Dec 19

Job: Higher Education Associate – CUNY (New York City, NY, USA)

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


Position: Travel Consultant
Posted by: The Art of Travel
Location: CUNY
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Joseph Lavetsky, who works on student immigration issues for CUNY, for passing along this JET-relevant opportunity.

https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/employment-opportunities

John Jay has established a new Center focused on serving the needs of their immigrant, undocumented, and DACA students. Therefore, an Immigrant Student Success Manager is needed at both, John Jay and within CUNY. The new opening was just posted and will close on January 10, 2018. Please see below for more details.

POSITION OVERVIEW

John Jay is proud to be establishing a new on-campus New America Student Support Center that will employ a variety of strategies to provide academic, career, scholarship and social support for students who may be undocumented, immigrants (including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), work permits, or refugee status, or who possesses other visas unrelated to international study), or coming from mixed immigration status families.  In a newly created role at John Jay and within the CUNY system, the Immigrant Student Success Manager will lead the Center and conceive and implement programming to assist these students in overcoming the unique academic, career, personal, and professional challenges they may encounter as college students.  Read More


Dec 19

Job: Travel Consultant – The Art of Travel (Tokyo or Kanazawa, Japan)

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


Position: Travel Consultant
Posted by: The Art of Travel
Location: Tokyo or Kanazawa, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Erin Kessler (Gunma-ken) for the following job opening:

ABOUT THE ART OF TRAVEL

The Art of Travel calls Japan home and between us we have decades of combined experience living, working and raising our families here in Japan. The AOT team is comprised of artists, writers, and travel professionals, all passionate about Japan and authorities on the culture. Our extensive network reaches throughout the country and includes everyone from artisans to architects and geisha to gardeners.

We invite you to join our team of Japan enthusiasts and help us to show the world all this wonderful country has to offer.

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

This position entails a variety of responsibilities, including planning & overseeing itineraries for overseas clients, coordinating work between the Tokyo, Kanazawa and New York offices, meeting clients and assisting with various portions of trips, and participating in research and development of new products.

Your typical day will involve answering emails from clients, crafting custom itineraries, coordinating itinerary contents with reservation staff and occasionally attending client meet and greets.

As a travel consultant, you will need to utilize your strong communication skills and professionalism through daily interactions with clients and vendors.

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Dec 19

Job: Multiple Positions – Actus Consulting Group (USA)

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


Position: Multiple Positions
Posted by: Actus Consulting Group
Location: Multiple Locations (USA)
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Makiko Takeda and Actus Consulting Group for the following job openings:

With our nation-wide network, Actus Consulting Group, Inc provides professional support to job seekers who are interested in working for Japanese companies located in USA. If you are seeking a job, we are more than happy to support you from your job search and guide you all the way to your first day at a new job!

Please feel free to browse newest jobs available from the link below, and apply with one-click, or email Info@actus-usa.com with your resume as an attachment to register for free!

http://www.actus-usa.com/index/En

HOT JOB OF THE MONTH!

  • Beauty products distributor seeks a Sales representative- NYC
    • Salary: $35K
    • Fluency in English and Japanese conversational or higher
  • Japanese advertising agency seeks a Business Development specialist-NYC
    • Salary: $60K~ (DOE)
    • Proven strong organizational skills and great communication skills
    • Japanese and English Bilingual (Business-level)
  • Japanese Top Beverage maker seeks a Route Sales Representative-NYC
    • Salary: $35K+
    • Fluency in English
    • Japanese language a plus
  • Japanese machine tool company seeks a Customer Service- Elk Grove Village, IL
    • Salary: $30-35K
    • Fluency in English
    • Japanese language a plus
  • Japanese steel company seeks an Outside Sales- Schaumburg, IL
    • Salary: $40K- DOE
    • Fluency in English
    • Japanese language a plus

We have more positions throughout USA in various industries- please contact us!

http://www.actus-usa.com/index/En


Dec 19

A-DOC: Arabic Classes in New York City

J-DOC, C-DOC, S-DOC, A-DOC and K-DOC are recurring features written by Friend Of JET, Jon Hills, who maintains the blog for Hills Learning (www.hillslearning.com). Hills Learning is a NY-based language learning center that offers group and private Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Spanish classes.

