Mar 4

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Dai Fujikura, ‘Tokyo Godfathers,’ Japan Nite

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

Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from live showcases that will transport you to another time and place, some new anime screenings, and a rock showcase you won’t want to miss.

This month’s highlights include:

Courtesy of Millertheatre.com

Thursday, March 5, 8:00 p.m.

Dai Fujikura: Composer Portrait

Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway

$7-$30

The works of Osaka-born Dai Fujikura are performed with regularity by conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel and by some of the most acclaimed orchestras and ensembles in the world. As one of the leading voices of his generation, his signature “high octane instrumental writing” (The Guardian) will be exhibited in this Portrait featuring International Contemporary Ensemble, longtime champions of Fujikura. A selection of recent chamber works provide a glimpse into his unique soundworld, including Minina—inspired by the birth of his daughter—and abandoned time, written for electric guitar and ensemble.

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March 6-7, 7:30 p.m.

Fruits borne out of rust

Japan Society, 333 Easy 47th Street

$32, $25 members

Isolation, contagion and instability: Fruits borne out of rust, conceived of and directed by internationally known Japanese visual artist Tabaimo, uses drawings, video installations and live music to probe these unsettling themes that lurk beneath daily existence. Her intricate animations transform the stage into a wood floor apartment, a large birdcage that traps the dancer with a dove, and a line of tatami mats that swallows the dancer whole. Tabaimo’s collaborator, award-winning choreographer Maki Morishita, mischievously blends the subtle movements of the dancer’s fingers and toes with the dynamic drive of her limbs and torso, enhancing Tabaimo’s peculiar and introspective world. The March 6 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception. The March 7 performance is followed by an Artist Q&A.

GKIDS

March 9 & 11, 7:00 p.m.

Tokyo Godfathers

Regal E-Walk 42nd Street 13, 247 West 43nd Street

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue

$14-$20

Tokyo Godfathers, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new restoration. In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathers is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. The March 9 screening is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, with the March 11 screening presented in English.

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Mar 4

Job: Program Officer – Japan Society (New York, USA)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow.
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Position: Program Officer – Innovators Network
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Join our team at this exciting time as our new President & CEO reintroduces Japan Society for the global era in our second century of promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Japan.  The Program Officer in the Innovators Network is part of a small team that develops and implements multi-year projects to facilitate unique opportunities for leaders and innovators from Japan and the U.S. to come together, share knowledge and insight, and catalyze positive social change.

The Program Officer will also help administer the Japan Relief Fund, originally launched by Japan Society on March 12, 2011 to aid the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and now includes relief efforts as a result of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake and the 2019 Typhoon Hagibis.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Innovators Network

  • Strategize with Director on overall Network development and goals;
  • Research candidates for Innovators Network projects;
  • Initiate and develop new project ideas;
  • Draft proposals and develop project budgets;
  • Build itineraries and oversee logistics for events and schedules, including in Japanese;
  • Accompany and assist Japanese and American Network participants on Innovators Network trips in the Japan and the U.S.;
  • Implement all public programs and events related to the Network ;
  • Provide informal interpretation during the exchange programs;
  • Provide translation for documents in Japanese;
  • Work with Media & Marketing to update website with relevant material, news related to Network participants and the Japan Relief Fund (English and Japanese);
  • Produce quarterly e-newsletters and event e-blasts;
  • Update Innovators Network’s social media outlets;
  • Update database;
  • Manage Network correspondence and documentation (online and hard-copy);
  • Process payments for project and event expenses in a timely manner;
  • Prepare materials for Annual Report and prepare Japanese language section materials.

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Mar 3

Job: Multiple Positions – Allogene Therapeutics (California, USA)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow.
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Position: Multiple Positions
Posted by: Allogene Therapeutics
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Dustin Wang (Nagasaki-ken) for the following message:

My company is hiring for other positions at this link: https://careers.jobscore.com/careers/allogene.
 
Any interested applicants can reach out to me for any questions (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dustinrwang/)  
 

Mar 2

Job: Administrative and Program Assistant – JASWDC (Washington, DC)


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Position: Administrative and Program Assistant
Posted by: Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) is uniquely situated to pursue its mission of promoting friendship and understanding between Americans and Japanese. Drawing on the unique resources of the nation’s capital and our long history, JASWDC offers diverse programming that spans the educational, cultural, business, and policy spheres.

