Dec 12

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.

As my last post mentioned we are in the midst of the “best of” season, and the latest is the announcement of the kanji of the year. The pick for 2018 is 災 (sai, or disaster), as in 自然災害 (shizen saigai or natural disaster) and 災い (wazawai or trouble/misfortune). As Japan is no stranger to natural disasters, this kanji had been chosen once before in 2004. That was the year of the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake, the deadliest earthquake to strike Japan since 1995’s Great Hanshin earthquake (incidentally, the kanji of the year tradition began that year with the selection of 震 (shin or earthquake)). This year a big earthquake causing landslides hit Hokkaido, heavy rains caused floods and mudflows in Kyushu, and there were also major heat waves and typhoons throughout the country.

But it wasn’t only natural disasters that led to 災. There was also an abundance of man-made disasters such as power harassment in the sports world, Finance Ministry bureaucrats tampering with official documents in a political scandal, and the rigging of entrance exam scores that discriminated against female applicants at medical universities.

In person-on-the-street interviews on this morning’s news, interviewees reacted to the selection of 災. One young woman thought it made sense in light of all the horrible landslides and floods, but an older woman said she found it dark and would have preferred something brighter. Others offered alternatives such as Read More

Dec 11

“Packed with over 500 iconic hand-drawn illustrations, this handsome, 240-page hardcover edition is a testament to the artist who helped set the visual standard for RPGs, raising the bar impossibly higher with each release.” (VIZ Media)

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005, and is eagerly awaiting the 30th anniversary edition of All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku. For more of his articles, click here.

In the summer of 1988, the “World News” page in the debut issue of Nintendo Power magazine reported: “Ninjas and Kung-Fu Masters are no longer heros [sic] to Japanese players since they are now being replaced by warriors and sorcerers who bravely confront dragons with their swords and shields.”

With this mind-blowing description, my eight-year-old self was introduced to the world of Dragon Quest.

With over 71 million copies sold, this landmark video game series published by Enix (now Square Enix) is still going strong, with eleven main titles and thirty overall, securing a legacy that spans at least three generations. While role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Ultima existed long before game consoles invaded our homes, DQ was the one that rewrote the book and kept adding chapters that everyone from Final Fantasy to Pokémon copied from, long after its initial release in Japan in 1986 (and in the U.S. as Dragon Warrior in 1989).

Ironically, those other series are probably better known in the West, likely because for years Dragon Warrior lacked the “star power” associated with one man whose fame in Japan easily rivaled any game: Akira Toriyama. As the creator/illustrator/genius behind the back-to-back manga smashes Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, Toriyama was coaxed by his trend-savvy editor to lend his talents to a new sword-and-sorcery title, marking a profound transformation (and future synergy) between the manga and gaming worlds. After DQ, nothing would ever be the same.

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Dec 10

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

Job Title: Associate Producer
Posted by: NHK Los Angeles Bureau
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job if you’re in or looking to move to the Los Angeles Area received directly from NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

NHK Los Angeles Bureau is seeking a full-time Associate Producer who covers news in the US. The Associate Producer will be working with correspondents from Japan with duties including but not limited to:

  • Conducting research, reporting, and fact-gathering
  • Pitching story ideas
  • Arranging interviews and travel logistics
  • Business trips nationwide for interview including driving car
  • Make TV reports for “NHK World” (NHK’s international TV service in English)

This position will start in January or February 2019. You must be able to come for an in-person interview.

Please find the job description and how to apply here: 2018 December NHK Los Angeles seeking associate producer 12062018 

Dec 6

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

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director of International High School Competition and Admissions, and Assistant Director of International Recruitment
Posted by: Bellevue College
Location: Bellevue, WA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here are three job openings at Bellevue College via the Pacific Northwest JETAA  group:

Administrative Assistant to the Office of International Education & Global Initiatives – Job Description (#R18342)

Under the general direction of the Dean of International Education and Global Initiatives (OIEGI), the Administrative Assistant 4 (AA4) provides higher-level administrative support to the dean to maximize his effectiveness in administrative and financial management of OIEGI. Higher level administrative duties include, but not limited to, budget monitoring, expenditure control, office space management, equipment purchases, public relations, personnel administration, records management, and report preparation.

