From the roots of ancient Japan to the razzle-dazzle of Broadway, this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival will feature two very unique performances.
First up from July 13-17 is Kanze Noh Theatre. Known for its highly stylized masks and elegantly simple set featuring a single pine tree, this nearly 700-year-old dramatic form is one of the world’s oldest continuously performed genres of performance art and was recently designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. A descendent of the founder of Noh, Kiyokazu Kanze and his troupe will present five different Noh dramas as well as two Kyogen, the customary comic interlude in a Noh program.
July 20-24 serves up the North American premiere of Takarazuka CHICAGO, an all-female production of the classic 1975 Tony Award–winning musical with Kander and Ebb’s classic songs—sung entirely in Japanese with English supertitles—and Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography. Formed in 1914 to attract tourists to the hot springs town that bears its name, the Takarazuka Revue has grown into a cultural phenomenon in Japan, drawing a devoted fan base of 2.5 million theatergoers annually for its adaptations of classic Western and Japanese stories, movies, and plays. Whether viewed as a sly subversion of traditionally rigid gender roles or lavish, Las Vegas-style entertainment, Takarazuka is an unforgettable theatrical experience.
For more information, visit www.lincolncenterfestival.org.
By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules.
What has hair as sharp as needles, a tongue like a chameleon’s, and one empty eye socket to keep its father in? If you could only guess some kind of crazy monster…well, then you’re not far off!
Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro: The Birth of Kitaro is a manga volume collecting seven classic paranormal stories of the titular character from the 1960s. They include Kitaro’s origin, and yokai files with more information about his fascinating friends and enemies that endure in myth and pop culture. All are translated and written by none other than our very own Shigeru Mizuki expert (and JQ interviewee), Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06).
But who is Kitaro? And what are yokai?
Kitaro is one of many yokai (basically a mysterious Japanese monster/spirit/phenomenon) that have been making waves across the world through movies, anime, video games and, of course, manga. Born from two other human-like yokai who were unable to raise him due to sickness, Kitaro was entrusted to the care of humans at a young age. Even while growing up, he could not disguise his heritage or hide from the adventures it would bring him.
Despite his child-like stature, Kitaro is a giant in the genre of yokai stories in Japan thanks to the brilliance of his creator, the legendary late artist Shigeru Mizuki. Since earlier this decade, Drawn and Quarterly has been a major force in publishing Mizuki’s works into English (nine books to date) and contributing to the boom in America of Mizuki’s work and yokai. You may already be familiar with his eerie adventures in Drawn and Quarterly’s first collection of Kitaro stories released in 2013 and translated by Jocelyn Allen. Beginning with this volume, and continuing in several more to come, more of Kitaro’s hijinks can be enjoyed in a format and price point friendly to all ages.
Job opening for a 75% time Director of English Language Institute (ELI), with the option of supplementing hours and income by teaching a course in our ELI. The anticipated starting date is September, 2016.
Position: Independent Brand Partner
Posted by: Nerium International
Location: Any location in Japan (or people living in US, Canada, Mexico or Korea)
Thanks to JET alumni Pat Heard (Okinawa-ken) for this amazing opportunity to be a partner with her company:
I am a Director with a network marketing company (Nerium International) based in the US, but also operating in Canada, Mexico and Korea. On July 19th 2016 we will launch our business in Japan. This business launch is highly anticipated and has been in the planning stages for 2 years.
My company is in the anti-aging biotech industry. We produce and distribute high-end products for the skin and brain. Japan is the #2 market for skin care products in the world, and #3 market for Direct Sales. Nerium is the #1 consumer products company in the US. Our three year growth has been over 16,000%. It’s big business.
I lead the fastest growing team in my region and I’m currently looking for individuals to lead our expansion into Japan. You would be an independent brand partner, and own your own small business. Your focus would be twofold: first, bringing the products to the Japanese market (we do not sell in retail stores), and secondly, growing your own team of partners in Japan (or wherever you are located). If you have connections in Japan, and are a bright and positive individual ready to take on this challenge, I would love to connect with you and give you more information. Read More
Position: Customer Services and Support Assistant
Posted by: Walk Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Full-time customer services based role which will mainly involve communicating with new and booked customers via Email and telephone in English. The role has the potential to become quite diverse or you may be required to help out in other areas of the business if needed.
