Jun 16

Virtual book launch: Team Teachers in Japan: Beliefs, Identities, and Emotions


Register for the 6:30-8:30 pm JST talk on Saturday, July 29th.

**About Prof. Takaaki Hiratsuka:

List of Prof. Hiratsuka’s writings and presentations

Bio: Takaaki Hiratsuka is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at Ryukoku University, in Kyoto where he teaches a range of applied linguistics courses and supervises master’s and PhD students in related fields of language teacher education and narrative inquiry. He has a Ph.D. in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. And an avid futsal player.

Listen to the May 12th episode of the JETAA-sphere featuring Takaaki Hiratsuka on his book about ALTs in the JET Program

Jun 14

Job: Temporary Summer Short-Term Customized Program Coordinator – Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA, USA)

Position: Summer Short-Term Customized Program Coordinator
Posted by: Bellevue College
Location: Bellevue, WA, USA
Contract: Hourly, Temporary

Thanks to PNWJETAA for sharing a temporary hourly summer job opening with us:

BC has just posted a Temporary Hourly Summer Short-Term Customized Program Coordinator position on BC’s job post page. This is for someone looking for a fun and short position working with Japanese 9th graders and teachers this summer.  

Application Process:

  1.  Please go to BC’s Job Posting site: https://hcprd.ctclink.us/psc/tam/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U 
  2. Type Job ID number = 12699

Jun 11

Job: Education Coordinator – Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Position: Education Coordinator
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco:

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has an opening for a full-time staff member in the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC). This position is in charge of overseeing all aspects of educational exchange between Japan and the Consulate’s jurisdiction of Northern and Central California and the entirety of Nevada, in particular study abroad programs in Japan (including promoting and overseeing applications of MEXT scholarships), introducing Japan-related topics at schools in the Consulate’s jurisdiction, promoting and supporting Japanese language study, and youth exchange.

They will also work as part of a team and assist with general JICC activities (including but not limited to office work, public events, and responding to inquiries [in English]).

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/23_0510.html

Jun 8

Job: Reporter/Researcher – DC Bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun(Washington, D.C., USA)

Position: Reporter/Researcher
Posted by: DC Bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full-Time

Below is a job opening received directly from the DC Bureau of The Yomiuri Shimbun Japanese newspaper:

The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan’s largest daily newspaper with a circulation of over 6 million copies. We are headquartered in Tokyo and have over 25 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles. 

Qualifications: Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Background in US politics, international relations, foreign policy, economics, or journalism, is preferred. Attention to accuracy and the ability to multitask effectively under deadline is required. A strong work ethic paired with the facility to develop and maintain good sources as well as the ability to take direction well and work collaboratively with others is essential. Japanese language skills are preferred but not necessary. 

Description: Main duties include assisting our Washington-based Japanese correspondents by attending video-conference, telephonic and in-person briefings and press conferences; tracking relevant news stories; arranging and conducting interviews; composing clear and concise memos on issues of interest; and covering various events, including those held by area think tanks and Congress. Additionally, given that 2024 will be a presidential election year, coverage of various presidential campaign rallies and related events will also be an important part of the reporting duties. Rapid and precise transcription is also required. 

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Jun 7

Job: English Teacher – Kobe College High School (Hyogo, Japan)

Position: English Teacher
Posted by: Kobe College High School
Location: Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Below is a job opening sent directly to us from the school:

Job Description:

Application Process: Applications must be sent using the following link: https://www.kccjee.org/gottschalk-teachers-recruitment. Should you have any questions regarding this message, please contact me at programs@kccjee.org.

Jun 7

Fellowship: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program – Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC)

Program: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program
Posted by: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Neave Denny (Okinawa-ken, 2010-2013) for passing along the attached opportunity at her institution.

Inaugurated in May 2013, the Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is designed to support the Center’s various research initiatives, while also providing recent undergraduate or graduate students with broad practical experience regarding the public and private sector analysis process. Fellowships are paid and tenable for one academic year beginning in August 2023 with the potential for renewal for an additional year.

More information about our activities can be found on the Reischauer Center’s website and Facebook page. Please direct any questions about the position or application process to the Research and Program Coordinator at reischauer@jhu.edu.

