Sep 20

JET alum and travel writer Patrick Murphrey to speak at Japan Writers Conference in Nagoya

Posted by Tom Baker

JET alum Patrick Murphrey will give a presentation on his experiences as a published writer — particularly with regard to travel writing — at this year’s Japan Writer’s Conference. The conference, which is free, will take place in Nagoya on Oct. 14-15.

Here’s the official description of his talk:

Patrick Murphrey
Pleasure Combined with Publishing: How I Became a Travel Writer and Ideas that Apply to All Publishing
Short Lecture with Q&A


While I traveled extensively since high school, I started travel writing five years ago. I started writing about Nagano, where I reside, and have since expanded the travel writing to include all of Japan and other countries. With this presentation, I reflect on my experiences in hopes of offering guidance to those who have an interest in travel writing. On top of that, many of my experiences can apply to publishing in general. Therefore, the tips apply not only to potential travel writers but anyone who hopes to publish any type of articles or books. It gives insight into the marketing of your works as I explain my successes and how my writing career has developed. This
presentation provides advice and inspiration. Thank you for attending.

Patrick Murphrey is a travel writer. He has published articles in magazines, newspapers, and on the internet like Tokyo Weekender, The Japan Times, Reader’s Digest. and Matcha Travel. He currently resides in Nagano and started writing five years ago after he realized the potential of the prefecture.


Sep 19

WIT Life #374: TIME100 NEXT featuring two Japanese women

Interpreter/Translator/Writer Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as art, 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.

This month Time magazine released its list of the world’s 100 rising stars designated as the “TIME100 NEXT,” and two Japanese women made the cut. Both have very interesting stories, so I’d like to share them here for those who might have missed checking it out.

34 year-old Arfiya Eri is an LDP member of Japan’s House of Representatives with Uighur-Uzbek heritage. She grew up in southern Japan and spent some of her childhood in China, where she attended an American school. She went on to study at Georgetown University and eventually work at the Bank of Japan as well as the UN. Her platform is one emphasizing diversity, inclusion and female representation in politics, which might be surprising considering her political party. However, Eri aligns with the LDP on security and diplomacy, and a Japan Times profile says this mixture of being progressive regarding civil rights and diversity “while being conservative on defense issues could help boost the LDPs profile and appeal among younger voters.”

House of Representatives LDP member Arfiya Eri
(Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The other Japanese woman profiled is Rina Gonoi, a former member of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) who endured physical and verbal sexual abuse for over a year while serving. After leaving the SDF in 2022 and appealing to the authorities but being ignored, she took her case to social media when traditional media also dismissed her. Thanks to her efforts, five servicemen were dishonorably dismissed and four others punished. In addition, Gonoi received a public apology from the Ministry of Defense, as well as apologies from several officers. She also filed charges against the government and her assailants in both criminal and civil cases. In the former three perpetrators were indicted on sexual assault charges, but in the latter four of the five accused denied the charges. Gonoi continues to battle sexual harassment in Japan’s male-dominated military.

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Sep 15

Job: Administrative Assistant – Quick USA (Beaverton, OR)

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


Position: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Quick USA
Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
Contract: Full-Time
, No Visa Sponsorship

Thanks to Quick USA for passing along the following job opening.

【Position】
 Administrative Assistant ★パートタイム(フルタイム希望も歓迎)

Essential Duties】

(Not Official: Please ask the interviewer for more details)
日系非営利団体でのアドミアシスタント業務
具体的には、オフィス業務全般および経理(データ入力など)
イベントのお手伝いをしていただくこともあります。(ホリデーパーティなど)
・Issuing checks and Journal Entry using QuickBooks
・Invoicing and receiving membership fee, advertisement fee, and collect overdue payment
・General Administrative duties
・Assistance duties of other members of the office

【Working Hours, Working style】
月~金 9:00~17:00の間 
※時間曜日はご希望お伺いします。隔週で希望シフトをご提出いただきます。
※基本的にオフィス出社

【Working Location】
Beaverton, OR

【Salary】
$17~20/hour

【Qualifications】
・日本語で丁寧な対応ができる方
・基本的なPCスキル
・チームワークを大事にお仕事に取り組める方
・英語力は日常会話ができればプラス
・QUICKBOOKSの使用経験はbig plus(必須ではありません)

【Qualifications】To apply, please send your resume to yamagishi@919usa.com.


Sep 14

Job: Executive Assistant/Translator – Quick USA (Mooresville, IN, USA)

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


Position: Executive Assistant/Translator
Posted by: Quick USA
Location: Mooresville, IN, USA
Contract: Full-Time
; No Visa Sponsorship

Thanks to Quick USA for passing along the following job opening.

