Mar 5

Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94) is Director of Legal English at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY and publisher of the St. John’s Legal English blog. He will be attending the upcoming TESOL International Conference in Seattle and will be on a panel titled “Legal Language: Strategies for Effective Communication in Law School” scheduled for March 23.

SJULaw3Comprehensible input for legal English students: Resources, approaches & ideas

International students in LLM and legal English programs at US law schools come to study law, not ESL. At the same time, law study requires deep engagement with texts and concepts that are complex and challenging even for native English speakers. But how do you have substantive class discussions or evaluate students’ legal writing when students are struggling to sufficiently comprehend the language of the reading?

In linguistics, the relevant term is “comprehensible input.”

Click here to read the full blog post on the St. John’s Legal English blog.

Mar 1

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Here’s an exchange opportunity via JETAADC:

The U.S.-Japan Council/TOMODACHI Initiative is pleased to announce the fifth year of the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program, a unique bicultural exchange program designed to motivate a new generation of leaders and creative thinkers who are interested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations.  We are seeking qualified professionals from across America and Japan who are active in the public and private sectors.

Attached is a letter from Irene Hirano Inouye, President – U.S.-Japan Council, along with detailed information about this program.  We would greatly appreciate your support in circulating the attached program announcement and encouraging qualified individuals to apply for this exciting opportunity.
Should you have any questions, please email Noriko Litwin at or Wes Stockstill at

Thank you and warm regards,

The TOMODACHI Initiative

Mar 1

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Translator/Exchange Program Coordinator/Liaison 
Posted by: Chicago Futabakai Japanese School
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JET alumni, Ben Picone (Shimane-ken) for the following job opening at his company. Just a heads up, they prefer to higher a former JET: 

Position Summary

The Chicago Futabakai Japanese School is an all-Japanese language school in Arlington Heights, IL that serves Japanese children and provides them with the same education they would receive in Japan. We are looking for a translator/interpreter to support the principal and staff at the school, as well as run the exchange program with local schools. The position would begin in April. Read More

Mar 1

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Senior Corporate Giving Officer
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s another job via Idealist:

Established in 1907, New York’s Japan Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia.


The Senior Corporate Giving Officer works as part of the Development team to maintain and expand the corporate membership program while working closely with other Development Office staff members on Special Events and other projects as needed. Read More

Mar 1

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Director, Foundation and Government Relations
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s another job via Idealist:

Established in 1907, New York’s Japan Society is an internationally recognized nonprofit, nonpolitical organization that provides access to information on Japan, offers opportunities to experience Japanese culture, and fosters sustained and open dialogue on issues important to the U.S., Japan, and East Asia.


Japan Society seeks a Director, Foundation and Government Relations to lead fundraising efforts to obtain restricted program support, general operating funds, and funding for capital projects from foundations and city, state and federal government agencies. The Director is responsible for developing a fundraising strategy and annual fundraising calendar, identifying new funding sources, stewarding current and prospective funders, drafting and editing proposals and reports, and supervising the department’s staff. The Director must be a proactive, innovative leader with superior communication skills who can expand Japan Society’s funding sources by identifying and stewarding new funding prospects. This position works closely with Japan Society’s President, Chief Development Officer, senior management, and program directors as a key member of the organization’s development team. Read More

Feb 28

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 or his Linkedin profile. 

Just got through with my 三年生 graduation. I’ve had them as students for the past two and a half years. I had a great time reminiscing with them during their slideshow. If you want to have some 懐かしい moments with fellow JET alumni, check out a JETAA event near you!


JETAA First Weds

When: March 1st 7:30-9 pm CST
Where: Rivershack Tavern 3449 River Rd, New Orleans, LA 70121, USA

Join your JETAA NOLA friends and help ring in the crawfish season at Rivershack Tavern! Whether you’re a familiar face or new to the JETAA NOLA community we’d love to catch up while picking and peeling some mudbugs. As always, Friends of JET and anyone with an interest in Japan is welcome to join. Come for the whole evening or just pop in to say “Hi”. See you there!



Photo from JETAA Mid-South’s Facebook Event


Natsukashii Nomikai

When: March 2nd 5:30 pm PST
Where: 3rd Generation Sake Bar 808 W 7th St, Los Angeles, California 90017

Announcing Natsukashii Nomikai!