Arabic Class listing can be found at: Arabic Classes NYC

So you might be interested in learning Arabic? In New York City, there’s a variety of Arabic classes offered from a variety of institutions. What this article does is discuss learning Arabic from the lense of a Japanese language learner (assuming most readers on JETWIT have either learned or attempted to learn Japanese in the past).

First of all, why learn Arabic? Just turn on the news and you’ll find out that a lot of the political, business and cultural trends these days seem to be coming from the Middle East. And Arabic (now keep in mind, there are multiple dialects), is the predominate language across the region.

Now to approach Arabic from a Japanese perspective. First of all, Japanese has only five vowel sounds (AIUEO), in case you remember that’s pretty small right? Wrong! Imagine a language with only three vowel sounds, that is Arabic. It sounds crazy but true, what you’ll end up finding is that a lot of words don’t have any vowel at all.

So next up is the alphabet, after all most diligent Japanese learners started by writing out their alphabets for Hiragana and Katakana, right? Do you remember how many characters per language that was? 46. So, you had to learn about 92 characters to start out to begin to pronounce and write Japanese. Arabic only has 28, so you can imagine how quickly your learning might go if you dive into this language.

I know the theme of this article is about how easy Arabic is, believe me, it’s a category IV difficult language (according to the DLI rankings) for a reason (Japanese is too, by the way). (FYI Category IV is the most challenging for English speakers) The fine print that I won’t really emphasize is that each letter’s shape changes depending on where it ends up in the word. Also the pronunciation of Arabic, unlike Japanese, has many sounds that are unfamiliar to the typical English speaker.

The most important thing I’ll end with is that surprisingly enough, when you develop your ability to speak one language, it actually enables you to speak another language easier. I think the confidence that you develop when you find a voice in a second language adds to your confidence to continue to build on this with a third language. I wish all of you the best of luck in your language pursuits! Please feel free to ask any questions.


Dec 18

JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘In This Corner of the World’

In This Corner of the World is more than a good story with vibrant animation. It is a thoughtful work of art that holds its own against the other big anime hit of 2016, Your Name.” © Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no Katasumini Project

By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashiken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston is the English teacher you wish you had growing up. He taught in Kofu, Yamanashi on JET and later received his Masters in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University. He now teaches English at a public high school in the Silicon Valley, and is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow one dank meme at a time.

Raise your hand if you remember how it felt to watch Grave of the Fireflies. It isn’t often that you’re truly glad to have watched a film that slowly rips your heart out, but the iconic 1988 film about Japan during World War II did exactly that for generations of viewers. Nearly 30 years later, director Sunao Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle) has created his own anime masterpiece that is every bit as poignant, tragic and beautiful as Grave of the Fireflies.

Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World follows Suzu, an 18-year-old girl from Hiroshima, as she is plucked from her life by a man she only vaguely knows and moves in with his family in the nearby naval port city of Kure. As Suzu acclimates to life with her new family, the audience gets a look at the daily ins and outs of domestic life for Japanese women at the time, from tending the garden and collecting locally grown plants to make their meals, to refashioning kimonos into trousers and robes. Suzu also struggles with learning how to be a good wife and ingratiating herself to her new in-laws and her husband’s hypercritical sister.

In the latter half of the film, Katabuchi shows how the war progressively deteriorates the Japanese’s sense of normalcy, comfort, and security. What was once a quaint seaside naval town is reduced to a scene of waking nightmare and blazing fire. There are incessant air raid sirens and evacuations to bomb shelters, government propaganda, espionage hysteria, overcrowded hospitals, and the incomprehensible annihilation of cities and the people who populate them. But despite a number of somber (if not heart-wrenching) moments, In This Corner of the World ends the way most of us wish Grave of the Fireflies could have ended, and that small dose of optimism makes the film much easier to sit with when the credits roll.

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Dec 18

Job: Summer Program Leader – World Learning (Vermont and Japan)

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


Position: Summer Program Leader
Posted by: World Learning
Location: Vermont and Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s an opportunity received directly from the organization:

The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as Group Leaders to guide our summer 2018 programs in Japan!

