Feb 23

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

Job Title: Case Worker/ Program Assistant – Bilingual (Japanese/English)
Posted by:
Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
New York, NY, USA

Thanks to JET alumni, Joseph Lavetsky (Shizuoka-ken) for passing along the following job posting:

Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) is currently seeking to fill two positions – a PT Case Worker/ Program Assistant and a FT Case Worker/Administrative Assistant. In this role the successful candidate will provide client services, including case management and supportive counseling, and will work closely with other staff and volunteers to ensure that agency programs are carried out effectively and efficiently. As a professional, s/he will maintain high standards of ethical conduct and must be able to work with clients, staff and partnered agencies in an empathetic and caring manner. S/he must possess a willingness to learn. S/he must be bilingual and able to speak, read and write in English and Japanese. S/he must be flexible and take initiative when appropriate.

Please click the link for more information: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/aaf9768d543b4a42932525b5a9628143-case-worker-program-assistant-bilingual-japaneseenglish-japanese-american-social-services-inc-jassi-new-york?

Feb 23

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

Job Title: HR Consultant
Posted by:
Imageon Consulting, Inc.
New York, NY, USA

Here’s a job received directly from the President and CEO of the company:

Imageon Consulting, Inc. (http://www.imageon-consulting.com/) is a boutique Human Resource Management consulting firm. Majority of our clients are U.S. subsidiaries of Japanese corporations and our service includes HR outsourcing/ day-to-day HR troubleshooting, HR document preparation, Compensation & Performance Evaluation Programs, HR management trainings and so on. Currently, we are looking for the HR Consultant position to perform/ deliver the services outlined above. Understanding of Japanese business culture and Japanese language skills are a big advantage for the position.

Expected Job Duties:

  • Provide troubleshooting to the assigned clients for various HR issues (including employee discipline, termination, regulatory questions, other employee relations)
  • Develop/ update HR related documents (e.g., employee handbook, other policies, job descriptions, memo, letter) based on the information collected from the clients and related HR regulations.
  • Conduct HR trainings (e.g., anti-harassment training, performance management, cross-cultural).
  • Conduct compensation benchmarking or other research on various HR practices.
  • Develop performance review and compensation programs (pay structure, incentive programs) and assist the clients to introduce and implement the programs.

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Feb 23
When: Friday, March 2 @ 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: Elephants Delicatessen, 115 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 

As part of Sasakawa USA’s The Alliance Working in America series and in partnership with the JET Alumni Association of Portland, we invite you to join a special dinner discussion with Bill Clifford (Shizuoka ALT, 1987-89) President and CEO of World Affairs Councils of America, and Doug Smith (Okayama CIR, 1987-89), Business Development Manager, Port of Portland. The discussion will explore how the JET Program experience has contributed to their career and their role in U.S.-Japan relations, and the challenges and opportunities ahead for JET alumni to contribute towards strengthening U.S.-Japan relations in their personal lives and networks.

Notes: Free event, RSVPs kindly required by Monday, February 26 at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/SdDpmaYwHWrvCvQ42

Feb 23

Looking to step up your pin game? Why not collect these two pins from the Pacific Northwest JETAA chapter!

Feel free to contact the current President, Zung Do (president@pnwjetaa.org) or JETAA USA Country Rep, Cheryl Hou (cheryl.hou@jetaausa.com) for more information.

Feb 21

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

Job Title: On-Site Program Coordinator
Posted by:

Here’s a chance for JET alumni to manage a 2-4 week program in Japan.

On-site Program Coordinators:

CISaustralia is recruiting for like-minded professionals to join our Customised Faculty-Led Programs team. On-site Program Coordinators (OPCs) help lead programs in countries all over the world, while assisting University staff to design, plan and manage their study tours. Programs vary between 2-4 weeks. All travel, meal and phone costs are covered, as well as receiving a program stipend. Full training and ongoing support provided.

For further details and how to apply, click here.

Feb 21

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Opportunity: 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship
Posted by:
Rotary Foundation
Tokyo, Japan (among other locations)

Here’s an opportunity for a fully-funded fellowship at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan (among other locations):

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the fully-funded Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving today’s global challenges.

