Nov 30

Justin’s Japan: When the White House Came to Japan

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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.

About 30 minutes west of Orlando in Clermont, Florida is the Presidents Hall of Fame. This informative, family-friendly spot contains realistic wax figures, hundreds of pieces of political memorabilia, and a roadside replica of Mount Rushmore.

Its centerpiece is a 60-foot long scale reproduction of the White House with full interior, which has taken over 40 years to research, design and construct. The White House in Miniature was created by John and Jan Zweifel of Orlando, Florida, their family, and hundreds of artisans, creating what the Hall describes as “a gift to the people.”

“John Zweifel developed its concept in 1956,” said Tommy Candido, art director for the Hall. “In the 1960s, he started putting drawings together and doing the research. There’s one story where he found some blueprints in the basement of a library in Chicago. The Secret Service came because they were supposed to have it, but nobody knew about it.”

The miniature toured Japan in July 1995 at a Smithsonian Institute-sanctioned display in Chiba celebrating U.S.-Japan history on the 140th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Amity. Attending the opening event were Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Walter Mondale, and Prince and Princess Akishino.

Candido noted that Zweifel, who is also the Hall’s owner, “has plans for the U.S. Tricentennial in 2076. He has passion and wants this to reteach the people that the United States is more than politics; the replica and the museum transcends politics. If there’s anything that in existence is bipartisan, it’s here.”

The Presidents Hall of Fame is located at 123 N Hwy 27 in Clermont, and is open seven days a week. For more information call (352) 394-2836, email, or visit their homepage at

Nov 28

Job: Administrative 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: Administrative Assistant
Posted by: Embassy of Japan in Washington DC
Location: Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of administrative assistant. This individual is primarily responsible for managing the schedules and activities of diplomats in the Economic Section. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with lunchtime receptionist duty once a month and the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum monthly base salary for this position is USD 3,000.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates will be requested to submit their background check information.


  • Secretarial work such as making appointments, answering phone calls, preparing meeting rooms, checking and collecting news articles and making photocopies.
  • Drafting, editing, and/or proofreading letters, documents, and correspondence in English.
  • Taking notes and occasionally providing brief translation at meetings, events or seminars upon requests from diplomats.
  • Assisting diplomats in the planning and implementation of events such as visiting guests and receptions, making reservations for restaurants, and drawing up itineraries for visitors and drivers.
  • Occasionally monitoring daily news and press releases relevant to the portfolios of the Economic Section diplomats.
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate.

Required and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in English, Japanese ability and study or work experience in Japan preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

How to apply: -mail your resume and cover letter to: by December 7th, 2018.

*Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.


Nov 26

Jobs: 2019 Lead Language Instructor – Council on International Educational Exchange (Tokyo, Japan)

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

Job Title: 2019 Lead Language Instructor
Posted by: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Seasonal

2019 Lead Language Instructor
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad
Tokyo, Japan

Position: Lead Language Instructor
日本語教師 / リードインストラクター /リード日本語教師)
Department: CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad Programs
Reports To: Director, CIEE Site

Position Description

The CIEE Tokyo High School Summer Abroad program is offered in two 4-week sessions during the summer of 2019. Both sessions will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center near Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. CIEE is looking for a Lead Instructor (LI) who embraces our task-based, communicative approach and is excited about language and intercultural learning. The LI will be trained by CIEE on our curriculum guidelines, design the curriculum for our program in cooperation with CIEE staff, train other instructors, teach during both program sessions, and oversee student learning.

  • January 2019: Training / curriculum development / program preparation
  • March 2019: In-person training in Madrid, Spain (exact dates TBA)
  • June 10 to July 7: Session 1
  • July 8 to August 4: Session 2

