Dec 1

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

Hi everyone! JETwit is planning to launch a podcast, and we need some people who either have experience creating/producing/editing/designing podcasts or don’t have experience but want to learn or figure it out. 

Our goal is to create a platform where multiple JET alums can produce JET-relevant (broadly defined) podcast content and have a way to get it produced, edited, distributed, etc. with editing being probably the most important need at this point. 

Note: To find current JET-relevant podcasts, follow the JETAA Podcast Beat on JETwit curated by Emalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19) who also has her own delightful podcast, よっぱれい英会話 English Nomikai Podcast

Unfortunately, we can’t pay anything at this point, though we recognize this is a skill that is in demand. It’s conceivable that we get a little funding down the road, but go on the assumption that we won’t and then you’ll be pleasantly surprised if we do.

Application Process: If you’re interested, just add your name and contact info to this JETwit Podcast Google Form and we’ll be in touch soon.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the Google Form in the comments section at the end. Yoroshiku and gambarimashou!

Dec 1

JETAA‎‎‎‏‏‎​ Podcast Beat is a weekly round-up of current JET and JET alumni podcasts and podcast appearances compiled by Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19)

Do you have a podcast or did you recently appear in a podcast? Help us share it with the community by filling out this form.

Welcome to the JETAA Podcast Beat! We’re excited to share the newest podcast episodes from JET alumni and current JETs. This week, get into the festive post-Thanksgiving cheer with some holiday episodes. If you have the chance, please enjoy listening to one of these recent episodes this week!

よっぱれい英会話 English Nomikai Podcast

In this eikaiwa podcast targeted to Japanese English-learners, Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19) talks to fellow JET alumni, current JETs, and Japanese English teachers and friends about cultural differences between Japan and their home countries (all while sharing some drinks!)

POWER HOUR III: HOLIDAY PARTY with Hannah, James, Caralynn, Joe, Michelle, and Domhnall

Emmalee, Hannah, James, Caralynn, Joe, Michelle, and Domhnall meet for a special Holiday Party!!! Together they do a “Power Hour” (drink 60 beer shots in 60 minutes) and enjoy talking about the Holiday Season. 🦃 ‍🎄

今週のエピソードは特別な「HOLIDAY PARTY POWER HOUR」エピソードです!私達7人は一時間で60杯のショットを飲みます🍻


インスタ: @yoppareikaiwa


Reinventing Professionals

This podcast hosted by Ari Kaplan (Hyogo-ken, 1993-94) is designed to offer ideas, guidance, and perspectives on how to effectively navigate a perpetually shifting professional landscape, with a unique focus on the legal industry and the technology that is driving its evolution.

Implementing Financial Intelligence to Give Law Firms a Competitive Advantage

I spoke with Rob Stote, the managing director of profitability products at BigHand, a provider of financial and operational productivity software, Michael Grupp, the CEO of BRYTER, a no-code software platform, and Tom Obermaier, the CEO of SurePoint Technologies, a provider of financial and practice management software about the report – Implementing Financial Intelligence to Give Law Firms a Competitive Advantage in 2022 and Beyond – that the three companies commissioned to identify key trends among law firm financial leaders.

Krewe of Japan

Krewe of Japan is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Doug Tassin (Fukushima-ken, 2007-10) that takes listeners on audio journeys through Japanese culture. With our hosts as your guide, and the help of guest experts, Japanese natives, and ex-pats, understanding Japan is now easier than ever before.

How to Watch Anime: Subbed vs. Dubbed ft. Dan Woren

In this Week’s episode, the Krewe take on the age old subbed vs dubbed anime debate. In addition to sharing their perspectives on the debate, they sit down with voice acting veteran, Dan Woren (Bleach, Naruto, Fate/Zero and so much more), who shares his journey into voice acting, the process of voice acting in anime and video games, and his take on the subbed versus dubbed debate. Along the way, Dan and the Krewe talk breaking toes, anime conventions, and even Star Trek?!? This is an episode you won’t want to miss!

AIGA Design Podcasts

How is design changing as a discipline and profession? What are the current landscapes and future horizons of innovation? ​What are the opportunities for the design community? AIGA’s Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and​ business​ leaders​ to deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

Design Adjacent: Isaiah Steinfeld on entrepreneurship, mentorship, and the future of design

Isaiah Steinfeld is Entrepreneur and Founder Fellow, On Deck. He is a proven startup veteran and innovation leader with the unique ability to deeply empathize with the user/customer while creating a big product vision. In the entrepreneurial space, he focuses on innovation capability that helps identify, develop, and invest in new future-focused opportunities. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, Bennie Johnson talks with Isaiah about entrepreneurship, mentorship, and the future of design.