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Jun 6

Job: Japanese/English Bilingual Staff Accountant – Daido Corporation of America (Portland, TN, USA)

Position: Japanese/English Bilingual Staff Accountant
Posted by: Daido Corporation of America
Location: Portland, TN, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Japanese/English Bilingual Staff Accountant for Daido Corporation of America

Application Process: Send resumes to crowdusp@daidocorp.com

Contact: (p) 615-323-4007 (e) www.daidocorp.com

Jun 2

Job: Diplomatic Assistant – Embassy of Japan (Washington, D.C., USA)

Position: Diplomatic Assistant at the Embassy of Japanr
Posted by:
Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C.:

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Diplomatic Assistant. This individual will be primarily responsible for managing the schedules and assisting the activities of Political Section diplomats, as well as undertaking some research on policy issues related to Japan-US relations and US politics. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers health and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with a 1.5 hour lunch break from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. There is the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (all qualify for paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. A background check will be required prior to employment start date.

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May 19

Job: Assistant Correspondent – Jiji Press (Washington, DC)

Position: Assistant Correspondent, Economics Team
Posted by:
Jiji Press
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Brigid Riley (Osaka-fu, 2015-2020) for passing along the following opening with her company:

The Washington DC Bureau of Japanese newswire Jiji Press is looking for an organized, resourceful individual to join our Economics team as an Assistant Correspondent. The ideal candidate will have experience working under tight deadlines with intermediate to advanced Japanese language ability. The Assistant Correspondent will be responsible for working with the Economics team to report on data in Japanese, taking notes and participating in high-profile press events with government officials in English, and booking and conducting interviews with academics and other public sources. 

Prior experience covering economics is not required, but an understanding of DC policy-making and politics is highly encouraged. The individual will work with Japanese journalists, and will provide assistance and context regarding American topics. Prior experience working with foreign nationals or in a foreign setting is a major plus.Eligible applicants will be invited to discuss their work experience virtually or over the phone. Successful candidates will then proceed to an in-person interview with a brief skills test.

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May 16

Job: Fundraising Specialist/Development Manager – Hakone Estate and Gardens (Saratoga, California)

Position: Fundraising Specialist/Development Manager
Posted by:
Hakone Estate and Gardens
Location: Saratoga, California
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along:

Job Purpose: Secure donations and increase the donor base for general operational needs and Capital Campaign projects.

Duties and responsibilities: Primary duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited, to the following:

  • Identify charitable organizations and donors to provide funding for Hakone’s needs.
  • Plan and implement programs to secure donations from organizations and individuals. 
  • Make connections with charitable organizations and individuals and arrange meetings with Hakone Foundation’s Executive Director and Board Chairperson.
  • Plan and implement Fundraising events as well as an annual Donor Recognition Event.
  • Research and identify potential grants.
  • Complete grant applications, Letters of Interest, and submit to charitable organizations.
  • Manage fundraising database (donors, amounts, purpose).
  • Maintain regular follow-up with charitable organizations and individuals.
  • Create a vibrant Legacy Program.
  • Escort potential donors on tours of Hakone Estate and Gardens, present our mission, and funding needs.
  • Other duties that may be assigned.
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May 14

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Yayoi Kusama, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, MAN WITH A MISSION

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.

As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out.

This month’s highlights include:

Kimi Takesue

Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.


Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue 

$16, $8 members

Kimi Takesue’s Onlookers asks looming existential questions such as: Why do we travel? What do we seek? Onlookers offers a visually striking, immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos [which is also the most heavily bombed per capita in history after the U.S. dropped over 2 million tons of bombs from 1964-1973], reflecting on how we all live as observers. Unfolding in painterly tableaux, Onlookers explores the paradox of travel: Why do people fly thousands of miles from home to lounge in a Laotian guest house sipping smoothies while watching reruns of the TV show Friends? Why do we climb to the top of a colossal mountain just to snap selfies, rather than enjoy the extraordinary view? We are present, but absent. Looking, but not seeing.

Yayoi Kusama © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, Ota Fine Arts, and Victoria Miro

Opens May 11

Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers

David Zwirner, 519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street


One of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama unveils her latest works in one of her largest gallery exhibitions to date here in New York. The exhibition features new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, and a new Infinity Mirrored Room. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama’s work has been featured widely in both solo and group presentations. She presented her first solo show in her native Japan in 1952. In the mid-1960s, she established herself in New York as an important avant-garde artist by staging groundbreaking and influential happenings, events, and exhibitions. Her work gained renewed widespread recognition in the late 1980s following a number of international solo exhibitions, including shows at the Center for International Contemporary Arts, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, both of which took place in 1989.


