Oct 19

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, curriculum and content developer for a real estate school based in Virginia. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

This is a reminder that JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the Boston Career Forum 2016 November 18-20. This is the world’s largest Japanese-English job fair, featuring 210 global companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event. You are free to attend one, two, or all three days.

—- Boston Career Forum  2016 —–

November 18-20 (Fri.-Sun.)

Hynes Convention Center



Currently 210 companies participating including:


Register and begin applying to companies here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/comlist.asp?ref=2016JETwit&lang=E

*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact JET alum, Catherine Rackley, at c.rackley@discointer.com.

We hope to see you in Boston!


Catherine Rackley (Chiba-ken, 2005-2006)

DISCO International, Inc.

Oct 19

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
Posted by: JET Program
Location: Washington, D.C. (JET Program Office, Embassy of Japan, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 20008)
Contract: Full Time

The JET Program is the government of Japan’s most successful exchange program, sending over 62,000 participants to Japan since 1987 to serve as Assistant Language Teachers and Coordinators for International Relations. The program aims to enhance English language education at the primary and secondary school levels, as well as to promote international exchange by fostering ties at the grassroots level between Japanese and foreign youth.

Please note: the Program Coordinator is an independent contractor to the Embassy and will not be deemed an employee of the Embassy for any purpose whatsoever. Overtime hours will be compensated as paid time off commensurate with the amount of overtime accumulated. This position does not include paid vacation, sick leave, or 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.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Education Counselor, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the screening process for applications for all U.S. candidates, recruitment and interviewing of applicants in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, and preparing successful candidates for departure. This position will also involve liaising with the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. and assisting with other projects within the Education Counselor’s portfolio as necessary.


  • Program promotion through recruiting events (career fairs, information sessions, etc.) and social media outreach efforts
  • Implementation of the online application system, application screening, and responding to applicant inquiries
  • Coordination of the review and interview processes, including scheduling and serving as point of contact with review and interview committee members
  • Planning and execution of events, including logistical support, coordinating volunteers, and conducting presentations
  • Communicate and collaborate with other JET Program Coordinators at Japanese Consulates in the U.S.
  • Other duties assigned at the discretion of the Education Counselor or senior JET Program Coordinators

Read More

Oct 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: Convention Sales Account Executive
Posted by: Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Contract: Full Time

The Convention Sales Account Executive (AE) will develop an awareness of Japan’s offerings in the meeting and events (MICE) space and increase the number of association meetings and corporate incentives from the Americas that select Japan as their meeting destination. Sales activities will target academic associations, corporate meeting planners, incentive planners, professional congress organizers and the business events industry. The AE will create and maintain a database of client contacts as well as be responsible for monitoring industry trends via networking, magazines & educational sessions and implement best practices.


  • This is an entry level position with for candidates with up to 1 year of marketing or sales experience
  • Exemplary written and oral presentation and a talent for presenting
  • Ability to build strong client relationships through daily email and phone interaction
  • Willingness to travel about 1 week per month for trade shows and sales missions
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in business, marketing or tourism
  • Understanding of Japanese language and culture a plus

To Apply:

Place “Sales AE” in the subject line. Send cover letter stating why you are a good match for this position and send resume to nancy.otten@aboutdci.com.

Oct 14


Thank you for your continued understanding and support in helping promote the JET Programme. The JET Programme Video Contest, which CLAIR held to create a platform for JET Programme participants and alumni to utilize their unique insight to discover and share the hidden charms of Japan’s local regions, has finally come to an end and the winners have been decided. From all over Japan, over 50 videos were submitted in the Autumn/Winter Edition of the contest and 57 videos in the Spring/Summer Edition, making the total 107 videos submitted over the 11 month period.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in submitting videos to the contest and raise awareness about this project among the JET community.

The 10 award winners of the contest, announced today, will be recognized for their achievements at the JET Programme 30th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony, scheduled to be held Monday, 7 November, 2016.

Watch Winning Videos

JET Programme Video Contest Winners
First Prize: “Ekin Kabuki Festival, Akaoka, Japan” – Alexander Barnett (Kochi Prefecture)
Most Voted Video Award*: “THIS IS JAPAN” – Rochelle Mighty (Toyama Prefecture)
Best Idea Award: “A Gourmet Tour of Aomori” – Sooyoung Park (Aomori Prefecture)
PR Award: “Tanegashima This is Our Island” – Emily Rose Eisemann (Kagoshima Prefecture)

Best of Season (Spring/Summer) Award:
“Kagura in the Shimane Highlands” – Sarah Laverty (Shimane Prefecture)
“Definitely More Fun in Hiroshima – Kitto Motto Tanoshii Hiroshima” – Arum Jung (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Best of Season (Autumn/Winter) Award:
“Senri no Michi mo Ippo Yori (Little by little, one goes far)” – Aaron Jones (Oita Prefecture)
“Nishiizu, My Little Sunset Town by the Sea” – Dana Nyberg (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Special Judges’ Award:
“The Kotatsu Train of Iwate” – Amada Wayama (Iwate Prefecture)
“Tonneru wo Nukeru to Soko wa Hare no Kuni de atta” – Edouard Brena (Okayama Prefecture)

*The Most Voted Video Award was selected by vote from general viewers on the contest’s website.

