Feb 19

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Urusei Yatsura’ Returns, Puppet Theatre

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

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:

20th Century Fox

Now playing

Alita: Battle Angel

Various locations/prices

The number one movie in the world! From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) comes Alita: Battle Angel, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment based on the acclaimed manga series by Yukito Kishiro. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, she discovers a clue to her past through unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control.

VIZ Media

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Urusei Yatsura, Vol. 1

$19.99 MSRP

After decades out of print, the hilarious manga classic that launched the career of Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½, Inuyasha) returns in all-new deluxe English editions! Beautiful space alien princess Lum invades Earth on her UFO, and unlucky Ataru Moroboshi’s world gets turned upside down! Will Lum become Earth’s electrifying new leader? Or will Ataru somehow miraculously save Earth from space alien onslaught? In a high-stakes game of tag, Ataru must touch Lum’s horns in ten days—or aliens will take over the earth! As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!

Courtesy of Ticketfly.com



Friday, Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.

Marty Friedman

Saint Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Avenue (Brooklyn)


Fluent in Japanese, this ex-Cacophony/Megadeth axeman’s overwhelming love of Japanese music and the Japanese language found him moving to Tokyo in 2003. It is there where his career took off in very unexpected ways. Currently he is a constant fixture on Japanese television (appearing on hundreds of network programs of all types, and as the face of long running campaigns for Fanta/Coca Cola, Sumitomo Bank, Suntory etc.), as well as appearing in major motion pictures. He is also the author of two hardcover books in Japanese detailing his unusual views on the current Japanese music scene, as well as two best-selling manga-related books, which are both in their eighth editions now. Catch Friedman as he supports his latest release, One Bad M.F. Live!!, with his band featuring Kiyoshi (bass), Jordan Ziff (guitar), and Chargeeee (drums). Featuring support by Immortal Guardian.

© Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater

Feb. 28-March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$40, $33 Japan Society members

Koryu Nishikawa, the fifth grand master of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, returns to NYC (and marking the first bunraku performance at Japan Society in a decade) with four female-focused stories from classic literature: Kuzunoha, about a mother’s undying love for her child; Date Musume Koi Higanoko, which depicts a woman’s heroic sacrifice for her lover; Tsuri On’na, a comical piece about “fishing” for a wife; and Yugao, a new work from Nishikawa based on a story from The Tale of Genji, in which the jealous spirit of one of Genji’s lovers possesses a young woman he’s courting. Kuruma ningyo, literally meaning “puppets on wheels,” refers to the company’s unique technique in which the puppeteer sits atop a three-wheeled dolly, adding an element of dynamism and power to each character. Don’t miss this rare chance to see a full-scale production with chanters and shamisen players. Performed in Japanese with English titles. A pre-performance lecture begins one hour prior to the start of the performance. The Feb. 28 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

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Feb 15

Job: Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Mission – Consul General of Japan (New York, NY, USA)

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

Job Title: Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM)/ Deputy Consul General
Posted by: Consul General of Japan
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the Consul General of Japan, New York:

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Seeking an Employee for the Consulate General of Japan in New York

The Consulate General of Japan in New York is currently seeking to hire an Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM)/ Deputy Consul General. The deadline for all job applications is 15/03/2019.

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


  • Manage DCMs schedule
  • Schedule meetings and appointments and manage travel itineraries
  • Organize breakfasts/lunches/dinners hosted by DCM which includes inviting guests and making restaurant reservations
  • Coordinate executive communications, including taking calls and responding to emails
  • Draft, edit and finalize correspondence
  • Welcome DCM’s guests by greeting and escorting them to his office
  • Screen phone calls or emails; answering or directing inquiries.
  • Maintain a strict level of confidentiality
  • Cover tasks of Ambassador’s Executive Assistant in her absence
  • Assist on other duties as deemed necessary

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Feb 15

Job: Communications Assistant – Embassy of Japan (Washington, DC)

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

Job Title: Communications Assistant
Posted by: Embassy of Japan, Public Affairs Section
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Communications Assistant for the Public Affairs section. This individual is primarily responsible for public engagement for the Embassy via social and digital media.

Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with lunch time receptionist duty once a month and regular weeknight and/or weekend events (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience and skills of the candidate. Benefits includes group health insurance coverage, paid time off, sick leave and an annual bonus. There is a potential salary increase based on individual performance.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Draft content such as posts on social and digital media for the Embassy’s account about Japan or topics that are of interest to the Embassy.
  • Monitor social and digital media on what is being said about Japan or topics that are of interest to the Embassy.
  • Conduct research related to public affairs such as cultural/social events and media outlets.
  • Attend and report on individual events or cultural promotions in the Washington D.C. area, and prepare drafts of posts for social and digital media about those events.
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate, including but not limited to: helping plan and organize receptions, cultural events, meetings, and seminars under the direction of diplomatic staff, taking pictures of cultural/social events, providing internal translations and transcribing recordings.

