Jan 11

The MEF and JET Programs in US-Japan Relations by Michael Green

Here’s an article titled “The MEF and JET Programs in US-Japan Relations” (PDF) recently published in the CLAIR Newsletter (in both English and Japanese) and written by  Michael Green, former Director of Asian Affairs for the National Security Council during the Bush Administration and currently a Japan policy expert in D.C.  Michael was a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), […]


Feb 8

Gemma Vidal (Okayama-ken, 2010-12) is a recently returned JET seeking work in licensing/merchandising (if it’s within the publishing industry, even better!). You can usually find her in her little web spaces Gem in the Rough and Peachy Keen (about her JET adventures) or training with San Jose Taiko.  If you know of any authors/aspiring writers […]


Mar 12

JET Alumni Meet Prime Minister Abe in D.C.

Via the CLAIR New York (aka Japan Local Government Center) Blog: JET Alumni Meet Prime Minister Abe in D.C. (click to see photos of the event) On February 22nd, around 15 JET alumni were invited to the reception held by Japan’s Prime Minister Abe in Washington, D.C. Among them were Mr. Michael Green (Senior Vice President […]


Nov 17

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Gillam, Senior Researcher at the Japan Local Government Center

By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm […]


Sep 27

New version of LinkedIn group for Monbusho English Fellows (MEFs) and other pre-JETs

A few months ago I set up a LinkedIn group for Monbusho English Fellows (MEFs) and other pre-JETs such as British English Teachers (BETs).  However, it turns out that an MEF named Thomas Schalow, now a professor living in Kobe, had already set up an MEF group on Linkedin. Here’s the link for anyone who […]


Jul 28

JET alum Congressional candidate to assume post at Mansfield Foundation previously held by JET alum

The below announcement was recently sent out by JET alum David Boling, former U.S. Attorney who ran for Congress in Arkansas in the Democratic primary in the last election.  David will be the new Deputy Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation which, among other things, manages the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a […]


Feb 5

JET ROI: Mainichi Daily, Japan Times article highlights major foreign policy impact of JET alumni

Update 2/12/11:  The same article also subsequently appeared in the Japan Times.  This time with Ben Dooley (a former CIR) getting the byline.  Here’s the link: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110210f3.html Thanks to James Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94) (Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), author of the July 3 “JET on the Chopping Block” post and […]


Oct 1

JETAA Chapter Beats October 2018

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present) JETAA UK Tsurugu Shamisen and Japanese Folk Song Performance and Shamisen Workshop DATE:                  October 13th TIME:                    14:00 – 16:00 VENUE: St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester COST:    […]


Apr 10

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jazz Musician Meg Okura

By Allen Wan (Ishikawa-ken, 1990-92) for JQ magazine. Allen works as a foreign correspondent in Shanghai. He is also a lecturer in the executive MBA program at Jiao Tong University and currently serves as president of the Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club. Allen would like to get in touch with other JET alumni in Shanghai who […]


Jan 31

Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni Relations: Ryan 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 […]


May 21

JETAA UK – Recent Careers and Networking Events

A recap of some of JETAA UK’s recent career-oriented activities.  Stay tuned for more to come. Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12). Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email. ———————————————————————————————————— Robert Walters Japan UK Careers Seminar, London Organised by JETAA Careers and Networking Coordinator Anna Dingley, this event was the 2nd […]


Apr 26

JETAA UK Careers Seminar May 20 with Ex-JET British Consul General Western Japan and Japan Related Companies

Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12). Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email. [Steve’s Note: Not a job listing, but part of an ongoing effort by JETAA UK to help with the job search for those in the UK. Note on US-UK translation: “JET alum” in the US = “Ex-JET” in […]


Oct 19

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Producer Jeron Moore on ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’

  By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Fortunately, there are Second Quests. Over 25 years after the blockbuster Nintendo video game series first hit the scene bearing its namesake in honor of Fitzgerald’s wife, The Legend […]


Aug 20

Follow-up: JETAA USA National Conference info and docs

Via Jessyca Wilcox, one of JETAA USA’s three Country Representatives, sent to JETAA USA chapter delegates: Hello Everyone! I wanted to let you all know that between JETAA DC President Maurice “Mac” Maloney (mostly Mac!) and myself, we’ve managed to collect and post all the presentations and handouts that are available from the conference on […]


Dec 7

Job: Director of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury College in Japan (Tokyo)

Via the JETAA Student Services Google Group: Director of the C.V. Starr-Middlebury College in Japan REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Japanese language, linguistics, literature, or area studies (or a related field), native or near-native language competency in both Japanese and English, as well as knowledge of both the Japanese and U.S. academic systems. Administrative and study abroad […]


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