May 26

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

I seem to have a knack for timing my business trips to Japan in sync with releases of my favorite director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films, and this time is no exception.  Last night I had the chance to check out 海よりもまだ深く (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) or After the Storm), a welcome addition to Kore-eda’s impressive body of work.  It features the familiar cast of characters who can be found throughout the rest of his films, such as Hiroshi Abe, Kirin Kiki and Lily Franky.

Abe plays Ryota, a character with the same name as the one he played in Kore-eda’s 歩いても歩いても (Aruito mo aruite mo or Still Walking).  This Ryota is a formerly award-winner author who barely makes ends meet by gambling and his job as a private detective.  He struggles to pay child support to his ex wife in order to be able to see his son on a monthly basis.  Despite being accustomed to Kore-eda’s leisurely pace, I found the film a bit slow at the beginning.  However, as the story unfolded I started to be drawn more into the stories of the characters.  Perhaps it was because I’m far from home and missing my own family, but I found my eyes filling with tears during some of the tender family moments.  I loved the deceivingly simple but significant shot of Read More


May 26
ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D returns to AnimeNEXT, coming to Atlantic City June 10-12. (Courtesy of Animenext.org)

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D returns to AnimeNEXT, coming to Atlantic City June 10-12. (Courtesy of Animenext.org)

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories.

After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate the best of both fine art and pop art.

This month’s highlights include:

Thursday, June 2, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

LuckyRice New York Feast

Industry City, 233 37th Street (Brooklyn)

$88 GA, $150 VIP

Last appearing in Gotham for its Ramen Slurpfest back in October, this year’s New York Feast breathes new life this year as we move to a creative hub in Brooklyn to showcase the city’s most enticing Asian food experiences: from Southeast Asia to Western China, from fine dining global restaurants to local superstar mom and pop shops, from traditional dishes to fusion dishes that mash up culinary cultures. Enjoy tastings from over 30 curated chefs (including delectables from Pokéworks, Sushi Samba and Tuome), as well as dozens of craft cocktails, sake, beer, and beverages to keep you spirited throughout the night. VIP ticket holders gain guests one hour early admission.

June 2-3, 6:30 p.m.

New York Japan CineFest 2016

Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

$12, $10 seniors/students, $8 members

Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest is an annual event that features works by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. Over two programs of short films, standouts includeTOKYO COSMO, an anime study on loneliness; Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides, a real-life story about a trio of women who left Japan in the 1950s to start a new life in America; and Keino, a documentary about the eponymous custom motorcycle builder of Brooklyn’s Keino Cycles. A reception sponsored in part by Kirin Brewery of America will follow the first night’s screenings.

Saturday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.

J-Collabo Cosplay Party

J+B Design & Café, 300 7th Street (Brooklyn)

$8 (free for J-members)

For this Inaugural event, J-Collabo offers a very unique underground theme location for photos. Bring our own camera or have their professional photographer capture your costume! The winner of their contest will receive a special gift from J-Collabo Brooklyn. Enjoy J+B’s Nel drip coffee, Yuzu Ginger Lemon and Yuzu Ginger Ale, exquisite teas, sake, and Japanese morsels while browsing a selection of gorgeous Japanese artisanal merchandise at this neighborhood treasure chest of rare and enchanting items.

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May 26

Mel T (Aomori-ken, 2007-2012) is a Canadian living and working in Towada City, Aomori. For more information about events, sightseeing, restaurants, etc. in Towada City, and around Aomori Prefecture & Japan, visit her blog at http://towada-city.blogspot.com.

90th Anniversary All-Japan National Fireworks Competition 2016Every August, fireworks masters from across Japan compete in an impressive music and pyrotechnics show at the All-Japan National Fireworks Competition (Omagari Fireworks) along the Omono River in Daisen City, Akita Prefecture. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the event. Click HERE to read MORE.


May 26

Mel T (Aomori-ken, 2007-2012) is a Canadian living and working in Towada City, Aomori. For more information about events, sightseeing, restaurants, etc. in Towada City, and around Aomori Prefecture & Japan, visit her blog at http://towada-city.blogspot.com.

Tohoku Rokkon Six Souls Festival 2016The Tohoku Rokkon (“Six Souls”) Festival is a two-day event where you can see six major Tohoku area summer festivals (one from each prefecture) all in one place!

It was created to encourage the revival of the Tohoku area after the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami of 2011. This year marks the sixth and final year of the event. It will be held in Aomori City from June 25-26, 2016.

Click HERE to read MORE.