Dr. Mitsuko Okamoto, Professor at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of Arts and Chair of the Contest’s Panel of Judges, commented on behalf of the panel, saying “…I was moved to see that JET participants truly understand and enjoy the tradition, culture, and variety of seasons of Japan, and that they proactively make efforts to interact with those around them and become part of their respective communities. The videos in this contest are a great endorsement of the JET Programme, of the regions they feature, and of Japan itself.”

CLAIR hopes to utilize the videos submitted in the contest to contribute to the revitalization of Japan’s local regions as well as raise awareness of the activities of JET Programme participants and the JET Programme itself.


Oct 12

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: Temporary Processing Staff
Posted by: JET Program Office
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full Time

The JET Program Office is seeking application processing staff members for its Fall 2016 processing season.

Processing staff will have the opportunity to learn more about the JET Program from the inside, meet JET alumni, and become more involved with the JETAA and U.S.-Japan communities in D.C. This is a temporary position from early/mid-November to late December 2016 or early January 2017. Please find more information about the position below:


  • Checking application materials for completeness; sorting and filing applications
  • Data entry and preparation of application materials for review

Position Details

  • Staff will work in the JET Program Office at the Embassy of Japan (2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008)
  • Working hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.
    • Full-time staff are desirable but working hours are flexible within these times
  • Orientation and beginning of contract period will be early/mid-November
  • Salary will be $12.00/hr
  • As a temporary position, health insurance and benefits are not offered

Read More

Oct 11

By Eden Law (ALT Fukushima 2010-2011), reporting from Sydney, Australia.


© 2016 “Chihayafuru” Film Partners © Yuki Suetsugu / KODANSHA LTD.

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in Australia is the largest Japanese-themed film festival in the world, travelling around the major cities in Australia as well as several regional towns. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, which started in 1997 in North Sydney. As Margarett Cortez, JFF Program Coordinator (at Japan Foundation in Sydney) describes, it has expanded in size and scope, from 3 films, to offer a schedule that now boasts over 40 works, and is a touring festival that covers all the major Australian cities and some regional towns. Some films in the JFF will even have their first world premier during the festival, showing in the same week as when they open in their domestic market (such as Night’s Tightrope and Sanada Ten Braves). The original film festival was the vision of festival director Masafumi Konomi, and while he has moved on from helming the festival, he continues to be involved from Tokyo, ensuring the quality of films that Australian audiences currently enjoy.

Proper 20th anniversary celebrations will kick off in Sydney, the original home of JFF. The Sydney leg will open on 17th November with After the Storm, from legendary director Hirokazu Kore-eda, in a family drama about a deadbeat father given a chance to reconcile with his estranged wife and child. Following the opening film, the celebrations begin with a reception at Sydney Town Hall, with live music, and a special guest appearance by Yukiko Mishima, whose film Night’s Tightrope, a dark coming-of-age story of two girls with an obsession with death, is one of the highlights of the festival. Other events are planned as the festival unfolds, with live music in both Sydney and Melbourne (the latter at the ACMI cafe and bar).

JFF offers something in a wide variety of genres. Ms Cortez recommends the two-parter Chihayafuru – a live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series and a “sports” film of sorts, as it is based on competitive karuta, a Japanese card game that has seen a revival due to the popularity of the films. Dramas make a strong showing this year, apart from the aforementioned After the Storm, there is Nagasaki: Memories of My Son, about a grieving mother who reminisces with the spirit of her deceased son about life and loss – this is Japan’s entry to the foreign film category in this year’s Oscars. Creepy, the latest from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is a psychological thriller about a neighbour that gets too close for comfort, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, step into the bizarre (or hilarious, depending on your taste) world of the panty-equipped superhero, Hentai Kamen, who returns in the sequel HK2: The Abnormal Crisis (lead actor Ryohei Suzuki seems to be contractually obliged to bare flesh in his films these days). In the documentary genre, Tsukiji Wonderland, filmed in the last year of operation of the famous Tokyo fish marketplace, is a behind the scenes look at how this institution operated for almost 80 years.

There are far more noteworthy films than can be properly described here – but what is certain is that lovers of Japanese films will be more than satiated with the quality and quantity of films available. To keep up to date as the festival opening dates draws near, go to the website (http://japanesefilmfestival.net/) or follow on various social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Oct 9
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By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

The most influential rock band in Japanese history, X Japan has sold 30 million albums, performed a record 18 shows at Tokyo Dome, and even headlined Madison Square Garden in 2014. Led by their flamboyant drummer/pianist Yoshiki, the band rewrote the rules for both sound and style in the late ’80s and early ’90s, giving birth to the visual kei genre in the process.