Starting March 2nd, this happy hour will focus on JET alumni gathering to wax nostalgic at a different Little Tokyo establishment, one Thursday, each month. Reminisce about the good times and reconnect with your fellow alums, while discovering new (old) Japanese bars in Little Tokyo, and help support these small businesses one drink at a time!

Don’t drink? Don’t worry! Whatever you put in your cup, all are welcome to join!



Photo via JETAASC’s Facebook event page


JLGC Seminar 2017: Local Growth, Global Links

When: March 3rd 14:00-17:30 pm GMT
Where: Harvey Goodwin Suite Church House Conference Centre Westminster London SW1P 3NZ United Kingdom

Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR) London Event, Church House Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom, Friday, 3 March 2017 from 14:00 to 17:30

JETAA UK’s sponsors, Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR) London, will hold their annual seminar for UK-Japan links at the regional level and would like to invite JET Alumni to the seminar comparing international strategies for place and reception following the event. Details as follows:

  • Embassy of Japan(TBC)
  • Department for International Trade (UK)– Martin Phelan (International Director, Northern Powerhouse Investment)
  • Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO)– Daisaku Yukita (Deputy Director General)
  • City of Yokohama, Frankfurt Representative Office– Takashi Yanagisawa (Chief Representative)
  • East Japan Railway Company– Kiyokata Kume (Deputy Director, London Office)
  • London & Partners– Jeff Cao (Head of Asia Pacific)
  • Toyota UK- Rob Gorton (Head of Corporate Planning)
  • Stockton on Tees Borough Council– Richard McGuckin (Director of Economic Growth and Development)

Chair: Jane Dudman, editor Guardian Public Leaders network

In the post-Brexit landscape, ahead of the full localisation of business rates and the election of new Metro Mayors in 2017, UK local authorities will need to find new ways to curate economic growth in order to support their local economies, jobs and local services. This will depend increasingly on their global positioning and competitive advantage as part of place-based industrial strategies.

In Japan local authorities have long been enabled to internationalise their efforts and engage globally through international strategies and connections.

Following on from our 2014 London Seminar on ‘Local Growth, Global Links’ which focused on Japanese investment links in the North of England, the next JLGC Seminar will examine the role of place-based international strategies and what UK local authorities can learn from Japan in order to develop international skillsets across their organisations.

The Japan Local Government Centre Seminar is the annual event in the UK supporting the engagement of Anglo-Japanese local authorities through joint learning and partnership. This free event is aimed at local leaders to share strategies for building partnerships outside the UK to prioritise and secure local growth. Using Japan as the case study, speakers will also share the benefits that have been brought by working with global business in the UK and building links with regions abroad.

It hopes to provide a timely opportunity for UK and Japanese partners to reflect and recalibrate their efforts towards providing long term partnerships and solutions. The event will conclude with a reception for supporting international exchanges of local authorities.


Late Shinnenkai Brunch

When: March 5th 12:30-2:30 pm EST
Where: Carroll Place 157 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012

So what that it’s already a few months into 2017??

It’s never too late to have a new years party so let’s get together and celebrate the “start” of 2017 in style!

Join our annual JETAANY Shinnenkai (New Year Gathering) brunch at Carroll Place on Sunday, March 5th at 12:30 pm.

Eat, drink, be merry, make new friends, and get back in touch with old ones. (And plus everyone knows that Brunch doesn’t start before noon on Sunday)

Price: $25 for everything!

Brunch Menu: Shared appetizers (2) and main dishes (3). Vegetarian options available. Specifics are TBD, but this menu reflects the type of food we will be served. Also, unlimited drinks (mimosa, rose sangria, bloody mary, coffee, tea, juice, soda) for 2 hours.

Secure your spot by selecting either “Vegetarian” or “Non Vegetarian” via the PayPal button on our website and completing payment.



Photo from JETAANY’s Facebook event

5. JETAA Pittsburgh 

Nabe par-tay!

When: March 5th 3-10 pm EST
Where: TBD

Let’s nabe! Let’s have a potluck and hope the weather is cold enough to make it extra-cozy. :)

(ALLERGY FYI: I have a cat. And let me know if you have any food allergies!)

– nabe pots
– any non-veg ingredients
– if possible, dishware/silverware/chopsticks for non-veg food (I’m a strict vegetarian, and I always have paper plates and plasticware for meat-eating guests, but if those won’t suffice…)
– feel free to bring board games or other fun stuff :)

– I’ll provide a number of different vegetarian things: likely kabocha croquets, onigiri, tenpura, and some kind of dessert.
– please bring whatever food/drink you want! (drink, particularly, as several of you are very discerning drinkers and I am very much not, hehe.)

