Mar 7

JCIE Special Report: US Giving in Response to Japan’s March 11 Disaster Tops $630 Million

Thanks to  Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), for sharing his organization’s special report, which notes the grassroot efforts of JETAA USA among others. “JCIE Special Report:  US Giving in Response to Japan’s March 11 Disaster Tops $630 Million” “A JCIE survey of hundreds of American and Japanese organizations estimates that […]


Feb 9

By Filmore Ha (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08).  Filmore continues to live and work in the Greater Tokyo Area as an FAE and is also webmaster for JETAA Tokyo.  He is actively seeking new opportunities in the U.S. or Canada. Back today with another roundup of JET related news after a brief hiatus.  This roundup will include items from last month as […]


Feb 5

Thanks to Jim Gannon for passing on the following update about the JETAA USA Fund: The JETAA USA donation of $26,700 to Hope for Tomorrow has apparently been extremely effective, allowing Hope for Tomorrow to provide subsidies to cover travel and other exam-related costs for a full 70 students from Takata High School in Rikuzentakata. […]


Dec 15

JET alum paper published: “A New Framework for US-Japan Development Cooperation”

Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), has a new paper published as part of JCIE’s “Enhanced Agenda for US-Japan Partnership” paper series titled: “A New Framework for US-Japan Development Cooperation“ (PDF)  http://www.jcie.org/researchpdfs/USJapanPapers/Gannon.pdf Click here for other JCIE papers in the series.


Dec 7

Photos from Rikuzentakata Tutoring Project supported in part by JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund

Thanks to Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94) for forwarding the below photos of the  “Youth Empowerment Iwate“ Rikuzentakata tutoring project that received $25,000 in support from the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund. These photos are from a November 10 visit to one of the several middle schools in town where the project is operating three times a week. These photos are of […]


Nov 9

*************** Thanks to JETAA USA Country Representative (and JETAA USA Fund Committee member) Megan Miller (Hyogo-ken) for the following summary of the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund’s disbursements.  It was originally an e-mail sent to the JETAA USA chapter officers Google Group which has been modified slightly for posting here: Dear US Chapters, The fund committee […]


Nov 6

******************* Update 11/07/11:  The Ministry of Education has apparently been impressed enough by Youth Empowerment for Iwate to send a team to observe them.  And fyi, the group now has a website as well:  http://soup1993.com/epatch.html ******************* There’s a nice Daily Yomiuri article (“Study halls opened in honor of ‘Monty-sensei‘”) on Monty Dickson and the contribution JETAA USA will be making to […]


Oct 7

Return on JET-vestment: AJET Chair Matthew Cook on the recent 25th Anniversary JET Programme Symposium

***************** Originally posted to the AJET website by National AJET Chair Matthew Cook (Osaka) who was an attendee of the 25th Anniversary JETProgramme Symposium, where, notably, JET alum Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), was invited to speak about the JET Programme and the JET Alumni Association. It’s been a […]


Aug 17

JET Programme 25th Anniversary Symposium to be held by Japanese government

******************** FYI, this is a big deal and something to pay attention to, especially in terms of the future of JET.  One of the speakers, notably, will be Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA).  I believe AJET President Matthew Cook (Osaka, 2007-12) may also be in attendance. […]


Aug 7

*************** This editorial in support of the JET Programme by Hitoshi Tanaka appeared originally in Japanese in The Mainichi Daily News.  Thanks to Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), for sharing the article.  And special thanks to Laura Kamutaka (CIR Miyagi-ken, Shiogama-shi, 2005-07) for translating it into […]


Jul 24

JET alum with key role in post-Katrina response meets with JET alum working on Japan earthquake disaster response

I learned from Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), that in the course of his recent work with JCIE/USA to help coordinate U.S. efforts to support Japan with disaster relief, Jim had the opportunity to set up a meeting in New York for Japanese representatives from key […]


Jul 22

Challenges facing the US-Japan Earthquake Relief Response

I had the privilege yesterday of being invited by Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA), to attend a unique information and idea exchange titled “Funding Meeting:  US-Japan Cooperation on Supporting the Japan Disaster Response.” The gathering, organized by JCIE/USA and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership […]


Mar 16

Japan and Beyond: Advice for donating after disasters

Thanks to JET alum Jim Gannon (Ehime), Director of the New York office of the Japan Center for International Exchange, for sharing this very helpful and informed Huffington Post article: Japan and Beyond:  Advice for donating after disasters Saundra Schimmelpfennig, Founding Director, The Charity Rater, LLC he following is a series of dos and don’ts […]


Dec 27

JetWit Writing Opportunities: 12/27/10

Starting in 2011, JetWit will be teaming up with JETAA New York’s JQ magazine to feature JET alum and Japan-related feature stories! Much like JQ’s Brainstorm Crew postings featuring story ideas, we would like to present the below JetWit Writing Opportunities for real-time instant story posting. This means no more waiting for the publication of […]


Dec 14

Report: “Reinvigorating US-Japan Policy Dialogue and Study” and implications for JET

There’s a very JET-relevant report just published by the Japan Center for International Exchange titled “Reinvigorating US-Japan Dialogue and Study.” (Notably, JET alum Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94), Executive Director for the US office of JCIE, was involved in the drafting of the report.) Though the report only mentions the JET Program once (on page 33 […]


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