This position will report directly to the President of the company. Will be responsible for translation from Japanese to English and English to Japanese, in both a verbal and written format. This form of communication will also require the following: attend and translate one on one/ group meetings, translate documents, attend, and translate appointments, if needed, attend and translate phone calls, translation of various types of documents, and all other forms of communication to be translated as required.

Essential Duties

  •  Good Attendance
  • Translating documents and verbal communication
  • Translate confidential information
  • Preparing and managing correspondence, reports and documents related to production and TOA Winchester HR Organizing and coordinating meetings, conferences, travel arrangements and events
  • Maintaining schedules and calendars for President and Japanese members
  • Arranging and confirming appointments
  • Translating incoming/outgoing emails for President and Japanese members
  • Making necessary calls/sending text messages to check production related questions to Manager/Senior Managers/Plant Managers, and Vice President at TOA(USA) and TOA Winchester
  • Translate Meetings
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Sep 13

Job: Head of eCommerce -Quick USA – (Jersey City, NJ, USA)

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


Position: Head of eCommerce
Posted by: Quick USA
Location: Jersey City, NJ, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Quick USA for passing along the following job opening.

The eCommerce division was born during the pandemic when we lost 90% of our core B2B distribution business. With little knowledge or experience of B2C markets and eCommerce, the team was able to organically grow the business to a small, but profitable operation. Now, however, it is time to find that person to take us to the next level. This position is responsible for the entirety of the eCommerce division. The person must have a flexible mindset as this is closer to a startup than an established business, therefore, requiring to wear many hats until things are set up properly. It is a great fit for someone with an eCommerce background and an entrepreneurial mindset but does not want to take the financial risk to start their own business.

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for managing the business – strategically, operationally and financially
  • Hire and/or manage agencies to help with all aspects of eCommerce including digital marketing, social media and other branding activities.
  • Develop long and short term strategies and tactics for growth.
  • Develop and manage budgets for marketing, operations, and technology.
  • Develop and manage supply chains to ensure continuity and maintain margins.
  • Recruit, manage, and develop personnel to support business growth.
  • Develop a culture of success and employee satisfaction.
  • Manage operations to ensure customer satisfaction.

Working Hours, Working style: 5:00 – 14:00

Salary, Benefit: 70K – 90K + Bonus(Up to 50%)

Holidays: Saturday, Sunday, Holidays

Qualifications

  • At least 3+ years working in a manager-level role, ideally with P&L responsibility.
  • BS degree or advanced degree in marketing or information technology
  • Direct experience in growing e-commerce platforms.
  • Deep understanding of product management principles, methodologies, and best practices
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Eager to take ownership of issues, make decisions and drive results
  • Proven track record of leading complex projects
  • Self-starter, with a strong ability to prioritize tasks and collaborate across departments
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities

Application Process: Please send resume to yamagishi@919usa.com


Sep 12

Job: Sales/Business Developer – Quick USA (New Jersey, USA)

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


Position: Sales/Business Developer
Posted by: Quick USA
Location: New Jersey, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Quick USA for passing along the following job opening.

Description:

  • Sourcing
    • Performs research on new suppliers.
    • Develops and proposes new sourcing strategies.
    • Communicates and negotiates with suppliers for prices and terms of contracts.
    • Checks goods qualities/conditions by checking samples and/or by visiting suppliers.
  • Business Development
    • Maintains relationship with existing and prospective customers. Performs sales promotions to existing and prospective customers.
    • Negotiates with customers/prospective customers for products sales.
    • Develops sales contract.
    • Communicates with Inside sales/Operation Associates for executed sales activities.
    • Communicates with customers or other related parties to resolve product sales issues as needed.
    • Collects account receivables
    • Manages customer’s credit line.
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Sep 12

Posted by Tom Baker

JET alum and novelist Charles Kowalski will give a presentation on worldbuilding in fiction at this year’s Japan Writer’s Conference. The conference, which is free, will take place in Nagoya on Oct. 14-15.

Here’s the official description of his talk:

Charles Kowalski
The Worldbuilder’s Toolbox
Short Lecture with Q&A

Creating an entirely new world is such a daunting task that even gods have been known to wash away their mistakes and start over. Fortunately, we mortals now have tools at our disposal that make some aspects of the worldbuilder’s craft almost as easy as saying, “Let there be light!” This workshop will introduce basic techniques, handy reference books, and online tools to help with the “Four L’s” of worldbuilding: Lore (creating foundational myths and stories), Land (mapping your world), Life (designing cultures and creatures), and Language (giving your world a distinctive sound, whether you want a simple naming language or Tolkien-level complexity).

