Jan 21

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

Multiple Positions: Language Teacher, Camp Counselor, Teaching Mentor, Cooks, and Office Staff
Posted by: Concordia Language Villages
Location: Beltrami County, MN, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from Concordia Language Villages:

Mori no Ike, the Japanese program of Concordia Language Villages, is hiring summer staff. We are looking for language teachers, camp counselors, teaching mentors, cooks and office staff. Not all positions require Japanese proficiency. Come immerse yourself in Japanese language and culture in the North Woods of Minnesota this summer!


For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/work-at-the-villages/staff-applications/summer-positions

Jan 20

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Job Title: Administrative Support Specialist
Posted by: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

This position is located in the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

The incumbent serves as Secretary to the Executive Director and as Staff Assistant for all Commission-related activities, with responsibility for performing a variety of analytical, technical, advisory, administrative, and other office duties and functions related to the management of the Commission and its related organizations.

More information and Application Process: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556814500

Jan 18

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Job Title: Summer Internship Opportunity (Unpaid)
Posted by: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the International House of Japan (I-House)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the International House of Japan (I-House) are currently seeking three Summer Interns for short-term (not to exceed two weeks) internships during late July-August 2020 to coincide with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The interns will support the ongoing activities of the 2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program (NichiBei Creative Artists) . JUSFC and the National Endowment for the Arts have selected five artistic teams for this program. Each team of artists from the United States and Japan are working on a collaborative artistic project that will be presented to the public in Tokyo during summer 2020. More information on this project can be found HERE.

The internship is expected to be fast-paced, and will be based in Tokyo. This is an unpaid internship, and relocation to Tokyo is not covered. However, JUSFC and I-House will reimburse local transportation costs for daily commuting.

More Information and Application Process: https://www.aatj.org/nichibei-creative-artists-program-internship-opportunity-tokyo-summer-2020

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Jan 17

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Job Title: Group Leader, Pre-College at CET Japan
Posted by: CET Academic Programs
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contract: Short-term; Temporary

Here’s a short-time, temporary position passed along to us:

Group leaders play a key role in the high school/pre-college teams consisting of CET overseas residential life staff, potentially including program directors, resident directors, group leaders, and resident assistants to create at least a 1:10 staff to student ratio.

This team is responsible for delivery of four-week summer academic programs abroad for high school students ages 15-18.

Group leaders create a positive and inclusive environment that fosters intercultural student learning and academic success, in conjunction with other program staff. They support a group of 8-25 high school students as they engage in an intellectually stimulating, fun, and challenging program while navigating cultural differences.

They participate in many aspects of the program, serving as student advisor, mentor, and role model for successful cross-cultural engagement while providing 24/7 support and emergency management as needed.

More information and application process: https://cetacademicprograms.com/about/work-for-cet/job-openings/?gh_jid=4499998002 

Jan 16

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Job Title: Temporary Program Coordinator
Posted by: Brookings Institution
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time, Temporary

Thanks to JET alumna, Yvonne Thurman-Doğruer (Kagoshima-ken) for passing along this job opening with her institution:

The Temporary Program Coordinator provides administrative, program, and staffing support to the Director of Administration of Global Economy and Development program at Brookings.

  • Monitor and coordinate all open recruitments in the iCIMS applicant tracking system: review and organize incoming applications and vet for minimum qualifications, batch and send applications to hiring manager, schedule in-person and virtual interviews, coordinate assessments and tests; document all interview evaluations and reference checks.  
  • Coordinate all onboarding of new employees and interns: create orientation schedule, prepare workspaces, ensure all equipment is set up and ready for a new employee’s first day, With Director of Administration, track new employees’ first 90 days (introductory review), schedule “90-day” review meetings and coordinate follow-up
  • Be a point of contact and liaison to IT and HR departments as needed. 
  • Keep staff directory and Global Guide updated.
  • Schedule various program meetings, internal events and seminars, place orders for catering and set up room. 
  • Maintain shared Global Admin calendar in Outlook.
  • Support employee engagement initiatives, and annual performance review period. 
  • Support visiting researcher arrangements, draft and route letters and agreements through Sharepoint for various approvals.

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Jan 15
“With beautiful visuals and compelling characters, Weathering with You is a charming world you want to believe.” (GKIDS)

By A.A. Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine.