The position provides administrative and fiscal management skills to ensure all OIGEI business transactions and contractual agreements with partners around the world are carried out by meeting the state and college’s policies and procedures.  The incumbent must be able to project a welcoming and professional image of the OIEGI to international visitors, business and educational partners, and government official and serve them with keen sense of cultural sensitivities.

Assistant Director of International High School Completion and Admissions – Job Description (#R18324)

Under the general direction of the Director of International Education, the Assistant Director of International High School Completion and Admissions is responsible for daily operations of the International High School Completion program, international admissions, pre-arrival advisement, and front desk intake services in the Office of International Education (OIE). This position supervises five fulltime employees and several student workers.  This position reviews current student lifecycle process from inquiries to admissions to enrollment, identifies critical touch points, designs and delivers compelling and timely admission support services to applicants to ultimately convert the inquiries to actual enrollment in degree and non-degree programs.

The International High School Completion (IHSC) program is a brand-new program launched in Fall 2018. The position builds a solid foundation for an accessible, sustainable, and high-impact dual-enrollment pathway program for academically motivated international students ages 16 and 17. The incumbent evaluates international high school transcripts and external exam results to develop individualized academic plans that satisfy requirements of the Washington State high school and associate credentials while preparing students to apply for admission to universities all around the USA. The incumbent is responsible for the maintenance and growth of the IHSC students by designing and delivering comprehensive academic and culturally responsive support services with end goals to increase the students’ retention, overall satisfaction, and completion rates.

This position serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and may travel domestically and internationally as directed.

Assistant Director of International Recruitment – Job Description (#R18344)

The Assistant Director of International Recruitment (ADIR) reports to the Director of International Education and supervises two to three full-time International Recruitment Managers (IRMs).  Working closely with the dean of international education and global initiatives, director, and IRMs, this position develops and evaluates annual recruitment and communication plans with end goal to increase and diversify the new first-time international student enrollment in degree and non-degree programs. The ADIR strengthens existing partnerships and identifies new opportunities. The ADIR advises the director and other stakeholders to adjust tactics, services, and programs using data and trend analysis. The ADIR assists the director with the annual budget preparation by forecasting new student enrollment, estimating costs for all marketing and recruitment activities, and providing rationales. The position travels domestically and internationally two to four times a year.

Application Process: To find more information about the various positions and to apply please click here —


Dec 5

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

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Gakken
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time (Immediate hire)

Job Description:

Gakken is Japan’s largest educational publisher. We have just opened a New York office and are seeking a motivated, qualified individual to join our team in the position of Administrative Assistant. You will perform clerical and administrative functions in order to drive company success.


  • Translation and Interpretation between English & Japanese (emails, phone calls, documents, in-person meetings)
  • Draft correspondences and other formal documents
  • Plan and schedule appointments and events
  • Data entry to online systems
  • Develop and implement organized filing systems
  • Light customer service
  • Perform all other office tasks


  • Fluency in Japanese and English (spoken and written)
  • Previous experience in office administration or other related fields
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with internet/web, Microsoft Office products a plus

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Dec 4

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

Job Title: Community Engagement / Advertising Sales / Marketing Coordinator
Posted by: Nichi Bei Foundation
Location: San Francisco, CA
Contract: Full-Time

The Nichi Bei Foundation is seeking a community engagement and development, advertising sales and marketing coordinator to work up to 40 hours weekly at a nonprofit educational organization that publishes a community newspaper and presents educational programs in San Francisco’s Japantown.

About the Organization

With the impending closure of the historic Nichi Bei Times in September of 2009 — the oldest Japanese American community newspaper in Northern California — some Nichi Bei Times staff and contributing writers, media professionals and community leaders formed the Nichi Bei Foundation to launch the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly. This pioneering nonprofit organization has launched a Digital Edition, educational programs such as a Films of Remembrance series and a pilgrimage to the former Angel Island Immigration Station, as well as community events such as the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival designed to help fulfill its mission of keeping the Japanese American and Asian American community connected, informed and empowered.

