Jan 31

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. 

The first month of 2017 flew by and with it, many chapters had or will have their elections or New Year’s Parties. Check out if your chapter is celebrating new officers or is having a get together!


2017 JETAASE Shinnenkai

When: February 4th, 12:30 pm EST
Where: Taki Japanese Steakhouse 4711 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30338

Join JETAASE at our 2017 Shinnenkai! We will discuss future goals, events, and plans for our chapter. JETAASE has a private room reserved. Please RSVP here:




Photo from JETAASE’s Facebook Event


JETAANC Shinnenkai New Year’s Party

When: February 4th, 5:30 pm PST
Where: Yamasho 1161 Post St, San Francisco, California 94109

** Must register via Eventbrite: https://jetaancshinnenkai2017.eventbrite.com/ **

Let’s start 2017 in full JET style by celebrating together at our annual JETAANC Shinnenkai New Year’s Party! Join us at YamaSho, in the heart of San Francisco.

Register here before tickets sell out!:

Gather with new and old friends to ring in the Year of the Rooster while enjoying a full-course Japanese meal, drinks, special presentations, and a raffle and games with prizes!

This year will be special. We are kicking off our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme. We are also pleased to present this year’s JETAANC Gary Mukai Service Award.

To start the evening off right, we are giving you a complimentary drink as part of your ticket price. You will need it for a special Kampai toast given by a representative of the Consulate General of Japan.

After dinner, you have the option of keeping the party going at our Nijikai Party in YamaSho’s private Japanese KARAOKE BOX! (Included in your ticket price.)

Deadline for ticket purchase is Wednesday, January 25. Tickets will sell out quickly, so get yours today!

5:30pm – 5:45pm: Registration (Banquet Room)
5:45pm – 8:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Nijikai Karaoke (optional)

Parking & Transportation
A parking garage is located across street from YamaSho at 1150 Post Street. Public transportation options available at 511.org

See you on February 4!

**Please drink responsibly.**



Photo via JETAANC’s Facebook Event Page

3. JETAA Vic/Tas/SA

JETAA Vic/Tas/SA Annual General Meeting 2017

When: February 11th, 6:30-9:30 pm AEDT
Where: Gyoza Douraku 147 Bourke St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

A very belated New Years and a Happy 2017 to you all!

It’s now that time of the year again to gather for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and start the year off right. Please come join us as we review the previous year, plan out the year ahead, and run the election for this year’s JETAA committee while eating 美味しい Japanese food!!

WHEN: Saturday, February 11th at 6:30pm

WHERE: Gyoza Doraku, 147 Bourke St., Melbourne 3000

COST: $18 for dinner. Drinks are not included in the price.

RSVP: Please send an email to rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au by Thursday February 9th, and don’t forget to include details of any dietary or allergy requirements. Please contact us again if you do not receive a reply within 48 hours.

SPECIAL ELECTION NOTE: Please send nominations as well to rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au. All positions are up for grabs! Please see details below regarding the JETAA committee and available positions. If you are unable to attend the AGM but still would like to nominate for a position, please email president@victassa.jetaa.org.au for our Proxy Voting Form.


We’re always on the lookout for new committee members, so if you’re interested in joining the committee, please let us know!

At our AGM, the existing committee is let go and a new committee is elected. All positions, including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and general committee roles, are up for grabs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is JETAA Vic/Tas/SA?
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia chapter is made up of former JETs. There are five chapters across Australia. Our chapter receives support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Sydney. Each year we help new JETs prepare for their move to Japan, and support returning JETs when they come home. We also seek to promote knowledge and understanding of Japan, its people and its culture within Australia, and conversely, of Australia in Japan.

What does the Vic/Tas/SA committee do?
We organise events and activities throughout the year such as our annual stall at the Japan Festival in Box Hill, trivia nights, and quarterly dinners at Japanese restaurants. We also assist the Consulate with JET orientation each year, among other activities. We have sub-committees in Tasmania and South Australia that organise activities and events for members in those states.