Setting the start time very early so people can drift over and hang out at their leisure (did I mention that I have a kotatsu?), but nabe will be more dinner-ish. And +1s/family/friends are always welcome!

6. Texoma JETAA

JETAA Texoma Monthly Trivia – Houston

When: March 5th 5-6 pm CST
Where: Lowbrow Houston 1601 W Main St, Houston, Texas 77006

You thought it was over for good. You thought it was dead and buried. But next Sunday, 6 PM, at Lowbrow in Houston, JETAA monthly trivia is back from the dead.

Any and all are welcome. Bring your brain, bring a friend, bring your appetite for triv-victory!



Photo via Texoma JETAA’s Facebook event


JET Talks Presents: Library of Congress, Japanese Collection

When: March 9th 4-5:30 pm EST
Where: The Library of Congress | 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

Join JETAADC at the Asian Reading Room in the Library of Congress on Thursday, March 9 to explore its Japanese Collection, one of the most extensive collections of original Japanese language texts and research materials outside Japan. Through the guidance of a Research Librarian at the Asian Reading Room, participants will be introduced to the history of the Japanese language collection and learn how to access and utilize original Japanese language resources as well as English translations housed in the collection for research purposes.

This event is free, but space is limited to 20 participants, so please register here to let us know you are coming!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

From the collection’s website:

The Japanese language collection […] has grown to over 1.15 million books and serial volumes, 10,100 reels of microfilm, and 15,000 sheets of microfiche. The Japanese collection covers research materials in virtually all subjects except clinical medicine and technical agriculture. The collections are strong in the humanities and social sciences, central and local government publications, and academic journals including the areas of science and technology.

Date: Thursday, March 9

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: The Library of Congress | 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540 | Nearest Metro: Capitol South (Orange/Blue/Silver) | Union Station (Red)



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8. JETAA Rocky Mountains

JETAA Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting

When: March 11th 2-5 pm MST
Where: Gold Run Condominiums 2959 Shadow Creek Dr, Boulder, Colorado 80303

It’s time for the JETAARM annual meeting. We will be announcing the new board members for 2017-18 , and celebrating another year of JETAARM with a sukiyaki party. The meeting will be held at the current secretary’s apartment in Boulder, CO.

Please fill out the RSVP so that Adam can give you all his personal address and not put it out there for all the internet to see.

The board will conduct business from 12-2 pm, and we welcome all members to join and discuss plans for the year.

2 onward:
we will be cooking Nabe and waxing nostalgic for Japan. A $5 dollar contribution to cover the cost of ingredients will be greatly appreciated. The event is BYOD, and you can likely expect a njikai.

Grab a board game as well!

FYI – The condo complex is where I (Adam) live, but I’ll still need to hand out my precise address.



Photo via JETAA Rocky Mountain’s Facebook event

9. JETAA Manitoba/Saskatchewan

JETAA Ramen night!

When: March 11th 6-9 pm CST
Where: KAZOKU restaurant 30 – 2583 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2H5

Long overdue, it’s time for a ramen night! Join your fellow alumni for a evening to catch-up over a bowl of hot noodles at one of Winnipeg’s best ramen joinits.



Photo from JETAAMBSK’s Facebook event

10. Great Lakes JETAA

GLJETAA Meetup Bowling

When: March 12th 3:30 pm EDT
Where: Cherry Hill Lanes North 6697 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, Michigan 48346

Come and bowl with us!



Photo from GLJETAA’s Facebook Event

11. JETAA Singapore

Beach Clean-Up

When: March 19th 9:30-11:45 am SGT
Where: Meet at Pasir Ris MRT, move to Pasir Ris Park

JETAA Sg will be holding a Beach Clean-Up activity! Join us for to do your part for the environment. Friends and family are welcomed too!

Date: 19 Mar, Sunday
Meeting time: 9:30am at Pasir Ris MRT (TBC – Pending NEA approval)

For more details & registration, please go to:

Please note that there is a limit on the number of participants, so do sign up early! Thank you and see yaaa!

JETAA Sg will be holding a Beach Clean-Up activity! Join us for to do your part for the environment. Friends and family are welcomed too!

Date: 19 Mar, Sunday
Meeting time: 9:30am at Pasir Ris MRT (TBC – Pending NEA approval)

For more details & registration, please go to:

Please note that there is a limit on the number of participants, so do sign up early! Thank you and see yaaa!



