By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a vlogger and blogger on her site US Japan Fam, author of “Legit Ways to Make Money from Home” (available on Kindle and iTunes), social media consultant, and mommy to twins plus one! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
After a popular debut in his first children’s book, You Look Yummy, our tough but lovable friend Tyrannosaurus is back and better than ever thanks to author Tatsuya Miyanishi and his English publisher, Museyon (who also brought you 2014’s Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear). The second of a 13-book series, You Are My Best Friend features a similar transformation of the dinosaur from a violent and selfish creature to a kind and caring one, this time through the act of making a friend.
Through 26 vivid and brightly colored illustrations over 40 pages, you’ll follow Tyrannosaurus as he taunts smaller dinosaurs, finds himself ironically near death, and is then saved by another dino. This act of unexpected kindness brings about a change of heart in our tyrant, who suddenly finds himself with a best friend whom he must (spoiler alert!) in turn save at the end. The book is a heart-warming moral story that also serves up exciting twists and turns.
Parents will enjoy the dinosaur’s uncanny resemblance to Godzilla and may even learn a thing or two about prehistoric creatures. Elasmosaurus, anyone? How about Styracosaurus? No? Me, neither. Don’t worry, your kids won’t have a clue if you don’t pronounce them correctly—they’ll be too enthralled with the captivating story and dramatic images.
Position: Sales Promotion Designer
Posted by: YKK USA Inc. National Marketing / Marietta Georgia
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The purpose of this position is to create Promotional Materials & Sales Tools including design work and to plan and coordinate for company participation in Tradeshows, Market Research, Advertisements (Business to Business, Business to Customer, Design School Students). Plans, and coordinates promotional materials for Value Added Products &Demand Creation for YKK USA Zipper, T&P, S&B and GMG USA, YCA. These duties include creating the strategy, annual plan and budget by performing the following duties. Read More
Position: Development Assistant, Individual Giving and Membership
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, USA
Established in 1907, New York’s Japan Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia.
The Development Assistant provides the administrative backbone for Individual Giving, ensuring the smooth operation of all aspects of Japan Society’s individual membership and gift programs. Read More
Position: Four Teaching Positions – Two English, One Art, and One Music
Posted by: Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School
Location: Sapporo, Japan
Sapporo Kaisei Secondary School is seeking four teachers to join its school from October 2016. Theschool is a six-year (combined junior high and high) school. It is currently an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate school with an aim to progress into offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The aim of this school is to produce self-motivated problem solving lifelong learners through an inquiry-based curriculum.
We are advertising for two English, an Art and a Music teacher to teach classes full time from April 2017. However, the successful applicant will be employed for a six-month paid training period from October 2016, with conditions similar to the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme.
The successful candidate will have time to adapt to the school, write teaching programs and assist with other classes. Should the applicant demonstrate the ability to teach independently at the school, teachers will be employed from April 2017 by the Sapporo Board of Education with annual contracts in line with Japanese teachers. The four teachers’ main responsibility will be independently teaching their respective subjects from April 2017. As you can appreciate, the suitable applicant needs not only their specific subject area knowledge but the ability to teach English language. Read More
As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out.
This month’s highlights include:
Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 p.m.
PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway
New York City welcomes the return of Babymetal, a genre-smashing trio of teenage girls who perform a fusion of metal and idol music dubbed kawaii(cute) metal. After playing to a capacity crowd at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2014, the group returns to support its second album Metal Resistance, now available on Amazon and iTunes. After playing venues like the Tokyo Dome and Wembley Arena in London, Babymetal is poised to become one of the biggest (and widely known abroad) Japanese musical acts today.
Friday, May 6, 8:00 p.m.
Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
J-pop meets jazz! The J-MUSIC Ensemble is an NYC-based, jazz-rooted instrumental band that is devoted to bringing new perspectives to modern Japanese music, showcasing a fresh take on the best of J-pop, anime and video game tunes. This strikingly sonorous eight-piece band combines the elements of the electric guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums with a full horn section—saxophone, trumpet, and trombone–to deliver a full and powerful, yet dynamic, sound. Following in the jazz tradition, the horns do not play a background role in this instrumentation; instead, they are at the forefront and are put in the same role as leading singers.
Garden State Exhibition Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset (NJ)
$32-$114, children under 10 free
OTAKU USA Magazine, the largest anime and manga magazine in the U.S., and MAD Event Entertainment producers of Comic Con in Long Beach, CA, has partnered to produce the OTAKU USA Anime Fan Fest at the Garden State Convention Center. The first year event features a star-studded guest list of voice actors, cosplayers, and more! “After producing countless events celebrating comics and pop culture, and our first convention in New Jersey having been such a success, we decided the time was right to produce an anime show” said Martha Donato, executive director and founder of MAD Events. “When we had the opportunity to co-produce this event with the number one magazine for anime and manga, we knew we had the makings of what will be one of the biggest weekends of the year for fans in New Jersey!”