May 25

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Program Manager
Posted by: Japan ICU Foundation
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Director of Communications, the Program Manager will work cross functionally to successfully administer JICUF’s grants, scholarships and programs. The Program Manager will respond to additional responsibilities as they arise.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Grants
    • Lead in the solicitation of grant applications from ICU faculty and students.
    • Review incoming letters of inquiry, invite submission of full proposals to eligible applicants and compile documentation for internal staff review and Grants Committee review.
    • Inform applicants of Grant Committee’s funding decision, and arrange for transfer of grant funding to ICU.
    • Compile reports from grantees on usage of funds and coordinate with the Director of Communications to publicize results.
  • Scholarships
    • Conduct research into scholarship best practices.
    • Participate in strategic review of JICUF scholarships.
  • Programs
    • Help plan and implement Global Link and Rethinking Peace Studies, JICUF’s two flagship programs.

Qualifications:

  • We are seeking an upbeat person willing to work within a creative, collaborative and agile team.
  • The applicant must have an undergraduate degree.
  • Minimum of three years of work experience, preferably within a foundation, non-profit organization or university.
  • Must be an excellent communicator, including impeccable writing skills.
  • Should be aware of trends within international higher education and philanthropy.
  • Must have a familiarity with and cultural awareness of Japan.

Salary and Benefits: The position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Application Process: Application instructions can be found here http://www.jicuf.org/job-opportunities/


May 25

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Reporter/Researcher
Posted by: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Location: New York, USA
Contract: Full-Time

The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan’s largest daily newspaper. We are headquartered in Tokyo and have 26 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: New York, Washington, and Los Angeles.

Website: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/

Website in English: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/

Applicants must be prepared to work occasional overtime. This is a full-time position. Compensation includes medical/dental benefits, and 401(k).

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a strong interest in current affairs.
  • An interest in journalism combined with attention to accuracy and the ability to multitask effectively under deadline is required.
  • Applicants should already be based in New York region

Description: Main duties involve assisting Japanese correspondents by covering events, tracking relevant stories, arranging and conducting interviews, doing research, etc. Applicant may also be required to work various news areas (national politics, diplomacy, New York area stories, national news, business, sports, etc.) as the situation warrants. Rapid and precise transcription ability is also required.

Application Procedure: Please email cover letter and resume to Makoto Yoshiikee (New York, Bureau Chief, Yomiuri Shimbun) at yominy2016@gmail.com. No phone calls, please. Applicants must be available for in-person interview.


May 24

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Secretary for Consul-General and Deputy Consul-General of Japan
Posted by: Consulate-General of Japan at Houston
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Benefits: Paid vacation, medical/dental insurance, US federal and some Japanese national holidays

Working Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, MondayFriday (some evenings and weekends required for special events and receptions)

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Management of daily schedules for Consul-General and Deputy Consul-General including R.S.V.P for invitations and car arrangement.
  • Making appointments, reservations and assisting CG and DCG with correspondences
  • Receptions/dinners/lunches hosted by the Consul-General; preparing guest lists, mailing invitations, collecting R.S.V.P.’s, preparing nametags and flowers etc.
  • Preparing and sending letters/cards from CG and DCG.
  • Other administrative duties and assisting CG and DCG with day-to-day work.

Required Qualifications:

  • US citizen or US permanent residency holders
  • Strong English language speaking and writing skills
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and communication skills
  • Strong computer skills. Must be proficient in common software, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge and experience with secretarial work (preferable)
  • Knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture (preferable)

Application Process: Interested candidates should mail, fax, or e-mail their resume and cover letter to Ms. Jaclyn Clark (Fax: (713) 651-7822, E-mail: Jaclyn.clark@ho.mofa.go.jp). Deadline for submission is Monday May 30, 2016. Please do not call with regard to your application status.


May 20

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: General Affairs Staff
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan
Location: New York City, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Consulate General of Japan is currently seeking an employee for the General Affairs Staff. If you are interested, please send us your resume (English or Japanese) via E-mail or postal service. Work consists of assisting with consular duties including but not limited to reception duties and corresponding/negotiation work with vendors.

Starting Month: July 2016

Basic Work Hours: Monday through Friday 9:15-17:45.