Photo from JETAA Singapore’s Facebook Page

12. JETAA Ottawa

Board Game Night

When: March 25th 3-5 PM EDT
Where: 14 Waller St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C4, Canada

Come join us for a fun afternoon of games, food and drink. Last year’s event was a blast and we’re hoping to have just as much fun this year. Don’t worry if you don’t know any games, as the staff are great at explaining everything. Just show up at 3pm at 14 Waller Street and head upstairs.

Date: March 25, 2017
Time: 3pm-5pm with possibility of a nijikai to follow
Location: The Loft Board Game Lounge, 14 Waller St, 2nd floor
Cost: $5.50/person ‘Stay and Play’ fee

You can also order food and drinks. Check out the The Loft website ‘‘ to see their menu and to get an idea of the games available (basically everything)

This event is open to everyone, please RSVP to give us an idea of numbers.



Photo via JETAA Ottawa’s Facebook event


JETAA London Chapter Book Club

When: March 26th TBA
Where: TBD

London Chapter of JETAA will be holding its second Book Club meeting. More details to follow next month.
When: Sun 26th Mar
Cost: FREE



Photo from JETAAUK’s website

Feb 23
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By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

Now celebrating its 20th year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival returns this month, continuing its mission to cultivate an appreciation for the arts for moviegoers of all ages.

Anime films are a staple of NYICFF, and this year’s citywide selections are “Rudolf the Black Cat” (Feb. 25, March 4-5, 19), a modern-day CGI-animated tale of two kitties that celebrates the wonder of discovery; “Panda! Go Panda!” (Feb. 26, March 5, 11, 18), a retro classic from 1972 directed by Isao Takahata and featuring original concepts and character designs by Hayao Miyazaki; and “Ancien and the Magic Tablet” (March 18-19), a fender- and genre-bending film set in the not-too-distant future whose second screening also hosts director Kenji Kamiyama as part of the closing ceremonies.

By far, the most anticipated film is the East Coast premiere of “Your Name” (Feb. 25). Released in Japan last August, it smashed all box office records for the year and is currently the highest-grossing anime film worldwide (beating out Miyazaki’s own Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” by over $40 million at press time).

Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai (“5 Centimeters per Second”), “Your Name” tells the story of a young man living in Tokyo and a young woman living in the countryside who suddenly start switching bodies on a regular basis. It has been widely praised for both its animation style and emotional impact.

For more on this year’s festival, visit Tickets are available at


Feb 23

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Director of Investor Initiatives
Posted by: CDP North America
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s another job via Idealist:

CDP is a leading international charity founded 16 years ago to address the dangerous threat of climate change. It has since grown to become the world’s foremost system for companies and cities to report on carbon emissions, water stewardship, and deforestation. We operate key hubs in London, New York, and Berlin with other representation in the rest of Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, India, and China.

CDP North America (CDP NA) is an independent 501(c)3 charity, based in New York, which works in close association with other members of the CDP operation throughout the world. Our office is growing and we are seeking a highly motivated individual with a financial background to assist in managing CDP NA’s relationships with investors and signatory entities. The position is based in CDP NA’s New York office. CDP administers an annual disclosure process on behalf institutional investors with combined assets in excess of $92 trillion. Disclosing companies provide quantitative and qualitative information about their greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency programs, water management, exposure to deforestation and strategic business approach to environmental risk. The Director of Investor Initiatives in North America will report to the CDP NA President and Global Head of Investor Initiatives.

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Feb 23

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Program Coordinator, Takeda Innovators in Science Award
Posted by: New York Academy of Sciences
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Here’s a job via Idealist:
About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries around the world, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy’s core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at

The Takeda Innovators in Science Award is a landmark new global award that recognizes and celebrates disruptive and transformative research conducted by promising early-career scientists and outstanding senior scientists across the globe in one of the designated areas of Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, and Oncology. The award was jointly established in November 2016 by the New York Academy of Sciences and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a global, R&D-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines.

The Takeda Innovators in Science Award is a limited submission competition in which top research universities and academic institutions around the globe with a well-established record of scientific excellence are invited to nominate their most promising young faculty and their most extraordinary senior faculty working in the designated fields. Prize winners and finalists are selected by a panel of independently selected judges with expertise in these disciplines. The winners are honored at an annual Awards Ceremony and Symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences or in Japan. We are seeking a Program Manager to join the team responsible for the stewardship of this very important award.