Position: Online Projects Coordinator – English Language Programs
Posted by: Georgetown University
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Coordinator, Online Projects, works for the U.S. Department of State funded English Language (EL) Programs administered by Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education to support the following Office of English Language Programs (OELP) activities:
- American English Webinar Series
- The Community of Practice (COP), the (EL Programs social media platform
- OELP Websites, Materials and Social Media Platforms
Job Duties (not limited):
- Providing on-going technical and admin support for all aspects of the Webinar Series, including vetting of presenters and content development
- Coordinating Webinar Series participant registration, attendance and email notification systems and strategies
- Monitoring COP content
- Building COP content and expanding level of participant engagement on the COP
- Coordinating COP maintenance, technical revisions, and updates
- Supporting content development for the American English Website, English Teaching Forum, and American English social media channels
- Participating in EL Programs outreach and alumni engagement, as needed
By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com.
During my time in Yamagata Prefecture, I remember learning about filial piety, a virtue that the Japanese have historically cherished. I had heard about countless other values, principles and virtues that have been important in the daily lives of Japanese people. But I had totally forgotten them until…
Picking up a copy of Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues. Written by Yoji Yamakuse, Japaneseness serves as the perfect introduction (or reintroduction) to many aspects of Japanese society you might find refreshing, fascinating or befuddling. Or at the very least, quintessentially Japanese.
Yamakuse appropriately starts off the book by introducing readers to the value Japanese tend to treasure the most: harmony. Certainly, those familiar with the country recognize the importance of harmony in ensuring that a Japanese environment operates smoothly, and Yamakuse spends the first chapter explaining how related concepts (such as hospitality, thoughtfulness and modesty) contribute to maintaining harmony. That chapter—as well as the following eight (some of which are devoted to values like trust, virtue and reverence for the gods)—are further divided into sections that address other values and beliefs that are important in Japan.
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.
Over a week has passed since the earthquakes down in Kyushu, and things have settled down somewhat but it is still a very scary situation. I spent my time on JET in Kumamoto, so this unexpected disaster was especially hard-hitting. I have a business trip to Tokyo next month, so I’m planning to go down to Kyushu during that time to help out with recovery efforts. It’s hard to be so far away and not be able to do much, but at this point due to the instability the best way to help seems to be donations.
In that vein, here are links to two organizations that are currently accepting contributions. The first is a fund created by the Japanese American Association of NY (JAA, hosting its Sakura Matsuri from 11 am-1 pm at Flushing Meadows Park tomorrow!) devoted exclusively to Kyushu Earthquake Relief (www.jaany.org), and the second is Japan Society’s general Earthquake Relief Fund (www.japansociety.org/page/earthquake).
Finally, here’s the song Kumamoto produced by NY-based jazz pianist Senri Oe and featuring Mamiko Taira on vocals. He wrote this haunting tune right after the disaster as a way to deal with his feelings of helplessness. He describes this music as his own way of providing relief goods, as unlike other supplies a song won’t spoil nor can there be too much or too little of it. It might be just what some people are looking for, and can be accessed by anyone via the Internet. In the spirit of the potential solace it offers, enjoy.
Position: Chief Copy Editor
Posted by: The Cambodia Daily
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Chief Copy Editor will work with a small team of copy editors to ensure that national news stories are clean, concise and accurate. Oversee the selection and layout of international news stories, opinion pieces and photographs. Work with other editors and copy editors to ensure that deadlines are met. Collaborate with editorial staff to constantly improve the overall quality of our print product
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Minimum of 2 years experience as a copy editor, proofreader or news editor
- Keen eye for detail, passion for grammar and firm understanding of AP style
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
- Ability to train new hires on the job
Application Process: To apply, contact Editor-in-Chief Colin Meyn at email@example.com
Position: Executive Assistant
Posted by: McLarty Associates (Latin America Practice)
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
High-profile international strategic advisory firm seeks a bright, resourceful, and energetic individual to be an executive assistant in the administrative support team for the Latin America practice.
- Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- The ideal candidate will have experience handling a wide range of business executive support functions and have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proofreading and editing experience.
- This person must be well-organized, flexible, able to anticipate change, perform well under pressure, and up to date on current political and business issues.
- It is critical that the candidate is able to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
- This individual must be a team player who takes initiative, anticipates needs, and adapts to demanding and ever-changing situations.
- Proficiency in Spanish and international travel experience is required.
Application Process: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Position: PA/Office Manager
Posted by: Centre People
Location: London, England
We are looking for a PA/Office Manager to join an innovative web service provider in Central London. The company develops IT/social media/media platforms and other software such as gaming apps focused on the consumer market. This is a great opportunity to join a growing team who are planning to expand further into the UK and wider European markets.
- Devising and maintaining office systems, including data management and filing
- Recording office expenditure and managing the budget
- Organising the office layout and maintaining supplies of stationery and equipment
- Maintaining the condition of the office and arranging for necessary repairs
- Organising and meetings and conferences and arranging travel, visas and accommodation accordingly
- Screening phone calls, inquiries and requests, and handling them when appropriate
- Meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority
- Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post, often corresponding on behalf of the manager
- Fluent in both English & Japanese language (including reading and writing)
- Previous office management/PA experience
- First – class organisation and administration capabilities
- A professional telephone manner with the ability to speak to customers at all levels
- Good negotiation skills
- The ability to deliver against tight deadlines
- Strong PC literacy
- Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills
- Honesty, integrity and respect
- A creative approach
Application Process: To apply for this job email your details to email@example.com If your application is successful, you will be contacted within two working days. We regret that due to the high volume of applications we receive we cannot provide feedback on individual CVs.