About Us

The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to be on the cutting edge of international education. Our programs provide high school students with the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme.

Each program has two adult co-leaders who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 4-week journey. Our Leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside the group and serving as the students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work closely with The Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich.

Ongoing Support from Program Start to Finish

Experimenters are met by their two group leaders at a specific meeting location in the designated departure airport in the US. Group leaders immediately start engaging students in conversations and ice-breaker activities. Right away – and continuing throughout the in-country orientation – leaders work with Experimenters to increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness. During the course of the program, leaders keep in close contact with homestay families, conduct group excursions, and guide students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. At the end of the program, leaders help students synthesize their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves and the world into their lives moving forward.

Commitment to Diversity

The Experiment is committed to recruiting and supporting students of diverse backgrounds, and thus The Experiment is equally committed to hiring Group Leaders who represent diverse geographic, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Read More


Dec 17

JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Abundance of Less’

“Although the purpose of The Abundance of Less might be to extol the virtues of simple living, it emerges as an enriching journey into the world of many extraordinary people.” (North Atlantic Books)

By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagataken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia SubChapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a masters degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com.

Simple living. Sustainability. Living off the grid. Practices and ideals that could bring about an enriching life and possibly freedom for many people—as well as concepts that have become more prevalent in recent years.

But the above-mentioned buzzwords aren’t endemic to the West. Thanks to Andy Couturier, the stories of Japanese living the most sustainable lives they can outside of the mainstream is documented in The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan.

Couturier, a former English teacher and staff writer for the Japan Times, originally profiled ten Japanese living “a very principled way of life” that didn’t feed the capitalist machine for his 2010 book A Different Kind of Luxury. Spurred on by a surge in environmental activism following the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the author provides updates on each of the people he profiled in his original book (unfortunately, two of them have since passed away).

The people providing the “lessons” are (or have been), among other things, an anarchist; a writer/filmmaker inspired by the hippie counterculture; and a painter. Couturier was introduced to several of the ten people he wrote about by Atsuko and Gufu Watanabe, a couple he and his partner Cynthia met while teaching in Japan. Although the bookends of The Abundance of Less are dominated by his observations about life in Japan, a how-to guide for those wanting to follow in his footsteps (Couturier and his partner built their abode in California by themselves and applied many of the principles they learned in Japan) and his life story, the book largely focuses on the remarkable individuals he profiles.

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Dec 16

JET Prefecture Round up 12.16.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

santa ornament

Happy Christmas!

 

Global Cafe: A Christmas Special

When: 17 December

Where: Kyoto Prefecture

Kameoka International Exchange Association is hosting a Christmas party this Sunday. It’s free for foreigners and includes snacks, games, presents, and a little craft workshop.

 

Shiga Christmas Day Party

When: 25 December

Where: Shiga Prefecture

For those of you who’re staying in Japan for Christmas, you’re invited along to a Christmas day get together and potluck dinner.

 

DIY Kadomatsu Workshop

When: 29 December

Where: Ishi-gun, Shimane Prefecture

Kadomatsu are traditional Japanese New Year decorations. Come visit Iinan and learn how to make your own, using real bamboo and decorations.


Dec 15

Job: International Policy Analyst – Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (Washington D.C., USA)

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


Position: International Student Engagement Specialist
Posted by: Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Location: Washington D.C., USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Jordan Heiber (Fukui-ken) for the following job opening with his company:

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experience of our workforce to create opportunities for our colleagues and our business. We do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of any protected category.

https://uboc.taleo.net/careersection/10090/jobdetail.ftl?job=10018250-wd

MUFG: International Policy Analyst (Washington, DC)

Description

Discover your opportunity with Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), the 5th largest financial group in the world with total assets of over $2.4 trillion (as ranked by SNL Financial, April 2016) and 140,000 colleagues in nearly 50 countries. In the U.S., we’re 13,000 strong, working together to positively impact every customer, organization, and community we serve. We achieve this by delivering on our values, putting people first, fostering long-term relationships built on honesty and mutual understanding, and inspiring the best in each other. This is all part of our inclusive, high-performing culture supported by Total Rewards that include our cash balance pension plan. Join a team that’s working to fulfill its vision to be the world’s most trusted financial group.