After a series of struggles and rebirth, 2016 promises to be X’s biggest year yet on the global stage. The band is months away from releasing their first studio album in 20 years, and with October 21 comes the theatrical premiere of “We Are X,” a new award-winning documentary of the group from American director Stephen Kijak, best known for 2010’s “Stones in Exile.”

The film had its first-ever screening at Sundance in January, and Yoshiki himself appeared in New York last month for a special invitation-only screening of the film at the Crosby Street Hotel in Soho, where he participated in a Q&A with the director, played grand piano, and greeted some very lucky fans.

While X Japan has no current plans to tour America, fans hoping to see Yoshiki on stage won’t have to wait too long: Yoshiki Classical with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Carnegie Hall debut January 12 and 13. Tickets are available now. For more information on cities and premiere dates for the film, visit www.wearexfilm.com.

Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment since 2005. For more of his stories, visit http://jetaany.org/magazine.

Oct 8

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: Northrop Grumman Enterprise
Posted by: Global Mobility Analyst
Location: McLean, Virginia
Contract: Full Time

Northrop Grumman Enterprise Shared Services is seeking a Global Mobility Analyst. This opportunity is for an active contributor in the Global Mobility Office (GMO) to be the liaison for all US employees on international assignments. The GMO works in conjunction with our sectors and key functional areas to ensure compliance with legal and tax requirements and mitigates the risk of conducting international business.

JOB POSTING:  https://ngc.taleo.net/careersection/ngc_pro_mobile/jobdetail.ftl?job=16023811

Oct 7

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.

I was in Japan on business for most of September, and while there I caught up on dramas, variety shows and news programs.  One special feature I saw talked about recent trends in 打ち言葉 (uchi kotoba) or Internet slang that was born from cell phone communication.  For example, perhaps the most well known uchi kotoba is あけおめ (ake ome), taking the place of the more formal 明けましておめでとうございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu) or Happy New Year.  Such language is said to be 内輪 (uchiwa) or inner circle, and knowing how to use it indicates you are part of a group.

Some new incarnations that I found interesting were よきよき (yoki yoki) for いいよ (ii yo), or “Sure/That’s fine.”  It actually reminded me of the Kumamoto-ben よかよか (yoka yoka) with the same meaning, which I would hear often while living there on JET.  One abbreviation I liked was り or りょ (ri or ryo), both short for 了解 (Ryokai) or “Understood/Gotcha.”  Another way of conveying a similar sentiment is おけ (Oke) for “Ok,” though this doesn’t seem to make it easier to write.  These uchi kotoba are constantly evolving, and who knows how far they will go…


Oct 5

Nathaniel Simmons (Nara-ken, 2007-2009) is currently a communication professor at Western Governors University and lives in Columbus, OH, USA. He teaches a variety of intercultural, interpersonal, and health communication courses. He has researched and published several scholarly articles regarding privacy management between foreign English teachers and Japanese co-workers in Japan and is currently working on turning his research into a book.

What makes a good or bad medical professional?

From school medical checks to hospital visits, the average ALT has several medical encounters throughout their year(s) in Japan.  Intrigued by my own experiences within the Japanese medical world, I interviewed 49 foreign English teachers in Japan about their healthcare experiences, and here’s what they said (in a much more condensed format):

Bad providers violate patients’ cultural expectations 

ALTs perceived providers that “violated,” and/or did not perform culturally expected practices as “bad” providers.  In other words, if a Japanese medical profession didn’t act as expected, the ALT perceived the experience and the medical provider as negative, or “bad.”  As an example, one English teacher characterized the difference between a “good” and “bad” doctor.  The following is an excerpt that distinguished between two physicians this English teacher encountered while seeking treatment for bronchitis.

“I walk into his [the doctor’s] office and he’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re not healthy I can hear you from outside.  This isn’t just a cold is it?’ ‘No.’  Just from hearing me cough he knew that I wasn’t well.  He says to me, ‘You either have bronchitis or pneumonia.  We’re going to take an x-ray and blood tests to find out.’  Difference in doctor right there! One of them [the bad one] just hands out a diagnosis and is like I think you might need antibiotics and the other [the good one] is like I want to do a blood test and do an x-ray to make sure you need the antibiotics and if they’re the right kind.  So that doctor, the good doctor, figures out all the information I needed.  The bad doctor, is like, ‘I’m going to give you medicine now.  Goodbye.  Give me ¥600.’”