More info on the organization: or

Job Description

This position entails a combination of advertising sales, development, some marketing and other administrative tasks. This position could also play a role in the coordination of major foundation educational and fundraising events. Applicant should be energetic and hard-working and provide positive solutions for customer needs in advertising, and maintain general oversight and ensure accuracy of internal accounting records including accounts receivable and invoicing requests. Applicant will also assist in various ad hoc projects.

This position reports directly to the organization’s president and will work with its accounting staff, as well as other sales contractors.

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Dec 3

Chapter Beats December, 2018

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)


    1. Bonenkai

Pencil it in your calendars! An amazing evening is in the work and you won’t wanna miss it. More details to come in future newsletters or on the JETAASC FB page.




    1. Life Goes On documentary screening

JETAADC Presents
“Life Goes On”
Monday, December 3rd 6-8pm
1307 New York Ave NW


Buy Tickets Here!

Life endures. Six years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, in the beautiful land of Tohoku, on Japan’s North-Eastern coast, people stricken by immeasurable loss never give up on moving forward. Join us for a special screening of the documentary Life Goes On 一陽来復, and understand how resilience, fortitude, and benevolence prevail after an unimaginable disaster.

The JET Alumni Association of Washington DC [JETAADC] is proud to host an exclusive screening of this moving documentary here in DC. All collected proceeds from the subsidized tickets will be given to the film director, donations warmly welcomed. Dinner will be provided.

Doors open at 6 PM for check-in and dinner; screening begins at 6:30 PM.




    1. Bounenkai

JETAA Pub Social

Get in the festive feels on the first Thursday of December and join JETAA UK for a pub social and end-of-year お疲れ様 at the Somers Town Coffee House!

Committee members will be there from 18:30 so drop in anytime and look for JETAA signs and friendly faces. Tickets are free and registration is optional but it helps us know who to look for if you sign up with Eventbrite – just follow the link :)

Look forward to seeing you there!




  • JETAA South Island (New Zealand)
    1. Bonenkai

DATE:            Friday, December 7th

TIME:             18:30 – 20:30 UTC+13

VENUE:         Cookai Sushi Chain Train & Bar at the Crossing

Level 1 The Crossing 166 Cashel St.

Christchurch, New Zealand




  • JETAA Ottowa
    1. Annual General Meeting

DATE:            Friday, December 7th

TIME:             18:00 – 21:00 EST

VENUE:         C’est Japon à Suisha

                        208 Slater Street, Ottawa,

Ontario K1P 5H8


The 2018 General Annual Meeting of JETAA Ottawa will be held at C’est Japon à Suisha on Friday, December 7th at 6:00 pm, in the lower level of the restaurant.

All members are welcome. Bylaw revisions (stay tuned for a link to the final draft) will be voted upon, as well as BoD positions. Anyone wishing to join the Board of Directors may come and submit their candidacy for the elections. You’re also encouraged to bring up anything you’d like your BoD to know about, or wish to propose, or just mention officially!
Hope to see you there!




  • JETAA Toronto
    1. Kurisumasu Karaoke

Join us 7-10pm on Friday, December 14th at Bar+ Karaoke to sing your heart out. Whether you’re just an occasional caroller or a year round singing sensation, this event is for you!   It’s Japanese-style, so everyone will be able to get some song choices in, and who better to rock out with than JET friends?

Date: Friday, December 14th, 7-10pm
Location: Bar+ Karaoke (360 Yonge St, Toronto)
Cost: $10

For any questions, contact Hope to see you there!