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Dec 15

Job: International Student Engagement Specialist – Bellevue College (Bellevue, WA)

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


Position: International Student Engagement Specialist
Posted by: Bellevue College
Location: Bellevue, WA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum Leah Zoller (Ishikawa-ken) for the following job opening:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/bellevuecollege/jobs/1919314/international-student-engagement-specialist-017131?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Dec 15

Job: Translator – IFSA (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Translator
Posted by: IFSA
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us from Shimizu-san from the International Foreign Students Association (IFSA):

以下情報文開始

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英語ネイティブの方募集!/ English native speaker!

社内翻訳業務/Translation

業界のリーディングカンパニー/Leading company of the industry

【171212】

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http://ifsa.jp/index.php?K171211

▼Company Profile

【Business】Manufacture and sale of automotive parts and machine parts. Leading company of the industry.

【Stock】Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

【Capital】About 67.1 billion yen

▼Job Overview

【Job Description】

As translation charge in the company, you are in charge of the  English translation duties of the Japanese document. A document to treat is a disclosure document for stockholders, compliance-related documents, other public information documents. You sometimes do support of a conference call with an overseas base and all kinds’ global meeting and making of minutes. Because you have opportunities to handle confidential information, you need to work with a high awareness of compliance.

【仕事の魅力】

社内の他の翻訳担当者と切磋琢磨しながら、翻訳・通訳のスキル向上・経験を養うことが出来ます。特定の部署に所属することで、該当部門での専門知識に広く、深く接することができます。ただし専門知識が必要となる資料の翻訳は外部委託しておりますので、翻訳についての知見があれば早期にキャッチアップ頂けます。ご入社後の働きぶりに応じて、正社員登用の可能性もございます。

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Dec 15

S-DOC: Spanish Classes in New York City

J-DOC, C-DOC, S-DOC, A-DOC and K-DOC are recurring features written by Friend Of JET, Jon Hills, who maintains the blog for Hills Learning (www.hillslearning.com). Hills Learning is a NY-based language learning center that offers group and private Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Arabic and Spanish classes.

Spanish Class listing can be found at: Spanish Classes NYC

Congratulations on choosing to learn the Spanish language! In New York City, there’s a variety of Spanish classes offered from a variety of institutions. What this article does is discuss learning Spanish, and some similarities that Spanish has with Japanese (Assuming most people on this website have been exposed to Japanese).

First of all, why learn Spanish? If you live in New York, there’s an honest answer: a very large amount of people speak it. It’s estimated that about 25% of New Yorkers have Spanish as their native language (and you can multiply that by whatever population estimate for New York you prefer).

Now to approach Spanish from a Japanese perspective. Surprisingly enough the vowel sounds in Japanese can also be found in Spanish, in fact they’re identical. AIUEO all have identical matches in Spanish, so those years you’ve been speaking and using Japanese have gotten you prepared to use some of the vowel sounds in Spanish.

I know what you’re thinking, Japanese is such a different language than Spanish, why would I bother with learning this language? Well keep in mind because you’re reading this article you speak English so the grammar patterns will be similar. Also probably as most of you have experienced the resources for keeping up with Japanese when you live in New York are limited, versus Spanish has public tv stations, radio, and many other facets.

The most important thing I’ll end with is that surprisingly enough, when you develop your ability to speak one language, it actually enables you to speak another language easier. I think the confidence that you develop when you find a voice in a second language adds to your confidence to continue to build on this with a third language. I wish all of you the best of luck in your language pursuits! Please feel free to ask any questions.


Dec 12

JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Speak and Read Japanese’

Speak and Read Japanese won’t be mistaken for the most thorough guide for learning the language. But it is a nice reminder that injecting humor into language learning can go a long way.” (Stone Bridge Press)

By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagataken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia SubChapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a masters degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com.

Your JET experience (hopefully) included a lot of Japanese study. Whether you remember what learned is another story. But it might have helped to concoct some humorous words and phrases to help you best retain the new vocabulary.