Charles Kowalski is the author of the award-winning thriller MIND VIRUS, the political/espionage thriller THE DEVIL’S SON, the historical fantasy SIMON GREY AND THE MARCH OF A HUNDRED GHOSTS, and several short stories. When not writing, he teaches at the Department of Cultural and Social Studies at Tokai University.


Sep 12

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — R.L. Stine, PassCode, Tokyo Ska Paradise

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 the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day.

This month’s highlights include:

Friday, Sept. 1, 5:00 p.m. 

Book Signing Meet & Greet with R.L. Stine

Sag Harbor Books, 7 Main Street

$25

Courtesy of Southamptonsagharborbooks.com

Join acclaimed international author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) for the release of his new book Stinetinglers 2: 10 More New Stories by the Master of Scary Tales! Two kids embark on a field trip to the zoo…and stumble upon a creature they never expected to meet. A boy makes a machine that puts kids in charge…but at what cost? A child is sure his new house is haunted…but is it just in his head? Laced with Stine’s signature humor and a hefty dose of nightmarish fun, Stinetinglers 2 is perfect for fans who want even more scares. These chilling tales prove that Stine’s epic legacy in the horror genre is justly earned. Dive in, and beware: you might be sleeping with the lights on tonight!

Courtesy of passcode-official.com

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7:00 p.m.

PassCode

Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street

$41.75

Metal girl group PassCode are playing their first ever stateside tour this September, kicking off a three-show U.S. mini-tour! Their metal-style arrangements are in stark contrast to their pop idol styling and dance moves, and lead singer Arima’s harsh vocals give the band a unique sound that is winning fans around the world. Incorporating a wide range of musical genres, PassCode’s debut album ZENITH was released via Universal Music. The band has received love and support from both rock fans and idol fans throughout Japan, and have performed at several major music festivals including Summer Sonic and the Vans Japan Warped Tour, and played a sold-out show at Nippon Budokan last year For more info, visit their website and see their new music video “GROUNDSWELL.”

GKIDS

Sept. 6, 7, 9-10

Perfect Blue

Various locations

$20

Anime Expo Cinema Nights invites you to revisit Perfect Blue, the groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent) as it returns to theatres for its 25th anniversary! Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat posed is more real than even Mima knows in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.

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Sep 12

Job: Asian Studies Program Assistant – University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

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


Position: Asian Studies Program Assistant
Posted by: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to the University of Pittsburgh for passing along the following job opening.

The Asian Studies Center is seeking a Program Assistant to provide administrative and programmatic support for developing community engagement programming in the field of Japan Studies. The Program Assistant will promote Japan Studies across a broad range of disciplines and languages, in engagement activities coordinated with the Asian Studies Center, other units of the University, K-16 teachers and students, local internationally engaged organizations, other major universities, community colleges and Title III/Title V- eligible institutions. The Program Assistant will work with faculty, staff, students, K-16 educators, pre-service and in-service teachers to develop outreach materials about Japan Studies.

Primary duties include:

  • 1. Cultivate connections with local community groups.
  • Support Japan Studies Faculty activities.
  • Organize and implement events and workshops that support dialog and networking to foster a deeper understanding of Japan.
  • Assist with all aspects of programming including registration, video conferencing, technical troubleshooting, and recording of online events. The Program Assistant will manage the scheduling, logistics, publicity, and information for a range of Japan Studies activities. The Program Assistant may also be asked to assist the Asian Studies Center with other events and programs as needed.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_staff_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=23007025&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York


Sep 12

Job: Visa Officer – Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

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


Position: Counsular Staff, Visa Officer
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Kaile Reyes (Hokkaido-ken, 2017-2022) for passing along the following job opening.

General consular matters including security issues Visa-related responsibilities, which include:

  • Adjudicate immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications for non-Japanese travelers traveling to visit, work, live, etc. in Japan.
  • Answering phone calls including inquiries such as simple application procedures and complex cases regarding Japanese consular policies and regulations, etc.
  • Assist visa applicants in completing necessary forms and documentation.
  • Review visa applications based on criteria set forth by the office
  • Interview applicants to ascertain information pertaining to their visa applications

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://www.la.us.emb-japan.go.jp/pdf/position_available202309E.pdf


Sep 11

Job: Assistant/Associate Professor, Premodern Japanese Literature – Yale University (New Haven, CT)

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


Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, Premodern Japanese Literature
Posted by: Yale University
Location: New Haven, CT
Contract: Full-Time

Thank you to our friends at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese for this Job Posting.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University seeks to make a tenure-track appointment at the rank of either assistant or associate professor in premodern Japanese literature and/or related humanities fields, to begin July 1, 2024. The search invites applications from scholars whose research focuses on pre-20th century topics and who are able to teach Kobun/Bungo. 