Season by Season

Join Alexis (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) and Kit, lifelong friends who now live on opposite coasts, as they explore poetry, music, and sound on a journey through the rhythm of nature expressed by the seasons.

Light Snow

This reflective episode features an interview with special guest Lev Parikian, author of the book “Light Rains Sometimes Fall.” Alexis and Kit share Thanksgiving memories and mouthwatering recipes as they welcome in a flamboyantly festive time of year. Hiro’s Corner takes a look at the coats that warm us in winter.

Nov 30

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

Position:  CEO
Posted by:
Japan-America Society of Tennessee
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Peyton Goodman (Oita-ken, 2017-2019) for sharing the below job opening with the Japan-America Society of Tennessee.

Nov 30

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.

A longtime partner of classic and current theatrical anime releases, Fathom Events is showcasing two enormously influential films in theaters nationwide this month that were first screened in the U.S. a generation ago.

© 1988 Studio Ghibli

Kicking things off as a capper to this year’s Studio Ghibli Fest 2021, My Neighbor Totoro returns to the big screen Dec. 5, 6 and 9. Directed by Academy Award-winning legend Hayao Miyazaki, the titular Totoro is a gigantic but gentle forest spirit who can only be seen by children. When the young Satuski and her sister Mei move to a new home in the countryside with their father, Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride in the extraordinary Cat Bus!

Originally released in U.S. theaters in 1993, this edition features exclusive bonus content. The 2005 English-language dub screenings on Dec. 5 and 9 feature the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning. With over $1 billion from licensed merchandise sales worldwide and a top spot on many “best animated film ever” lists, don’t miss your chance to catch this unforgettable tale of magic an adventure for the whole family!


From the past to the not-too-distant future comes Macross Plus Movie Edition, a theatrical sequel to the groundbreaking Macross (Robotech in the U.S.) 1980s TV staple. Originially released a four-part video series in the mid-’90s, Macross Plus features a Who’s Who of anime talent: Directed by series creator Shoji Kawamori and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), music by the legendary Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), and the vocal talent of Megumi Hayashibara (too many to mention), among others.

In this one-night-only (Dec. 14, subtitled) theatrical event, viewers will be transported to the year 2040 on the distant planet Eden, where former childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman face off in both love and war as mecha fighters and potential suitors for Myung Fang Lone, who has returned as the manager of Sharon Apple, an artificial intelligence pop star and the galaxy’s biggest singing sensation—which becomes self-aware and takes control of the Macross battle fortress itself!

For all upcoming Fathom Events anime screenings and tickets, visit

Nov 27

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, 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 offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend, and that your Thanksgiving was filled with lots of food, fun and family/friends! This is the season of expressing gratitude, and I can’t help but be thankful for this venue where I can share my thoughts. Specifically, I’m grateful that I began my Japanophile journey in high school and that it’s taken me this far.

My work as an interpreter is slowly starting to rebound, and I am deeply appreciative for that. I was tickled to find that there is an interpreter out there who recently received official recognition for his skills, that being none other than the Angels’ two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.

Following Ohtani being deemed the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) this year, Mizuhara received a Most Valuable Interpreter (MVI) award from the Angels. On Twitter, fans wholeheartedly agreed with the team’s sentiment: “The existence of Ippei is indispensable not only for Shohei, but for all of us.”

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Nov 26

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Tatara steelmaking furnace with bellows on each side; detail of the Saki no Ohtsu Agawa-Mura Yama-Satetsu Arai-Tori no Zu mine pictorial made between 1830 and 1860, Courtesy of the Engineering Bldg. 3 Library, Libraries for Engineering and Information Science & Technology, the University of Tokyo

Dear Friends,

Have you visited the land of the Japanese blade?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-fourth one is on The Soul of the Japanese Blade by Dr. Erich Pauer.

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japaneseculture #blade

Nov 24

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

Position:  EFL Instructor
Posted by:
Kaichi Nihonbashi Gakuen (KNG)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumnus, Jonathan Andreano (Kagoshima-ken, 2011-2013) for passing along the attached job opening at his current institution.

Kaichi Nihonbashi Gakuen (KNG), an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Tokyo, Japan is currently seeking bilingual instructors to join its teaching faculty from April 2022. The school is a six-year combined junior and senior high school implementing the Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP). To offer immersion learning experiences, 30% of full time faculty are either native English speakers or bilingual Japanese.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please view the below document.