For more information please go to: https://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/job-publicaffairs-communications-assistant.html

How to apply: E-mail your resume and cover letter to: publicaffairs-staff@ws.mofa.go.jp by Friday, March 8th. Please write “Communications Assistant” in the subject line of your email.

Feb 12

Brainstorm and Networking event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

USJETAA is hosting a fun brainstorm session over lunch in Atlanta on Sunday 2/16 1pm to 5pm. Come learn how to get involved and what is on the horizon for the chapter and sub-chapters. Please share with any JET alumni friends that live in GA, NC, SC and AL. Together we can strengthen the JET alumni community!



Feb 11

Job: Director – Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA)

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

Job Title: Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship Program
Posted by: Yale University
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a JET-relevant job passed along to us:

Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship Program

The Office of Fellowships and Funding in the Center for International and Professional Experience at Yale University is seeking a highly organized, student-focused individual with exceptional supervisory, communication, data management and stewardship skills to direct the Richard U. Light Fellowship Program (RUL) and advise on and manage competitions for other internal and national fellowships.  Reporting to the Director of Fellowship Programs, and as part of a dynamic and creative fellowships team, the RUL Program Director will provide the overall vision for and management of this highly successful program now in its third decade of operation.  The RUL Program supports the study of East Asian languages in approved programs in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea for approx. 135 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students annually.

The full job description and requirements can be found here: https://yalecollege.yale.edu/director-richard-u-light-fellowship-program

A direct link to the application can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TqO2j3

Feb 8

Job: Resident Director – American Councils for International Education (Japan)

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

Job Title: Resident Director
Posted by: American Councils for International Education
Location: Japan
Contract: Full-Time, Short Term

Here’s a summer job passed along to us:

Summer CLS Resident Director Job in Japan

American Councils for International Education is currently hiring short-term Resident Directors for the Critical Language Scholarship’s Japanese summer 2019 immersion program.

Resident Directors are the first-level of support for CLS students for the duration of the program. The Resident Director supports student success by ensuring the health and safety of the participants. Resident Directors report to the DC office weekly and are expected to communicate regularly with their DC-based Program Officer, particularly if adjustment, health, or safety issues occur.

The CLS in-country partner is responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position. The approximate dates of the program are June to August. Resident Directors also attend a mandatory 3 day training in Washington, D.C. during May.

Competitive applicants will have demonstrated student support experience for undergraduate and/or graduate students, or experience leading or supporting a study abroad or language immersion program. Applicants must have advanced proficiency in Japanese. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Click here to apply for the Japanese Program Resident Director Position.

Feb 8

Job: Language Center and Library – Associate Japan Society (New York, NY, USA)

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

Job Title: Language Center and Library Associate
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent directly to us from the organization:


Japan Society’s Language Center offers a variety of courses, workshops and intensives throughout the year in Japanese language, shodo (Japanese calligraphy), and English, among other specialized courses. The Language Center and Library Associate will perform daily operations related to the Center, and provide administrative support to the Director of the Language Center and Library.


  • Facilitating and managing student registration and program administration;
  • Managing course and event schedules;
  • Updating records in various databases, including Raiser’s Edge, as needed;
  • Overseeing all Language Center interns and volunteers;
  • Responding to inquiries regarding the Language Center and its programs from current and prospective students;
  • Assisting with special Language Center events, activities, and projects.

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Feb 7

The Story Pub: JET Alum’s new storytelling website wants your stories!

The Story Pub

Everyone has stories.
We believe those stories should be shared.
The Story Pub is a place to share those stories.

Click to Submit

Co-created by JET Alum Jay Schneider (Hyogo, ’97-’00), The Story Pub is a new website looking for real stories from real people, and we know JETs have lots of great stories to share! Whether your stories are about your adventures in Japan or elsewhere in the world, we want you to share your stories. The Story Pub accepts written stories on any topic at any time, but invites you to submit a story to our first Theme Challenge:

Theme Challenge: February 2019

Topic: New (that’s the topic–“new”)

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 17, 2019 (11:59 PM SST)

Entries will be posted starting: February 19, 2019

Instructions: Think of a story from your own life which relates to the topic for the theme challenge. Write that story. Submit that story. Make sure when you do, you choose the correct Theme Challenge category. Wait for your story to be published.

What’s “New?”

How you interpret the topic is up to you, but it could be:

  • That time you started a new job, new relationship or new storytelling website
  • That time you traveled to a new place
  • When you moved to a new country, city, or just a new apartment
  • That time you decided to try something new and submit a story to that new storytelling website

Again, how you choose to relate your story is up to you, however if you have a great story, but aren’t really sure that it fits the theme, remember, The Story Pub accepts stories on any topic and any time.