This particular role will be based in Tokyo but may include some travel to other offices. Working between the hours of 9am ~ 10pm,
Monday to Saturday on a shift/rotation basis within a team of approximately 6 ~ 7 people based in various locations. Starting salary is from JPY180,000 depending on experience and where in the Kanto area you live.
Computer skills are required (Mac) as well as strong English written skills.
We are a fast growing company requiring candidates with excellent communication skills in both English and Japanese. They must be enthusiast, motivated, able to work in a team as well as independently and enjoy a challenge.
Applicants must live in Japan. Holding a working visa is preferred but not essential. Please send resume along with cover letter to Naomi Addyman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Study Abroad and Exchange Manager – 1601556Required Qualifications: (Evidenced by an attached resume)Master’s Degree in Education, Public Policy or related . Four (4) years of directly related experience in study abroad/exchange program mgt. and project management, preferably in a Higher Education/Academic environment. Experience to include developing budgets and establishing new financial accounts for international programs. Knowledge of Clery Act and Title IX, Apply Yourself, and financial reporting. Knowledge of PeopleSoft (Creating and managing financial/administrative queries and enrollment management.) Proficiency in Sunapsis (Ability to reconcile data between PeopleSoft and Sunapsis and create and process e-forms.)Brief Description of Duties: Incumbent will provide strategic growth, expansion and management of international university partnerships, create and sustain international programs, and manage student mobility through study abroad experiences (semester, academic year, faculty-led programs) S/he will be responsible for program planning, development, implementation and oversight of budgets. The incumbent will enhance existing global partnerships and internal agreements to create a new portfolio to identify appropriate international academic exchange opportunities, international internship and community service opportunities to a broader audience. S/he will liaise and work collaboratively with various university units who are engaged in international education to increase the number of students that study abroad.Administration:Manage the program planning, development, implementation and oversight of budgets for Study Abroad and Exchange. Manage and supervise the incoming International Academic Programs Staff Assistant responsible for providing administrative support in the reviewing, processing and organizing of international program data in Applyourself as well as implementing marketing and communication plans to build awareness and attract qualified visiting international students form targeted countries based on data analysis.Budget and Fiscal Manager:Manage the financial affairs for Study Abroad and Exchange with a budget exceeding $4 million. Draft an annual budget plan for Study Abroad and Exchanges. Negotiate fiscal contracts with the Assistant Provost in the office of Global Affairs in SUNY administration; budget allocations are based on the incumbent’s projections. Prepare a budget for over 40 overseas programs, indicating major areas of expenditure. These budgets are submitted to the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, SUNY system administration for its approval and authorization. Process invoices for other SUNY Campus students participating in SBU’s overseas program in accordance with the policies and procedure established by the New York State Comptroller’s office. Attend regular budget meeting with The Associate Provost for Finance.Monitor substantial amounts of tuition and program fees to the Bursar, ensuring that these monies are returned to the correct account. Audit all accounts and take necessary steps towards adjustments and correction of errors. Maintain multiple department sub-accounts, and transfer funds between expenditure categories. Monitor tuition waivers of international exchange students. Prepare and control the ongoing expenses of Study Abroad and Exchanges’ operating budget.Establish Study Abroad and Exchange financial work processes, policies and procedures to ensure that deadlines are met. Research new information, analyze data gathered and recommend courses of action, to be presented to the Assistant Dean and Associate Provost for finance. Analyze the cost/income ratio for each international program and implement new strategies for growth. Advise the Assistant Dean on budgetary consequences of proposed actions and policies.Create and maintain over 40 overseas program budgets, transfer monies overseas in a timely fashion, and establish new accounts when necessary. Work with all 63 SUNY campuses with on going overseas matters.Policy and Compliance:Assess university export control policies and procedures in regards to the government export administration regulations that our incoming international scholars/faculty and staff are subject to as well as our Faculty and students conducting work overseas.Since the Clery Act now includes incidences that happen overseas, the incumbent will need to ensure that SBU is in compliance with the Clery Act regarding overseas incidences. Create a clear set of guidelines to the program sponsors and program Directors to assess what type of incidents must be reported, to whom these incidents should be reported and who