Primary Responsibilities—Lead Instructor

  • Create / edit / adapt the Japanese language curriculum following CIEE’s curriculum requirements and guidelines.
  • Create detailed lesson plans according to CIEE guidelines.
  • Train other instructors on the curriculum. Act as a resource to them during the program.
  • Teach students in a classroom setting during both summer sessions (3 to 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. Exact dates and times of classes TBA.)
  • Participate in the Lead Instructor training course from January 2019. This course will be Online via the Canvas learning platform.
  • Participate in in-person training in Madrid, Spain in March (exact dates TBA).
  • Support additional instructors during their online training in March and April.
  • During the program work with CIEE Site and Program Leaders to ensure effective communication and curriculum integration
  • Plan and prepare for each day including development of task-based activities that help students meet learning objectives (“can do” statements)
  • Meet with co-Instructors and Program Leaders once a week to ensure the students are meeting goals and the program standards are being met
  • Serve as the primary contact regarding any curriculum-based matter for the level you teach
  • Provide participants with valuable feedback during in-class activities, through assessments against a rubric in Canvas, and through assessments
  • Enter student grades for participation, projects, assessments in Canvas
  • Provide CIEE with valuable feedback in English on the curriculum at the end of each session of the program (in a format agreed upon before the start of the program)
  • At the end of the program, participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, curriculum assessments and evaluations
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Nov 20

Job: Summer 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: Summer CLS Resident Director
Posted by:
American Councils for International Education
Contract: Seasonal

Here’s a summer 2019 job passed along to us:

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

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. Application review will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until each position is filled.

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

Nov 19

Job: Shop Attendant – Fukushima Prefecture (New York City, NY)

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

Job Title: Shop Attendant
Posted by:
Fukushima Prefecture
New York City, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Aya Ota, a coordinator for the Fukushima Prefectural Government for the following part-time job opening:

Fukushima prefectural government of Japan will establish a Fukushima Sake Information Booth at “Canal Street Market” called “Fukushima Sake Challenge Shop,” and they are now hiring part-time staff members in New York.

Please see the following document (PDF): FUKUSHIMA’S SAKE CHALLENGE SHOP

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Aya Ota <>

Nov 19

Job: Temporary Assistant to the JET Program Coordinator – Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

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

Job Title: Temporary Assistant to the JET Program Coordinator
Posted by:
Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Here is a job passed along to us directly from The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles:

The Japanese Consulate in LA is looking for a temporary assistant to help with JET interviews early next year from early January until late February. This assistant would be working with successful application candidates and interviewers to put together schedules, prepare documents, and ensure our week-long interviews run smoothly.

Please see attached or the following:

Nov 15

WIT Life #330: Japan’s 2018 Buzzwords


Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

It’s hard to believe but 2019 is just around the corner, the time when Best of 2018 lists begin to emerge. From Japan, the nominees for this year’s buzzwords have been compiled. The 30 candidates will be whittled down to the top 10 as well as an overall winner, to be announced on December 3 (you can vote for your favorite at the bottom of the link!).

Unsurprisingly, many relate to Prime Minister Abe’s work-style reform initiatives (働き方改革 or hatarakikata kaikaku). I hadn’t heard of short-time harassment (ジタハラ・ 時短ハラスメント or jitahara・jitan-harasumento), the pressure employers put on their workers to reduce overtime and maximize productivity, but I was familiar with the high-level professional system (⾼プロ・⾼度プロフェッショナル制度 or kōdo puro・kōdo purofesshonaru seido). This allows specialists like financial dealers or analysts with ¥10.75 million plus in annual income to be paid based on work performance, rather than hours worked. They won’t receive overtime pay as a result of being exempt from typical regulations, something the opposition party said would lead to longer working hours. It managed to pass and will go into effect for large companies at the start of the next fiscal year.

In the sports category, I liked the selection of buzzword Naomi-esque (なおみ節 or Naomi-bushi). It refers to the gentle and polite way Japanese-Haitian tennis player Naomi Osaka speaks, in contrast to her on-court tenacity. As reported in this blog, she Read More

Nov 10

Job: Executive Associate to the Director and Projects and Programs Administrative Coordinator – East-West Center (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: Executive Associate to the Director and Projects and Programs Administrative Coordinator
Posted by:
East-West Center
Washington, DC
Contract: Full-Time 

Here are two job postings from the East-West Center in Washington, D.C. that might be of interest to JET alumni:

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the East-West Center in Washington, D.C.

We are hiring two positions as detailed below. I would be grateful if you could advise your network about these openings or recommend candidates. Applicants should submit the following

  • An expression of interest/cover letter specifically addressed to one or other of the two positions;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume; and
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. Application materials should be sent to Thank you for your continued support to the East-West Center including the search for these important positions to enhance and expand our program.

