Jul 10

Job: ENG Camera Person – Fujisankei Communications International (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: ENG Camera Person, TV News/FNN Department
Posted by: Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.
Location: New York, NY
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, ‎Frank Trumbetti‎ (Nagano-ken) for the following job listing:


Perform ENG camera work and coordinate technical operations and maintenance activities for news and production shoots.


  • Responsible for shooting news and other video including design, operation of lighting, audio equipment and transportation of equipment.
  • Coordinate with Correspondents and News Producers to translate ideas and news stories into video image.
  • Shoot to tape and live via satellite and fiber from the studio or on location throughout North, South and Central America.
  • Edit video images for transmission or broadcast.
  • Coordinate fiber and satellite feeds as requested by FCI for the TV News and Production Departments and Fuji Television Network, Inc. or other affiliates.
  • Perform the transmission of video footage from location or studio to Fuji Television Network, Inc. or other affiliates.
  • Conduct an archive of recorded footages.
  • Travel with news or production crew on location.
  • Provide relief in driving during on location shoots.
  • Maintain the company’s ENG equipment and other related equipment.
  • Coordinate repairs and parts procurement.
  • Perform routine surveys to ensure equipment safety and security.
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in ENG technology.
  • Research, plan and propose future story ideas.
  • Prepare and submit payment vouchers for vendor invoices.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned and required.
  • Perform other duties assigned from time to time by FCI Management.

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Jul 10

Job Burnout Worksheet

Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) is a professional career counselor and coach who has worked with and helped JET alumni all over the world. Her website is www.DenverCareerCatalyst.com.

Job Burnout Worksheet

Are you struggling with a decision about whether it’s time to leave your job or not?  This worksheet will help you decide if you’re really burning out or if you can make some changes at your current job that make it worth sticking out.  Write your answers in as much detail as possible.

  1. Control: Do you feel you lack autonomy at work? What causes you to think that?  For instance, is your work an always-on-call culture, with expectations that you will respond to emails and phone calls even at night or on weekends?  Do you have enough staff to accomplish what needs accomplishing? If not, are there any steps you can take so mitigate these?

  2. Workload: Can you feasibly accomplish your work and still do things like eat lunch and leave work on time?  Have you successfully prioritized your tasks and figured out ways to delegate things? Are you letting perfect be the enemy of good?  Would learning effective time management strategies make your workload manageable?

  3. Reward: Are you getting enough from your job?  Remember that rewards are both intrinsic (the intangible things that make the job itself satisfying, like being acknowledged by colleagues and clients, feeling like you’re growing, etc.) and extrinsic (the things you get from the job like pay and benefits) and that we each need some of both in order to be happy.  What do you need to be getting from your job in order to feel happy with it? Would getting a raise or promotion be enough? (If so, absolutely seek one!)

  4. Fairness: Does praise get spread fairly evenly across all areas of your team, or are certain people given more for doing the same amount of praise-worthy work as others?  Are there racial, gender, age, or gender identity biases? If so, you may want to start by pointing these imbalances out—people are often unaware of their own biases, but tread carefully so as to avoid hurting feelings!  You may even enlist the help of a sympathetic colleague who can say something like, “I noticed that Janet contributed a lot to this program but wasn’t one of the people who got a thank-you gift card for it. Can you please help me understand why that is?”

  5. Culture: Who do you work with?  Are there people who regularly ask how your day is going?  Are people supportive and trustworthy? Is water cooler talk discouraged?  Sometimes you can mitigate some of these relationship challenges by simply getting to know the others you work with a little better, but sometimes those behaviors are frowned on, or your colleagues are simply not people you can trust.  We humans need a sense of community, so the culture of your workplace can have a huge impact on the sustainability of your job.

  6. Values: If you’ve followed any of my social media, you’ll know that this is one of my key talking points.  A mismatch in your values and those of your workplace will burn you out in a job faster than just about anything I know.  Did your workplace once have values that aligned with yours but those have shifted? If so, in what ways has that become apparent?  Are the decision-makers open to suggestions and willing to make small changes? What are the current underlying motivations for decisions, and how do those feel to you?


Deciding whether or not to leave a job can feel like a heavy burden, but be thoughtful and honest about these questions and you will have a better understanding of whether to stay or go.

