Aug 21

 

 

On August 13, 2019, US JETAA hosted a webinar for JET alumni interested in going to law school or pursuing a career in the legal field. Four JET alums: Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-1994), Andy McCarthy (Akita-ken, 2005-2008), Jonathan Carll (Niigata-shi, 2008-2011), and Sarah H. Lee (Kumamoto-ken, 2004-2006) shared their experiences in law school, what they’ve done after they finished, and gave some pointers for those considering a career in law. Feel free to check out the full webinar here.

More information about the speakers can be read below. Thanks to US JETAA for their biographies and hosting a wonderful webinar!

SPEAKERS

Steven Horowitz (Aichi, 1992-1994) is the Director of Legal English Programs at St. John’s University School of Law where he has the good fortune to work with two other JET alumni! He has a JD from Duke Law School, an MA TESOL from CUNY-Hunter College, a CELTA Certificate, and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied law at Waseda University and interned for Japanese law firms.

Andy McCarthy (Akita, 2005-2008) works for a boutique law firm focusing specifically on oil and gas transactions in various oil and gas plays throughout the United States. After JET, Andy returned to the United States and studied at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, graduating in June, 2011. Shortly after graduation, Andy worked as a field landman in eastern Ohio for nine months, before joining a large oil and gas law firm in Houston, Texas in May, 2012. Andy is licensed to practice law in Texas, Ohio, and Nebraska.

Jonathan Carll, (Niigata City, 2008 – 2011) Graduated from law school in 2015. Licensed in Texas. He worked mostly as a Japanese document review attorney since that time. Prior to law school he worked for a year as a translator on similar Japanese document review projects.

Sarah H. Lee (Kumamoto, 2004-2006) is a legal aid attorney in Boston, MA with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. She currently practices housing and family law; her past practice also includes child welfare law, immigration, consumer law, and foreclosures. Sarah earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a member of The Ohio State Law Journal and a law clerk with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

 


Aug 16

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


Job Title: Due Diligence Researcher
Posted by: J-Screen K.K.

Location: Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

J-Screen K.K. assists companies mitigate financial, legal, and criminal risks through the design and implementation of formalized, ethical and comprehensive individual and organizational screening programs.  J-Screen reports focus on publicly available information and public records relating to companies and individuals.

This position is responsible for conducting research for J-Screen K.K and its clients:

  1. Conduct comprehensive Japanese language internet based research into companies and individuals. The research focuses on publicly available information sourced from public records, public and private databases, Japanese media court records, credit reports and others.
  2. Preperation and drafting of English language reports summarizing the information obtained during the research process.
  3. Contacting and responding to client queries regarding reports.

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Aug 14

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


Job Title: Assistant Professor, Contemporary Japanese Politics and Society
Posted by: Indiana University Bloomington’s

Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a JET-relevant job for more scholarly alumni in academia that was passed along to us:

Indiana University Bloomington’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies (HLS) seeks a full-time tenure-track assistant professor of contemporary Japanese politics and society, broadly defined, to begin August 1, 2020. The position is 100% in HLS’s renowned multidisciplinary Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). The teaching load is two courses per semester. Teaching responsibilities encompass both undergraduate and graduate courses and will include the teaching of a new course on “Japanese Politics and Society.”

This is an exciting moment to join the newly named and expanding Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies as it leads the university’s international research and teaching missions. Established nearly sixty years ago, the EALC department has a long history of interdisciplinarity and boasts faculty strengths in a wide array of social sciences.

Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. in a relevant social science discipline (e.g., sociology, anthropology, political science) and active research agendas examining contemporary political and/or social issues that involve Japanese-language sources and in-country fieldwork.

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Aug 7

Job: Professional Staff – International Center of Ritsumeikan University (Osaka, Japan)  

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Job Title: Professional Staff
Posted by: International Center of Ritsumeikan University’s Osaka Ibaraki Campus

Location: Osaka, Japan
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alum, Rochelle Zheng-Garratt (Chiba-ken) for the following job that she will be leaving in early September:

The job details are only available in Japanese, since Japanese is required for the position, but please let me know what information should be given in English for the posting, and I will provide it.