Monday, May 15, 8:00 p.m.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street


Pop singer and icon of Harajuku fashion Kyary Pamyu Pamyu returns to New York for the debut date of her first U.S. tour in five years, supported by French-born and Tokyo-based DJ Moe Shop! last month, the two collaborated on their new song CANDY CANDY (Moe Shop Remix). As fans of KPP know, she’s been a J-pop icon since she first amassed a following as a teenage fashion blogger. She later rose to global fame as a viral Jpop music video star, model, and actress, even starring in numerous Japanese TV commercials. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has sold over 970,000 physical albums and singles in Japan according to Oricon as well as over 2.25 million downloads of her singles, drawing favorable comparisons to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in her home country. Don’t miss one of the most colorful pop performers ever to take the stage!

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May 13

Job: One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies – Berea College (Berea, KY, USA)

Position: One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Posted by:
Berea College
Location: Berea, KY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

The Berea College Asian Studies Department announces a full-time, one-year faculty position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, beginning August 2023. The teaching load includes three courses each semester in East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean) humanities (e.g., literature, philosophy, religious studies, etc.). Topical courses based on the candidate’s areas of specialization are also possible. PhD by August 2023 and college teaching experience preferred, ABD considered.

Appliction Process: Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted at this stage), and contact information for three references. More information can be found here – https://myberea.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=3&id=1268.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but for full consideration applications should be received by June 1st, 2023.

May 12

Job: Audience Engagement Specialist – Nikkei America (New York, NY, USA)

Position: Audience Engagement Specialist
Posted by:
Nikkei America
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Below is another job received directly from Nikkei America.

For nearly a century and a half, Nikkei Inc. has offered unparalleled coverage of Japan’s economy, industries and markets. The group’s business portfolio extends beyond traditional publishing to include broadcasting, online and the widely cited Nikkei 225 stock index. Our flagship newspaper, The Nikkei, boasts a circulation of nearly 3 million. With a network of 51 bureaus in Japan and 37 overseas, our 1,500 journalists are ideally positioned to deliver news and analysis from an Asian perspective to the world.

Nikkei America Inc., a subsidiary of Nikkei Inc., seeks an audience engagement specialist for its Nikkei Asia team in the U.S. This position in New York is for a specialist who can enhance Nikkei Asia’s online presence via social media, e-newsletters and more. The right fit will have a passion for news and data, joined with a strong drive to support editors and reporters.

Appliction Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

May 11

Job: Professional Research Assistant – University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA)

Position: Professional Research Assistant
Posted by:
University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contract: Part-Time

Thanks to JETAARM for passing along the following opportunity:
The Program for Teaching East Asia at the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring a part-time Professional Research Assistant.

The Professional Research Assistant will serve as a TEA Staff Assistant, responsible for working with the TEA Director, project PIs, and Asian studies faculty on campus to design, deliver, and assess the impact of professional development programs in Asian Studies for K-12 teacher audiences.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=47520

May 9

Job: Interdisciplinary Librarian – University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA [Hybrid])

Position: Two Interdisciplinary Librarian
Posted by:
University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, CO, USA (Hybrid)
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JETAA USA Country Rep, Adam Lisbon for passing along the opportunity at the University of Colorado, where he’s currently employed:

Key Facts: Work Period is Three Years

Salary: $67,000-$71,000 + Professional Development Funds + Benefits (Health Insurance, etc.)

Seeking historically underrepresented groups to train in the field of Academic Librarianship, 2 positions available. You would be hired as Research Faculty for a 3-year appointment. You have the opportunity to explore your areas of interested, see full post linked above for details. You will receive mentorship and training. If you have relevant experience with Libraries, and/or Library/Information Science, but haven’t been felt sure about pursuing a library career in Academia, this is a great way to start. Be sure to read the official job posting in detail.

The University of Colorado Libraries encourages applications for two Interdisciplinary Librarians as part of the Librarians of the Future Diversity Residency Program for three-year research faculty appointments. The purpose of this program is to introduce early career professionals, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to career opportunities in academic librarianship, which will enrich the profession by introducing new perspectives and fostering connections among librarians from diverse backgrounds.

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