© 2019

Research from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4911781/

Jul 9

Job: General Manager – Sanin Geopark (Hyogo, Japan)

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

Job Title: General Manager
Posted by: Sanin Geopark
Location: Toyooka, Hyogo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Colin Fukai (Hyogo-ken) for passing along the following opening:

The Sanin Geopark is looking for a General Manager to work on a contract basis that will in principle be 4 years max. They are looking for someone with 5 years or more experience in the private sector (tourism industry best). A nice monthly salary and other benefits provided. The right applicant could be of any nationality.

More information and how to apply (in Japanese): http://sanin-geo.jp/topics/112906

Jul 8

Job: In-House Translator – Sojitz (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: In-House Translator
Posted by: Sojitz
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Please see the document below for a translator position provided to us directly from the company.

2019 In-House Translator Flyer

Jul 2

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Studio Ghibli Fest, JAPAN CUTS

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

Before and after the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s taking in one of the dozens of films premiering at Japan Society’s annual festival, or catching a Studio Ghibli classic.

This month’s highlights include:


July 1-2, 7:00 p.m.

Whisper of the Heart

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

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue


Discover the brilliance of this heartwarming coming-of-age classic from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of My Neighbor Totoro and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. A chance encounter with a mysterious cat sends Shizuku, a quiet schoolgirl, on a quest for her true talent. Together with Seiji, a boy determined to follow his dreams, and enchanted by The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers of her heart, Shizuku embarks on a life-changing adventure that takes her beyond the boundaries of her imagination. This beautiful tale based on a screenplay from Hayao Miyazaki will delight and amaze audiences of all ages, and features a special introduction by Rebecca Sugar, the creator of the award-winning series Steven Universe. The July 1 screening is presented in English, and the July 2 screening is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

© “Dance with Me” Production Committee

July 19-28


Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$15, $12 seniors/students & persons with disability, $8 members (per screening)

“This 13th edition of JAPAN CUTS provides testament to the continued vitality of contemporary Japanese cinema with a wide array of films by emerging filmmakers who dare to take formal and thematic risks,” says Kazu Watanabe, Japan Society Deputy Director of Film. The largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America returns, premiering 26 features and 16 shorts across 10 days, JAPAN CUTS 2019 offers access to the best new films from Japan never-before-seen in NYC. Take a deep dive into one of the world’s most vital film cultures with a diverse slate of studio blockbusters, cutting-edge indies, thought-provoking documentaries, rediscovered classics and avant-garde short works. Plus, appearances by special guest filmmakers and stars (including this year’s CUT ABOVE Award recipient Shinya Tsukamoto), post-screening Q&As, parties, talks, free events, and more!

Sentai Filmworks

Tuesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.

Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion

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

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue


Adapted from the hit manga! Far from the dungeon beneath Oraria rises a new threat, one the beautiful goddess Artemis has sworn to destroy with the help of her chosen warrior. But this fighter isn’t the renowned Ais Wallenstein or another storied hero of Orario legend. Instead the fate of Artemis’ quest falls upon the shoulders of Bell Cranell, who must partner with the goddess and stand against the menace lurking in the remains of a distant, ancient city. Although Bell is the ordained champion of Artemis and a member of the goddess Hestia’s familia, their adventure will test every skill and take every ounce of courage that Bell has—and perhaps, along the way, turn him into the hero he has always aspired to be. Presented in Japanese subtitles, this limited event will also feature never-before-seen interviews with Japanese production staff, JC STAFF studio tour, art gallery, and franchise retrospective.


July 28-29, July 31

Kiki’s Delivery Service: 30th Anniversary

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

AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street

AMC Kips Bay 15, 570 Second Avenue


Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved coming-of-age story from the legendary Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki! Kiki is a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is a tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and fly off into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her new journey with her sarcastic black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a seaside village, where her unique skills make her an instant sensation. Don’t miss this delightfully imaginative and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world. The July 28 and 31 screenings are presented in English, and the July 29 screening is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Want to stay in the loop on future eventsFollow Justin on Facebook and Twitter.

Jul 1

Job: JET-Relevant Job Listings – DSA International (Various Locations around the United States)

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

Job Title: JET-Relevant Job Listings
Posted by: DSA International
Location: Various Locations around the United States
Contract: Full-Time

Here are some JET-relevant job listings courtesy of DSA International:

Japanese/American Companies seeking candidates nationwide. Japanese language or cultural background is a big plus! All of our positions are direct-hire with company benefits!  Please see the below partial listings, we also have many other positions available!