Sun Amid the Clouds

*Warning: This review contains spoilers

“Don’t interfere with the weather too much,” warns a fortune teller early on: “Messing with nature always has a cost.” As the title suggests, weather is the focus for writer/director Makoto Shinkai’s newest feature film Weathering with YouIt’s a tough act to follow after 2016’s Your Name, Shinkai’s previous work and the most commercially successful anime film of the last decade. Nevertheless, despite similarities in plot (adolescent romance, natural phenomena, and a sci-fi twist) the film offers a refreshing story which transports and delights.

We follow the friendship of Hodaka, a runaway from a remote island, and Hina, a girl with mysterious powers that temporarily conjure sunny skies. Hodaka is intent to find freedom in the big city, while Hina is just trying to get by. The number of scenes alone where characters resort to eating cheap instant ramen is an indicator that life is not going quite as planned. Still, adventure can be found just around the corner.

Soon after meeting, Hina and Hodaka start a business using Hina’s sun-producing powers. Their services are marketed to Tokyoites for weddings and outdoor events otherwise ruined by a rainy day. The sunny vignettes are one of the most charming aspects of the film, connecting it to a broader sense of space and community. Tokyo is no longer an anonymous megalopolis, but a city formed of friendships and relations.

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Jan 14

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.

Start the new year right by heading down to your local concert venue, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold.

This month’s highlights include:

© Ryuichiro Suzuki

Jan. 10-12, 14

The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$35, $30 members

Back by popular demand after his North American debut of Girl X in 2017 at Japan Society, Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan’s hottest young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI, returns with his latest one-man dance theater piece. The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood features Yamamoto’s signature directing style, in which characters’ thoughts are conveyed through projected words, alluding to the millennial generation’s preferred mode of communication—texting. Through movement, photography and colorful lighting, Yamamoto reveals the indifference and tenderness of a metropolis where the lives of complete strangers continuously interact and coalesce.


Opens Wednesday, Jan. 15

Weathering with You

Various locations and prices

Catch the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name! The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky. But what happens when controlling the weather leads to unforeseen problems for the pair and Japan itself?

Courtesy of Cdn.travelpulse

Jan. 24-26

The New York Times Travel Show

Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street


Calling all travel professionals: Set your wanderlust free! Now celebrating its 17th year, this annual event features over 35,000 travel professionals, with over 740 exhibitor booths representing more than 170 destinations. Get the latest information you need for planning your next global destination with dozens of destination-specific seminars, and focused niche topics from cruises to family travel, exclusive trade-only exhibition hours, and an industry reception.

Want to stay in the loop on future events? Follow Justin on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan 14

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

明けましておめでとうございます! 今年もよろしく お願いします。 (Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu! Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu).   Or in more casual parlance, アケオメことよろ (ake-ome-koto-yoro)! Hope 2020, a.k.a. the Year of the Rat, has been treating you well so far. With the Tokyo Olympics around the corner, Japan is already in full gear.

But of course there is much more to Japan than just Tokyo. As part of its Get to Know Japan Series, Japan Society is kicking off the new year with a slew of programs related to Kanagawa Prefecture. The first offering takes place on January 23rd at 6:30 pm, and it has the catchy title of Get to Know Kanagawa: Hot Springs, Japan and the Great Wave. It will be moderated by my friend Susan Miyagi McCormac, Japan cultural connoisseur and founder of JapanCulture·NYC. If that is not enough of an incentive for you, the discussion will be followed by a tasting reception featuring maguro donburi (tuna rice bowl) from Misaki Port and Kanagawa sake!

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Jan 13

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

Job Title: After School Sitter
Posted by: Tracey Keij-Denton
Location: Washington Heights/Inwood, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job opportunity passed along to us:

Times: Weekdays, approx 3:45 to 6pm Mon, Tues & Friday, 3-6pm Wednesdays, not needed Thursdays.

Location: Mostly Washington Heights & Inwood.

Languages:  Japanese a huge plus, must speak/read some English also. Great opportunity for a retired person, student with flexible schedule, ex-pat spouse, etc.

Application Process: Feel free to be in touch with me, Tracey Keij-Denton at traceykeijdenton-at-gmail, and I’ll pass it along. You can write the message in English or Japanese; we’ll figure it out.

Jan 12

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Job Title: ESL Instructor
Posted by: Chinatown Literacy Project
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Part-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from the Chinatown Literacy Project:

We’re looking for a teacher who can serve as a temporary substitute teacher or a teacher that can fill out the rest of the semester (until the end of April) for our Advance class.