Salary: Will be determined under Consulate regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an American Citizen or Green card holder.
  • Fluent in both Japanese and English.
  • Must be proficient with Word, Excel and other PC related work.
Only shortlisted candidates who pass the first screening will be notified of the date for the interview.
Application Process: Please send your resume to either:
  1. E-mail: kyujin@ny.mofa.go.jp
  2. Mail:
       Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue 19th Floor
New York, NY 10171
ATTN: 419

May 20

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Position: Kindergarten English Teacher
Posted by: Nishida Gakuen
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Nishida Gakuen is a small, friendly Japanese kindergarten in Mihara, Hiroshima which offers English classes during and after regular school hours. We’re currently looking for an enthusiastic English teacher for our school! It’s a great position for JETs alumni hoping to stay in Japan and explore teaching on their own. The kindergarten’s website may be found here (Japanese only): http://www.nishida.ed.jp/

Responsibilities:

  • Instruct daily kindergarten English classes (15 – 20 minutes each) to the kindergarten’s three, four and five year old students
  • Teach after school English classes (50 minutes each with 10 minutes of break in between classes) to students ages three to fifteen in the Pacific Language School style (training provided)
  • Participate in all school events (sports day, end of year recital, graduation, etc). If the event is scheduled on a weekend, the teacher will be given a day off in lieu during the following week or another convenient date.
  • Plan and conduct two holiday craft classes (Halloween & Christmas) as well as decorate the English classroom

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May 20

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 Participate in the JET Arigato Campaign

Have you had exciting and unique experiences, met interesting people, and made new discoveries while on the JET Programme?

This year, 2016, marks the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme. Over 60,000 people have participated in the programme in the past 30 years, and many of them have formed life-long bonds with Japan and the local communities they lived in, and, most importantly, made unforgettable memories.

With the JET Arigato Campaign CLAIR would like to provide a space for everyone involved in the JET Programme, be it current JET participants, JET alumni, or Japanese people that have connections with the JET Programme, to express their ‘thank you’ to the people they have grown close to because of the Programme or to the Programme itself.

It is our hope that, through the sharing of these arigato messages, JET Programme participants will be able to strengthen bonds of friendship and community with each other and members of the Japanese community, as well as to build excitement for the celebration of the Programme’s 30th Anniversary. We greatly appreciate your cooperation in informing your fellow JET alumni and friends in the community of this campaign, and we look forward to your submissions.

1. Eligibility – Current and former JET Programme Participants, as well as local residents in Japan who have had interactions with JET Programme Participants

2. Why Participate?

  • CLAIR will promote your submission through its SNS channels to help you (re-)connect with the worldwide JET Community and with your friends in Japan
  • You will be eligible to win a JET Programme 30th Anniversary Goods Package (50 winners selected by lottery)
  • Your submission might be selected for the JET Arigato Campaign official video that will be shown during the 30th Anniversary commemorative Ceremony and showcased on the JET Programme Homepage

3. Contents for Submission – Please submit your message in one of the three following formats:

  1. A text message and photos (up to 3)
  2. An audio message and photos (up to 3)
  3. A short video message

4. Homepage – Click here for more information about the JET Arigato Campaign and how to participate: http://jetprogramme.org/en/arigatojet/


May 20

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Position: External Affairs Manager for U.S. Government Affairs
Posted by: American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Temporary

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan is searching for a Temporary External Affairs Manager for U.S. Government Affairs (EAM USG) who will support the ACCJ in handling matters related to the U.S. Government (USG) for the ACCJ for a 3-4 month period between July-October 2016.

Responsibility:

  • USG Relations (information exchange, meetings, Washington, D.C. Doorknock-related briefings, USG Briefings, Embassy Liaison Program, etc.)
  • Gatekeeper for engagement with US Government
  • Administration of the Advocacy Review Process (for any policy positions taken or official public statements made by the ACCJ)

Specific Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Provide information, analysis and advice to ACCJ members on Chamber advocacy generally, USG policies and activities that affect their business interests in Japan;
  • Identify opportunities for ACCJ input into USG activities, such as Congressional hearings, public comment and other written or personal testimony;
  • Ensure the effectiveness of the “influence” segment of ACCJ activities, recognized as one of the three primary membership benefits, in the following ways, among others;
  • Facilitate the communication and incorporation of ACCJ views into USG policy toward Japan;
  • Help refine the expression of ACCJ policy views through the Advocacy Review Process;
  • Organize and manage meetings, lunches and other events that will facilitate communications between ACCJ leaders and USG representatives;
  • Provide input and advice to the Executive Director, other members of the staff (as necessary) and of the Chamber, regarding their engagement as representatives of the ACCJ with government officials and other key stakeholders.

Other:

  • The preferred candidate is a native-English speaker with excellent English writing abilities. Business Japanese language ability is preferred.
  • The EAM USG uses the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and FileMaker Pro on a daily basis.
  • Masters degree preferred.

Application Process: To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to asmith@accj.or.jp.


May 20

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Position: External Affairs Coordinator for U.S. Government Affairs
Posted by: American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan is looking for someone excited to develop skills in the area of policy or government affairs. This person would work with the External Affairs Manager for U.S. Government Affairs in the execution of the ACCJ’s advocacy work by providing content-related, logistical, and administrative support.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to monitoring U.S.government related news and periodically briefing members and staff on critical issues, drafting public communications, proofreading and editing advocacy documents, tracking the rotation of U.S. Embassy officials, and updating and maintaining the ACCJ External Affairs database.