For more information about the Takeda Innovators in Science Award, visit

JOB TITLE: Program Coordinator, Takeda Innovators in Science Award


REPORTS TO: Director, Takeda Innovators in Science Award,


The Program Coordinator will be responsible for customer service, data management, events coordination, and administrative duties for the Takeda Innovators in Science Award program. Independently and in support of other members of the Takeda Innovators in Science Award staff (1 PhD scientist) and with the guidance of the Director, the Program Coordinator will play an important role in the planning and execution of the entire awards program. Some travel to Japan may be required.

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Feb 22

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Event: Career Fair – U.S. Positions Using Japanese at Over 30 Companies
Location: New York, NY, USA
Date: March 25, 2017

Thanks to  Katie Yokota from DISCO International, Inc (which organizes job fairs for Japanese-English bilinguals) for the following career fair taking place next month:

JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the U.S. Career Forum 2017 on March 25. Companies will be holding information sessions, accepting resumes, and conducting interviews during the one-day event.

—– U.S. Career Forum 2017 —–

March 25 (Sat.), 10:00am – 6:00pm

Javits Center, Hall 1E

655 W 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Register and begin applying to companies here:

*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.

*No cancellation is required if you later become unable to attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katie Yokota, at

We hope to see you in New York!

Feb 22

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Chapter Relations and Membership Manager
Posted by: Fulbright Association
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Contract: Full-time

Here is a job via Idealist:


Founded in 1976, the Fulbright Association (FA) is the alumni association of the Fulbright Scholarship Program in the United States. Fulbright Scholars travel to 165 countries to teach, research, and engage in ways that promote peace and understanding. Returning scholars and other alumni join the FA to magnify the impact of the Fulbright experience by advocating for the program to Congress and by offering international educational programs: community outreach, events sponsored by 50 chapters nationwide, a national conference, and “impact” travel. The FA also awards the prestigious Fulbright Prize to world leaders. Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Doctors without Borders.

This year, the FA is focused on expanding advocacy efforts, working with chapters to share the Fulbright experience with communities nationwide, expanding membership with clear messaging and marketing, piloting a networking portal for members, developing an enriched digital presence in social media, and supporting chapters through development grants and other services. Chapter Relations and Membership will play a vital role in the success of the Association, helping to raise the profile of the Fulbright community, to drive membership and engagement, and to ensure the effectiveness of advocacy and educational programs.


Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, with a dotted reporting line to the Deputy Director, the Manager will support chapters and members in ways that are contemporary, dynamic, creative and measurable in impact. We welcome applications from dedicated, hard-working and detail-oriented professionals who have worked with dispersed and varied stakeholders, and who believe in the mission of international exchange and understanding. The Manager plays a central role in helping the Association realize a growing vision of chapter engagement focused on community outreach and grassroots advocacy for the Fulbright program. S/he will help drive individual membership growth and satisfaction in outreach and advocacy, as well, providing strong and effective operational management. Read More

Feb 22

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Thanks to JET alumna Brenda McKinney (Hyogo-ken) for passing this along:

Call for Applications: Youth, Peace and Security Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation

Calling young people engaged in peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific Region!

The United Nations is seeking 45 young people (aged 15-29) who are active, enthusiastic and invested in peacebuilding in their country or across the Asia Pacific region, to help reshape the role of youth in peacebuilding in communities, countries, across the region and worldwide for a safer tomorrow.

As part of a series of regional consultations United Nations will organize a consultation for the Asia-Pacific region, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 16th–19th of May 2017, which is part of a global effort to bolster action on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 that calls for a greater role for young people in strengthening peace and security. The discussions from all the regional consultations will feed into a report on the positive contribution of young people to peacebuilding. This will be presented to the UN Secretary General and the Member States of the United Nations at the end of 2017. The consultation in Bangkok will comprise of strategic peer to peer discussions among 45 selected young people from the region. There will also be time dedicated to capacity/skills building exchange for the selected participants, and discussions between young people and key stakeholders such as INGOs, academic institutions, donors and UN agencies.

Please note that we are only inviting a selected group of youth-led organizations in the region to submit applications. Your name/organization has been recommended. Selection of young people from the Asia Pacific will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organizations. The organizers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. The travel, visa, and accommodation of the select youth participants will be provided. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 1 pm(Bangkok time). Please read this guide for more information on the eligibility and application process before applying here. All expenses, including travel and accommodation, will be covered by the United Nations.