Up to 100 fellows are selected globally every year to earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Japan, Australia, England, the United States, Sweden and Thailand.

To learn more about the program, applicants are encouraged to visit the Rotary Peace Centers website. All applications are due 31 May 2018.

If you have any questions about the fellowship, please contact Sarah Cunningham at 1.847.425.5682 or Sarah.Cunningham@rotary.org.

Feb 20

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Job Title: Higher Ed Professional Collaboration
Posted by:
Cultural Vistas and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation

Thanks to JETAADC for passing along this wonderful opportunity:

Here is an opportunity from Cultural Vistas and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) for Higher Ed professionals to help expand academic partnerships with Japan!

The week-long June trip will include visits to Tokyo, Osaka, Okayama and Sendai for meetings with professional counterparts and students to better understand critical factors for successful collaboration, and, ultimately, to spur strategic educational partnerships between the two nations.

Application deadline is March 2nd and link to apply can be found here: Call for Applications.

Feb 20

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Job Title: Language Teacher, Interpreters, and Web Reporter
Posted by:
Peace Boat

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to volunteer for Peace Boat’s 99th Global Voyage sent directly to us from the GET (language program) Coordinator, Sarah Anderson (Gunma-ken):

Peace Boat is now seeking dynamic and highly motivated volunteers to join its 99th Global Voyage!

The 99th Voyage departs Yokohama September 1st and returns to Yokohama December 17, 2018. The voyage will circumnavigate the globe and make stops in twenty-three countries, including China, Morocco, Iceland, Peru, and many more!

We are looking for:

  • Language teachers: English and/or Spanish (18 months experience by the time of application; teaching certifications and language skills highly regarded)
  • Interpreters: Japanese – English, Japanese – Chinese, Japanese – Korean, Japanese – Spanish, English – Chinese (no experience or training required)
  • Web Reporter (Applications for the 98th Voyage web reporter will be open soon. Please check the website below for updates!)

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Feb 16

Written by freelance Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as language, film, business, food and politics. 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.

Sign from Japanese-run business telling customers their clothing won’t be brought to the incarceration camp

After interpreting in Manhattan Criminal Court earlier this week, I stopped for lunch in Chinatown and found myself with some time on my hands afterwards.  I decided to visit the International Center of Photography and was nicely surprised to find the exhibition Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII (through May 6), a comprehensive portrayal of this reprehensible period in American history.  It includes works from prominent photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, letters and other personal mementos, and moving video testimonials from those who were incarcerated or have family members who had been.

From 1942-1946, thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated to incarceration camps in desert and swamp areas of the Western U.S.  The original term for this had been “internment,” but I learned from the exhibition that Japanese American organizations and scholars have developed new terminology in an effort to more accurately reflect the wrongness of what took place. Read More

Feb 15

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Job Title: News Reporter/Research Assistant
Posted by:
Yomiuri Shimbun
Washington, DC

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

Founded in 1874, The Yomiuri Shimbun is the Japan’s largest and most influential national daily newspaper in Japan. We have 28 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.

The Yomiuri Shimbun: www.yomiuri.co.jp

The Yomiuri Shimbun Media Data: http://adv.yomiuri.co.jp/m-data/english/index.html

The Japan News (Our English-language daily): www.the-japan-news.com

The Los Angeles Bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest national daily newspaper, seeks an English and Spanish speaking reporter/research assistant.

We cover social issues, sports events, national politics, and any major breaking news in the Western and Midwestern states of the U.S. as well as all of Mexico. This job primarily involves gathering news, tracking newswires and assisting Japanese reporters by arranging and conducting interviews, doing research and transcribing interviews. The office can be fast-paced and there are daily deadlines. The position will include opportunities to travel to cover major news, report on sporting events, interview high-ranking government officials, and cover the entertainment industry.