Application Process: For reference, the link to the Japanese job description can be found here: http://www.ritsumeikan-trust.jp/file.jsp?id=428604&=.pdf

 


Aug 6

Job: Full-Time Resident Faculty (Dormitory Supervisor) – Keio Academy of New York (Purchase, NY, USA)

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Job Title: Full-Time Resident Faculty (Dormitory Supervisor) for Girl’s Residence Hall
Posted by: Keio Academy of New York

Location: Purchase, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Please see the below document for the position of Full-Time Resident Faculty (Dormitory Supervisor) for Girl’s Residence Hall, which was passed along to us directly from the school. Contact information: HRoffice@keio.edu.

Full-Time Resident Faculty (Dormitory Supervisor) for Girl’s Residence Hall

Application Process: Potential applicants should email their resumes, cover letters, and our application forms to HRoffice@keio.edu.

 


Aug 4

Job: Multiple Positions – Georgia Department of Economic Development (Atlanta, GA, USA)

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Job Title: Full-time Children English Teacher
Posted by: Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here are some job openings at the Georgia Department of Economic Development for people who are interested in international affairs that was passed along to us: https://www.georgia.org/about-us/career-job-search


Aug 3

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Liberty City Anime Con, Miyavi, ‘Millennium Actress’

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.

In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japan-related cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning.

This month’s highlights include:

Courtesy of Renireni.com

Aug. 9-11

Liberty City Anime Con

Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway

$40-$60

The best three-day anime convention in New York City returns for its third year and features over 100 events and panels, three days of cosplay, game tournaments and anime screenings, concerts, balls and dances. This year’s special guests include Tyler Walker, Heather Walker, CDawgVA, Brittany Lauda, Matt Shipman and Gigi Edgley, with special performances by Frenchy and the Punk and and Reni Mimura!

Courtesy of Sonyhall.com

Saturday, Aug. 10, 8:00 p.m.

Keiko Matsui with Randy Brecker

Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street

$35, $75 VIP

Keiko Matsui’s music speaks to the hearts and souls of fans around the world, transcending borders and building bridges among people who share a common appreciation of honest artistry and cultural exchange. Echo, her 28th recording as a leader, melds exquisite compositions with lush harmonies and global rhythms to create timeless musical anthems. Joining her is jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, who has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa.

Micah Joel Photography

Aug. 10-11

PLAY NYC

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

$25 single day, $50 full weekend, $100 dev & pro weekend pass

Launched in 2017, PLAY NYC is New York City’s premier game convention for creators and players. The weekend will feature a full pavilion of playable games for all consoles, PC, virtual reality and mobile devices from studios large and small and developers old and new. Games will include indie projects with some larger triple A titles. Get access to some of the biggest games coming later this year and discover many you’ve never even heard of. PLAY NYC celebrates every facet of gaming in a way that only the Big Apple can by uniting players, developers and industry pros at a games event like no other.

Eleven Arts

Aug. 13, 19, 7:00 p.m.

Millennium Actress

Regal E-Walk 42nd Street 13, 247 West 43nd Street

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue

$12.50

Experience the gorgeous new restoration of what many believe to be Satoshi Kon’s (Perfect Blue, Paprika) greatest work. When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As she recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police. Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver. Boasting countless awards, including the Grand Prize in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival (which it shared with Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away), Millennium Actress is a must-see for anime fans of all ages. Includes a post-film conversation with producers Taro Maki and Masao Maruyama as they reflect on making the film and Satoshi Kon’s legacy. The Aug. 13 screening is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. The Aug. 19 screening is presented in English.

Courtesy of Sonyhall.com

Monday, Aug. 19, 8:00 p.m.

Miyavi

Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street

$35, $69.50 VIP

Known to his fans as the “Samurai Guitarist,” Miyavi is gaining recognition around the world for his unconventional style of playing the guitar—not with a pick, but with his fingers and his “slap style,” which is like no other. Miyavi has six successful world tours under his belt, totaling more than 250 shows in 30 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In recent years, Miyavi gathered attention from other artists and creators in the field. He has also produced music for television commercials, and is receiving a lot of attention from fashion brands. With his acting debut in Unbroken, Miyavi was inspired by the message of peace which he himself has strived for; he has been able to use all his performing abilities this time as an actor who considers his body and soul to be his instrument.

