Sep 27

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: Customer Services and Support Assistant
Posted by: Walk Japan
Location: Kunisaki Peninsula, Oita Prefecture, Japan
Contract: Full Time

We are a fast growing company requiring candidates with excellent communication skills in both English and Japanese. They must be enthusiastic, motivated, able to work in a team as well as independently and enjoy a challenge. This position is particularly suited to those looking to improve their Japanese language skills as the office language is Japanese. www.walkjapan.com 

  • Full-time support services based role which will mainly involve communicating with booked customers via Email and telephone in English, supporting and working with operations staff and tour leaders. The role has the potential to become diverse or you may be required to help out in other areas of the business if needed. 
  • This particular role will be based in our operations office in Kunisaki but will include travel to our other offices as well as opportunities to join the tours from time to time. 
  • Working between the hours of 9am ~ 10pm, Monday to Saturday on a shift/rotation basis of 8 ~ 9 hours a day, five days a week, within a team of approximately 6 ~ 7 people based in various locations. 
  • Probationary salary is from JPY150,000 depending on experience. Salary increases after this will depend on performance.  
  • Computer skills are required (Mac) as well as strong English written skills and intermediate Japanese. 
  • Applicants must live in Japan and hold a drivers license or be able to get one. Holding a working visa is preferred but not essential as sponsorship is available through the company.

Application Process: Please send resume along with cover letter to Naomi Addyman at naddyman@walkjapan.com  If you would like further details, please feel free to contact and ask.


Sep 27

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 Coordinator, International Programs
Posted by: American University – School of International Service
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Contract: Full-Time

This is such a short notice but we wanted to share this interesting  job opportunity at American University-School of International Service. The SIS Office of International Program is currently hiring a full-time position to serve as a program coordinator. This position will support many of their school’s study abroad programs, with a special focus on their longstanding partnership with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. The office is closing the application on Wednesday, September 28th. If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter directly to sisabroad@american.edu by then. You can also mention that you heard about this opportunity through the JET Program Office.

Under the supervision of the SIS Office of International Programs (OIP) Program Manager, this position will coordinate a portfolio of dual degree and semester exchange programs within the School. The portfolio will include the School’s current East Asian institutional partnerships with a focus on coordinating the joint undergraduate degree program with Ritsumeikan University and other emerging international partners.  This position is responsible for the student advisement, administrative tasks, marketing, event planning, and liaising between American University and any appropriate external and internal constituencies for the programs. This position is contingent on continued contract program (IRC) funding. Read More


Sep 27

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Position: Country Director
Posted by: Walking Tree Travel
Location:  Tokyo, Japan (Preferred)
Contract: Full-Time

Walking Tree Travel is a student travel company based in Denver, Colorado. We have an immediate opening as Country Director based in Japan. Please check out the below description and if interested.

Walking Tree maintains a Country Director in each of our host countries to help organize, prepare for and manage our programs. We are looking to hire a Country Director in Japan . The job is seasonal with very flexible hours, offering a great way to make a supplemental income. Specifically, the Country Director would be in charge of helping to establish and conceptualize the program, find service providers, make necessary reservations for hotels and transportation, talk to interested participants, make contact, interview, and prepare potential homestay communities, make preparations for excursions and service projects (when applicable), and be on call and occasionally with the group while any program is in-country, among other duties. Essentially, you would be our go-to person for all things in country.

 

Our goal is to inspire individuals to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We hope to achieve this goal by providing unforgettable programs filled with challenging and enriching adventures. Walking Tree stands for a more open, curious and compassionate form of travel. We facilitate meaningful cross-cultural interactions that allow our travelers to participate and recognize the similarities among people instead of fearing the differences. Rather than a typical tour, our programs are designed for a proactive, select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience and the opportunity to affect change in the world community.

Learn more at www.walkingtree.org. Read More


Sep 22

A huge congratulations to Katrina Barnas for starting up JETAA Mexico! Please read the following message from Katrina and pass this information to anyone you may know working or living in Mexico:

Know any JET alum in Mexico? JETAA Mexico is just fresh and new and would love to see who is out there. We have a Facebook closed group – JETAA Mexico. Please pass the word and have people contact me (Katrina Barnas) directly if they are having trouble getting access to the group. Gracias y Arigato!

 


Sep 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: Program Associate, Business & Policy Program
Posted by: Japan Society
Location:  New York, New York
Contract: Full-Time

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 United States, Japan, and East Asia.

The Program Associate will work with the Deputy Director and Program Officer on managing logistical and administrative aspects of approximately three programs per month. He/she will also assist in program execution, future program planning, research, program outreach activities, and interact with leaders and distinguished speakers in the academic and business community, as well as thousands of Corporate Members. Read More


Sep 20

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Position: Graphic Designer
Posted by: Embassy of Japan – Public Affairs Section
Location:  Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Graphic Designer. As Graphic Designer, you will work in collaborative partnership with our communications team. This individual is mainly responsible for producing high-level web and print publicity collateral for the Embassy’s social media accounts. He or she will design and create deliverables for internal and external purposes, creating items that include (but are not limited to) infographics, advertisements, posters, and promotional items. The candidate must have impeccable attention to detail and exacting standards regarding file setup, organization, pre-press, color management, and overall quality control.