This ALT’s experience with an array of Japanese medical professionals within Japan allowed the ALT to construct a comparison and contrast of “good” and “bad” doctors.  According to this ALT, good doctors either knew quickly what was wrong with a patient or took immediate action to determine what was causing the patient illness or discomfort as well as how to alleviate it.  The “good” doctor sought to understand the patient’s perspective and the illness versus simply handing out an antibiotic which may not treat the illness for a fee.

Throughout interviews with ALTs, “bad” providers were described as:

  • Ignited fear within the patient(s) by thinking out-loud and muttering possible diagnoses.
  • Provided no verbal or nonverbal cues, especially on invasive exams like pap smears.
  • Did not provide an “appropriate/adequate” diagnosis.

Good providers attend to the patients’ cultural expectations

ALTs believed that “good” providers should attend to their cultural expectations (i.e., all of those standards and norms for practice in one’s home culture).  In other words, “good doctors” should behave and act like one might expect in their home country.  For instance, when discussing a positive time with a doctor, one English teacher said:

People here don’t always smile when they meet you and things like that.  As a westerner you think, ‘Oh you don’t like me,’ but no it’s just because Japanese don’t smile.  When he [the doctor] first met me, he smiled at me, he introduced himself [in English], and so far it’s all been working out.”

Overall, “good” providers were described in interviews as:

  • “Very nice and understanding.”
  • “Similar to what I’d experience back home.”
  • Had “appropriate” body language.
  • Exceeded expectations on providing medical education, understanding, and comprehension to patients.

What next?

This study raises the importance of intercultural health communication training.  More programs need it.  English teachers are placed throughout Japan by numerous organizations and boards of education and are expected to live well.  However, that “living well” can be complicated when foreigners expect intercultural interactions to progress flawlessly and as according to their own culture.  Some ALTs even chose to not re-contract due to their health care experiences in Japan (and not necessarily because they are in poor health).  Scholars argue about “who should adapt to whom,” but that doesn’t really help us in the day-to-day life of a foreigner navigating a medical system (in Japan).

Here are some suggestions, what others do you have?

  1. Expect difference.
  2. Do your homework.
    1. Research the Japanese medical system.
      1. What similarities, if any, exist between Japan and your home country?
      2. What differences, if any, exist between Japan and your home country?
    2. Google Japanese words for common symptoms and your current prescriptions.
    3. Ask questions to a friend, other English teachers, and co-workers (if you feel comfortable).
      1. What should I expect when I go to the doctor/dentist/hospital?
      2. What surprised you about the Japanese medical world? (to other foreigners).
      3. What over the counter medicine do you find works best for _____?
  3. Laughter helps.
  4. Remember that Japanese medical professionals are trained professionals.
  5. Insert your tips here ______________!

This blog post is an adaptation of the scholarly article:

Simmons, N. (2016). (De-)legitimizing medical professional discourses: Evaluations from foreign English teachers in Japan. Language & Intercultural Communication, 16(2), 1-18. doi:10.1080/14708477.2015.1113984

Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14708477.2015.1113984?journalCode=rmli20 


Oct 1
"This is an outstanding collection of poems that reflects a wide variety of emotions and observations while giving readers new and colorful images of Japan." (Chin Music Press)

“This is an outstanding collection of poems that reflects a wide variety of emotions and observations while giving readers new and colorful images of Japan.” (Chin Music 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.

As we might take for granted the ability to research anything and everything quickly, it’s easy to forget how much of a struggle it has been (and still might be) to discover fascinating aspects of history. But when those discoveries are made, it’s satisfying not just for those who make the extensive effort—it’s rewarding for those who have benefited from the discoveries.

Thanks to fellow author Setsuo Yazaki, English-language speakers from all over the world now have the opportunity to read Are You an Echo? The Last Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, a collection of poems produced by the late lauded children’s writer. Yazaki was a young student when he read Misuzu’s poem “Big Catch,” and he was automatically intrigued by her. So he wanted to discover more of her works and immediately started trying to find them—only to run into run one obstacle after another. Finally, Setsuo made a breakthrough when he was able to reach Misuzu’s younger brother Masasuke (then 77 years of age), who handed Yazaki a set of diaries, which included poems Misuzu wrote.

A prolific writer, Misuzu’s works regularly appeared in popular magazines. She wrote 512 poems, but only a few of them appear in Are You an Echo? Even so, that small sample size is enough to give you a glimpse into her life. Misuzu grew up in a fishing village in western Japan, and she loved being around water (she wrote one poem about an island she visualized but couldn’t reach). She also had a very vibrant imagination, and everything she encountered had feelings, like snowflakes (she’s actually concerned about their well-being) or telephone poles (which at one point, got sleepy). Even cicadas wore clothes in Misuzu’s world.

Read More

Sep 30

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: Adecco Japan Internship Program
Posted by: Adecco
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full Time

By way of introduction, my name is Setsuko Tani with Adecco Japan HR Recruiting team. Adecco is the world’s best HR solution company with its HQ in Switzerland.

