Apr 28

Posted by Tom Baker

JET alum and novelist Joanne Anderton gave a presentation titled “Speculative Fiction Autobiography” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.

You can watch her presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.

Also, if you would like to give your own presentation at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference this October, you can submit a proposal here. The deadline is June 1.


Apr 21

Posted by Tom Baker

Novelist and JET alum Suzanne Kamata hosted a panel discussion on “Writing Identity” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference. Joining her were Tokyo-based writer Clara Kiyoko Kumagai; Kyoto-based fantasy writer and translator Kristin Osani; Indonesian-born Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan; and award-winning young adult author Sara Fujimura.

You can watch their discussion below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.

Also, if you would like to give your own presentation at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference this October, you can submit a proposal here. The deadline is June 1.


Apr 19

Japan Writers Conference: Hans Brinckmann on memoirs

Posted by Tom Baker

Longtime Japan resident Hans Brinckmann talked about turning his life into a book in “Making a Memoir from a Journal,” a talk that he gave at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.

If you have a Japan memoir inside you, watch his presentation below for inspiration and ideas. You can find more JWC presentations at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.

Also, if you would like to give your own presentation at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference this October, you can submit a proposal here. The deadline is June 1.


Apr 18

Job: Editor – VIZ Media (California, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Editor
Posted by:
VIZ Media
Location: San Francisco, California
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alumna, Jennifer Sherman (Mie-ken, 2012-2016) for passing along two new positions for editors with VIZ Media: 

VIZ Media is looking to add two Editors to our publishing department – come join a team of dedicated storytellers and artists and help bring your favorite manga to the English-speaking market!

As an Editor at VIZ Media, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of print and digital publications, collaborate with talented creative colleagues, and even propose series for acquisition. 

What you’ll do:

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Apr 18

Job: Lecture in Japanese Studies – The University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Lecture in Japanese (Teaching and Scholarship)
Posted by:
The University of Manchester
Location: Manchester, UK
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Applications are invited for the fixed-term post of Lecturer in Japanese Studies (teaching and scholarship), which is tenable from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2025.

You must have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field and demonstrable teaching experience, both in-person and online, in Japanese Studies at university level. You must be fluent in English and Japanese. Some involvement in the Residence Abroad coordination activities of the department will be non-negotiable. You must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to empathise with students.

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


Apr 16

Job: Director of International Programs – Street Law, Inc. (Remote)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Director of International Programs
Posted by:
Street Law, Inc.
Location: Remote
Contract: Full-time

Street Law, Inc. is seeking a Director of International Programs to oversee its portfolio of international programs by:

  • Providing strategic leadership for a diverse set of grant-funded programs around the world.
  • Leading program growth including new business development.
  • Leading the effective implementation of programs by facilitating training workshops and providing technical assistance to program sites.
  • Ensuring the financial health of Street Law’s international programs by managing budgets and securing new grant funding.
  • Continually advancing international programs through the collection and utilization of data.
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Apr 16

Posted by Tom Baker

Japan Times columnist Melinda Joe gave a presentation titled “So You Want to be a Food Writer” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.

You can watch her presentation below, and find more JWC presentations at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.

Also, if you would like to give your own presentation at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference this October, you can submit a proposal here. The deadline is June 1.


Apr 15

Japan-Insights: Sustainable Traditions and Innovations in Textile and Clothing Culture

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Close-up of traditional uchikake material in the kimono atelier, Salon de Emile ©M. Heikkilä-Rastas

Dear Friends,

Are you interested in traditional Kimono culture?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-eighth one is Meeting Local Crafts in Yamaguchi by Dr. Marjatta Heikkila-Rastas.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_KimonoOrigami.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #kimono


Apr 13

Job: Reporter/Researcher – Yomiuri Shinbun (Temporarily Remote in Washington DC)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Reporter/Researcher
Posted by:
Yomiuri Shinbun
Location: Temporarily Remote in Washington DC
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job received directly from the organization:

The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan’s largest daily newspaper with a circulation of nearly 8 million copies. We are headquartered in Tokyo and have over 20 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.

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, because there are congressional midterm elections this year, coverage of various elections and 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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Apr 9

Job: Multiple Positions – Japan Society (New York, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Multiple Positions
Posted by:
Japan Society
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Full-time

Here are multiple jobs received directly from the organization:

In particular, they are looking for a rental event manager. While it does state hospitality/event management background is required, they think anyone with any experience planning any kind of event would be capable.

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


Apr 5

Job: Policy Research Intern – Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (New York, NY)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Policy Research Intern (Paid, Summer)
Posted by:
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Contract: Full-time

Please see below the paid Policy Research summer internship at Sumitomo Corporation of Americas that was passed along to us.

Sumitomo Corporation’s Washington Office is looking for an intern to assist the Business Intelligence Unit in its policy research work, including creating presentation materials and reports. The policy research intern will also be asked to attend various think tank and trade association events in Washington DC and write memos for the Washington Office.

Operating at the intersection of policy and global business, research interns may conduct research and analysis on the following topics:

  • U.S. domestic politics
  • Trade policy
  • Energy policy
  • Climate change policy

Application Process: The application deadline is May 15, 2022. For more information, please click the link below.


Apr 3

Posted by Tom Baker (Chiba-ken, 1989-91)


Poet and JET alum Michael Frazier gave a presentation titled “A Poem is a Thing that Moves: Contemporary Lyric Poems” at the most recent Japan Writers Conference.
You can watch his presentation below, and find more JWC presentations — including several by former JETs — at the Japan Writers Conference YouTube Channel.
Also, if you would like to give your own presentation at the 2022 Japan Writers Conference this October, you can submit a proposal here. The deadline is June 1.


Apr 2

Job: Program Assistant – Laurasian Institution (Washington, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Program Assistant
Posted by:
Laurasian Institution
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alumnus, Gabriel Rebeck (Kagoshima-ken, 2008-2011) for passing along the attached job opening at his organization. 

The Program Assistant is responsible for the smooth operation of Laurasian’s grant programs by carefully maintaining financial records for our program participants and keeping detailed documentation per program requirements. The position involves regular communication internally within departments and externally with participants and funders. Occasional travel to workshop locations around the U.S.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please view the PDF below.


Mar 31

WIT Life #362: Drive My Car gets its Oscar!

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

The Oscars this past weekend were memorable in more ways than one, but I’d like to focus on Drive My Car winning Best International Feature Film! As I mentioned in my previous post, DMC is the second Japanese film to receive this honor since Departures (おくりびと or Okuribito) in 2008. I was proud of director Ryusuke Hamaguchi for giving his acceptance speech in English, though I wish they hadn’t tried to play him off the stage twice (his finger raised to ask for more time was golden).

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Mar 31

Job: Executive Director – Densho (Washington, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Executive Director
Posted by:
Densho
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job received directly from the search committee:

Densho has launched the search for its next Executive Director. You can view the full position profile here.

This is a pivotal moment for Densho and so they are calling on the community to help cast the net as widely as possible as they search for their next Executive Director. The successful candidate will be charged with oversight for the continued success, transition, and growth of the organization. And they will be a visionary leader who will work to advance Densho’s mission to document the injustices of our past to promote justice and equity today.

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