Welcome to The Story Pub

Feb 7

Justin’s Japan: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

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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.

Hollywood adaptations of famous anime and manga series have a history of troubled birth and indifferent reception. “Speed Racer,” “Dragonball: Evolution,” and “Ghost in the Shell” didn’t click with fans of the source material, nor did they gain new ones through the interpretations of directors who might not have grasped their appeal in the first place. “Alita: Battle Angel” looks to change that trend.

Produced and co-written by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez (the “Sin City” and “Spy Kids” films), “Alita” brings original creator Yukito Kishiro’s epic to the big screen. Rosa Salazar (“Maze Runner,” “Bird Box”) plays the titular heroine, a cyborg with saucer-like eyes and a combat-scarred past who is revived in the post-apocalyptic future world of Iron City. Using her newfound skills as a bounty hunter, Alita fights to rediscover her humanity and find a place in her new surroundings.

With a cast that includes Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali and Jennifer Connelly, along with a reported $200 million production budget with Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D screenings, “Alita” has received advance praise: “The A.V. Club” calls it Rodriguez’s “best movie in ages,” and “The Verge” calls it “a worldbuilding triumph.”

First published in 1990 under the title “Gunnm” and recently reissued here as deluxe hardcover editions by “Attack on Titan” publisher Kodansha Comics, the film adaptation was first considered by devotee Cameron as his feature follow-up to “Titanic.” Rodriguez came aboard in 2015 as the steward to his vision, which includes 1,500 CGI shots in native 3D, climaxing with Iron City’s motorball competition, which blends turbo racing with gladiatorial combat.

“Alita: Battle Angel” premieres in North America February 14. For more information, visit www.foxmovies.com/movies/alita-battle-angel.

Feb 7

Mothra “Leaps of Faith”: a JETAANY Storytelling Event

JETAANY is excited to invite you and your colleagues to our first-ever, live storytelling event, co-hosted by JETwit’s own, Steven Horowitz and Kirsten Henning! Come to the historic Hostelling International NYC on Saturday, February 23 for the chance to hear true stories told live on stage about experiences related to the JET Program. Laugh, cry, and connect with other community members at an evening of spellbinding tales!

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 7:00 PM. (Doors open at 6:30 PM.)
WHERE: The Ballroom at Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
ADMISSION: $10 online (early bird special 2/17), $12 at the door. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Buy Tickets Here

RSVP: No RSVP required, just bring your ticket. See who else is coming on the FB events page.

The JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit based in NYC. We are the New York branch of a 70,000 strong community of former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), all having lived and worked in Japan through the Japanese government. Our organization has been promoting intercultural understanding and exchange for over 30 years. In that time, thousands of stories have been lived and told by JET alumni, as well as the people they connected with. Through this event, we hope to share the spirit of the JET Program with you and help alumni recall their own fond memories.

Thank you for your support. We hope to see you on the 23rd!


May <social@jetaany.org>

Feb 6

Job: Associate Producer – NHK General Bureau for America (Manhattan, NY, USA)

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

Job Title: Associate Producer
Posted by: NHK General Bureau for America
Location: Manhattan, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a JET-relevant job passed along to us:

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is seeking an associate producer (full-time position). This position will be working with Japanese correspondents for research, phone interviews, traveling with camera crews, etc.

Knowledge of the Japanese language is plus but not required.

NHK General Bureau for America (NHK GBA) is seeking a full-time Associate Producer to join our news team in North America.  The Associate Producer will assist NHK GBA correspondents with all aspects of news production duties including but not limited to:

  • Conducting research for general, social and cultural issues, and breaking news stories;
  • Pitching story ideas for feature news stories;
  • Arranging and coordinating on-location filming, interviews and travel logistics;
  • Traveling for domestic and international newsgathering location work, including breaking news situations;
  • Preparing and reporting in English for “NHK World” (NHK’s international news service in English);

This position will start as soon as possible. You must be able to come for an in-person interview.

NHK is Japan’s largest and sole public broadcasting network nationwide and worldwide. NHK GBA is based in Manhattan, New York, and covers news in North and South America for NHK’s various news and documentary programs.




Basic Qualifications:

  • Must show a strong interest in broadcast journalism, especially related to social and cultural issues, and breaking news;
  • Be able to work under deadline pressure;
  • Be a resourceful, outgoing self-starter;
  • Have good communication skills;
  • Be willing to travel;
  • Language: Fluent English required, Japanese and Spanish preferred.
  • Microsoft OFFICE skills

How To Apply:

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to jobs@nhkny.comClips and portfolio are welcome; kindly refrain from phone inquiries.