Every year, we host an internship program (in English ) to provide highly capable youngsters, regardless of Nationality, opportunities to experience real work while revitalizing our employees with fresh ideas and thoughts.

This year, we have an aggressive target to fill 10+ internship positions by the end of 2016.

Besides what is listed as desirable core competencies, this position requires an ability to communicate in Japanese (JLPT: N1 or equivalent).

If you are interested in this position, please apply from HERE.  We will get back to you immediately to schedule an interview after screening your resume/CV.

Sep 30

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: Business Manager
Posted by: Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Location: Cypress, CA, USA
Contract: Full Time

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. has an excellent opportunity for a Business Manager in the Photovoltaic Division  for its HQ in Cypress, CA. 

Position Summary:

We are looking for a highly motivated, organized, analytical and effectively bilingual (English & Japanese) professional that has great interpersonal skills.  The selected individual must be able to work with limited supervision and be responsible for program management with factories and dedicated sales channel.  This exciting dual function position is expected to build a dedicated sales portfolio and develop a pipeline for future sales opportunities as well as managing internal projects.  Read More

Sep 30

Ryan Hata (Tottori-Ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni RelationsRyan is in his second year on the AJET National Council and first as the Director of Alumni Relations. He works alongside Rachel Brisson (AJET National Council Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA International (JETAA-I) to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs, and Japan. Ryan helps to keep you up to date with JETAA events around the world. If you have a specific event that you would like promote, please do not hesitate to contact him by email at ryan.hata@ajet.net or his Linkedin profile. 

Autumn is upon us in Japan and with autumn, brings the gorgeous phenomenon: the change of leaf colors. Since moving to Japan, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the changing of colors from green to yellow, orange, and red. Check out what events are happening around the JETAA community. Perhaps there’s some fall outdoor events for chapters in the northern hemisphere.

1. JETAA USA National Conference in Los Angeles

2016 JETAA National Conference
Hosted by JETAA Southern California

When: September 29th ~ October 2nd
Where: Double Tree by Hilton-120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States

The conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in the historical district of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. A great thank you to JETAASC for pulling out all the stops and organizing the hotel venue, dining sites, and evening events for this year’s conference!

We invite two delegates from each JETAA Chapter to attend. We recommend sending delegates that will be continuing as leaders and play active roles with your chapter in 2016/2017

(all times are tentative)
Thursday 9/29: Welcome Reception at 6pm hosted by USJETAA
Friday 9/30: Conference 8am – 6pm & Evening Reception hosted by Consul General
Saturday 10/1: Conference 8am – 6pm & Evening Reception hosted by CLAIR
Sunday 10/2: Conference 8am to 12pm, followed by optional local activities



Photo courtesy of JETAAUSA.com


Pub Trivia Night

When: October 3rd, 7 pm-10 pm EDT
Where: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge-140 E 27th St A, New York, NY 10016, United States

Hey everyone!

Mark your calendars, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAA trivia master? Do you know the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET alum and this year’s host Wade Binneboese (Aomori represent!) tests your knowledge on everything from Japan to pop culture, and mix it up with other alumni over good food, good drinks, and great company. There may also be an interactive category for the truly witty, and amazing* prizes for the best teams! Sign up soon, and we’ll see you there!

*Cats not included*

COST: $10 to play and for light appetizers; order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. Happy hour is good through 8 pm – special for us! Pay athttp://jetaany.org/2016/09/11/1003-jetaany-pub-trivia-night/

Stone Creek Bar & Lounge
140 East 27th street (btwn Third and Lexington) http://stonecreeknyc.com/

We have a private room in the back!

Happy hour is until 8 pm (only for us!). Meet at 7:00 pm to make team, Game starts at 7:30.

Teams will be up to you, but team size will be determined by turnout, so the more who come, the more you can have on your team!

Email social@jetaany.org with any questions.



PC: From the JETAANY Facebook event page

3. JETAA Chicago

October Meeting

When: October 3rd, 6:30 pm CDT
Where: 325 N. LaSalle, Suite 775

On Monday, October 3rd, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly board meeting.

The meeting’s location will be at 325 N. LaSalle, Suite 775, so pencil the date in your diary.

Please confirm attendance by noon on 10/3 so we can register them at the front desk, and everyone will need a photo ID.

This meeting is the big one, we will celebrate a successful year with our current board of officers before we elect new people into roles.

If you are interested in running for a position do email info@jetaachicago.com for more details, or visit http://jetaachicago.com/archives/officerelections.

We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

There will be a nomikai afterwards.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda.



PC: From JETAA Chicago’s Facebook event page


SF Networking Nomikai

When: October 6th, 6 pm-7:30 pm PDT
Where: Crystal Jade Jiang Nan-Embarcadero Center, 4 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

Join alumni and friends at our San Francisco Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! Crystal Jade has great happy hour specials and if it’s nice out come find us on the back terrace with beautiful views of the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge!