What does the AGM involve?
The AGM involves a speech from our current President about the past year, and an update from our Treasurer, followed by the election of new committee members.

The following positions will be open for nomination during the AGM: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, PR and Webmaster, Events Coordinator, Employment Officer, Tasmania Rep, South Australia Rep, and General Committee members.
You can find more detailed information about the committee positions in our charter here: http://www.victassa.jetaa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CHARTER-2015.pdf

Why should I get involved?
Joining the committee is a great way to:
– Meet new people and make friends – The committee is made up of people just like you who participated on JET and have returned to Australia to work as teachers, public servants, translators, journalists, students… the list goes on. While some of the 2016/17 committee members finished JET in recent years, some committee members returned from Japan many years ago. Our past committees have always been made up of a diverse group of fantastic and friendly people.
– Give back to Japan and the JET Programme – You loved your time on JET so why not help promote the JET Programme?
= Travel – Each year two committee members attend the JETAA Oceania Conference, which is held in one of Australia or New Zealand’s capital cities. Last year’s conference was held in Canberra.

Will the committee take up much of my time?
It depends on your role on the committee. Executive positions such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Webmaster will take up a couple of hours of your time each week. Other positions, including General Committee members, will only require attendance at our monthly committee meetings and support throughout the year. Meetings are not compulsory.

If you have any questions about the AGM or for nominating for a committee position, please email president@victassa.jetaa.org.au

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM!

— Emma Libbis, JETAA Vic/Tas/SA President



Photo from JETAA Vic/Tas/SA’s Facebook Event


Music City/Bluegrass JETAA Japan Trivia

When: February 11th, 5:30-8 pm EST
Where: West Sixth Brewing 501 W 6th St, Ste 100, Lexington, Kentucky 40508

Think you know Japan? Maybe not? It’s OK! This trivia event will have something for everyone!

Our trivia event is open to the public and will be held in West Sixth’s Barrel Room, which is an AWESOME venue!

Make your team of up to 4 people (or ask to be placed with others–we can do that for you!) and answer Japan-based trivia. There will be 5 rounds, and some amazing prizes (well, it might depend on your definition of amazing, but they will definitely be fun!). Best of all, it’s completely FREE. Bring your friends–anyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a Japan guru to win!

*It takes place at West Sixth Brewery, but anyone under 21 is totally welcome!

Hope to see you there!



Photo via JETAAMC’s Facebook Event

5. JETAA Portland


When: February 11th, 6:30-9:30 pm PST
Where: The Melting Pot (1001 SW 5th Ave. #100)

JETAA Shinnenkai 2017

It isn’t really the new year until you’ve celebrated it with JETAA Portland! Ring in the year of the rooster by joining us for a four-course dinner at The Melting Pot, for only $20 for JET Alumni and $25 for Friends of JETAA – 50% off the regular price! Dinner will be followed by a nijikai at Ground Kontrol barcade. 明けましておめでとう!

Who: JETAA members, friends, and family!

Where: The Melting Pot (1001 SW 5th Ave. #100)

  • Four-course meal includes cheese and wine fondue with poultry, beef, shrimp, and fish.
  • Vegetarian option available, but fondue might come into contact with meat.
  • Chocolate dessert included!
  • All drinks are BYOB (cash only).

Nijikai: Ground Kontrol (511 NW Couch St.)

When: Saturday, February 11th

Time: Dinner: 6:30pm – 9:30pm ; Nijikai: 9:30pm ~

Cost: $20 for JET Alumni, $25 for Friends of JETAA
*All beverages are BYOB and cash only



Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

6. San Francisco Career Forum 2017

When: February 11th-12th
Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis 780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 

JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the upcoming San Francisco Career Forum 2017 on Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the two-day event. Register for the event and apply to participating companies on the forum’s website.