Applicants should be fluent in English and Spanish. Since the newspaper is in Japanese, there are no byline opportunities. Read More

Feb 14

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Job Title: Associate Director of Programs
Posted by:
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Washington, DC

Here’s a great opportunity for JET alumni looking to work at a non-profit organization:
Position Announcement
Associate Director of Programs
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes understanding and cooperation between Asia and the United States, seeks an Associate Director of Programs in its Washington, D.C. office. Working with the Foundation’s President and Vice President, the majority of the Associate Director’s responsibilities will be focused on the following programs:

Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

  • A one-year Fellowship program established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to cultivate a corps of U.S. government officials with expertise on Japan and Japanese language ability.

U.S.-Japan Network for the Future

  • A two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists who can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term.

Program responsibilities include working independently and as part of a team to develop, promote, implement, recruit participants, and fulfill reporting requirements for these programs. This position also requires extensive coordination with Foundation staff in Montana and Tokyo, cohorts of program participants throughout the United Satates and in Japan, and U.S. government and Embassy of Japan officials.

Competitive candidates will have Japanese language ability, expertise on the United States government and government of Japan, experience developing programs with foundations and corporations, and experience managing a program budget. Candidates must be willing and interested in learning about policymaking and the U.S. government budgeting process. Experience working on federally-funded programs or on Capitol Hill would be helpful. Some domestic and international travel is required.

Strong candidates will have at least two years of work experience and a master’s degree. U.S. citizenship or current work visa is required. Send a resume and cover letter to hr@mansfieldfdn.org. Application deadline:February 23, 2018.

Feb 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 language, film, business, food and politics. 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.

Last September, Chelsea received a great addition to its art scene in the form of the Sato Sakura Gallery. This Japan-born museum has two locations (Fukushima/Tokyo) that specialize in 日本画 (Nihon-ga or traditional Japanese painting). This term and concept was created in response to 西洋画 (Seiyou-ga or Western painting), which made its way to Japan during the Meiji Era (1868). Today the idea of Nihon-ga can refer to both purely traditional Japanese painting, as well as new styles of painting that incorporate Western painting methods while remaining faithful to traditional Japanese painting techniques.

Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms (from Sato Sakura Gallery Facebook page)

The inaugural exhibit at the new Chelsea location has 桜 (sakura or cherry blossoms) as its theme, and showcases 12 different artists and their works. They range from regular-sized paintings to giant folding screens, and my favorites were from self-proclaimed “flower and cherry blossom maniac” Reiji Hiramatsu. In particular, his work “Playful Carps” piece is impressive.  Its bright colors are striking, and I enjoy the playfulness of the fish in a pond with petals filling its surface. I also really like his “Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms,” Read More

Feb 11

Guests of the Urasenke Chanoyu Center experienced a setting like this one pictured at the Nippon Business Institute Japanese Cultural Center of Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Courtesy of Philip Hafferty/Urasenke Chanoyu Center)


By Aubrey Keene (Hokkaido, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Aubrey moved to New Jersey from Kentucky to complete a master’s degree in Asian studies from Seton Hall University. This is her first article for JQ.

On Saturday, February 3, the New York Adventure Club offered participants a private tea ceremony demonstration at the Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York (UCC) in Manhattan. Nearly two dozen participants from the area attended to have their first experience with this iconic Japanese cultural tradition.

Experiences like this are not unique for members of the New York Adventure Club. The group, formed in 2013 by CEO and founder Corey William Schneider, was an effort, he explains, “to get my friends to join me on my random weekend adventures around the city.” For more than a year and a half prior, Schneider had been exploring the city on his own as part of what he calls a “mini-early life crisis” that triggered a desire to do more fulfilling activities in his free time. By founding the group on Facebook, Schneider hoped he could get others to join him: he quickly discovered his idea was a hit when over 100 people showed up for the first event. The group now boasts more than 9,000 members, with activities ranging from trapeze classes to tours of Grant’s Tomb to tea tastings happening almost every day of the week.

On a chilly Upper East Side afternoon, participants gathered in the lobby of the UCC for an introduction by their chado, or way of tea, master Yoshihiro Terazono, who gave an overview of the 140-year old building. Originally a horse carriage house later refitted as an art studio for Mark Rothko, the UCC purchased the building in 1980 and spent two years transforming the space into a tea ceremony center. It now houses three tatami mat rooms of various sizes where students come and practice throughout the week. Each room opens to an outdoor space of a garden area with a view of the windows three stories above. The aesthetics successfully evoked the image of a tea house in Kyoto, the birthplace of Urasenke.