Come out, make new friends, and catch up with old ones. This is a great chance to do some networking in a fun, casual setting. Everyone is welcome!

Look for alumni with red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:

JETAANC’s SF Networking Nomikais are held on the first Thursday of every month, so mark your calendar!

**Please drink responsibly.**



PC: From JETAANC’s Facebook event page


10th Inoue Yasushi Award Ceremony and Japanese Culture Program

When: October 7th, 6 pm-8 pm NSW
Where: The University Of Sydney – Charles Perkins Centre D17, The University of Sydney Johns Hopkins Drive Camperdown NSW 2050 Australia

The 10th Inoue Yasushi Award Ceremony and Japanese Culture Program is held at the Charles Perkins Auditorium Centre at the University of Sydney.

Inoue Yasushi is one of Japan’s most revered and awarded figures in Japanese literature, a highly prolific writer of poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels. In 2006 (Australia-Japan Year of Exchange), the Inoue Yasushi Award was established at the University of Sydney by the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation/Inoue Family and Masanori Ohtani in Sydney to encourage research and researchers of Japanese Literature in Australia and NZ. Certification and Prize will be awarded to the winners chosen by the Selection Committee of The University of Sydney. The Program introduces Inoue Yasushi’s life, his works and his days, Silk Road, history of China and Japan since the 6th century with beautiful music, pictures and films and reading of his poems and stories.

This is a free event, so book early or enquire at inoueyaward@gmail.com.


JET Welcome Back Reception and Nomikai

When: October 7th, 6:30 pm-8 pm PDT; 8:15 pm- 10 pm PDT
Where: The Consul General’s Residence (2700 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA 94123); Lion Pub (2062 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115)

Who: This is for JETs returning in the last three years
What: Official Welcome Back Reception
Where: The Consul General’s Residence (2700 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA 94123)
When: 6:30 to 8:00
Dress: business casual
Separate RSVP Required:


JET alumni and friends are all invited to welcome back the 2016 JET returnees! Come by to share stories, advice, memories, and smiles!
Look for people with the red JETAANC lanyards, possibly a small JETAANC sign.
The nomikai will be at Lion Pub (Divisadero Street and Sacramento Street), about a 10-minute walking distance from the Consul General’s residence.
When: October 7, 2016
Time: 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm (Feel free to hang out earlier or later!)
Where: Lion Pub (2062 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115) [Near Welcome Back Receptions]
How to get there: Buses 1, 2, 22, 24, and 38 will get you close to Lion Pub
Note: Pub may be busy, and there are no reservations. So, feel free to come early! Some of us will get there at 8:15 pm from the Consul General’s residence!

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-jetaanc-welcome-back-nomikai-registration-27398666148


NW Manchester Welcome Back Party!

When: October 8th, 7 pm-9 pm BST
Where: Samsi Manchester-36-38 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 3NR, United Kingdom

October is when we in the North welcome back our recently returned brethren. This year we will be holding two separate events in both Liverpool and Manchester where we will eat, drink, reminisce and carouse and help our new returnees recover from reverse-culture shock with some Northern hospitality! This is a great way to introduce new ex-JETs the wider JETAA North West community. Partners/friends/ adorable plushies are as always welcome but in case of number limitations, priority will be given to ex-JETs.

Saturday October 8th 7pm-9:30pm at the Little Samsi in Manchester City centre (hosted by Charles)
(http://www.samsi.co.uk/samsi-manchester.htm )

A six minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station or ten minutes from Manchester Piccadilly bus station.

Please RSVP Lorna at nwevents@jetaa.org.uk by October 1st for Manchester and October 15th for Liverpool. If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to squeeze in, so please message! (And of course attending both is fine too!)



PC: JETAAUK’s Facebook event page

8. JETAANY Philadelphia Sub-chapter

Philly Yukata Bar Crawl

When: October 8th, 1 pm EDT
Where: Bars in Philly TBD

Couldn’t make the NYC Yukata Bar Hop? Looking for an excuse to wear your super stylish yukata or jinbei one more time before it gets too cold? The Philly JET Alumni Association will be hosting a bar crawl and all JETs and friends of JETs are invited.

Dress in your yukata/jinbei or your however you’d like to represent yourself for a good walkabout the city! Locations to be announced, friends welcome. Celebrate the last of robe weather!



PC: JETAANY Philadelphia Sub-chapter’s Facebook event page


JET Returnee Dinner

When: October 8th, Time TBD
Where: Place TBD

On Saturday, October 8th,JETAAMN will be welcoming home newly returned JETs with a Returnee Dinner. Former JETs, family and friends of former JETs, or any others interested in joining us are welcome! More details will follow soon, so please watch ourFacebookTwitter, and your email inbox for more information.