GKIDS

Aug. 25-26, 28, various times

My Neighbor Totoro

Regal E-Walk 42nd Street 13, 247 West 43nd Street

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue

$12.50

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family. When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece. The Aug. 25 and 28 screenings are presented in English. The Aug. 26 screening is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Aug 3

Full-time Children English Teacher – Teachers College at Columbia University (Taipei City, Taiwan)

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


Job Title: Full-time Children English Teacher
Posted by: Teachers College at Columbia University

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job I came across:

Pay: NTD $65,000-70,000/ month

Work hours: 9am-12pm, 1:30-5:30pm

Requirements: Native or near-native English speakers, ESL teaching experience required

Application Process: Please email Yana <yl3535@tc.columbia.edu> for more information and how to apply

 


Aug 2

Job: Onsite Lead Concierge – John Paul (New York, USA)

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Job Title: Onsite Lead Concierge
Posted by: John Paul

Location: New York, USA
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alumna, Valerie Stewart (Saga-ken) for passing along the following opening with her company:

Thanks for our dedicated employees at the forefront and behind the scenes, we continue to excel as a global leader in services delivered by Delivering excellent service and innovative products, and we’re looking for an  Onsite Lead  Corporate  Concierge to help Fulfill that.

John Paul is revolutionizing loyalty by recognizing brands with their customers. Our customer and employee offers a wide range of solutions including Concierge Services, Travel Services, Event Management, and Unique Customer Engagement Strategies, delivered through phone, email, SMS, Chat and Digital channels. John Paul is part of the Accor Group, a worldwide leader in hospitality. To read and learn more about John Paul, visit our website at www.johnpaul.com.

The Employee Loyalty Corporate Caretaker is responsible for the field and is responsible for a wide range of personal and professional requirements for this client account. Duties include extensive planning, event tickets, gift/restaurant recommendations and coordination services. Must be energetic, polished and creative. You will join a dynamic team, eager to offer a service that meets the highest expectations of our customers.

This position reports directly to the Regional Concierge Manager. The concierge will be stationed at our client site in New York, NY.

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Jul 31

Job: Producer – TV Asahi (Washington, DC)

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Job Title: Producer
Posted by: TV Asahi, Washington, D.C. Bureau

Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job received directly from the TV station:

Overview:

The Washington, D.C. Bureau of TV Asahi, a nation-wide Japanese TV network (similar to ABC, NBC or CBS) is currently seeking candidates for a full-time Producer.

Producer position:

The Producer will assist the Bureau in its news-gathering, reporting, and production activities for news broadcasts in Japan.  Expected duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting correspondents and cameramen, both individually and alongside fellow producers
  • Researching topics of interest, filming, and communicating/negotiating both inside and outside the company
  • Researching, planning, and assisting with travel for feature stories
  • Helping fellow producers with news-gathering, scheduling, and other tasks
  • Assisting with fieldwork and business trips
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities as required or requested by management

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Jul 30

Job: Teaching Position – ETS Source (Nagoya, Aichi, Japan)

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Job Title: Teaching Position
Posted by: ETS Source

Location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alum, Gajen Sivakumar (Oita-ken) for the following job opening at his company:

ELT Source is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team to teach at a private Senior high school in Nagoya area starting September 2019.

We are a small energetic company with an opening for a position which offers an above-average salary, holidays of over 2 months a year, strong support and great schools to teach at. All candidates must be a native English speaker and have achieved a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates with prior ALT experience and or degrees in Education, English, Linguistics or Japanese studies are preferred but not required.

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Jul 29

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Director Shinya Tsukamoto at JAPAN CUTS

“In the film Killing, I don’t necessarily have one political message that’s strongly pursued, and I want the audience to figure out the film’s message for themselves. Personally speaking, I find it to be incredibly frightening today of what the Japanese government is doing.” (Courtesy of Shinya Tsukamoto)

 

 

By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle used to work in New York City for Merchant Ivory Productions and the National Geographic Channel. He currently teaches history, international relations and film at an international high school in Shanghai, China.

Shinya Tsukamoto is a Japanese filmmaker most famous for his Tetsuo trilogy of horror/sci-fi films: Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992), and Tetsuo: the Bullet Man (2009). Other films include Hiruko the Goblin (1991), Bullet Ballet (1998), and Tokyo Fist (1995). He has also acted in most of his own films as well as those of others, most recently in Martin Scorsese’s Silence (2016). 

Last week, Tsukamoto made a special appearance at Japan Society in New York City for their annual JAPAN CUTS film festival to receive their prestigious CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film, as well as to speak at the East Coast premiere of his latest film, Killing. In this exclusive interview, JQ spoke with the director about violence and politics in his work, lifelong influences, and the story behind the name of his most enduring creation. (Translation by Aiko Masubuchi.)