For questions please write to

We wish you the best of luck in the application, and we look forward to reviewing your proposal!


Feb 22



By Mark Flanigan, Nagasaki (2000-04)


As a JET alumnus, I look back fondly on the four years I spent living and teaching in Nagasaki Prefecture. Serving on JET was, quite literally, one of those “life-changing” experiences, as it confirmed my career path in the direction of public service and global education. In the 15 years or so since my time in Nagasaki, I have been lucky to have had international roles in the U.S. government, in higher education, and at a private, Japan-focused non-profit foundation. I was even fortunate enough to return to Japan a second time, to earn my MA in Peace Studies in 2012 through the Rotary Peace Center at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. Later, I served in a variety of roles in Manhattan with JETAANY between 2012-16.

My most recent career stage brought me back into the classroom, albeit in a different role and a new part of Asia for me. I am currently serving as a WorldTeach Fellow volunteer in Chittagong, Bangladesh, at the Asian University for Women (AUW). It has been both a challenging and rewarding transition back into teaching, as I felt a bit rusty in the beginning and took a bit of time to get back in the groove. Also, my main experiences with Asia had been almost entirely focused on Japan, China, and Korea. For me, South Asian history and culture was something I knew very little about up until a couple of years ago. Being here, I realized how comparatively little I knew about the diverse cultures of the Indian subcontinent of Asia. Nonetheless, it has proven to be an extremely rewarding transition, personally as well as professionally.


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Me with some of my Pathways students in Bangladesh

Through a friend in New York City, I had first learned about AUW back in 2015. She had been a WorldTeach Fellow here a few years before, volunteering and having a really significant educational and cultural experience. The more I heard about her time in Bangladesh, the more I thought it sounded like a great opportunity to get back in the classroom while making a positive contribution to education for women at a significant institution like AUW. While I definitely enjoyed my four years in Manhattan, working as a Program Director with the Japan ICU Foundation (日本国際基督教大学財団), I also felt ready to take on a new challenge. I applied and was happily accepted as a new volunteer with WorldTeach, and assigned to AUW for the 2016-17 academic year.

AUW was founded in 2008 as a regional hub to help educate underprivileged women throughout different regions of Asia and the Middle East. With a liberal arts curriculum that promotes critical thinking and women’s empowerment, it is a truly encouraging place for young women who have faced numerous challenges in life due to poverty, gender bias, and sectarian conflict. With 600 students (and over 400 alumnae) from 15 different countries, including Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and others, AUW is an amazingly diverse place. The dynamic environment, small class sizes, and daily interaction of people with many different ideas, perspectives, and cultures makes it an esteemed center of higher education in South Asia.

However, I almost missed my chance to be here. Less than one month before I was due to arrive at AUW, we heard the news of the terrible attack in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. All I knew was that international residents of the city (and their local friends and colleagues) had been targeted specifically in a vicious terror strike. The attackers, while a definite minority in terms of the general population, were sending a very clear and deadly message. Although the attack did not take place in Chittagong, it was great cause for concern among both WorldTeach and AUW staff, as well as present and future volunteers. At that time, it was not clear whether we would still be able to serve in Bangladesh, or how the program might proceed. Many safety protocols would need to be analyzed and revised before a final decision could be made. In the end we were still given the option to come, which I was definitely happy to hear.

I have now been here for seven months, teaching two different groups of students over the autumn and now spring terms. My classes are part of the Pathways for Promise Program at AUW, which is the recently developed entry point for women who have not had as much formal preparation to succeed in higher education. Many of them have come as former workers from the garment factories of Bangladesh, while others are daughters of Grameen Bank loan recipients, refugees from the persecuted Rohingya community, as well as indigenous minorities from the Chittagong Hill tracts region. In addition to Bangladeshis, Pathways students have come from Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Myanmar. They will take classes for approximately one year in Reading and Writing as well as Listening and Speaking, and also study Math and IT while participating in Community Time and Social Mentoring workshops and events.


A lovely display of Bengali cuisine

If they complete the Pathways Program successfully and meet all the exam requirements, they will advance to the one-year Access Academy and then an additional three years of undergraduate study at AUW. In all, the successful ones will graduate in five years with their bachelor’s degree in hand. Against all odds, this is their big chance to earn their college degree. Without the encouragement and funding support to match their own amazing dedication, it would most likely be impossible. It will not be easy for them. Many are far away from home and spend almost all of their time on the small but secure campus. They live in dormitories with 2-5 students per room, eat in the dining hall, and take all their classes together, so there is very little time for privacy or quiet reflection. Nonetheless, they are very eager to learn and make the most of this unique opportunity they have been granted.