Enter the world of mnemonics, courtesy of author Larry Herzberg. The longtime professor has created a language guide titled Speak and Read Japanese: Fun Mnemonic Devices for Remembering Japanese Words and Their Meanings.

You might be wondering, just what are mnemonics? They’re tools language learners might find indispensable in preventing the meanings of new words from escaping their minds. Early in Speak and Read Japanese, Herzberg mentions that such memory hooks have served as the best method of learning new vocabulary in foreign languages for him, for if he could tie the sound of words he was trying to learn to a word in English, he was more likely to retain the new vocabulary.

So is Herzberg’s work a productive tool for language learners? Well, much of the book is an English-Japanese dictionary featuring the translation of many common words and better yet (for hardcore Japanese learners), detailed breakdowns of each word’s kanji as well as literal translations for some terms. You might not have known that hikouki (airplane) is literally translated as “flying-going machine” and shinshitsu (bedroom) means “sleeping room.” And those wanting to improve writing kanji will be pleased to discover a chart of radicals toward the end of the book.

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Dec 9

JET Prefecture Round Up! 12.09.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

 

storm trooper

Are you psyched yet?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

When: 15 December

Where: Oita City, Oita Prefecture

Oita AJET welcomes one and all to watch the latest Star Wars flick.

 

Aomori AJET Skating and Gift Exchange

When: 16 December

Where: Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture

Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, join Aomori AJET for some winter fun and holiday cheer. Bring a pressie if you’re interested in the gift exchange.

 

hipster in sweater

It’ll be Christmas soon!

TA JET Holiday Party

When: 16 December

Where: Kurayoshi, Tottori Prefecture

Get in the spirit with Tottori AJET. Bring a gift and money for dinner and drinks!

 

Ugly Sweater Potluck and White Elephant

When: 16 December

Where: Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture

Get together with Oki AJET to celebrate with an ugly Christmas sweater party and gift exchange!


Dec 8

Job: Sales Representative and Sales Assistant Roles – Okaya (USA), Inc (IL, IN, GA or NC)

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


Position: Sales Representative and Sales Assistant Roles
Posted by: Okaya (USA), Inc
Location: Chicago (IL), Indianapolis (IN), Atlanta (GA), or Raleigh-Durham (NC)
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Amir Bahrami (Fukushima-ken) for the following job listings with his company:

Okaya (USA), Inc. (http://www.okayausa.com), the US subsidiary of Okaya Kouki (http://www.okaya.co.jp/en/index.html), one of Japan’s oldest trading companies is currently looking for candidates to fill Sales Representative and Sales Assistant roles in several of our offices around the United States. Current openings are for our Chicago (IL), Indianapolis (IN), Atlanta (GA), and Raleigh-Durham (NC) branches. Candidates with medium to high Japanese proficiency are preferred (JLPT N1/2/3 or equivalent).

While experience working for or with Japanese companies is a plus, Okaya has previously hired JETs upon return to the US and currently employs 2 former JETs (including myself). Any familiarity to with the Japanese automotive industry, logistics, or accounting is a huge plus. While inside sales positions are available, outside sales representatives will be expected to travel significantly in their local area as we work with a diverse array of clients, supplying sourcing and logistical support for projects in the automotive field as well as other industries.

In the past, Okaya USA has typically used recruiters to make contact with prospective employees, but our current Vice-President would like to take a new approach to hiring this time and work with candidates directly. After resume submission and initial contact, interviews will be available at the 4 offices mentioned above as well as our Lexington, KY branch. Relocation support will be provided for successful candidates if needed.

Compensation will be based on experience and competitive within the industry. Full benefits are included as part of the standard compensation package for all full-time employees.

Please feel free to direct any questions or resume submissions to my work email account: (abahrami@okaya-usa.com) After review, you can be expect to be contacted by HR staff from our headquarters or managers at the local branches. Before submission I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about our company and my experiences here as a fellow JET.

I joined Okaya USA last year after my return from 3 years of teaching in Fukushima-ken and have enjoyed my coworkers and working life immensely. I think that trading companies like Okaya offer returning JETs an excellent opportunity to quickly become involved in Japanese business, make use of their Japanese skills on a daily basis, and grow as a professional.


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