You have stated that Killing was made in response to the violence you see today in society. All of your previous films have dealt with violence in one way or another—how is your position towards violence different in this film than in others?

When I was little, and for a long time, of course there were some violent things that happened in Japan, but mostly speaking, the violence was outside Japan and Japan was a country that would try to avoid war. It was that way for a long period of time. So, in my earlier films, the violence I was depicting was more fantastical. But now, times have changed: Japan is turning into a country that is getting ready to go to war, and so I could no longer depict violence through a fantastical lens—I needed to depict violence as something realistic and scary and use it as a warning, and so could no longer depict violence the same way.

Does this mean that your film is in response to the Abe administration’s recent foreign policy and re-militarization of Japan?

In the film, I don’t necessarily have one political message that’s strongly pursued, and I want the audience to figure out the film’s message for themselves. Personally speaking, I find it to be incredibly frightening today of what the Japanese government is doing.

How does your version of Nobi (Fires on the Plain) differ from Kon Ichikawa’s classic version of the same anti-war story?

I am a huge fan of Kon Ichikawa’s film Nobi, and I first saw it when I was in high school. I thought it was a fantastic anti-war statement and incredibly moving. In fact, the films I made as a teenager were greatly influenced by it. What I like about Ichikawa’s film is that he brings the camera into the internal darkness of the characters. Even though the setting of the original story is in the Philippines, Ichikawa’s film was shot in Japan. But what struck me in the original story was the beautiful nature and the landscapes of the Philippines, which contrasted the horror of what the soldiers were doing to each other. To me, it seemed important to have the Philippines’ beautiful nature as a backdrop, so the way we approached the film visually was quite different.

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Jul 29

Job: Representative – H.I.S International Tours Inc. (West LA, CA)

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Job Title: Representative, Global Marketing
Posted by: AnimeNYC

Location: West LA, CA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

POSITION SUMMARY

This position is responsible for developing, building, and managing new products as well as updating existing products to increase the local customer base with an eye towards increased profitability. This position is also responsible for helping to strategize on how to expand the company’s client base in the local market.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Primary Job Functions (80%)

Helps strategize on how to expand clientele in the local market

  • Provides ideas and strategies to expand the company’s presence in the local market.

Promotes Vacation Packages

  • Manages and maintains the contents of the land tour package website/hisgo up-to-date in order to maintain a user-friendly and attractive environment for local customers with an eye on increasing profitability.
  • Develops and publishes bi-annual catalogs of vacation packages with signature products from each destination offered.
  • Gathers information and photographs to complement each tour and uses various attractive media to pass them on to the customer.
  • Attends travel-related seminars and conventions to gather information.

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Jul 23

Job: Interpreter – AnimeNYC (New York, NY, USA)

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Job Title: Interpreter for AnimeNYC, November 15-17, 2019
Posted by: AnimeNYC

Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

AnimeNYC is looking for interpreters for their annual conference:

INTERPRETERS

“Interpretation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.” – Anthony Burgess

Anime NYC has hosted over 50 guests from Japan over the past two years, and as our guest list continues to grow, we’re looking for talented individuals who can help interpret for Japanese guests coming to our event. Do you have Japanese language skills and want to be part of the Anime NYC team? Please read on for more details, and then fill out the application below!

We’re bringing on two levels of interpreters, and all Anime NYC’s interpreter roles are paid positions

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Jul 22

Job: Editorial Assistant – Springer Nature (New York, NY, USA)

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Job Title: Editorial Assistant: Physics, Materials Science, and Astronomy
Posted by: Springer Nature

Location: New York, NY
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alum, Sanaa Ali-Virani (Tokyo-to) for the following job opening with her company:

This is an entry-level job good for getting into the publishing industry. No particular scientific knowledge is required (but interest in science and/or familiarity with the world of science research would help you secure the job). No foreign language skill is required, but experience working with people across countries and cultures is a definite plus. (If you do want to practice your Japanese, opportunities do occasionally arise.)

This is the job I am currently vacating; please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (sanaa.alivirani@gmail.com) for further details, including information about the Editors you would be supporting.

JOB DUTIES

Under limited supervision, the Editorial Assistant provides administrative and editorial support to Publishing Editor(s). Specific responsibilities include:

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