CLP ESL Teacher – Full Job Description

The students of the Advance Class know a fair amount of English, so the teacher does not need to have expert proficiency in Chinese (conversational would be nice). If you have any leads on who I can reach out to or if you have any questions, please let me know.

Application Process: If you have anyone who is interested (or if you yourself are interested), please feel free to reach out to Chinatownliteracyprojectnyc@gmail.com.


Jan 11

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Job Title: Japanese-to-English News Translator
Posted by: Nikkei Asian Review
Location: New York, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the publication:

Nikkei Asian Review, an online/print business publication focusing on Japan and Asia, is looking for a Japanese-to-English news translator based in New York office. A successful candidate must have a firm grasp of Japanese and be able to write clearly and accurately in English. Experience in journalism and knowledge of finance and economics are welcome.

Working hours will be 8 hours a day including one hour break, basically from 9am to 5pm, 5days a week with some weekend/holiday shifts. Annual salary starts from around $50,000. Employee benefit includes medical insurance, dental insurance, 401k program etc.

Application Process: Send resume to kazunari.yokota@nex.nikkei.com.  


Jan 10

Job: JET Interview Greeters – Consulate General of Japan (New York, NY)

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

Job Title: JET Interview Greeters
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Part-Time

The Consulate General of Japan in New York is looking for two people who can help us with the following tasks:
  • Greeting JET Program applicants
  • Checking in JET Program applicant

Successful candidates will have to be able to commit the entirety of the following schedule:

  • 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM (8 hours of work and 1/2 hour for lunch)
    • Lunch is provided by the Consulate
    • Lunch time is unpaid
  • On the following days:
    • Monday, February 3
    • Tuesday, February 4
    • Wednesday, February 5
    • Thursday, February 6
    • Friday, February 7

The compensation for of the above position is $15 per hour. Please note that your actual working hours may be less than 8 hours depending on the number of interviews scheduled on any specific day.

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Jan 9

Job: Librarian for Japanese Studies – Duke University (Durham, NC, USA)

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Job Title: Librarian for Japanese Studies
Posted by: Duke University
Location: Durham, NC, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Duke University Libraries seeks an engaged and knowledgeable librarian for Japanese studies. 

The librarian for Japanese studies focuses on service, innovation, collaboration and professional leadership in Japanese Studies. The librarian serves as primary liaison to Japanese Studies faculty, students, visiting scholars and staff in a variety of departments and academic programs, manages and evaluates the Japanese Studies collection and provides instruction, reference and digital consultation services.

The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of research and teaching in Japanese Studies and should be familiar with the art historical, literary, historical, religious and social science disciplines that use the Japanese and East Asian collections.  

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Jan 9

Job: News Reporter/Research Assistant – Yomiuri Shimbun (Los Angeles, CA)

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Job Title: News Reporter/Research Assistant
Posted by: Yomiuri Shimbun
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the newspaper:

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

Job Description

The Los Angeles Bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun seeks a reporter/research assistant to help cover major events—including the 2020 presidential campaign and political news in the western and Midwestern states—as well as breaking news stories throughout the year. This job primarily involves assisting the Japanese Bureau Chief by following and monitoring news stories, arranging and conducting interviews, transcribing interviews, and covering important news events as they break.

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Jan 3

Job: Manager For Philanthropic Relations – Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (Okinawa, Japan)

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Job Title: Manager For Philanthropic Relations
Posted by: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
Location: Onna, Okinawa, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job shared with us:

The Office of Institutional Development in the Division of the President at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), seeks a dynamic and energetic individual to serve as Manager for Philanthropic Relations. This individual will assist OIST in developing and cultivating networks with philanthropists, foundations, and corporations to assist in building strategic relations and securing external funding. The position will report to the Senior Advisor for Institutional Development.

The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual in Japanese and English, have extensive experience cultivating networks in the above areas, and will possess working knowledge in philanthropic giving and fundraising and be comfortable interacting with leaders from industry and philanthropy.

Structurally, this individual will report to the Senior Advisor for Institutional Development and be part of the Office of Institutional Development based in OIST’s Division of the President. The individual will travel between OIST and mainland Japan as needed and may be required to travel internationally on occasion. The Manager of Philanthropic Relations will participate in regular strategic meetings via videoconference and/or in-person with the Institutional Development team.

Application Process: https://www.oist.jp/careers/manager-philanthropic-relations

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