Yates Cider Mill Meetup

When: October 9th, 1 pm EDT
Where: Yates Cider Mill-1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, United States

The scenic beauty at Yates Cider Mill is ideal for a relaxing stroll, an afternoon picnic, or simply a quiet moment at the river’s edge while enjoying a Cider Mill treat. You name it, it’s your memory waiting to be made! For an enjoyable Michigan afternoon, visit Yates Cider Mill!




PC: From GLJETAA Facebook event page

11. JETAA Rocky Mountains

Second Sunday: Board Meeting and Networking Nomikai

When: October 9th, 12 pm-3 pm MDT
Where: Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern-1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, United States

Come one, come all, to October’s Second Sunday Board Meeting and Networking Nomikai, or should I say, Norikai?! Grab a bike and a helmet and join us for pedals and pints in Fort Collins where we will pedal our way through town sampling the delicious drinkable fare.

Board Meeting @ Fort Collins Brewery and Tavern: 12 PM-2 PM
Networking Norikai @ Odell Brewing Company*: from 2:05PM

*Our pedals and pints adventure starts at Odell’s, but feel free to drop in to the Board Meeting at FCB beforehand. Bring your own bike or grab one at the bike share station. Check out http://bike.zagster.com/fortcollins/ for the specifics to ensure a stress-free riding experience.

If you need a ride or want to carpool, post to this event and we’ll get it figured out!



PC: From JETAA Rocky Mountain’s Facebook event page


East Bay Networking Nomikai

When: October 13th, 6 pm-7:30 pm PDT
Where: B-Dama ビー玉-907 Washington St, Oakland, California 94607

Join alumni and friends at our monthly East Bay Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! We are heading back to B-Dama in Old Oakland, near 12th Street BART, 12 minutes from SF. B-Dama offers real-deal Japanese izakaya food and drinks, including $5 Asahi on tap:

Come out, make new friends, and catch up with old ones. It’s a good chance to develop your network. Everyone is welcome!

Look for alumni with red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:

JETAANC East Bay Networking Nomikai are held the second Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars!

**Please drink responsibly.**



PC: From JETAANC’s Facebook event page

13. JETAA Ottawa 

Welcome Back Pub Night

When: October 15th, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm EDT
Where: Clocktower Brewpub Byward Market 89 Clarence, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5

Join your fellow alumni and recently returned JETA at the Byward Clocktower Pub as we get all natsukashiiiiiii and dish about our lives pre, during, and post-Japan. Get and give insight and advice at our annual “okaeri” event. RSVP to events@jetaaottawa.ca today.



PC-From JETAA Ottawa’s Facebook event page


Career Forum

When: October 15, 3 pm-6 pm
Where:Nippon Club-145 West 57th street

On Saturday, October 15, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you.

Date: Saturday October 15th

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street)

RSVP: ONLINE by Wednesday, October 6th.  To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out a form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally

Questions: Contact Wendy at social[at]jetaany.org or David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org



3:00 – Doors open, registration, networking

3:30 – Welcome Remarks

3:35 – Writing Resumes for Results session

4:00 – Interviewing with Confidence session

4:25 – Break

4:40 – JET Alumni Panel Discussion with Q&A

5:10 – Wrap up

5:15 – Introduce Japanese recruiters

5:20 – Break-out sessions: Meet recruiters & JET Alumni

5:50/6:00 – End

We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming JETAANY event!



PC: From JETAANY’s Featured News and Events section on its website


Cedar Point Trip

When: October 15th, 7 am EDT
Where: Cedar Point 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Between out two great states we have some stellar day trip locations, one of them being Cedar Point! So all you rollercoaster lovers out there be sure to sign up for this event! (It will also be Halloweekends season!!)

If you’ve got a bit of a drive to the park, we encourage carpooling!



PC: From GLJETAA Facebook event page


NW Film Trip ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

When: October 16th, 12 pm-3 pm BST
Where: The Printworks 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS Manchester, United Kingdom

Missing anime but feeling too lazy to test out your Japanese? Say no more!
Kubo and the Two Strings is a new, beautiful stop-motion animation from Laika Studios (Coraline). Set in feudal Japan and drawing inspiration from Eastern traditions and folklore and receiving glowing reviews so far, it looks the perfect balance of 可愛い (kawaii) and怖い (kowaii).

JETAA North-West is proposing meeting on Saturday October 15th/Sunday 16th EITHER at the Liverpool Vue Cinema or at the Printworks in Manchester city centre to enjoy the film and maybe grab lunch/dinner (unfortunately precise film times are not available this far in advance).

Whichever venue seems to be the most popular is the one we will go for, so please RSVP Lorna (nwevents@jetaa.org.uk ) by October 10th and we will confirm times and meeting spots! (If you cannot make the date but would still like to see the film, please message with another date and if we have enough demand we may reschedule).



