May 3

Event: Tomodachi-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program – Friday May 10th deadline

Thanks to JETAA NC’s Mark Frey for sharing this posting. Posted by Kay Monroe (Miyazaki-shi, 1995 -97). Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email. ——————————————————————————————————— The TOMODACHI Initiative is now accepting applications for the 2013 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program! TOMODACHI is seeking twenty outstanding […]


Feb 5

Job: Oakland Asian Cultural Center Seeks Executive Director (CA)

Thanks to JETAA Northern California VP Mark Frey who has worked closely with OACC for the past two years.  Posted by Kay Monroe (Miyazaki-shi, 1995 -97). Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email. ———————————————————————————————————— Position: Executive Director Posted by: The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) […]


Oct 9

Roland Kelts Praises the Who’s Pete Townshend in ‘The New Yorker’

Courtesy of JETAA Northern California’s Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-06): In a new article by JET alum Roland Kelts (Osaka-shi, 1998-99) on Pete Townshend in The New Yorker, Kelts references his book Japanamerica—of which  Townshend said “I love that book!” to JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi  at an NYC signing yesterday for his new memoir Who […]


Sep 9

Kagura Tours the East Coast; Some Memories of Kagura in Japan

Posted by JETAA Northern California’s Mark Frey (Kumamoto, 2002-06): For those of you on the East Coast of the U.S., there will be rare Kagura dance performances at the end of October and beginning of November. If you are in the vicinity, I highly recommend you go to see it: http://www.japansociety.org/event/kuromori-kagura-folk-music-dance-from-tohoku. As you may know, […]


Jun 4

Return on JET-vestment: JETAA Northern California’s Kabuki Club Becoming an International Resource for Japanese Performing Arts

************** By Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-06), JETAA Northern California’s Communications Coordinator and former Newsletter Editor. JET Alumni Northern California’s Kabuki Club Becoming an International Resource for Japanese Performing Arts The Kabuki Club of the JET Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC) has come a long way from its humble beginnings in a small Oakland library […]


Aug 14

Update 08/14/11: See below for responses so far from various chapters. This survey is intended to help figure out how much collaboration exists between JETAA chapters and the Japan-America Societies in their area. It comes on the heels of having a chance to talk with and listen to Peter Kelley, President of the National Association […]


Feb 17

Some interesting recent news about the fate of the JET Program. As you know, there was a bit of a dust up last year as the Japanese government reviewed all of its spending programs and that included JET. Anyone interested in helping to prove the worth of the program should check out the JET Return […]


Oct 30

Update 11/10/10: Had a nice email exchange with Carlo Capua (Niigata-ken, 2000-02) who is on the Board of Directors for Sister Cities International, a global network of 2000+ cities who do exchanges with each other at different levels – teacher, humanitarian, governmental, elected official, etc.  According to Carlo, SCI is in almost 200 countries around […]


Sep 29

Career: JETAA Northern California Career and Networking Forum (CNF) – October 3

Posted by JETAA Northern California’s Mark Frey: Join us for a great opportunity to meet professionals from both Japanese and U.S. organizations that play active roles in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as well as recent JET returnees and fellow alumni. The JET Alumni Association of Northern California (JETAANC) Career & Networking Forum […]


Oct 1

JETAA Northern California Newsletter: Summer 2009 Pacific Bridges now online

Via Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-06), Editor of Pacific Bridges, the JETAA Northern California quarterly newsletter. The 2009 Summer Issue of the official JETAA NC newsletter, Pacific Bridge, is now available here!  Get caught up on all of your local alumni happenings! Read it online here: http://www.jetaanc.org/newsletter.html or in the “Files” area of our Yahoo Group […]


Apr 22

Below is a list of various JET alum sub-groups. *Did we leave one out?  E-mail jetwit [at] jetwit.com so we can add it. *If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to step up and create the group yourself.  All you have to do is create a Yahoo, Google, Facebook or LinkedIn group.  […]


Nov 26

Hot off the presses! Pacific Bridge – The JETAA Northern California Newsletter

Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-06), the hardworking newsletter editor for JETAA Northern California, just published the Fall 2008 issue of Pacific Bridge. So have a look!  Take it with you to Thanksgiving.  Read it while you’re stuck in traffic or at the airport. ;-)


Nov 15

POLITICAL ANIMALS – Stories of politics from days of JET

We didn’t go on JET to run for office or start a revolution, but sometimes politics had a way of finding us. Here are some stories from fellow alums. ********************* GIFT CERTIFICATE WINNERS Clara Solomon (CIR Tottori-ken, 1999-2001) Meredith Wutz (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) One Prize: $25 to Kinokuniya Bookstore, now on 6th Ave. between 40th & […]


Jan 31

Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni Relations: Ryan 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 […]


Mar 9

JQ Magazine: Film Review – ‘Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story’

  By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and associate program officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Directed by renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Regge Life, Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is Life’s first documentary about a loss. Best known […]


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