  • JETAA Praries
    1. Ramen + Christmas Cake

Date:  Thursday, December 13th

Time: 18:30 UTC-06

Venue:           Cho Ichi Ramen

1151 Pembina Highway,

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2A3


Do you miss having a bowl of hot ramen to warm you up? Do you miss having Christmas cake as well? Do you miss mingling with likeminded people who understand what Japan is all about? Behold! We will have Ramen + Christmas Cake Night! at Cho Ichi Ramen, 1151 Pembina Highway. Cake will be held at a yet to-be-determined location. For JETAA Prairie members. Please rsvp by December 5th, 2018 by either this Facebook event (set yourself to “Going”) or




  • JETAA Canberra
    1. Save the Date – Bounenkai Dinner and Karaoke

Date:              Thursday, December 13th

Time:             18:30 – 22:30 UTC+11

Venue:           To Be Confirmed

Save the date for our annual bounenkai.
We will start with dinner somewhere in Dickson followed by karaoke.

Details to be confirmed soon so keep an eye out for updates.

Updates can be found here.



  • JETAA Wellington
    1. Rakugo Performance at Tatsushi

Date:              Sunday, December 2nd

Time:             18:00 – 22:00

Venue:           Tatsushi Japanese Restaurant

19 Edward Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand


This unique event comes to us courtesy of the Japan Information & Cultural Centre:

Have you heard of the Japanese art of Rakugo? Rakugo is a traditional form of storytelling, told by a solo Rakugo performer who entertains the audience by telling mainly comedic, but sometimes scary, moving or even erotic stories. Tatsushi restaurant, right in the middle of Wellington’s CBD, is hosting the first New Zealand performance of Tachikawa Koshira, an accomplished Rakugo performer who has entertained not only in Japan, but also in Australia and Spain! This performance will be solely in Japanese.

Spaces are limited, so get in quick and reserve by emailing Tatsushi! Prices are $30 for entry, or $40 for entry and a delicious Japanese Bento meal packed by Tatsushi.

WHEN: 6pm meal, 7pm performance, Sunday 2 December
WHERE: Tatsushi, 19 Edward Street, Wellington





  • JETAA Minnesota
    1. Talk: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art

DATE:            Saturday, December 8th

TIME:             10:00 – 12:15 CST

VENUE:         Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 S 3rd Avenue,

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 JETAAMN is offering discounted tickets ($8) per person for this event.
Hurry- deadline to register is Dec. 1st!

Join us for an in-depth talk to learn about the “Tale of Genji” as presented in Japanese art. The “Tale of Genji” is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). These three presentations are offered in conjunction with Mia’s exhibition “Love Affairs: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art” ( and offer different perspectives on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. On view through March 10, 2019.

To sign up, complete online form here.

Dec 1

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

With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered.

This month’s highlights include:

Courtesy of MSG Entertainment

Now through Jan. 1

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Avenue

From $41

Featuring an all-new finale number (with costumes to match), the seasonal tradition of this legendary New York show, now in its 86th edition, features the Rockettes, ensemble dancers, and Santa himself, for a show guaranteed to delight all ages! Among the more than 50 dancers for this year’s performance is Tokyo native Arisa Odaka, who performed with Ken Watanabe in the Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I in 2015.

© Disney

Now through Feb. 10

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

60 Tenth Avenue


Featuring exclusive works from Keichi Tanaami (SPIRAL) and Tetsuya Nomura (Kingdom Hearts), Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. This immersive, one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a “true original” and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.

© Sony Pictures

Friday, Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m.

Tokyo Godfathers

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$14, $11 seniors/students, $5 members

While rummaging through trash heaps on Christmas Eve, three homeless companions—a middle-aged alcoholic, a transgender ex-drag queen and a hot-tempered teen runaway—stumble upon an abandoned newborn. Determined to find the child’s mother, the trio search Tokyo’s sprawling streets, buildings and back alleys, helped along by a series of coincidental encounters that gradually reveal the truth of their traumatic pasts. Imbued with deep empathy for its down-and-out yet lively characters, this atypical holiday comedy by celebrated animation director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika) highlights the redemptive power of love and family (chosen or otherwise) amidst life on the fringes of society. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Nov 30

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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.

About 30 minutes west of Orlando in Clermont, Florida is the Presidents Hall of Fame. This informative, family-friendly spot contains realistic wax figures, hundreds of pieces of political memorabilia, and a roadside replica of Mount Rushmore.