JASWDC seeks a dynamic administrative and program assistant who can oversee office administrative functions while providing programmatic assistance in support of the Society’s programs. The administrative and program assistant will work under the direction of the president, communications director, bookkeepers, and other permanent staff members.

More Information and to Apply: JASWDC – Administrative and Program Assistant


Mar 2

March 2020 Chapter Beat

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present)

Please click on the following link to see what’s happening with your local JETAA chapter for March 2020!


Mar 1

Job: Trust & Safety Policy Escalation Associate – Udemy (California, USA)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow.
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Position: Trust & Safety Policy Escalation Associate (Japanese Fluency)
Posted by: Udemy
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Here’s a good job for the right JET. Interested JET alums should feel free to contact JETAANC Board Member, Haj Matsukata (https://www.linkedin.com/in/matsukatah)  for more information:

https://jobs.lever.co/udemy/fb21082c-e6c1-42f7-a11d-b6ac1f0d6207  

Feb 29

Job: Japanese Summer Camp Teacher – Long Island City YMCA (New York, USA)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow.
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Position: Japanese Summer Camp Teacher
Posted by: Long Island City YMCA
Location: Long Island City, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Long Island City YMCA is looking for a Japanese summer camp teacher who can work from Monday, June 29, 2020 to Friday, July 24, 2020. The teacher should have native fluency in Japanese and should be able to work legally in the U.S. Salary is commensurate with experience. Experience in early childhood education is highly preferred. 
 
If you are interested, please contact Rosa or Risa at the contact info below. Feel free to share the info with anyone who might be interested.
 

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Feb 28

Internship: Summer Internship – Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) (Washington, DC)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow.
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Position: Summer Internship
Posted by:
Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON)
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s an internship passed along to us:


Feb 27

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is 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 shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Recently I had the chance to check out the newest exhibition at the Sato Sakura Gallery, Curious Beasts. As the name indicates, this collection of paintings is of animal portraits ranging from cats and tigers to dogs and birds. The works are from the artists Fumika Koda and Yuji Musashihara, and being a cat lover I was partial to Koda’s paintings as they mostly feature felines. In particular, I liked her painting Beautiful Spring Day (春うらら, haru urara), which shows a cat caught under falling cherry blossoms (花吹雪, hanafubuki).

Beautiful Spring Day (春うらら)
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Feb 22

Job: Chief Executive Officer – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (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: Chief Executive Officer
Posted by: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Chief Executive Officer search at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of the largest civil rights and legal services organization representing the AANHPI communities in the country, as Advancing Justice-LA evolves to respond to current challenges to the social justice movement.

Following the bold and transformative leadership of Stewart Kwoh, past President and Founder of Advancing Justice – LA, this position will offer the new CEO the chance to promote innovative and impactful solutions for the diverse, intersectional and vulnerable communities in Southern California and beyond. 


Feb 21

Job: Assistant Correspondent – The Hokkaido Shimbun Press London Bureau (London, UK)

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


Position: Assistant Correspondent
Posted by: Hokkaido Shimbun Press
Location: London, England, UK
Contract: Part-Time

Salary: £1,500 (monthly), transportation expenses
Start Date: 1st April 2020

Here’s a job received directly from the paper:

The Hokkaido Shimbun Press is looking for an Assistant Correspondent for their London Bureau, which is located on Fleet Street, central London. The successful applicant will assist the Bureau Chief with the preparation of articles to be published in Japan, and handle Bureau administration. The Bureau covers political, economic, and cultural news from the UK and other European countries.

Although you will work mainly during office hours for 4-5 days a week, you will occasionally be required to work overtime due to the nature of the job. You should also be willing to travel within the UK or Europe to cover stories.

Candidates should note that this is NOT a writing position. In addition, although the ability to work in Japanese is a requirement.

Responsibilities:

  • Keep abreast of breaking news and current affairs;
  • Conduct research on a wide range of topics, with attention to accuracy and detail;
  • Attend and summarise press conferences, meetings, lectures and briefings;
  • Conduct (occasionally transcribe/interpret) interviews over the phone and/or in person;
  • Assist with the planning of and participate in business trips around Europe;
  • Assist the correspondent with any language difficulties they may have and help them to handle the administration of business trips;
  • Answer phone calls and manage office administration

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Feb 20

Job: Employee for the Economic Division Staff – Consulate General of Japan in New York (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: Employee for the Economic Division Staff
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan in New York
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from The Consulate General of Japan in New York:

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Seeking an Employee for the Economic Division Staff

The Consulate General of Japan in New York is currently seeking to hire an employee for the Economic Division Staff. The deadline for all job applications is 03/13/2020.