should be involved in reporting incidents. Ensure that all Program Directors, program sponsors are trained and are updated on this policy and procedure.In regards to Stony Brook University’s commitment to Title IX, the incumbent is responsible in making sure that IAPS is in compliance with the Title IX reporting policies. Whether the incidents happen in our programs overseas or on our campus community the incumbent is responsible to ensure that the matter is reported appropriately. Ensure that all international students, visiting scholars, overseas program sponsors, program directors, and staff are provided with adequate training to understand their rights and obligations to the University regarding Title IX.The incumbent will be the liaison between IAPS and International Risk Assessment Committee. Responsibilities will include updating the Committee on the Department of State travel warning and alert sites that our faculty and students visit. Arrange quarterly reports on the matter, and make suggestions on new overseas programs administered in the countries listed by the State Department as warning sites in accordance with the SUNY Administration policy.Program Director, Tanzania Study Abroad:Familiar with East Africa’s Social, Cultural and political situation.Coordinate and manage the Tanzania Study Abroad Program. This includes both logistical organization and essential orientation for the students. Arrangements would include flight, room and board, local transportation, excursions, and visitation to the orphanages, hospitals and schools. Substantive activities include training students in the Swahili Language and educating students about Tanzania and the socio-cultural situation in Tanzania. The Program Director will accompany the students to Tanzania.Work with the local government officials to make sure country policies and procedure are followed by the Study abroad students and faculty while in country. Update local government on the students’ itinerary.Research and communicate with local school officials, hospitals, government, and non-government organizations regarding ongoing community service projects for students to be involved in. Arrange internship opportunities for the students throughout East Africa.Manage SBU’s Global Health Programs overseas, the responsibility includes liaise with East Africa’s local hospitals, arrange for appropriate government permits if necessary and establish a broader network in the Health Field throughout East Africa.International Programs Information Specialist:Utilizing a thorough knowledge of International Academic Programs Apply Yourself software, Sunapsis and PeopleSoft, ensure the timely transmission of data and accurate reporting. Manage import from AY to PeopleSoft on a daily basis. Record incoming and outgoing IAP data in SBU reporting. Ensure that upgrades are implemented in a timely fashion and work correctly to avoid disruption of reporting. Continue development of applications and process to maximize electronic efficiency. Coordinate training of staff on new electronic applications. Execute audits to ensure data accuracy. Prepare reports and queries as necessary. Create and maintain a detailed user manual illustrating the use of Apply Yourself. Troubleshooting and resolve issues with the interface of PeopleSoft, and Apply Yourself. Work with IT on continued development and maintenance of system. Responsibilities include being the liaison for IAPS-Sunapsis and Visa and Immigration Services for Exchange students. Responsible for uploading data and confirming its accuracy. Point of contact for International Incoming Exchange students who are experiencing IT difficulty. Manage program codes for every program, ensuring that the data dictionary is consistent in all IT systems including the information that is downloaded to SUNY OAP. Project manager for IAPS information system projects. Responsible for upgrades and enhancements of our existing systems. Research new technology that may be used in the future for enhancement of our services to the Stony Brook Community. Establish a budget and a timeline for a new system.Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.Special Notes: This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.Official Job Title: Staff AssociateJob Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)Primary Location: US-NY-Stony BrookDepartment/Hiring Area: International Academic Programs-Stony Brook UniversitySchedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Pass Days: Sat, SunPosting Start Date: May 31, 2016Posting End Date: Jul 12, 2016Salary: .Salary Grade: SL4Appointment Type:Term
Posted by: Voltage Entertainment USA
Are you a writer?
Do you love romance?
Would you like to write interactive fiction?
Voltage Entertainment, the premier producer of romance visual novels for phones and tablets, is looking for WRITERS!
We offer consistent work paying up to $1,300/month.
Interested? Email your cover letter and writing sample to email@example.com.
Start your writing career with us today!
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.
Last week I had a chance to check out the 5th annual New York Japan Cinefest, whose mission is to introduce Japanese themed films and discover new talent in filmmaking. In the past I have attended this festival hosted at Asia Society and always loved it, and this year too did not disappoint. I made it to the first night of this two night event, which showcased six short films varying in length from 5 to 40 minutes.