Nov 23

December 1, 2021

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Join the Florida JET Alumni Association on Dec 1st for an important virtual discussion on the legacy of the Japanese Americans (“Nisei”) who served in the US military during World War II amidst strong anti-Japanese feelings in America after the Pearl Harbor attack. In this webinar, Hawaii-based entrepreneur Stacey Hayashi will discuss her manga, “Journey of Heroes” about the 100/442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), and the movie that she produced, “Go for Broke! An Origin Story” (Best Hawaiian Film, 2017 and 2018 Feature Film). She will be joined by General David A. Bramlett (US Army, Ret.) and Tokuji Yoshihashi (US Army, Ret.), who bravely served in the all-Nisei 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment.

Nov 23

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

Position: Various Positions
Posted by:
Mitsuwa Marketplace
Location: Various States, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here are listings at Mitsuwa Marketplace shared by JETAASC:

Mitsuwa Marketplace, a beloved grocery store in Southern California that provides customers access to high quality Japanese food, products, and services, has several job postings available on its website.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

Nov 22

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

Position:  Program Coordinator, Asia Program
Posted by:
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the organization:

The Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator in its Washington, DC office. GMF’s Asia Program fosters coordinated U.S.-European approaches to common challenges in the Indo-Pacific region while building closer U.S.-European-Asian partnerships.

The Program Coordinator will coordinate day-to-day administration of the Asia Program and lead planning and organizational efforts related to the Indo-Pacific region, particularly our Japan, Taiwan, and Korea portfolios, which includes the Japan Trilateral Forum, the Taiwan Trilateral Forum, the Young Strategists Forum, and other U.S.-based convening. Other responsibilities include liaising with GMF’s internal and external networks, preparing budgets and proposals, event logistics and communications, intern management, drafting program materials, fundraising, research and editorial support, and other items.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

Nov 22

JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers is produced by Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-2017), Margie Banin (Kochi-ken, 2005-2007), and Jim Walsh (Fukushima-ken, 2018-2020). Want to be featured next? Submit your information here.

Stephanie Toriumi (Ishigaki City, Okinawa-ken, 2010-2012)

Stephanie Toriumi wrote a book about her time on JET in Ishigaki City, Okinawa.

Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture is home to the southernmost city of Japan and known for its coral reefs, village traditions, and folk performing arts. Stephanie calls Ishigaki City her new home while serving on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.

As she immerses herself into the rich and vibrant culture, Stephanie discovers that behind the pristine blue and rosy red colors of the island lies a dark history of bloodshed, malaria, tsunamis, and more. Through her interactions with islanders, she comes to understand the meaning of Shimanchū, the term they use to identify themselves.

Shimanchū: A Memoir of Ishigaki Island offers a captivating glimpse of past and present life in the Yaeyama Islands from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom to modern-day Japan through the author’s lens as a nisei from Hawaii.

Public Information:

Amazon Kindle (US):

Amazon Kindle (Japan):

Apple Books:

Nov 21

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

Position: Finance and Grants Director
Posted by:
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to PNW JETAA for forwarding the following opportunity:

As described from their website, “Densho is a nonprofit organization…with the initial goal of documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity.” They are looking  to hire a Finance and Grants Director

Application Process: For more information and to apply please click here: 

Nov 20

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

Position: Japanese Instructor
Posted by:
The George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Part-Time

Here is a job in the D.C. area passed along to us:

The Japanese program at George Washington University is seeking a part-time instructor of Beginning Japanese who will replace a current instructor for one semester (Spring 2022).

The instructor will teach four 50-minute drill sections on Monday and Wednesday in close coordination with the instructor in the lecture section. A candidate must have a near-native proficiency in Japanese and an MA in a Japanese language related field such as language pedagogy, linguistics, and Japanese literature.

Application Process: If you are interested in the position, please contact Shoko Hamano at

Nov 20

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

Position: Program Officer for Japanese and Korean, Critical Language Scholarship
Posted by:
American Councils for International Education
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Here is jobs in the D.C. area passed along to us:

The CLS Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is an immersive language and cultural program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Each summer students spend 8-10 weeks abroad studying one of fifteen critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. 

Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer for Japanese and Korean reports to the CLS Program Manager and is responsible for program administration and logistics, communication with program participants and partnering institutions in regions providing Japanese and Korean immersion language programs.

The Program Officer will also remotely manage a team of Resident Directors, and work with a team of regional Program Officers to analyze program successes and challenges. In addition to planning and managing in-person study abroad programs, the Program Officer will also work on virtual programming for Japanese and Korean languages. This is a full-time position. Knowledge of Japanese or Korean is preferred but not required.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

Nov 18

Job: CFO Encore Fellow – Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

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

Position: CFO Encore Fellow
Posted by:
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s an opportunity passed along to us:

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is seeking a CFO Encore Fellow.  You can learn more about the Fellowship at

Application Process: Additional information on the Encore Fellows program can be found at this link.  If this isn’t the right opportunity for you, but you want to learn more about the program, please reach out to me at

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