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Nov 6

Job: Educational Director – Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen (Brooklyn, NY)

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

Job Title: Educational Director
Posted by:
Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time 

Please see below for a JET-relevant job passed along to us:

Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen (Blue Sky Preschool) is a bilingual Japanese preschool in Brooklyn, founded in 2012. We provide a balanced Japanese-English early childhood education for children living in the multicultural, progressive urban environment of New York City. Our emphasis is not only on teaching the children Japanese values, morals and spirit, but also on instilling a world perspective through activities derived from American and international cultures.

Currently we are seeking an experienced, creative and progressive-thinking educator to lead the growth of our daycare and preschool programs as the Educational Director. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, collaborative spirit, and be a great motivator and supervisor. The Educational Director will be responsible for the continued development and supervision of our educational approach, bilingual curriculum, community outreach, and classroom management. As Aozora Gakuen is a young and growing school, a hands on problem solver with a flexible and creative mindset will be the ideal candidate. Working closely with the Founder/Managing Director, this is an opportunity to use your talent and experience, to help build a school, loved by the students and at the heart of a thriving multi-cultural Japanese community.


  • Master Degree in early childhood education or related field of study
  • Minimum of five years of successful experience as a group teacher in a program for children under six years of age
  • New York State Teaching Certification in Nursery – 6, K – 6, Birth – 2 or Special Education
  • Excellent communication skill in both English and Japanese
  • Computer skill and literacy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Full-time
  • Knowledge and understanding of bilingual education is preferable

TO APPLY: E-mail a cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position, your resume and salary requirements to School Director, Miho Nishimaniwa ( Please indicate “Educational Director Position” in the subject line of email. Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen is an equal opportunity employer.

Brooklyn Aozora Gakuen
535 Clinton Ave, 2nd Floor, Suite 2, Brooklyn NY 11238

DEADLINE: open until position is filled


Nov 4

JETAA Chapter Beats November 2018

Chapter Beats November, 2018

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present)

  1. JETAA Rocky Mountain

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Colorado & Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver
1373 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203When:  Saturday, November 10 @ 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver and the Japan America Society of Colorado, the annual Colorado/Wyoming Japanese language speech contest in coming up on November 10th and JETAA Rocky Mountain has been asked to have a few JETs come and talk about the JET Program. We need two JETs for the morning to set up a table and talk about how awesome their JET experience was. Around noon, the afternoon shift will begin and all four JETs will be treated to free Bento boxes courtesy of the Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA). The Afternoon JETs will staff our table AND give a 15 minute talk and Q&A.

Bring anything you like from your JET experience. Letters from students, and of course photos, really help get people excited about the JET program when they see all the amazing things we get to do and connections we made with our local communities back in Japan.

And of course, JET Alumni are welcome to attend and socialize. The members of CJLEA have been incredibly supportive of the JET program and JETAARM. They are Japanese language teachers after all!




JETAA NY Fall Photo Walk

DATE:       Saturday, November 3rd

TIME:        12:00 – 14:00 EDT



PLACE:    Central Park

5 Av to Central Park W, 59 St to 110 St,

New York, New York 10022


Join us for a casual stroll through Central Park while taking some beautiful pictures of the fall colors. Bring your camera / smartphone / Polaroid and let’s capture the signs of the season. Afterwards, we can show off our new pictures over coffee/tea/snacks.

More details including meeting location to come!

Questions? Contact Andy at community[at]community[dot]org



  1. JETAA NY / Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College

Carnegie Mellon University is a strategic partner of JETAA and are offering opportunities for JET Alumni to learn more about the master’s programs offered at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Their partnership guarantees a 30% minimum scholarship award when JETAA alumni enroll in one of their master’s programs.

Prospective graduate students from a wide spectrum of majors and backgrounds will be interested in learning more about our highly ranked master’s degree programs in Information Systems & Management, Public Policy & Management, and Arts & Entertainment Industry Management.