Position: Foundation and Government Relations Intern
Posted by: Japan Society’s Development Department
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Flexible weekday schedule up to 20 hours per week, minimum three to six month commitment.
Japan Society’s Development Department is seeking an intern interested in learning more about institutional giving from foundations and government sources. This is a great opportunity to work closely with senior staff on fundraising strategy and execution.
- Conduct prospect research on foundations and prepare prospect profiles
- Assemble project reports for foundations
- Assist with proposal and letter writing
- Complete general administrative tasks
- Provide staffing support at various Society events, as needed.
- Applicants should be organized and detail oriented, should write well, and be proficient in Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Familiarity with The Raiser’s Edge a plus
- Ability to read Japanese is a plus.
Time Frame: Beginning Spring or Summer 2016 for three to six months.
Salary: This is an unpaid internship. However, Japan Society encourages school credits if available and occasional complimentary tickets available to performances.
Application Process: Email a letter of interest and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Application for Foundation/Government Relations Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Position: Travel Consultant
Posted by: The Art of Travel
Location: Kanazawa, Ishikawa
This position entails a variety of responsibilities, including planning itineraries for overseas clients, handling communication & mailings, assisting visitors during their stay in Japan, and more.
Character Traits: Friendly, reliable, cool under pressure, quick, flexible & service-oriented
- Strong sales and customer service skills a must.
- Excellent Japanese language skills a plus.
- Candidates from native-English-speaking countries (Canada, US, UK, Australia, NZ, etc.) preferred.
- Visa sponsorship possible.
- Knowledge of the Microsoft Excel and Word required.
- Experience in travel planning, sales, and hospitality a plus (but not required).
Education: Bachelor’s degree required
Certificates: travel agent, guide, translator will have a strong advantage.
Position: Game Translator
Posted by: Voltage, Inc.
Location: Remote (Must Have Internet Connection)
Voltage, Inc. is looking to expand its lineup of translated games and is in need of Japanese to English translators who have experience translating scripts for video games. Voltage is a pioneer in the field of romance visual novel apps for a female audience in Japan and continues to lead the industry.
Translators will be provided with scripts from Voltage’s “Koi-game” series and will translate these into English. Emphasis will be on creating a script that will appeal to English-speaking users rather than creating a direct translation of the original script. Scripts should be translated into American English rather than British English.
- Must have strong understanding of both Japanese and English grammar.
- Experience translating scripts for video games or apps.
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 level or equivalent reading comprehension in Japanese.
- Bonus points for experience in script writing.
- Main Story: 17 chapters per character.
- Epilogue: 3 chapters per character.
- Sequel: 10 chapters per character.
- Spin off: Varies between games.
There are about 5000 characters per script and there will be up to 200,000 to 250,000 characters to translate each month.
Salary: 3 Cents per character. All references to “characters” refer to the Japanese characters in the original text.
Application Process: If you are interested, please submit your resume and a translation sample to email@example.com
By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia taught at an all-girls’ high school on JET, and following her time on the program she held the position of ALT Advisor for the Gunma Board of Education from 2007-08. Bahia earned her master’s degree in International and Intercultural Education and certificate in Asian Studies from Florida International University in 2014, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is president of the Florida chapter of the JET Alumni Association.
On March 11, 2011, I woke up like it was any other day, but minutes after I walked downstairs I realized it wasn’t. Two of my friends were staying with me at the time. When we came downstairs the first thing they said to us was, “Did you hear about what happened in Japan?” We spent the rest of the day glued to the Internet and TV, horrified and shaken by the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami. That was five years ago.
This March 11 marked the five-year anniversary of the triple disaster that devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed thousands of people with many more displaced from their homes. Yet, like with many disasters over time, people stop thinking about what happened and it fades into the background. With the five-year anniversary approaching, I realized that I hadn’t heard a lot about how the Tohoku recovery was progressing. I knew that those without strong ties to Japan had probably forgotten all about the disaster entirely. It was time to look into how the recovery had progressed and share it with students at Florida International University who may not know much about the disaster, so I pitched the idea to the organizer of the Tuesdays Times Roundtables (TTRs) and it was agreed that it would be a great addition to the spring lineup.
FIU’s Office of Global Learning presents TTRs every week in conjunction with the New York Times. I proposed the talk for the March 8 roundtable, which seemed like perfect timing to discuss the 3/11 earthquake. The TTRs are a series of talks that focus on news items published in the New York Times and offers a closer look at some of the articles and the issues they address. The TTRs are usually well attended, and my talk was no exception, with approximately 40 people in attendance. Mostly students, they were avid listeners who asked interesting questions and made insightful comments (view the video of the complete presentation for more).