Mar 26

JET Community Helps Raise Nearly $50,000 to Support Ishinomaki Students

Taken from the JETAA USA website: Update on JETs Rally for Tohoku Fundraiser Tuesday, March 11th marked the 3-year anniversary of the worst disaster to hit Japan in recent history. 3.11 is a date that few people connected with Japan will ever forget. This is particularly true for alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching […]

Nov 16

    By C-M Daeley (Saga-ken, 2008-2011) for JQ magazine. C-M is a poet, rap lyricist, and travel enthusiast currently working as an English teacher in Tokyo. For a look at some of his other writing, poetry and lyrics, check out his blog at With today’s 24-hour global news cycle, it is sometimes difficult to […]

Oct 21

    By Yeu-Li Huang (Yamanashi-ken, 2007-2010) for JQ magazine. Yeu-Li is the current chapter secretary of the JET Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE). MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The JET Alumni Association of Minnesota (JETAAMN) hosted this year’s USA National Conference from Sept. 26-29 with assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Council of […]

Jun 6

Let’s Talk Japan Podcast, Episode 11 – Live Your Dream: A conversation with film director Regge Life

  Let’s Talk Japan is a twice monthly, interview format podcast covering a wide range of Japan-related topics.  Host Nick Harling (Mie-ken, 2001-03) lived in Japan from 2001 until 2005, including two great years as a JET Program participant in Mie-Ken.  He practices law in Washington, D.C., and lives with his wife who patiently listens to him talk […]

Mar 12

JET Alumni Meet Prime Minister Abe in D.C.

Via the CLAIR New York (aka Japan Local Government Center) Blog: JET Alumni Meet Prime Minister Abe in D.C. (click to see photos of the event) On February 22nd, around 15 JET alumni were invited to the reception held by Japan’s Prime Minister Abe in Washington, D.C. Among them were Mr. Michael Green (Senior Vice President […]

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 […]

Nov 17

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Gillam, Senior Researcher at the Japan Local Government Center

By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm […]

May 13

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Director Regge Life on ‘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. Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is the latest work by filmmaker and Global Film Network founder Regge Life, who […]

Jan 24

JETAA USA Receives Message of Thanks from Hope for Tomorrow

Originally posted on the JETAA USA website by JETAA USA Country Rep Jessyca Wilcox: JETAA USA Receives Message of Thanks from Hope for Tomorrow JETAA USA donated part of their Earthquake Relief Fund to the Japanese NPO, Hope for Tomorrow. The main focus of Hope for Tomorrow is to provide financial support for the incurred travel […]

Jan 18

2012 JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) for US High School Students

Via the Japan Foundation Los Angeles website.  This program is for any high school students interested in Japan. The program was created by the Japan Foundation to honor the memories of JETs Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, Ishinomaki-shi) & Monty Dickson (Iwate-ken, Rikuzentakata-shi) who were lost in the tragic events of March 11th 2011. 2012 JET MEMORIAL INVITATION PROGRAM (JET […]

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 […]

Jul 18

***************** Thanks to Andy Anderson, father of Taylor Anderson, for sharing information and the video link below.  FYI, JETAA USA had the honor of Mr. Anderson attending the National Conference this past weekend in Washington, D.C. and speaking to the conference attendees (2 representatives from each JETAA chapter in the U.S.) The Ministry of Foreign […]

Jun 14

******** Thanks to Fukui JET Mike Maher-King for forwarding on this Japan Times article about Iwate CIR Amanda Krips. JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious By SETSUKO KAMIYA Staff writer Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MORIOKA, Iwate Pref. — Iwate Prefecture’s coast suffered some of the most severe damage in the March 11 quake and […]

Jun 6

AJET June 2011 Newsletter Highlights

Message from the Out-going Chair Hi Everyone, My term as AJET Chair is coming to an end on June 15th. This year National AJET has made great strides in improving the JET Programme. In December 2010 a report was given about the Tokyo Orientations, and in light of the discussions, some Tokyo Orientation workshops will […]

May 6

Thank you to Vancouver-based JET alum Alison Dacia Brown (Iwate-ken, Rikuzentakata, 2005-2008) for sharing the below piece which she originally wrote for JETAA British Columbia: “Rikuzentakata” Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture is the best little town that you’ve never been to. I think I can safely assume that. I think Vancouverites in particular would have appreciated […]

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