aatj.org/nichibei-creative-artists-program-internship-opportunity-tokyo-summer-2020

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Jan 17

Job: Group Leader – CET Academic Programs (Osaka, Japan)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email

Job Title: Group Leader, Pre-College at CET Japan
Posted by: CET Academic Programs
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contract: Short-term; Temporary

Here’s a short-time, temporary position passed along to us:

Group leaders play a key role in the high school/pre-college teams consisting of CET overseas residential life staff, potentially including program directors, resident directors, group leaders, and resident assistants to create at least a 1:10 staff to student ratio.

This team is responsible for delivery of four-week summer academic programs abroad for high school students ages 15-18.

Group leaders create a positive and inclusive environment that fosters intercultural student learning and academic success, in conjunction with other program staff. They support a group of 8-25 high school students as they engage in an intellectually stimulating, fun, and challenging program while navigating cultural differences.

They participate in many aspects of the program, serving as student advisor, mentor, and role model for successful cross-cultural engagement while providing 24/7 support and emergency management as needed.

More information and application process: https://cetacademicprograms.com/about/work-for-cet/job-openings/?gh_jid=4499998002 

Jan 15

JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘Weathering with You’

“With beautiful visuals and compelling characters, Weathering with You is a charming world you want to believe.” (GKIDS)

By A.A. Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine.

Sun Amid the Clouds

*Warning: This review contains spoilers

“Don’t interfere with the weather too much,” warns a fortune teller early on: “Messing with nature always has a cost.” As the title suggests, weather is the focus for writer/director Makoto Shinkai’s newest feature film Weathering with YouIt’s a tough act to follow after 2016’s Your Name, Shinkai’s previous work and the most commercially successful anime film of the last decade. Nevertheless, despite similarities in plot (adolescent romance, natural phenomena, and a sci-fi twist) the film offers a refreshing story which transports and delights.

We follow the friendship of Hodaka, a runaway from a remote island, and Hina, a girl with mysterious powers that temporarily conjure sunny skies. Hodaka is intent to find freedom in the big city, while Hina is just trying to get by. The number of scenes alone where characters resort to eating cheap instant ramen is an indicator that life is not going quite as planned. Still, adventure can be found just around the corner.

Soon after meeting, Hina and Hodaka start a business using Hina’s sun-producing powers. Their services are marketed to Tokyoites for weddings and outdoor events otherwise ruined by a rainy day. The sunny vignettes are one of the most charming aspects of the film, connecting it to a broader sense of space and community. Tokyo is no longer an anonymous megalopolis, but a city formed of friendships and relations.

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Jan 14

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Dance at Japan Society, ‘Weathering with You,’ New York Times Travel Show

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobeshi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

Start the new year right by heading down to your local concert venue, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold.

This month’s highlights include:

© Ryuichiro Suzuki

Jan. 10-12, 14

The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$35, $30 members

Back by popular demand after his North American debut of Girl X in 2017 at Japan Society, Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan’s hottest young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI, returns with his latest one-man dance theater piece. The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood features Yamamoto’s signature directing style, in which characters’ thoughts are conveyed through projected words, alluding to the millennial generation’s preferred mode of communication—texting. Through movement, photography and colorful lighting, Yamamoto reveals the indifference and tenderness of a metropolis where the lives of complete strangers continuously interact and coalesce.


Opens Wednesday, Jan. 15

Weathering with You

Various locations and prices

Catch the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name! The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky. But what happens when controlling the weather leads to unforeseen problems for the pair and Japan itself?

Courtesy of Cdn.travelpulse

Jan. 24-26

The New York Times Travel Show

Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street


Calling all travel professionals: Set your wanderlust free! Now celebrating its 17th year, this annual event features over 35,000 travel professionals, with over 740 exhibitor booths representing more than 170 destinations. Get the latest information you need for planning your next global destination with dozens of destination-specific seminars, and focused niche topics from cruises to family travel, exclusive trade-only exhibition hours, and an industry reception.

Want to stay in the loop on future events? Follow Justin on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan 14

WIT Life #338: Get to Know Kanagawa Prefecture!

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

明けましておめでとうございます! 今年もよろしく お願いします。 (Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu! Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu).   Or in more casual parlance, アケオメことよろ (ake-ome-koto-yoro)! Hope 2020, a.k.a. the Year of the Rat, has been treating you well so far. With the Tokyo Olympics around the corner, Japan is already in full gear.

But of course there is much more to Japan than just Tokyo. As part of its Get to Know Japan Series, Japan Society is kicking off the new year with a slew of programs related to Kanagawa Prefecture. The first offering takes place on January 23rd at 6:30 pm, and it has the catchy title of Get to Know Kanagawa: Hot Springs, Japan and the Great Wave. It will be moderated by my friend Susan Miyagi McCormac, Japan cultural connoisseur and founder of JapanCulture·NYC. If that is not enough of an incentive for you, the discussion will be followed by a tasting reception featuring maguro donburi (tuna rice bowl) from Misaki Port and Kanagawa sake!

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