Sep 18

Posted by Tom Baker

JETs tend to be interesting people. After all, every one of them has relocated to a different country at least once. It’s not surprising that many of them have also had other interesting experiences, some of which lead to insights that they end up sharing in TED talks.

This is part of an occasional series on current or former JETs who have given TED talks. Here is JET alum Chris Broad talking about his experience of becoming a YouTube star:



Oct 22

【RocketNews24】Learn Japanese from YouTube: Amp up your listening skills with this four-step guide

Posted by Michelle Lynn Dinh (Shimane-ken, Chibu-mura, 2010–13), editor and writer for RocketNews24The following article was written by Fran Wrigley, writer and translator for RocketNews24, a Japan-based site dedicated to bringing fun and quirky news from Asia to English speaking audiences.


It used to be that if you were studying a foreign language in your own country, the only listening practice that was easily available to you was hearing your teacher or classmates speak, or listening to the CD that came with your textbook. The first Japanese textbook I ever bought actually came with a cassette tape, which was particularly irritating as it was 2006 and I didn’t even own a Walkman any more.

Then someone invented a website that allowed users to upload short videos for all the world to see. Fast-forward nine years and YouTube is one of the biggest sites on the planet, making it a veritable treasure trove of free online spoken content.

So whether you’re after language lessons, YouTubers who vlog in Japanese, or just want to try watching your cat videos in a foreign language, online videos could be your new secret weapon. The trick is just knowing where to look.

Continue to our four-step guide here!

Oct 2

Job: Content Operations Coordinator at YouTube|GooglePlay (CA)

See below for this interesting JET-relevant position sent by JET alum Adam Vera (Oita-ken, 2009-12), who works for Google.  Note that time is of the essence if you plan to apply. Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12)Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Content Operations Coordinator
Location: San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area — willingness to relocate a must!


This role is focused on coordinating service of TV content on YouTube Google Play.


  • Highly organized
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Ability to prioritize tasks despite chaotic schedules
  • Multi-tasker
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Administrative background

*Obsessive passion for TV is a great bonus!

Application Instructions:

Please email a cover letter and resume as soon as possible to:
avera @

Keep in mind that time is of the essence!

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