I was most looking forward to the final film A Beautiful Person, as it was the newest work from the Kumamoto-born director Isao Yukisada and featured a cast exclusively from Kumamoto (with an appearance from the ubiquitous Kumamon!). I had to laugh once they started speaking as the dialogue was in heavy Kumamoto dialect, adding to the film’s authenticity. The story didn’t captivate me as much as I had hoped it would, but it was like a time capsule as it had been filmed pre-earthquake. Especially after recently going back to Kumamoto and witnessing the horrible damage the castle has undergone, it was really special to see Read More
Position: Part-time Executive Director
Posted by: U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA)
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Did you love your time in Japan on the JET Program? Are you active and passionate about JETAA? Then why not apply to be the USJETAA Executive Director? Please read further for more information about the duties, qualifications, and how to apply:
Part-time Executive Director Position Announcement
The U.S. Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) is an independent, self-sustaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization established in 2015. It serves as a resource for and about the JETAA network and alumni in the United States. It facilitates cooperation and communication among JETAA chapters with the business and academic communities, governments of Japan and the United States, U.S.-Japan-related organizations, and the global Japanese community, thereby creating a dynamic network that enables JET alumni to be actively engaged with each other, in their communities and with others involved in U.S.-Japan relations.
USJETAA seeks an experienced part-time executive director for its Washington, D.C. office. The executive director is responsible for the overall professional leadership of USJETAA, especially fundraising and budgetary management, in addition to program, fiscal and administrative oversight. The executive director will work with the board of directors to develop and foster strong relationships with JETAA chapters and individual alumni, organizations and institutions, and the U.S.-Japan community. They will report to and work with the board, to develop a long-term strategic and fundraising plan and implement the organization’s vision, mission and goals. Read More
Position: Sales & Marketing Assistant Manager
Posted by: Job via Alpha Global Search LLC
Location: New York, NY, USA or San Jose, CA, USA
An International Chemical company is seeking a Sales & Marketing Assistant Manager with Japanese language skill. The person will be expected to be involved in sales and marketing activities of Plastic products or Electronic Products or in the Americas.
- Making and Monitoring the Sales Budget / Forecasts
- Negotiating with the existing agents / distributors / customers.
- Finding new agents/distributors/customers.
- Taking an initial role to solve commercial, technical, legal, financial and logistic issues with Agents / distributors / customers
- Submitting an written report and internal authorization requests
- Communicating with Head office in Japan
- Customer visits and Business Trip (40-50% of the time)
- Attending mission from Japan
- Conduct market research
- Exhibiting and attending trade shows and conferences
- Understand the commercial policy/strategy/situation of Head Office and propose the commercial policy/strategy and action plan for the relevant areas (i.e. North, Central and South America)
- Executing proposed/approved commercial policy/strategy and action plan on a timely manner
Successful candidate should have following skills and experience:
- BA/BS degree or higher degrees
- 1-3 yrs’ sales/marketing related experience
- Business level or higher Japanese skill
- Strong communications skill both verbal written
- Superb interpersonal skill
- MS Office skill
- Team Player but also self-reliant
Application Instructions: Interested candidates should send their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Position: Localization Production Assistant – Japanese Localization (J to E)
Posted by: Voltage Entertainment USA, Inc.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time; This is Contract-to-Hire position starting from July 2016.
This position is primarily responsible for performing the Japanese to English localization production and live operation tasks which include, but are not limited to: story script checking and editing, data entry, image editing, testing and user support by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Checks localized story scripts (Japanese to English) and edits them as necessary.
- Enters the story scripts and associated data such as character images and facial expressions into proprietary format files.
- Tests the story data in the apps, and corrects and fine tunes the data as necessary.
- Conducts general testing and reports bugs to appropriate parties.
- Answers inquiry emails from users and informs appropriate parties in case of issues.
- Resizes and edits existing graphic images to be used for social media and other purposes.
- Provides documents such as internal request forms (both English and Japanese).
- Translates documents from English to Japanese and Japanese to English.
- Organizes documents and data that are used in apps.
- Performs miscellaneous tasks to help production team members.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of: Spreadsheet Software (Excel); Word Processing Software (Word); Electronic Mail Software (Outlook); and Presentation software (PowerPoint).