It goes without saying that my students inspire me each and every day. Teaching them is really one of the biggest joys of my life here, and in many ways takes me back to my first experience teaching overseas in Japan. Although those two times are separated by about 15 years and many more miles, there are also some interesting parallels between them. Of the many things I have discovered over my time here thus far at AUW, one of the most interesting has been the surprising number of existing connections here between Bangladesh and Japan. As a former JET who later studied at ICU and worked to promote increased U.S.-Japan ties, it’s been a really pleasant surprise to find out about and help to build on these great bilateral bonds of friendship.

The first one, I discovered quite by accident. In the early part of the autumn semester, I was walking in the hallway outside of my office when I heard the distinct counts of “ICHI, NI, SAN, SHIIII!!” emanating from the level above. Intrigued, I climbed the staircase up to the next floor and was surprised to discover the gymnasium filled with perfect rows of students. They were in straight lines, balanced in strict stances, with fists alternately chambered by their side and then thrust forward in a crisp motion I instantly recognized. My mind wandered back to our small dojo in Hirado City, Nagasaki, where I spent countless hours drilling in those very same “kihon” movements. I was curious to find out more, so I made arrangements to return and observe a longer class in session.

It was then that I met Ms. Maria Chakraboty, their instructor, a remarkable woman from Bangladesh who has achieved her 5-Dan rank in Shotokan Karate. Maria serves as a real inspiration to her students, as AUW’s Associate Director of Physical Education and Karate instructor. Maria grew up in Chittagong, the same city where AUW is based, and faced hardships of her own due to people judging her negatively by her gender. She was strongly discouraged by others in her pursuit of Karate, but through the encouragement of her instructors, she has achieved a remarkable number of accomplishments. For her students, Maria is a living, breathing example of a successful adult woman, who has faced down discrimination and has continued her own personal growth through embracing the Japanese art of Karate. She has been able to impart her wisdom and experience to hundreds of young students through the years. Such is the wonderful environment of a cross-cultural, liberal arts university like AUW.


Maria (Center) training with some of her AUW students

In addition to Karate,  there are other tangible bonds of kizuna between AUW and Japan. Attending the University’s Club Fair this past autumn, I was happy to learn that AUW students are involved in all kinds of social and academic club activities. Similar to Japan, students here balance their time between formal classes and organized clubs, like Model UN, Animal Welfare, a variety of sports, and other pursuits. Most interestingly to me, I discovered that there is a very active group of students on campus who are involved in the AUW Japan Circle Club! They are extremely genki and know an amazing amount of things regarding Japanese culture. They study Japanese on their own (as it is not taught here), read manga, watch anime, and even make their own kimono and other clothing by hand! Upon meeting them, I shared my experience as a JET alumnus and former ICU graduate student. They asked me to serve as their faculty advisor, to which I most happily agreed!


With some of the AUW Japan Circle Club students (and their hand-made clothing)!

I have been very happy to be working with them on various projects here this term. Most specifically, we have planned and organized a Japanese book drive among some of my colleagues and friends in Japan and Hong Kong. Through their kind and generous help, we have now received about seven boxes full of manga, books, magazines, language textbooks, and Japanese-English dictionaries from abroad! All of these were donated to the AUW library, so students can access them freely anytime. As none of our students have been able to visit Japan as of yet, they really love the chance to see any kind of “hon mono” firsthand. One Tokyo friend in particular also sent a variety of delicious Japanese candies, which were a big hit with the students! We are still interested in receiving any other items from Japan, if anyone would like to donate. Additionally, the students performed a number of Japanese songs (in Japanese) and dances for our recent Lunar New Year Festival. We hope to develop exchange partnerships with AUW and universities in Japan, in order to offer study abroad opportunities in both directions. Interestingly, at least one AUW alumna is now studying in Japan, earning her Master’s degree at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo!