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Feb 3

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York – Hello from Japan, Private Tea Ceremony, Katsu Album Release Concert

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.

Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from live showcases that will transport you to another time and place, some new anime screenings, and a sake extravaganza you won’t want to miss.

Emily Munro

Now through May 6

Hello from Japan!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street

$14 children/adults, $11 seniors

Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a new interactive exhibit! Children will have fun learning about life in present day Japan in this playful, highly immersive environment that transports families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words. Kawaii Central is a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, bursting with color, trendy shops and cuter than cute styles. Kids sing karaoke, smile for the photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable mascots for their families. Plus, learn more about contemporary Japan through special programs for the public, free with admission.

Courtesy of Eventbrite.com

Saturday, Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m.

Private Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration @ The Secret Kyoto Garden 

Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York, 153 East 69th Street

$35 advance, $39 day of event

Experience one of Japan’s oldest traditional tea ceremonies in a secret indoor Japanese garden hidden in the Upper East Side—led by a Tea Master of Urasenke! Join New York Adventure Club for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration in the style of Urasenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony. Established in 1967 to promote the rich cultural tea tradition of Urasenke in New York City, the UCC is a private organization that teaches its members how to master this ancient tradition over the course of 10-15 years. This event also offers an opportunity to consume the best quality sweets and matcha green tea from Kyoto, the birthplace of Urasenke.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2:00 p.m.

Katsu: Debut Album Release Concert

National Opera Center – OPERA America, 330 Seventh Avenue

$20 suggested donation

Katsu started to perform in public about a month after he started playing the piano when he was the age of 19 by self-learning. He also started composing originals soon after the beginning of the public performances. After performing several times in Japan, He moved to New York. Then in December 2016, he debuted as a composer and a pianist at the Steinway Hall. Now, he has been performing his original tunes as a solo pianist at multiple venues. His music is described as New Age music, classical, Jazz, romantic piano, and more. This intimate performance will feature selections from his recently released debut album, Moon.

Jan 31

JET Prefecture Round Up (February 2018)


JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. Check out her blog on meaningful travel.



13th Kyoto Vegans Buffet Meetup

When:  February 3

Where:  Kyoto Prefecture

Forget the snow! Join the vegan tribe at Vegans Cafe and make new friends!


Chizu Snow Festival

When:  February 3

Where:  Tottori Prefecture

Join in the 19th Chizu Inn Yuki Matsu in rural Tottori prefecture.


2018 Shimane AJET Ski Weekend

When:  February 3-4

Where:  Shimane Prefecture

Shimane and Hiroshima AJET welcome you to shred the slopes of Mizuho Highland with them.

snow trees


Niigata AJET’s Northern Snow Out

When:  February 10

Where:  Niigata Prefecture

Join Niigata AJET at the first annual Kaetsu region snow out.


Hokkaido AJET Snowcation

When:  February 10-13

Where:  Hokkaido Prefecture

Hokkaido AJET invites all JETs to take part in Snowcation, an annual event to encourage JETs from other prefectures to visit the northern island. This year, it coincides with the Sapporo Snow Festival.


Hadaka Matsuri

When:  February 17

Where:  Okayama Prefecture

Join Okayama AJET in celebrating the prefecture’s famous Saidaiji Naked Man Festival.

snow monkeys


Shizuoka AJET Strawberry Picking and Onsen Trip 2018

When:  February 17

Where:  Shizuoka Prefecture

Join Shizuoka AJET in beating winter with delicious strawberries on the prefecture’s famous strawberry road and a hot soak at the onsen.


Winter Formal: the Snowball

When:  February 24

Where:  Aomori Prefecture

Aomori AJET invites you to its final event for the school year, a Snowball inspired by Stranger Things.



AJET Block 10 & The Nagazasshi Presents: Lantern Festival 2018

When:  February 24

Where:  Nagasaki Prefecture

Join AJET Block 10 to celebrate a festival started by the local Chinese community to celebrate Chinese New Year.


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