Please find more information about their Fall Visitation Weekend below:


  • Our Fall Visitation Weekend will take place on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th. Attendees will meet faculty, administrators, and current students to learn about our curriculum, career development, internship opportunities, scholarships, the city of Pittsburgh, and much more. Your students and alumni are eligible for up to a $250.00 travel stipend to attend.  Follow this link to Register.


  • We will be hosting Online Information Sessions throughout the fall semester.  Learn about our master’s programs without leaving your desk!  Each session includes a presentation by the admissions team and features the program director and/or current students. For the upcoming schedule of live events, or to view a recorded session, CLICK HERE


  • Members of the Heinz College attend conferences, graduate school fairs and other events around the country. We hope you can meet us on the road! Check our Travel Schedule




  1. JETAA Ottawa
Sign-up for Networking & Welcome Back Reception on November 14


Sign-up for invitations to Networking & Welcome Back Reception co-hosted with the Embassy of Japan is now available! Please click the button below to signal your interest and reserve a slot on the invite list.

The annual Networking & Welcome Back Reception is on November 14. Co-hosted by the Ambassador of Japan to Canada and JETAA Ottawa, this evening event includes welcoming back the newly returned JETs in style, an excellent networking opportunity, and great Japanese food.

If those interested, there is also a career fair with Japanese companies in Canada planned for prior to the reception itself.

Date: Wednesday, October 14

A limited number of invitations will be made available to JET alumni on a first come, first served basis.

We are working to give as many JET alumni the chance to participate in this event as we can, but we cannot confirm that all members who fill out the form at the link will get an invitation. We appreciate your interest and understanding.


Sign-up Form





Nihongo Dake Dinner (NDD)

Save the Date! November 10th will be another great opportunity to catch up with alumni while also brushing up on those Japanese skills. Don’t worry if you’re Japanese isn’t perfect because all levels are welcome! Come as you are and enjoy some good food. More details about location will be coming in future newsletters and on our FB page.


  1. JETAA Cape Town

Japanese Film Festival, Cape Town

DATE:        2nd – 4th November

VENUE:     V&A Nouveau

PRICE:      Free

The Japanese Film Festival is one of the oldest foreign film festivals in South Africa and has been continuing every year since 1994. Free screenings at V&A Nouveau 2 – 4 November, check it out!



JLPT Bootcamp Retreat

Date 16th November 2018 – 18th November 2018
Time Friday evening, All day saturday, and return to Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon
Price £300

An weekend of Japanese lessons, meals, games, films and fun at Gorton House (a short drive from Edinburgh)

The weekend aims to be immersive – i.e. we’ll be conversing in Japanese as much as possible, even whilst eating and socialising! However, the emphasis is on fun for ALL LEVELS, so don’t let the immersive aspect scare you! This will be about practising the skills you have in a relaxed atmosphere outside lessons, should you want to.

This retreat is run by JETAA members and and supported by JETAA funds to keep the cost as low as possible for attendees.

More information and register your interest at :



  1. JETAA Prairies

JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night

Date:          Saturday, December 1st

Time:                   18:00 – 22:00 UTC

Venue:       Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub

471 Portage Avenue, Unit 2,

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E3

Do you like trivia? Are you knowledgeable about Japan? Do you want to test your knowledge in a fun environment? Are you a Japanese national who loves trivia? Are you a current university student who is thinking of applying for the JET Programme?

This event is OPEN TO ALL who are interested in Japanese culture (and not just JET alumni). We will ask questions from a variety of topics including (but not limited to) Japanese history, pop culture, sports, news, geography, and film. Questions will be answered in a team/table format. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team: we will create the teams.

To reserve your spot(s), please send your rsvp (name and number of guests) to by Friday, November 16th, 2018.




DATE:        Saturday, November 17th

TIME:         14:00 – 20:00 PST

VENUE:     A-maze-ing Laughter

Morton Park, 1800 Morton Ave,

Vancouver, BC V6G加拿大, Vancouver

Please RSVP with the following Link by November 14th, 2018


Come out and join us for an epic downtown-wide scavenger hunt! The JETAABC Amazing Race 2018 will be a video/photo scavenger hunt where participants compete in teams of 2 to 4. Friends of JET alumni are welcome to join!

The theme of our Amazing Race will involve Japanese culture and its history in downtown Vancouver: since the beginning to the present day.