Lastly, there is a very robust level of support for AUW in Tokyo. As part of the global support network for AUW students, a number of highly-accomplished and very influential donors make up the “Friends of AUW Japan” organization. Among them is Ms. Kathy Matsui,Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan,who has a long and deep connection to AUW. In 2007, she was chosen by the Wall Street Journal newspaper as one of the “10 Women to Watch in Asia” for her work on the “Womenomics” theme, and serves as a board member of the AUW Support Foundation. Ms. Matsui and her husband, Mr. Jesper Koll, have been major donors to AUW since its inception, and they continue to look for ways to promote exchange between AUW and Japanese universities and companies. In addition, First Lady Akie Abe serves as an official Patron of AUW and has been actively involved with a number of fundraising efforts on behalf of the university in Tokyo over the past few years. Lastly, AUW has enjoyed very generous support through the past several years from a number of Japanese companies like HITACHI, MITSUI & CO., TOSHIBA CORPORATION, and UNIQLO.


 First Lady Akie Abe (center) and Ms. Kathy Matsui (second from right)

In conclusion, I would say my time here in Bangladesh has been a wonderful journey thus far. In many ways, it’s a completely new (and sometimes bumpy) experience for me, living in South Asia and in a developing, Muslim-majority country for the first time. Culturally, it’s much different than what I was used to, but that’s been a good opportunity to broaden my own horizons and question my preconceived notions about life as well. My students in the Pathways for Promise Program specifically, and AUW students in general, have taught me so much and really inspired me through their own energy, resilience, and desire to learn. As a nice coincidence, this latest chapter in my career also brings me back to teaching and to Japan in many ways. I am happy to have so many “natsukashii” moments here, to help teach these remarkable young women, and also to be in a position to try and advance the relationships between people in Bangladesh and Japan. In some ways, it’s the most unexpected yet personally satisfying addition to my time here at AUW. I’m happy to make the most of all these fortuitous connections during my time here in Bangladesh and beyond.



Mark Flanigan is currently a WorldTeach Fellow volunteer in Chittagong, Bangladesh, at the Asian University for Women (AUW). Mark served as an ALT in Nagasaki Prefecture from 2000-4, and later studied for his MA in Peace Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo from 2010-12. After graduating from ICU in 2012, he spent four years working for the Japan ICU Foundation in NYC. He has also held leadership roles in the JET Alumni Associations of both New York and Washington, DC. He can be reached at markinmitaka(at)


Feb 20

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.

Position: Senior Manager of Engagement
Posted by: Innovations in Healthcare
Location: Durham, NC
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to JETAA North Carolina Subchapter Rep Kyle Munn, who works for Duke herself, for sharing this opportunity.

Innovations in Healthcare is a global network that amplifies the work of leading healthcare innovators – currently 74 and growing – who are driving significant improvements in cost, quality, and/or access to health services for vulnerable populations around the world. A core partner in the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), Innovations in Healthcare avails numerous types of support to innovators to help bring their tested products and services to scale.

Innovations in Healthcare is currently hiring for a Senior Manager of Engagement to manage the selection and relationships with healthcare innovators in the Innovations in Healthcare network. International experience is a big plus.

This position is a critical role for the Engagement Team and is best held by someone who understands the fundamentals of social innovation (e.g., impact measurement, systems thinking, cross-sector approaches) and is passionate about the role that social innovation is playing globally in health systems transformation.

Learn more about the position and other opportunities at Innovations in Healthcare:


Feb 17
"Fred Korematsu Speaks Up skillfully introduces a civil rights icon and other brave men and women to a new audience." (Heyday Books)

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up skillfully introduces a civil rights icon and other brave men and women to a new audience.” (Heyday Books)

By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at

On January 30 of this year, you may have noticed a certain bespectacled figure serving as the Google Doodle: Fred Korematsu. Possibly unknown to many of you (In fact, I didn’t know the name until several days prior to his being honored by Google), Korematsu was nonetheless an important civil rights figure of the 20th century and has gotten the recognition he deserves as in recent years, with Fred Korematsu Day being celebrated in several states. Now, younger readers are offered an informative look at his fight for justice.

Co-written by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up documents the journey of the man who fought against the forced relocation of Japanese Americans to prison camps during World War II. The book provides details about Korematsu and his battle, but also about social movements and other groups that have suffered enormous discrimination, such as African Americans and Chinese Americans.

Much of Korematsu’s life story is told in poem-like stanzas, starting with an incident as a young man in which he was refused a haircut at a barbershop because of his race. Atkins and Yogi then take readers through significant moments in his life, from the personal (such as how Korematsu came to be known as “Fred”) to monumental events for the Japanese American community (like the bombing of Pearl Harbor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing an executive order authorizing the military’s removal of people of Japanese descent from their homes on the West Coast).

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