The EAC must work under tight deadlines, manage multiple tasks and make frequent contact with business leaders and government officials. This requires strong attention to detail, excellent organizational and communications skills, and the ability to maintain good humor and a positive attitude.

Established in 1948 by representatives of 40 American firms, the ACCJ, a fully independent chamber of commerce, has grown into the most influential foreign business organization in Japan, with approximately 3,000 members representing over 40 countries and 1,000 companies. A non-profit organization with over 60 committees that produced over 30 advocacy documents in 2015, working for the ACCJ requires a strategic mindset and great attention to detail. Successful employees gain experience with Japan’s greatest international business and policy network. Read More


May 20

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Position: Associate TV News Producer/Researcher
Posted by: Nippon Television – Washington DC News Bureau
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Nippon Television is one of the largest commercial broadcasters in Japan. The Washington DC News Bureau is responsible for covering political affairs in the United States for our Japanese audience.

As a producer, you will be responsible for monitoring and summarizing political news and information from Washington and beyond. This would include attending press briefings, monitoring daily news sources, researching various news media for interesting stories, setting up interviews, and in-house recording. You would assist reporters in creating daily news stories and long term feature stories which are sent to Tokyo for national broadcast.

The ideal candidate would be conversational in Japanese, have good organizational skills, and have strong knowledge of political and international affairs.

Application Deadline: Friday June 3rd, 2016

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send their resume to nippontvdc@gmail.com. No telephone calls, please.


May 17

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Positions: Strategic Communication & Public Affairs Professional
Posted by: APCO Worldwide Inc. – APCO Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

APCO WORLDWIDE INC. will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in order to enable them to perform the essential or primary duties for this position. Please note that we are recruiting Entry-level Communication & Public Affairs positions on an ongoing basis. APCO Worldwide offers a comprehensive package of health and wellness benefits to employees and their families to ensure personal and financial health and well-being, as well as to provide protection from significant financial harm due to prolonged injury, illness or death. While benefits may vary slightly by region, we strive to provide all employees with a variety of benefits that are meaningful to them.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce drafts of written materials such as press releases, summaries, reports and other client materials
  • Inform team members of possible issues regarding client projects
  • Assist in responding to RFPs and preparing proposals by correcting edits, compiling copies
  • Support other team members as necessary in order to complete client projects
  • Look for new business opportunities and present to staff
  • Conduct research using the internet, search engines and other means as appropriate
  • Monitor media, government and political issues and update media tracking spreadsheets or databases
  • Interface with vendor regarding products and services needed
  • Meet project deadlines as assigned
  • Coordinate and execute meeting logistics and events

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Degree and/or post-graduate degree in Public Affairs, Communications etc.
  • Relevant work experience in a public relations/communication environment
  • Good team player, research and organizational skills a definite must, keen to learn, proactive attitude
  • Computer skills: MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Social Media and Blogs

Office Environment:

  • The physical abilities needed to perform the duties of this position, in addition to the office climate.
  • Office environment is general office setting
  • Some travel required

Application Process: Please send a resume and cover letter to Leigh Ann Mastrini-lmastrini@apcoworldwide.com


May 17

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Positions: ESL Instructor
Posted by: Embassy English
Location: New York, New York City, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Embassy English, a world leader in English language education, is looking for dynamic and resourceful teachers for our main school in Midtown Manhattan. Teachers are responsible for delivering innovative lessons in English-language skills using our established curriculum to students of all ages. Our teachers receive ongoing training in the latest ESL methodologies, technologies and practices. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Teach up to 25 hours per week
  • Review, grade and mark student work and provide students with substantial and serviceable feedback on that work including any and all exams
  • Establish, promote and maintain a focused and productive classroom learning environment
  • Promote student conduct in-line with policies detailed in the student handbook
  • Provide formal, written reports on students’ progress both mid-semester and at the end of each semester
  • Participate in staff meetings, as called by the Center Director or Academic Manager
  • Contribute to and participating in staff development sessions held in-Center

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least one year of ESL classroom teaching experience
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Enthusiastic, punctual and organized

Desired Qualifications:

  • CELTA, DELTA or other teaching qualification with practical training
  • Experience teaching ESL to teens and adults
  • Proficiency in classroom technology, including digital whiteboards 
  • Flexibility to teach in the mornings and/or afternoons 

Application Process: Only applicants who submit both a resume and cover letter will be considered. Please email cover letters and resumes to Zachary Piper at zpiper@studygroup.com.


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