Working hours are 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note that the Designer is an independent contractor to the Embassy and will not be deemed an employee of the Embassy for any purpose whatsoever. This position does include paid vacation and sick leave, but does NOT include group health insurance coverage. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. Read More


Sep 18

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: Book Buyer and Event Coordinator or Team Member
Posted by: Kinokuniya Bookstore
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contract: Part-Time and Full-Time

Thanks to PNWJETAA for the following two job listings:

Kinokuniya Bookstore in Seattle is hiring for the following positions:

  • Full-time English Book Buyer and Event Coordinator - 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (at least 1 weekend day)
  • Part-time English Book Team Member – 7 hours a day, 3 or 4 days a week (at least 1 weekend day

Japanese language skills are not required for these positions, but a strong interest in Japan is a plus.

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Sep 17
"Although Tokio Whip can be a difficult read, reading it actually resembles being in the city. You’ll learn things that are crazy and information while wondering what exactly is going on." (Stone Bridge Press)

“Although Tokio Whip can be a difficult read, reading it actually resembles being in the city. You’ll learn things that are mind-blowing while wondering what exactly is going on.” (Stone Bridge Press)

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.

Those who look fondly at their JET experience often feel that the people they met and the places they frequented greatly shaped their time in Japan. But as a lot of us—if not most of us—former JETs lived outside of the big cities, it might be interesting to read about how life in the capital might be influenced by people and places.

So Arturo Silva’s Tokyo Whip might just serve as a look at the capital that fascinates you. Silva, a native of the United States who spent the ‘80s and ‘90s in Tokyo, uses first person voice to take readers on a tour of the city experienced by Roberta and Lang, two Westerners living in the Japanese capital, and their friends. A story about life in Tokyo is probably interesting in itself. But another important story is brewing in Tokio Whip: Lang is a film director and he has created a 144-minute work divided into six scenes whose settlings include locations such as the Rikugien Garden, Seibu Ikebukuro Department Store, and Shinjuku Station—all of those being places you might be familiar with.

Most of Tokio Whip takes place in the heart of the city as Silva aims to create a novel similar to a tour of Tokyo people might go on. Even if the book really isn’t a circular tour of Tokyo, reading Tokio Whip will surely bring about some natsukashii moments or thoughts, such as one character who spent twenty minutes in Shinjuku Station looking for an exit or another character still getting lost in Shibuya Station despite being there hundreds of times.

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Sep 17
"Through reading her travelogue, Inzer comes across as a writer who would make an excellent travel blogger, as she gives prospective visitors to Japan fascinating tidbits about the country’s culture and attractions." (Tuttle Publishing)

“Through reading her travelogue, Inzer comes across as a writer who would make an excellent travel blogger, as she gives prospective visitors to Japan fascinating tidbits about the country’s culture and attractions.” (Tuttle Publishing)

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.

You may remember being treated to “What I did during my summer vacation” tales in elementary school. Well, Christine Mari Inzer spent a memorable summer vacation visiting family in Japan and she documents those travels in a largely visual journey entitled Diary of a Tokyo Teen.

Originally published independently in 2014, this updated, expanded edition is in gorgeous full color and includes over 20 new comics and photos in a large-size format (7.5” x 10”) — all at a very affordable price.

The spirited daughter of a Japanese mother and American father, Inzer describes herself as being half at home in the United States and half at home in Japan, and summarizes her travels through a collection of photos, illustrations (all self-drawn), and anecdotes. Geared toward young adults (the author is currently a student at the University of Richmond), Inzer details the ups and downs of travel while humorously detailing some moments of aggravation, such as her frustration with the shyness of Japanese boys.

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Sep 14

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: Social Media Assistant
Posted by: Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Office
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Part-Time

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Office at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC is seeking to fill a part-time short-term contractor position within the JET Program Office, assisting with social media under the direction of JET Program Office coordinators.  The JET Program Office is part of the Public Affairs section of the Embassy of Japan.  Our role is to inform aspiring applicants about the JET Program, as well as the application and selection process.  We also seek to widen the audience of the JET Program through

The assistant will prepare posts on various social media platforms, research topics of interest for future posts, and create a schedule for posts.  S/he will also respond to inquiries on social media platforms, and perform other duties as required.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Organizational skills and ability to manage multiple on-going projects
  • Experience with social media such as Facebook and Twitter

Preferred:

  • Prior participation on the JET Program

 Position Details

  • Please note that the Social Media Assistant is an independent contractor to the Embassy and will not be deemed an employee of the Embassy for any purpose whatsoever.
  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. 
  • Working hours will be approximately 12-20 hours per week (flexible) within the frame of 10AM – 5PM from Monday –Friday.
  • Term will be from late September through late November exact dates TBD
  • Work location will be the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Office at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC
  • Does not include sick leave, health insurance, paid vacation.
  • Salary:  $12/hour
  • All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jetprogram@ws.mofa.go.jp.

Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Only successful candidates will be contacted.


Sep 14

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: 総合職
Posted by: Japan National Tourism Organisation
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

We have received an email from JNTO, the Japan National Tourism Organisation, about a job posting which they would like JET alumni to apply for.  The information is all in Japanese, and can be found at the following link.

https://employment.en-japan.com/desc_776988/?aroute=13


Sep 9

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: Overseas Sales/Manufacturing
Posted by: Sedeco (Seidensha)
Location: Tokyo, Japan or Westchester, Ohio, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Mr. Ikeyama from the International Foreign Studies Association who is the main contact person for the following job opportunity:

The company’s name is Sedeco (Seidensha). Check out their company here: http://www.sedeco.co.jp/ and http://www.sedecousa.com/

For information on the job and to apply: http://ifsa.jp/index.php?K160804En


Sep 9

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: Development Officer, Corporate Giving
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, USA
Contract: Full-Time

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 Corporate Development Officer provides administrative support for Corporate Giving, ensuring smooth operation of all aspects of Japan Society’s Corporate Membership and Sponsorship programs, as well as participating in fundraising activities in order to help the Development team meet Membership and Sponsorship goals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Manage daily membership operations, including the timely processing and tracking of Corporate Membership renewal letters, payments, gift acknowledgments and solicitation materials, with follow-up by phone or e-mail as necessary.
  • Field inquiries via Corporate Membership phone lines, email inboxes, providing member service/ troubleshooting as necessary while referring more complex inquiries to appropriate Japan Society staff.
  • Fulfill Corporate Member benefit obligations and requests, including updating complimentary mailing lists and producing and sending gallery passes.
  • Identify and research new prospect companies, track cultivation and stewardship of prospects in consultation with Corporate Giving team.
  • Attend meetings with representatives of current Corporate Members or prospects.
  • Upkeep of Corporate Membership promotional contents (website listing, information packets, and materials, benefit sheets).
  • Track the Corporate Giving team’s meetings with current and prospect companies.
  • Proofread and copyedit Corporate Giving correspondence and Corporate-related e-blasts and materials.
  • Maintain Corporate records in Raiser’s Edge database and member files, generating reports and lists as needed.
  • Prepare meeting material for corporate visits (profiles, mailing lists, employee event participation reports).
  • Support the Business & Policy Program and Special Events department as needed with preparation and execution of events, including Annual Dinner, Young Professional Network events, and other events.
  • Supervise Corporate Development interns, assigning various projects, including research, filing, data entry and other tasks.
  • Support other areas of Development as needed.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years related non-profit or corporate experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be very detail-oriented, organized, flexible and a team player with the ability to multitask. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and strong written, oral and intercultural communication skills are essential. Experience with database processing (preferably Raiser’s Edge—including the building of queries and custom reports, exports and merges) strongly preferred. Knowledge of Japanese culture a plus.

To Apply: Email your letter of interest and resume to jobs@japansociety.org.


Sep 9

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: Development Assistant, Corporate Giving
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, USA
Contract: Part-Time

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 United States, Japan, and East Asia.

The Development Assistant provides administrative support for Corporate Giving, primarily focused on maintaining Corporate records in the Raiser’s Edge database.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Update and maintain all Corporate records in the Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Generate Corporate Member employee mailing lists as needed.
  • Generate and edit Membership renewal and gift acknowledgment letter drafts, invoices, receipts and envelopes via mail merge from Raiser’s Edge.
  • Prepare meeting material for corporate visits (assemble information packets, create profiles and employee event participation reports).
  • Field inquiries via Corporate Membership phone lines, email inboxes, providing member service/ troubleshooting as necessary while referring more complex inquiries to appropriate Japan Society staff.
  • Assist team with fulfilling Corporate Member benefit obligations and requests, including updating complimentary mailing lists and producing and sending gallery passes.
  • Maintain Corporate Member files.
  • Work with Database manager to ensure the integrity of Corporate data, including merging duplicate records.

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Sep 4

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12) for his podcast Discussions with Dao. Jon works as a speech coach and personal trainer.


The third appearance by former Toyama JET Randy Higashi. Unlike most of the other returnees I know, Randy actually went back to Japan for another two year stint. In this episode, we spend a lot of the discussion comparing the two experiences. Be sure to follow Randy on Instagram and check out the Takkomachi Facebook Page!

Why go back again? (1:20)

Which stay in Japan was better– the first or second? (8:36)

 How does it feel to come back a second time? (10:10)

How can you tell going back to work in Japan is a good decision or not? (12:57)

Did you see unrealistic expectations and fandom of Japan from ALTs? (16:46)

The Japanese Office Culture (19:40)

Fan Question (24:40

Don’t Leave Your Cleaning/Packing Up Til the End (30:30)

Omiyage Again (38:02)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAeJ7HqS7tt/


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