On the day of, you will receive A Hit List of Tasks for which the locations and methods will range widely but can primarily be performed within downtown. For each completed task, teams will be awarded points of varying degrees – depending on difficulty of the task. The teams with the highest points at the end wins! The race itself will run from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. We will be meeting at the A-Maze-ing Laughter Statues near Stanley Park at 2:00 for to start the race at 2:30pm sharp!

From 6:00pm to 8:00pm, an after-party will be held and all participants are encouraged to come. We will be showcasing the goods of our photo hunt as well as announcing the winners of our competition over food and drinks. If you cannot make it for the Race itself, we highly recommend that you join us for the after-party!

More details of the event to come!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ian Fan at



  1. National AJET


An exciting opportunity for bilingual Japanese speakers to make extra income has been shared with National Ajet. Please see details below.


JeenieTM is a mobile app that connects travellers on demand via video/audio with LIVE linguists who can help them with language and cultural issues (think “Uber” for languages). Linguists can sign up at absolutely no cost and then decide how much, how often and where they would like to work. It all takes place in cashless transactions, worldwide, 24/7, via smartphone. More information is at


We have significant opportunities for Japanese speakers to earn extra income right now, and we think JET alumni would be ideal candidates for providing services on our platform. They can work on their own schedule from home (or almost anywhere) and get paid for their valuable language skills. We would be delighted to welcome them to our community of Language Jeenies!



Nov 4

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Joe Hisaishi, Anime NYC, ‘Shoplifters’

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.

From the silver screen to the stage to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the autumn leaves drifting through the air. Add these live events to the mix and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown.

This month’s highlights include:


Nov. 3, 5

Dragon Ball Z: Saiyan Double Feature

Regal E-Walk 42nd Street 13, 247 West 43nd Street

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street


Catch these two DBZ films back-to-back for the first time in U.S. theaters—fully remastered! In Bardock: The Father of Goku, a low-class Saiyan soldier unexpectedly inherits the ability to see into the future. Haunted by visions of his own end as well as the destruction of his entire planet, Bardock sets off on a nightmarish race with fate to advert the impending disaster. Then, in Fusion Reborn, an industrial disaster in Other World unleashes the monstrous Janemba, a beast who grows stronger with each passing minute. While Goku and Vegeta fight for Other World’s survival, Goten and Trunks confront a ghoulish army of the undead back on Earth, where only an unprecedented act of teamwork can save the universe! Presented in English.

© SUSIE/© Takao Iwasawa

Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Akiko Yano + Seiho: Unusual Pairings

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$38, $30 members

Beloved pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano returns to Japan Society for a U.S. premiere collaboration with rising Osaka-based electronic sound artist/DJ and ikebana enthusiast Seiho. This one-of-a-kind concert mixes the singular stylings of Yano’s piano and singing with Seiho’s thumping, atmospheric beats, and flower arranging! Join us on this moody trip into the soundscapes of these two formidable artists as their music melds, merges and even takes shape in floral form.

Courtesy of Willow Arts (Shanghai)

Sunday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Joe Hisaishi and David Lang: Music Future Vol. 5

Zankel Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue


Music Future is a concert series started in 2014 by Studio Ghibli film composer, conductor, and pianist Joe Hisaishi. Intended to introduce the latest in contemporary classical music, Music Future includes works from composers Arnold Schoenberg, John Adams, David Lang, Philip Glass, and Bryce Dessner performed by the Future Orchestra. In addition, Hisaishi presents a newly composed work each year. This year, David Lang will join Music Future at Carnegie Hall to present his latest work, Increase.

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Oct 31

Job: Language Instructors for CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange (Tokyo, Japan)

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

Job Title: Language Instructors for CIEE Tokyo High School Summer Abroad Programs, 2019
Posted by:
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time 

Thanks to JET alum, Darren Biggs (Okayama-ken) for the following job opening with his organization: 

Position: Language Instructors for CIEE Tokyo High School Summer Abroad Programs, 2019 (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels)

Reports To: Director, CIEE Tokyo

Program Description: CIEE is offering two four-week long language and culture summer programs in Tokyo for US high school students. Through language study, interacting with locals and peers, and participating in organized cultural activities and excursions, students will have an unforgettable and potentially life-changing study abroad experience.