PC: From JETAAUK’s Facebook event page

17. JETAA Rocky Mountain

Returnees Dinner

When: October 20th, 6 pm-8 pm 
Where: Address and directions to be sent to participants upon registration

2016 Retuners Dinner at the Denver Consular General’s Residence:

If you are a newly returned 2016 Alumni, you will receive a formal email from the Denver Consulate. Other Alumni, please read on:

We have 10 spots open to Alumni who would like to come and meet the newly returned 2016 JETs. This event requires an RSVP.

★ You must be a JET Alumni, and you must be registered in our membership database. Following our Facebook page does not count as membership. We will send details about the event after the first 10 slots have filled up.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSd0jHcrUwT2ZVGAnt…/viewform

JETAARM membership form:


NW Liverpool Welcome Back Party

When: October 22nd, 7 pm-9 pm BST
Where: Miyagi-77 Bold Street, L1 4EZ Liverpool

October is when we in the North welcome back our recently returned brethren. This year we will be holding two separate events in both Liverpool and Manchester where we will eat, drink, reminisce and carouse and help our new returnees recover from reverse-culture shock with some Northern hospitality! This is a great way to introduce new ex-JETs the wider JETAA community. Partners/friends/ adorable plushies are as always welcome but in case of number limitations, priority will be given to ex-JETs.

Saturday October 22nd 7pm-9:30pm at Miyagi in Liverpool (hosted by Corrina)

(http://www.mister-miyagi.co.uk/ )
Please note, this is the BOLD STREET Miyagi Restaurant! A five minute walk from Liverpool central or 8 mins from Liverpool Lime Street

Please RSVP Lorna at nwevents@jetaa.org.uk by October 1st for Manchester and October 15th for Liverpool. If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to squeeze in, so please message! (And of course attending both is fine too!)


PC: JETAAUK’s Facebook event page


Returnee Social

When: October 28th, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm CDT
Where: Tapcade-1701 McGee St, Ste 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

(Due to scheduling conflicts and the new jETAA hadn’t returned yet, this is the actual event!)

Let’s meet the JET returnees over drinks and 80s/90s arcade games!

JET Returnees! Come meet the alumni! We’re an awesome community that wants to hear about your stories! We want to hear about your plans? Not sure what to do about grad school or a job? We’ve got members from all over walks of life that want to help you out.

Never been to Tapcade? $5 gets you unlimited arcade games. Drink menu on the website below. Parking is free on the streets.


*Not official JET-supported event.

** There are way more than 4 arcade games than pictured above. They’re behind the picture’s view.



PC: From HJETAA’s Facebook event page

Sep 29


By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

The Japan-centric events of the month ahead promise to be as rich and full as autumn itself—brisk and colorful, with a dash of unpredictability.

This month’s highlights include:

01-courtesy-of-i-ytimg-comOct. 1-2

ESL One New York 2016

Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn)

$49, $89

ESL, the world’s largest esports company, brings the East Coast’s largest esports tournament to Brooklyn! This two-day tournament will feature a $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition and a $75,000 Street Fighter V Brooklyn Beatdown offline tournament! In addition to the tourneys, ESL One New York will feature a wide array of activities as part of the main event, including pro player autograph sessions, virtual reality experiences, the ESL Shop, and other fan fest activities.

Courtesy of Dromnyc-com.

Courtesy of Dromnyc.com.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m.

Edensong Album Release Show

DROM, 85 Avenue A

$13 advance, $18 at the door

“I started writing some of the material for the album on my final year on JET,” says New York City-based alum Tony Waldman (Mie-ken, 2005-09), drummer and co-composer for progressive rock quintet Edensong, about the band’s new album, Years in the Garden of Years. “Some of the music is definitely inspired by Japanese RPG game music and references stuff both musically and in the titles of songs.” The band’s self-released 2008 debut The Fruit Fallen was hailed as a “masterpiece” by critics, and helped pave the way for live shows and notable festival appearances throughout North America. Their new release further explores their intricately composed eclectic orchestral rock style, culminating in this special live performance.

Courtesy of Jazz.org

Courtesy of Jazz.org

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Lew Tabackin Trio with special guest Toshiko Akiyoshi

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway and 60th Street, fifth floor

$40, $25 students

One of the greatest marriages in jazz history, NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi and reed virtuoso Lew Tabackin have been leading and performing in top jazz groups since the sixties. Akiyoshi is known for her challenging and full-textured arrangements that sometimes evoke her homeland, Japan, while Tabackin is recognized for his dedication to showing the full range of possibilities on his instrument—melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically. Together, they lead an eponymous big band of international renown, but this special one-night-only engagement at Dizzy’s will showcase the duo in a more intimate small group setting.

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