  • Research Associate (Irvine, CA)
  • Human Resource Recruiter (Pasadena, CA)
  • Administrative/Human Resource Trainee (Los Angeles, Downtown)
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Electrical – (Detroit, MI, San Jose, CA, Irvine, CA, Atlanta, GA)
  • Sales Engineer (Chandler, AZ/ Peru, IL/ Hilliard, OH, Novi, MI, San Mateo, CA)
  • Accounting Manager/ Audit Manager-Private and Public Firms (Los Angeles, CA/ San Diego, CA/ Itasca, IL, Miami, FL)
  • Translator/Interpreter (North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky or other locations)
  • Administrative Assistant/ Accounting clerk/ Customer Service (Los Angeles, CA/ Torrance, CA/ Orange County, CA/Cypress, CA/ Novi, MI/ Charlotte, NC and other locations)
  • Inside Sales (San Diego, CA/ Pasadena, CA/ Orange County, CA)
  • Commercial Insurance Account Representative (Erlanger, KY/ Los Angeles, CA)

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Jun 27

Job: Coordinator in General Affairs – Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

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

Job Title: Coordinator in General Affairs
Posted by: Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Natalya Rodriquez (Ehime-ken) for the following job listing:

The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is seeking a Coordinator in the General Affairs Section.


  • Conducting administrative work in General Affairs, including research, communications with individuals and organizations, data entry
  • Coordinating with Japan-related organizations in the Midwest
  • Event planning for Consulate functions, including guest list management, invitation preparation and mailing, negotiations with venue and vendors, staffing the event
  • Scheduling/organizing meetings with local government, private entities, and community groups
  • Arranging itineraries for officers’ visits/travels and accompanying as directed
  • Speech writing for Consulate’s representative at events

Application Process: For information on how to apply, please see the full details on our website at https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/files/000490583.pdf

Please note that Japanese fluency is highly preferred for this position.

Jun 26

Job: Program Coordinator – Social Science Research Council (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: Program Coordinator, Abe Fellowship Program
Posted by: Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Fernando Rojas (Fukui-ken) for the following job opening:

The SSRC seeks to hire a Program Coordinator in its Tokyo office to support the Abe Fellowship Program, the Global Scholars Initiative, and additional projects as needed.

The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network.

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991 in partnership with the SSRC. The Abe Fellowship Program now includes three core elements: the Abe Fellowship, the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, and the Abe Fellows Global Forum. The principal responsibility of the position is the day-to-day implementation of the Abe Fellowship Program in Japan in partnership with and under the supervision of the SSRC’s Consulting Director in Tokyo.

More information and Application Process:  https://www.ssrc.org/about/employment/?gh_jid=4329939002

Jun 25

Horimono: Co-Directed by JET alum, David Caprara (Nara-ken, 2012-2014)

Photo from: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kiradane/horimono?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=horimono

JET alum, David Caprara (Nara-ken, 2012-2014) has been working as a journalist post-JET. He credits his time on the JET Programme to help his career. For three years, he worked in New York City for two Japanese media outlets, NHK, and the Tokyo Shimbun. Before that, he was a freelancer for a wide array of international outlets around the world. Today, he’s currently working on a new documentary, Horimono, which follows a group of tattoed pilgrims to the holy mountain of Oyama in Japan.

For more information about the documentary, which includes the trailer, the project outline, and the list of the crew, please click here.

Jun 25

Job: Associate Program Officer – The Japan Foundation (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: Associate Program Officer, Grassroots Exchange & Education and Japanese Studies Programs
Posted by: The Japan Foundation CGP
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Please see below the job passed along to us directly from The Japan Foundation in New York.

Associate Program Officer, Grassroots Exchange & Education and Japanese Studies Programs

Jun 18

Job: Assistant to the CEO – Yadoumaru (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: Assistant to the CEO
Posted by: Yadoumaru
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

The CEO of an advertising company is looking for a bilingual assistant for the company’s office in Tokyo. This is a good position for applicants interested in utilizing their language skills as well as furthering their career in the advertising and broadcasting field. Applicants should speak fluent English and Japanese (N2 and above).