Its centerpiece is a 60-foot long scale reproduction of the White House with full interior, which has taken over 40 years to research, design and construct. The White House in Miniature was created by John and Jan Zweifel of Orlando, Florida, their family, and hundreds of artisans, creating what the Hall describes as “a gift to the people.”

“John Zweifel developed its concept in 1956,” said Tommy Candido, art director for the Hall. “In the 1960s, he started putting drawings together and doing the research. There’s one story where he found some blueprints in the basement of a library in Chicago. The Secret Service came because they were supposed to have it, but nobody knew about it.”

The miniature toured Japan in July 1995 at a Smithsonian Institute-sanctioned display in Chiba celebrating U.S.-Japan history on the 140th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity. Attending the opening event were Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Walter Mondale, and Prince and Princess Akishino.

Candido noted that Zweifel, who is also the Hall’s owner, “has plans for the U.S. Tricentennial in 2076. He has passion and wants this to reteach the people that the United States is more than politics; the replica and the museum transcends politics. If there’s anything that in existence is bipartisan, it’s here.”

The Presidents Hall of Fame is located at 123 N Hwy 27 in Clermont, and is open seven days a week. For more information call (352) 394-2836, email, or visit their homepage at

Nov 28

Job: Administrative Assistant – Embassy of Japan (Washington, DC)

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

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Embassy of Japan in Washington DC
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of administrative assistant. This individual is primarily responsible for managing the schedules and activities of diplomats in the Economic Section. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with lunchtime receptionist duty once a month and the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum monthly base salary for this position is USD 3,000.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates will be requested to submit their background check information.


  • Secretarial work such as making appointments, answering phone calls, preparing meeting rooms, checking and collecting news articles and making photocopies.
  • Drafting, editing, and/or proofreading letters, documents, and correspondence in English.
  • Taking notes and occasionally providing brief translation at meetings, events or seminars upon requests from diplomats.
  • Assisting diplomats in the planning and implementation of events such as visiting guests and receptions, making reservations for restaurants, and drawing up itineraries for visitors and drivers.
  • Occasionally monitoring daily news and press releases relevant to the portfolios of the Economic Section diplomats.
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate.

Required and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in English, Japanese ability and study or work experience in Japan preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

How to apply: -mail your resume and cover letter to: by December 7th, 2018.

*Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.


Nov 26

Jobs: 2019 Lead Language Instructor – Council on International Educational Exchange (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: 2019 Lead Language Instructor
Posted by: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Seasonal

2019 Lead Language Instructor
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad
Tokyo, Japan

Position: Lead Language Instructor
日本語教師 / リードインストラクター /リード日本語教師)
Department: CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad Programs
Reports To: Director, CIEE Site

Position Description

The CIEE Tokyo High School Summer Abroad program is offered in two 4-week sessions during the summer of 2019. Both sessions will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center near Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. CIEE is looking for a Lead Instructor (LI) who embraces our task-based, communicative approach and is excited about language and intercultural learning. The LI will be trained by CIEE on our curriculum guidelines, design the curriculum for our program in cooperation with CIEE staff, train other instructors, teach during both program sessions, and oversee student learning.

  • January 2019: Training / curriculum development / program preparation
  • March 2019: In-person training in Madrid, Spain (exact dates TBA)
  • June 10 to July 7: Session 1
  • July 8 to August 4: Session 2

Primary Responsibilities—Lead Instructor

  • Create / edit / adapt the Japanese language curriculum following CIEE’s curriculum requirements and guidelines.
  • Create detailed lesson plans according to CIEE guidelines.
  • Train other instructors on the curriculum. Act as a resource to them during the program.
  • Teach students in a classroom setting during both summer sessions (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Exact dates and times of classes TBA.)
  • Participate in the Lead Instructor training course from January 2019. This course will be Online via the Canvas learning platform.
  • Participate in in-person training in Madrid, Spain in March (exact dates TBA).
  • Support additional instructors during their online training in March and April.
  • During the program work with CIEE Site and Program Leaders to ensure effective communication and curriculum integration
  • Plan and prepare for each day including development of task-based activities that help students meet learning objectives (“can do” statements)
  • Meet with co-Instructors and Program Leaders once a week to ensure the students are meeting goals and the program standards are being met
  • Serve as the primary contact regarding any curriculum-based matter for the level you teach
  • Provide participants with valuable feedback during in-class activities, through assessments against a rubric in Canvas, and through assessments
  • Enter student grades for participation, projects, assessments in Canvas
  • Provide CIEE with valuable feedback in English on the curriculum at the end of each session of the program (in a format agreed upon before the start of the program)
  • At the end of the program, participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, curriculum assessments and evaluations
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Nov 20