Program Location: National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete the curriculum training prior to the program start date, learning the curriculum’s concepts as well as how to use the Canvas platform (online system for managing assignments, grades, communication, and other learning components).
  • Teach Japanese language to US high school students for approximately 3 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 4 weeks, using CIEE’s language curriculum.
  • Plan and prepare for each day including development of task-based activities that help students meet learning objectives (“can do” statements).
  • Work with CIEE Program Leaders and onsite staff to ensure effective communication and curriculum integration into the overall program. This includes coordinating with Program Leaders on “Into the Community” communication activities with locals.
  • Meet with co-Instructors and Program Leaders periodically to ensure the students are meeting goals and the program standards are being met
  • Serve as the primary contact regarding any curriculum-based matter for the level you teach
  • Provide CIEE with valuable feedback in English on the curriculum at the end of each session of the program in a format agreed upon before the start of the program
  • At the end of the program, participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, curriculum assessments and evaluations
  • Complete CIEE’s training course on Health, Safety, and Security prior to the program start. Abide by CIEE’s policies and expectations regarding the health, safety, and security of students.

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Oct 31

Job: English Teacher – International Charter Academy of Georgia (Atlanta, GA)

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

Job Title: English Teacher
Posted by:
International Charter Academy of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
Contract: Full-Time 

Here’s a job passed along to us:

International Charter Academy of Georgia, a new K-5 Japanese English dual immersion charter school in Atlanta, is hiring an English teacher to start immediately.

ICA Georgia seeks qualified and passionate educators to teach students in grade K-5. All employees and volunteers work together to fulfill the ICA Georgia’s mission statement. The thoughts reflected in this description provide structure to the responsibilities and account abilities for this position; however, ICA Georgia expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our students.

The ICA Georgia is based on current Georgia education standards with each student receiving instruction in English and Japanese. As a result, teachers work collaboratively in teams of two to ensure that students learn all required standards. A student’s exposure to each language will vary based on grade level: (K will be 80/20 (Japanese/English); 1st and 2nd Grade will be 60/40; 3rd through 5th will be 50/50). Details can be found here.

Information on the school can be found here:


Oct 30

Job: Bilingual Administrative Assistant – CSI (Lexington, KY)

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

Job Title: Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Posted by:
Lexington, KY
Contract: Full-Time 

Here’s a JET-relevant job with CSI:

We’re looking for a full-time bilingual (Japanese) administrative professional with a great attitude, in-depth knowledge of office procedures, expert communication skills, and the utmost discretion. We’re looking for someone with strong language skills and a genuine interest in bridging the cultural challenges associated to working regularly with multi-nationals. Our ideal candidate will be committed to doing whatever it takes to get the job done right.

As an office administrator, you will:

  • Perform light interpretation/translation
  • Support immigration and travel logistics
  • Support project scheduling
  • support IT network competencies

The successful candidate with have:

  • Business-level English/Japanese
  • Proven ability to organize mountains of data
  • Sensitivities to deadlines
  • Familiarity with standard office applications

Additional skills that will be valued are:

  • Familiarity with and/or eagerness to learn about Japanese-American manufacturing
  • Solid and strategic communication

This position is an entry level position with options for future advancement in a dynamic and growing company. If you’re a consummate professional with a passion for communication and a love of challenges, come join our successful team.

Key Words: Automotive, Manufacturing, Bilingual (Japanese / English), Office, Administration, Operations, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Scheduling, Travel, Sage, Peachtree, QuickBooks, Quicken, Immigration, Translation, Interpretation

Application Process and More Information:

Oct 30

Job: Sales Promotion Supervisor – YKK (Marietta, GA)

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Job Title: Sales Promotion Supervisor
Posted by:
Marietta, GA
Contract: Full-Time 

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

YKK is looking for a sales promotion (marketing) supervisor who can speak Japanese. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please have them send a resume to Jessica Cork at <JessicaCork@YKK-USA.COM>.

The job description is here: Sales Promotion Supervisor – Job Description (it is active even though it says 2012. You would be replacing that person who started in 2012 and has since been promoted.

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