OTHER SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Business level fluency in Japanese (speaking, reading and writing)
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to take direction and perform under pressure
- Passionate about visual romance apps (preferred)
- Experience in story writing (preferred)
APPLICATION PROCESS: If you are interested, please submit resume to email@example.com
Position: Broadcast Coordinator for Japanese Translation Unit
Posted by: TVT
Location: West London, UK
TVT works with the world’s broadcasters and content owners to create, manage, deliver and discover content. We offer a range of managed services or software as a service (SaaS) including sophisticated compliance and localisation versioning.
Established in 1994, TVT has grown rapidly into a global media organisation with offices in London, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and a software development centre in Krakow. From these strategically placed locations we can move content seamlessly across the world to any platform. Our clients include some of the world’s best known broadcasters and platforms and we take pride in delivering excellence.
As a Broadcast Coordinator you will play a vital role in ensuring the overall success of the Japanese Service of BBC World News. The role focuses on the day to day running of the Japanese studio in London, while reporting to the London based Operations Manager. In addition to key duties such as monitoring of Japanese audio output and operation of broadcast systems, the Broadcast Coordinator is responsible for local staff coordination, administration and operational reports.
Out of hours response for broadcast and operational issues is required for this role. Read More
Position: Reservations and Sales Associate [Inbound and Asia Division]
Posted by: Amnet
Location: New York City, NY
If you are interested in travel, have excellent people skills, and like working in a Japanese company environment, definitely consider Amnet New York as a great job opportunity. With an already strong Japanese clientele base, Amnet is looking to expand their name, brand and services to the American market as well as other Asian markets including the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia.
- Arrange air tickets, hotels, transportation, making appointments, and coordinating tours
- Use the online reservation system GDS
- Respond to inquiries from clients
- Negotiate sales with airlines, hotels and other tour operators
- Sales calls to local and out of state corporate companies/clients
- Communicate with clients
- Other duties as assigned
- U.S. Work Permit Required
- Native-level English speaking and writing skills
- Microsoft Office proficiency especially Word, Excel and Publisher
- Japanese language skills preferred
- Familiarity to Japanese customs and culture preferred
- Bachelor Degree required
Application Process: Interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position: Finance Manager
Posted by: Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
Location: Long Island City, Queens, New York
The Noguchi Museum – chartered as The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum – was founded and designed by the acclaimed Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) for the display of his life’s work. Opened in 1985 and located in the vibrant neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, the Museum is housed in a converted industrial building and is itself considered to be one of Noguchi’s greatest works. Today, the mission of the Museum is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Noguchi’s art and legacy. It manages the world’s most extensive collection of Noguchi’s sculptures, works on paper, architectural models, and designs, in addition to his complete archives. Through its rich collection, exhibitions, and programming, the Museum facilitates scholarship and learning for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum seeks a Finance Manager. Reporting to the Director, the Finance Manager will oversee and maintain the financial operations of the Museum; provide the Museum’s management with reports and analysis of the Museum’s work; and develop procedures and standard to maintain the financial wellbeing of the Museum. The Finance Manager will work with all Museum departments as well as with outside auditors and funding agencies concerned with the Museum’s finances. Read More
Position: Programs and Events Intern
Posted by: Congressional Study Group on Japan
Location: Washington D.C., USA
The Congressional Study Group on Japan seeks a highly-qualified intern to assist in event planning and program administration for our bipartisan, non-advocacy legislative exchanges, consisting of regular roundtables on Capitol Hill, as well as study tour opportunities for Members of Congress and senior congressional staff abroad.
Learning Opportunities Include:
- Improving project management and event coordination skills by assisting with the planning and coordination of Washington, DC-based roundtables, domestic study tours for foreign policymakers, and preparation for 2017 international study tours for US policymakers;
- Strengthening a clear and concise writing style for drafting invitations and narrative reflections following internal programs;
- Creatively generating content for our website, Facebook, Twitter;
- Capitalizing on educational and networking opportunities by attending internal and external events with current and former Members of Congress, congressional staff, ambassadors, and administration officials when appropriate;
- And, using Japanese language skills in a professional environment.