Job: Summer Resident Director – American Councils for International Education (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 CLS Resident Director
Posted by:
American Councils for International Education
Contract: Seasonal

Here’s a summer 2019 job passed along to us:

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

Summer CLS Resident Director Job in Japan

American Councils for International Education is currently hiring short-term Resident Directors for the Critical Language Scholarship’s Japanese summer 2019 immersion program.

Resident Directors are the first-level of support for CLS students for the duration of the program. The Resident Director supports student success by ensuring the health and safety of the participants. Resident Directors report to the DC office weekly and are expected to communicate regularly with their DC-based Program Officer, particularly if adjustment, health, or safety issues occur.

The CLS in-country partner is responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position. The approximate dates of the program are June to August. Resident Directors also attend a mandatory 3 day training in Washington, D.C. during May.

Competitive applicants will have demonstrated student support experience for undergraduate and/or graduate students, or experience leading or supporting a study abroad or language immersion program. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Japanese. Application review will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until each position is filled.

Click here to apply for the Japanese Program Resident Director Position.

Nov 19

Job: Shop Attendant – Fukushima Prefecture (New York City, NY)

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

Job Title: Shop Attendant
Posted by:
Fukushima Prefecture
New York City, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Aya Ota, a coordinator for the Fukushima Prefectural Government for the following part-time job opening:

Fukushima prefectural government of Japan will establish a Fukushima Sake Information Booth at “Canal Street Market” called “Fukushima Sake Challenge Shop,” and they are now hiring part-time staff members in New York.

Please see the following document (PDF): FUKUSHIMA’S SAKE CHALLENGE SHOP

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Aya Ota <>

Nov 19

Job: Temporary Assistant to the JET Program Coordinator – Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

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

Job Title: Temporary Assistant to the JET Program Coordinator
Posted by:
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Here is a job passed along to us directly from The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles:

The Japanese Consulate in LA is looking for a temporary assistant to help with JET interviews early next year from early January until late February. This assistant would be working with successful application candidates and interviewers to put together schedules, prepare documents, and ensure our week-long interviews run smoothly.

Please see attached or the following:

Nov 15

WIT Life #330: Japan’s 2018 Buzzwords


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.

It’s hard to believe but 2019 is just around the corner, the time when Best of 2018 lists begin to emerge. From Japan, the nominees for this year’s buzzwords have been compiled. The 30 candidates will be whittled down to the top 10 as well as an overall winner, to be announced on December 3 (you can vote for your favorite at the bottom of the link!).

Unsurprisingly, many relate to Prime Minister Abe’s work-style reform initiatives (働き方改革 or hatarakikata kaikaku). I hadn’t heard of short-time harassment (ジタハラ・ 時短ハラスメント or jitahara・jitan-harasumento), the pressure employers put on their workers to reduce overtime and maximize productivity, but I was familiar with the high-level professional system (⾼プロ・⾼度プロフェッショナル制度 or kōdo puro・kōdo purofesshonaru seido). This allows specialists like financial dealers or analysts with ¥10.75 million plus in annual income to be paid based on work performance, rather than hours worked. They won’t receive overtime pay as a result of being exempt from typical regulations, something the opposition party said would lead to longer working hours. It managed to pass and will go into effect for large companies at the start of the next fiscal year.

In the sports category, I liked the selection of buzzword Naomi-esque (なおみ節 or Naomi-bushi). It refers to the gentle and polite way Japanese-Haitian tennis player Naomi Osaka speaks, in contrast to her on-court tenacity. As reported in this blog, she Read More

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