Feb 5

Job: Software Engineer – Nisshin Global (Shizuoka, Japan)

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

Job Title: Software Engineer
Posted by: Nisshin Global
Location: Shizuoka, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent directly to us from the company:

A Shizuoka based media company is looking for a software engineer with experience using PHP and Ruby. This is a good opportunity for those who are interested in working in the ever-changing media and publishing field. N3 level Japanese required.

  • Wide variety of publications across different mediums
  • Creation of impactful media content
  • Good exposure to the media and publishing field in Japan

The Company: This company was founded 25 years ago as a local publishing company printing free magazines with content centered around places, events, and restaurants around Shizuoka city. Since its establishment, the company has enlarged its operations to include internet- based media and creation of online content. The company is now looking for software engineers as the company is looking to extend their distribution to neighbouring cities. Non-Japanese are encouraged to apply.


  • Utilise existing software engineering skills to create programs and exciting content
  • Sharing unique ideas and perspectives with the team

Key Requirements:

  • Software programming experience using Ruby and PHP
  • Japanese N3 and up

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Feb 5

Job: System Engineer – Nisshin Global (Gunma, Japan)

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

Job Title: System Engineer
Posted by: Nisshin Global
Location: Gunma, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

A software engineering company in Gunma is seeking a foreign national programmer to join their development team. This is a great opportunity for applicants interested in planning, designing, and executing original software. Business level Japanese (N2) required.

  • Good opportunity to learn software programming skills
  • Candidates without experience are welcome to apply

The Company: Established in 2000, this company has been providing quality system and software solutions for the past 18 years. With the company vision being “To always provide to our customers the best software technology to suit their needs with the utmost intelligence and imagination”, they have produced software solutions such as e-ticketing and hotel reservation systems and applications for iOS, in addition to many others.

Location: Gunma


  • Planning, designing, and executing original software
  • Working on projects with a team
  • Effective problem solving and critical thinking

Key Requirements:

  • Business Japanese (N2 and above)
  • Conversational English
  • Eagerness to learn new skills
  • Good team player

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Feb 5

Job: Head of Marketing UK – InsideAsia Tours Ltd (Bristol, London, UK)

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

Job Title: Head of Marketing UK
Posted by: InsideAsia Tours Ltd
Location: Bristol, London, UK
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:


InsideAsia Tours Ltd is recruiting for an experienced senior marketeer to take charge of the UK marketing operations of the business. Leading your own team and reporting directly to the Board, you will be a key contributor to realising the company’s growth ambitions. We are looking for a positive individual who has an infectious enthusiasm for marketing which will be transmitted through to the whole marketing team and the wider UK team and business.

You will have a proven track record of delivering business goals through the design and delivery of marketing strategy. You’ll be an excellent communicator with a rich understanding of how consumers connect with brands and will be able to use that to enhance the business’ connection with its clients. You will be equally as excited by analysis of the metrics as by generating and delivering creative ideas. And of course, as we are incredibly passionate about our product and our destination countries, a love of travel and experience of travelling in Asia won’t go amiss.

What we offer you is the chance to be part of the next phase of development for one of the UK’s fastest growing travel companies. We have an energised, friendly work culture with a committed team; tens of thousands of happy clients; and a multi award-winning product. There will be opportunities for travel to experience what we sell first-hand as well as to visit our overseas offices located in Boulder Colorado (USA), Brisbane (Australia), and Nagoya and Tokyo (Japan).

For full details of the Head of Marketing UK role, please click here

If you wish to apply for the vacancy, please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, together with a comprehensive cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to: jobs@insideasiatours.com

For this role, the following dates apply:

Closing date:  Wednesday 20th February 2019
Interviews:     Week commencing Monday 25th February 2019
Start date:      To be negotiated


Feb 4

Job: Program Assistant – Japan Center for International Exchange (New York, NY)

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

Job Title: Program Assistant
Posted by: Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA)
Location: New York, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-1994) for the following job opening at his organization:

The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) is seeking a full-time program assistant to help implement various programs and support office administrators. An NYC-based nonprofit organization, JCIE/USA strengthens US-Japan relations by conducting exchanges for political leaders, fostering dialogue between policymakers and researchers, and serving as a catalyst for bilateral cooperation on shared challenges such as global health, international development, and humanitarian assistance.

This is an entry-level job that can give a good introduction to the field of US-Japan relations. It requires considerable flexibility and strong organizational skills. Responsibilities will include:

  • Program Support (35%) –assist in coordinating exchanges, studies, and conferences; etc.
  • Office Administration (30%) – support for general office operations
  • Support for Communications/Website & Office IT (35%) – help write & edit grant proposals; draft website updates, etc.

More detailed information on the position is on the JCIE website at: www.jcie.org/201901-job-announcement
To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Kiyoko Shiromasa at admin@jcie.org.


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