  • Translation responsibilities provide ample opportunity to utilize language and communication skills
  • Ability to experience being a part of independent media productions
  • Possibility of being involved in expansion overseas

The Company

This company is an advertising agency, producing a variety of original media such as television programs, magazines, as well as organizing a top leaders’ membership club. With the possibility of expanding its existing media overseas, the company is looking for a female assistant to the CEO to assist with translation of media, help out at production sites, as well as bringing unique and diverse ideas to the workplace.

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Jun 17

Job: Assistant Correspondent – Kyodo News America, Inc. (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: Assistant Correspondent
Posted by: Kyodo News America, Inc.
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Kyodo News America, Inc. is currently seeking an Assistant Correspondent to work largely covering the United Nations, which includes reporting on the Security Council and the General Assembly, and other events in New York.

Applicants should have knowledge or a deep interest in news gathering, international politics and affairs, the United Nations and other cultural, political and social matters. Expertise in Japanese politics and culture, as well as general knowledge about Asia, is desired. Language skills are a plus, but not required.

Primary duties include assisting the Japanese U.N. Correspondent in gathering and reporting daily news on a range of subject matters. This requires attending daily press briefings, large conferences and high-level summits and transcribing the key contents quickly and accurately keeping deadlines in mind.

Administrative tasks include writing, editing, planning logistics for Japanese correspondent, as well as arranging for, conducting and transcribing interviews.

This is a full-time position that may require paid overtime on occasion.

For more information and to apply, please view this document – Assistant Correspondent Job Description


Jun 15

Job: English Conversation Tutors – Boston Japanese Tutors (Boston, MA, USA)

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

Job Title: English Conversation Tutors
Posted by: Boston Japanese Tutors
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

Boston Japanese Tutors is looking for English Conversation Tutors who can join our team! The schedule is very flexible, and you can start working from 2 hours per week. This is a great job for freelancers/ professionals who are looking for exciting, unique job opportunity that fills gaps in your schedule. Although we offer online lessons as well, we are mainly recruiting people who can teach in-person this time.

Website: http://bostonjapanesetutors.com


  • Enjoy interacting with people and have good communication skills
  • Have empathy toward students who are learning a new language
  • Preferably, interested in Japanese culture (you don’t have to be able to speak Japanese)
  • Legal right to work in the United States
  • Have a car and can meet students living outside of Boston area, such as Arlington, Newton, Massachusetts.

Application Process: If you are interested, please send your resume to


Jun 13

Job: Film Coordinator – Japan Information & Culture 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: Film Coordinator
Posted by: Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan
Location: Washington, D.C. USA
Contract: Full-Time

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

Vacancy Announcement: Film Coordinator

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Film Coordinator. The main responsibilities of this position include coordinating the film screening events at the JICC as well as working with other organizations for film festivals and other events. Please see below for a more detailed list of responsibilities. The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation, and sick leave. Working hours are 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday with weeknight and/or weekend events several times a month (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum basic monthly salary for this position is $3,200.

Please note: Candidate 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. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.


  • Coordinate film screenings
  • Track and analyze event attendance and feedback
  • Assist other JICC staff in the organization and execution of cultural events
  • Respond to public inquiries about Japan
  • Support events, including receptions organized by the Embassy
  • Other responsibilities as needed

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Jun 12

Job: Japan Program Manager – The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (Tokyo, Japan)

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Job Title: Japan Program Manager
Posted by: The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Please see the attached job description directly from the foundation.

Organization Overview

The Fish Family Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a private family foundation in Boston established in 1999. The Foundation’s funding priorities include immigration, high-risk youth, and mental health services for underserved populations primarily in the Greater Boston area. In addition to its annual grant making, the Foundation supports its own key strategic initiatives in global youth development, women’s leadership in Japan, and immigrant inclusion.

Position Overview

The Foundation has been dedicated to social change in Japan for over 10 years through its Japan Program. The Japan Program includes the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI), the Champion of Change Japan Award (CCJA), the JWLI Bootcamp, and its new expansion, the JWLI Ecosystem. We are seeking a dynamic, well-connected professional who is passionate and committed to advancing social entrepreneurship particularly women’s leadership and empowerment, with a strong belief for social change in Japan. Reporting to the Director of Japan Program (the “Director”), the Japan Program Manager will be responsible for the overall success of the Japan Program in Japan.

Complete Job Description and Application Process: FFF PM Job Description 05-29-2019

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