Work hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:15am – 5:45pm (Lunch Break 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and supporting relationships with government and corporate contacts, including arranging and/or participating in meetings and reporting results clearly
  • Daily research on Japanese business issues and U.S. economic conditions
  • Writing and editing public statements and news letters by the Consulate
  • Responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries from the general public related to matters under the jurisdiction of the Economic Division
  • Various administrative duties, including support for Consulate receptions and other events (occasional after-hours work is required)
  • Other duties as deemed necessary

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Feb 19

JET Alum Filmmaker Unveils ‘Nourishing Japan’ Feb. 20 in NYC

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From the February 8 edition of Shukan NY Seikatsu. Join Alexis Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD), 62 Bayard Street in Brooklyn. General admission $25; purchase tickets here. For more information, visit https://nourishingjapan.com.

Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has re-imagined school lunch and food education. At the heart of Japan’s 2005 Food Education Law are the incredible people whose daily work nourishes the next generation’s relationship to food, the earth and one another. Join documentary filmmaker Alexis Agliano Sanborn for the public premiere of Nourishing Japan in conversation with Yoriko Okamoto and Susan Miyagi McCormac of JapanCulture•NYC.

Opening remarks will be given by Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management at NYU. Reception with light food and beverages to follow. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is an independent researcher, food advocate, nature enthusiast and an award winning artist. With over twenty years’ experience studying Japanese culture, she directed/produced Nourishing Japan, a documentary short which explores food education and the Japanese school lunch system. Alexis also maintains the website Food Education International which monitors developments of food education from around the world.

Alexis previously served as NYC Program Coordinator of the Wa-Shokuiku Project, an after-school culinary exchange program inspired and informed by the educational philosophy, flavors and foods of Japan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara (2008), a Master’s in Regional Studies of East Asia from Harvard University (2013) and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (2020). She lives in Washington Heights, New York City.


Feb 18

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — ‘Ride Your Wave,’ ‘Nourishing Japan,’ ‘Children of the Sea’

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

Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from live showcases that will transport you to another time and place, some new anime screenings, and a theatrical performance you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include:

GKIDS

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m.

Ride Your Wave

Various locations and prices

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

Courtesy of Nourishingjapan.com

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Nourishing Japan: Food Education & School Lunch in Japan

MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink), 62 Bayard Street (Brooklyn)

$25

Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has re-imagined school lunch and food education. At the heart of Japan’s 2005 Food Education Law are the incredible people whose daily work nourishes the next generation’s relationship to food, the earth, and one another. Join documentary filmmaker (and JET alumna) Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for the public premiere of this film. After the screening, Alexis will be joined in conversation with Yoriko Okamoto and Susan McCormac of JapanCultureNYC. Opening remarks will be given by Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management at NYU. Reception with sake courtesy of SOTO and bites courtesy of Bessou and Kokoro Care Packages to follow.

GKIDS

Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Children of the Sea

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Various locations

$17.50

East Coast premiere for the New York International Children’s Film Festival! Adapted from the acclaimed manga comes this visually dazzling, mind-bending aquatic mystery. Ruka’s dad is so absorbed in his studies at the aquarium that he hardly notices when she befriends Umi and Sora. Like Ruka, the mysterious duo has the unique ability to hear the call of the sea and its endangered creatures. Together, can they save them?

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Feb 15

Job: Group Leader – World Learning (Brattleboro, VT, USA; Japan)

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


Position: Group Leader for Summer Abroad Program to Japan
Posted by: World Learning
Location: Brattleboro, VT, USA; Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here is a job passed along to us. Please view the below document for more details and how to apply:

World Learning Youth Exchange is seeking experienced and inclusive educators to lead groups of high school students on cross-cultural exchanges in summer 2020. Experiment group leaders guide a group of 10 to 12 high school students on a 3-week journey to Japan. For more information, visit The Experiment Group Leader webpage.

Job Description: Opportunity to Apply for Group Leader Positions in Japan

Applicants must have youth facilitation experience, language fluency in English and Japanese, and valid work authorization in the United States.

Application Process: Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume to groupleaders@worldlearning.org. Invitations to complete an application will be extended on a rolling basis.

 


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