We encourage applications from scholars with any area of specialization in the humanities, including those whose work is interdisciplinary, traverses multiple East Asian languages, and/or is comparative in method. We also welcome scholars whose work engages with forms of premodern language other than Kobun/Bungo and/or have expertise in related fields such as paleography, manuscript cultures, visual and performance cultures, and material history. Applications from early-career scholars are particularly welcome.  The teaching expectation is normally four courses per academic year, plus service to the program.

Requirements:

  • The appointee must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at time of hire. 
  • Applicants should have native or near-native fluency in Japanese.
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Sep 11

Job: Advanced Japanese Conversation Class Teacher – Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School (Remote)

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


Position: Advanced Japanese Conversation Class Teacher
Posted by: Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School
Location: Remote
Contract: Part-Time

Thank you to our friends at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese for this Job Posting.

Sakura Gakuen, founded in Sacramento in 1903, is seeking a teacher to teach the Fall Term of its adult, Advanced Conversation Class on Zoom.  Classes are currently held on Wednesdays from 5:25 PM to 6:50 PM PST via Zoom.  This is an immediate opening, as we have remaining classes running from 9/6 to 12/13/2023.

Candidate must:

  • be a native Japanese Speaker
  • have a post-secondary education (BA)
  • have teaching experience
  • have a green card , working visa, or US citizenship
  • must have their own device and wifi to connect with class
  • be looking for a long-term position

The Advanced class instructor will be working under the guidance of Masako Thomas Sensei, Dean of the Adult Program.

Application Process: Please email your résumé and cover letter to thomas@sakuragakuen.org.

Sakura Gakuen Japanese Language School was established in 1903 in Sacramento, California.


Sep 11

Job: Assistant Professor of Japanese – Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)

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


Position: Assistant Professor of Japanese, Tenure Track
Posted by: Vassar College, Chinese & Japanese Department
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Contract: Full Time

We seek candidates who specialize in Japanese Language and Literature or related studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose expertise is premodern Japanese literature and who are able to teach courses in a broader East Asia context. Responsibilities include teaching Japanese language courses at all levels; teaching Japanese Studies courses (in Japanese and in English translation); advising Japanese majors and correlates (minors); and mentoring senior projects/theses as well as independent intensive studies.

Native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English is required. Successful candidates must have a doctorate degree in a related field by time of appointment and a record of, or potential for, excellence in college teaching and scholarship.

The Department of Chinese and Japanese at Vassar College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Japanese beginning August 2024.

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Sep 11

Job: Temporary Staff for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme – Embassy of Japan in Jamaica (Kingston, Jamaica)

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


Position: Temporary Staff for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
Posted by: Embassy of Japan in Jamaica
Location: Kingston, Jamaica
Contract: Full Time

Thanks to JETAA Jamaica Country Rep, Orrette Muir (Ishikawa-ken, 2015-2017) for passing along the following job opening.

Core Function: This staff is expected to perform JET Programme related duties including the following –

  • Publicizing the JET Programme
  • Handling public inquiries
  • Assisting with recruiting and selection of candidates
  • Planning and assisting with school visits
  • Liaising with the Jamaica Japan Exchange Teacher Alumni Association (JETAA)
  • Evaluating and improving programme activities
  • Assisting with other JET related duties by the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica.

Qualification & Skills:

  • A JET Programme alumnus/alumna.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Be able to work as a team.
  • Japanese language ability is an asset, but not required.

Qualification & Skills:

  • A JET Programme alumnus/alumna.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Be able to work as a team.
  • Japanese language ability is an asset, but not required.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xYDtn3-LfAksowMBertCeIisJpnvNvOh/view?usp=sharing


Sep 9

Job: Adjunct Lecturer – CIEE Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

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


Position: Adjunct Lecturer
Posted by: CIEE Kyoto
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Contract: Full Time; No Visa Sponsorship

Thanks to JET alumna, Michele Fujii (Shiga-ken, 2010-2013) for passing along the following job opening.

CIEE Kyoto is urgently looking for an instructor to teach a course on “International Finance” to US undergraduate students on a short-term study abroad program in Kyoto in Spring 2024 (Jan 4 – Feb 8, 2024).

As we cannot sponsor visas, only candidates currently residing in Japan with a valid work visa will be considered. Priority will be given to those residing within easy commuting distance of Kyoto.

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