Photo via the San Francisco Career Forum 2017’s Website

7. UK JETAA London


When: February 16th, 19:00-21:00 GMT
Where: The Somers Town Coffee House 60 Chalton Street London, NW1 1HS United Kingdom

Presenting our first pub social of the year, with a twist!

To facilitate the networking aspect of the pub night, you will be encouraged to mingle and find out interesting facts about your fellow attendees.

Bring your best fun fact about yourself and put your networking hat on!

In case you need anymore incentives, there will also be prizes and of course fame and glory.

As always, JET and friends are all welcome so spread the word and bring along some friends.

8. JETAA Portland

Career Panel 2017

When: February 16th, 4:30-6:30 PM PST
Where: 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, 97209 (3rd Floor – Bamboo Room)

The hiring season is right around the corner and the 2017 JETAA Career Panel is a great way to help you get set and improve your chances to get to that final interview.

Whether you just returned from Japan or you are exploring the possibility of a change careers, your fellow JET Alumni want to help you with your job search.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Time: 4:30p – 6:30p

Place: 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, 97209 (3rd Floor – Bamboo Room)

We recognize that finding a new job is stressful and very exhausting. If you want to stand out and cut through that competition, you’ll need help. Some job opening receive 250 resumes on average and having a game plan or adding to your strategy will definitely help you cut through the competition.

Some of the topics for the 2017 Career Panel:

– How to transition to your next job
– Options for continuing to teach
– How to leverage your JET experience
– How to expand your professional network

There will be two guest speakers and several JET Alumni to help navigate all your questions on your career search. We will also have an informal NETWORKING NIJIKAI immediately after so you can test our your new knowledge and ask further questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you,

Michael Richey
Jeffrey Houser



Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

9. JETAA Singapore

Dining in the Dark

When: February 18th, 12-2 PM SGT
Where: Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped 47 Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104

Date: 18 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Meeting Venue: 1145am at Caldecott MRT
Participation fee: $15 for JETAA members, $25 for friends of JETAA
For more information and to sign up for the event: https://goo.gl/forms/f50XvrlEGP7kkPyJ3



Photo via JETAA Singapore’s Facebook Event Page


Beach BBQ

When: February 18th, 12:30-3:30 pm 
Where: Cronulla Beach, New South Wales, Australia

When: February 18th *TENTATIVE DATE*
Where: TBD
Please check the link above for further updates.

When: February 19th, 14:00-15:30 
Where: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle London, London NW1 4QP

Would you like to know more about how the London JETAA chapter is run?

Would you like to be part of the committee or to contribute to the future of JETAA?

If so then be sure to come along to our Annual General Meeting.

This is a great opportunity to find out what we did last year, our plans for the year ahead and to help us shape our plans for the year ahead and beyond.

After the AGM we will be heading to a nearby pub so do join us if you can.


Washington DC – JETAADC 10+ Reunion

When: February 25th, 1-3 PM EST
Where: Teaism Penn Quarter | 400 8th St NW, Washington DC 20004 |
The 10+ Reunion is a casual get-together for any JET alumni who departed for the JET Program in 2006 or earlier. Join fellow alumni to re-connect, reminisce, and learn about what’s in store for the JET Program’s 30th anniversary celebrations later this year.

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Teaism Penn Quarter | 400 8th St NW, Washington DC 20004 | Nearest Metro: Archives-Navy Memorail | Green, Yellow Lines
Price: $15

Attendees have a choice of bento (fried chicken, salmon, or black bean cake) and each meal is accompanied by an exclusive Japanese green tea sampling. +1’s are welcome!

Please register and pay in advance by Wednesday, February 15. Payments are non-refundable after Tuesday, February 21.



Photo via JETAADC’s Website

one comment so far...

  • Raewyn Said on February 1st, 2017 at 1:59 am:

    JETAA Auckland is also having its AGM.
    JETAA Wellington will be joining in with Wellington Sakai Association’s new year picnic
    JETAA South Island is getting amongst it attending the free movies hosted by the Japanese Consulate in Christchurch. ;-)
    (And there’s your New Zealand update).

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