Feb 14

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

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, and I hope your Year of the Dragon is going well so far. Somehow we’ve already made it to Valentine’s Day, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones whether they are family, friends or pets.

Some interesting V-Day trends were shared on the Japanese news recently. As you might know, in Japan this holiday involves women gifting chocolate to men (and men returning the favor with cookies or other sweets during next month’s White Day). According to this year’s statistics, women’s average Valentine chocolate budget is 5024 yen (a little more than $33 at today’s exchange rate). This is 1200 yen ($8) more than last year’s average, or around 1.3 times that figure.

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Feb 13

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


Position: Japanese Language Immersion Elementary Teacher
Posted by:
Yujin Gakuen Elementary School
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
Contract: Full Time

Thank you to our friends at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese for this Job Posting.

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position starting at the beginning of the 2024/25 school year.

Candidates must be able to create and implement Japanese Language Curriculum (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) while working closely with staff to support a robust k-5 Japanese immersion program.

Yujin Gakuen Elementary School is a public school, K-5 Japanese Language Immersion Program in Eugene, Oregon. Eugene is home of the University of Oregon and located between the Cascade Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean coast.

Students in the elementary program move on to middle and high school school immersion programs.

Minimum Qualifications

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Feb 10

Job: Assistant Correspondent – The Mainichi Newspapers (Washington, D.C., USA)

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


Position: Assistant Correspondent
Posted by:
The Mainichi Newspapers
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full Time

General Description:

The Mainichi Newspapers North America General Bureau has immediate need for a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Assistant Correspondent.

The Mainichi Newspapers is a major daily newspaper printed in Japan with a nationwide circulation of over two million copies. Founded in 1872, it is the oldest daily newspaper company in Japan. Our corporate information can be found at http://mainichi.jp/english/

Responsibilities:

  • Attend press briefings and events, including at the White House, Executive Agencies, Congress, and think tanks, to support correspondents in making in-depth reports on U.S. foreign and security policy and its relevance to Japanese readers.
  • Work closely with correspondents and conduct research, develop story ideas, and coordinate coverage on a variety of topics related to US politics, society, and economics.
  • Lead external communications with government, academic, and private sector stakeholders in the United States and Japan to organize interviews and gather information for articles.
  • Support article production by proofreading and transcribing.
  • Oversee some administrative office operations.
  • Perform other administrative responsibilities as needed.
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Feb 9

Job: Visa Coordinator – Temple University (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Visa Coordinator
Posted by:
Temple University, Japan Campus
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full Time; Visa Sponsorship Availiable

OVERVIEW OF POSITION
TUJ has close to 1,200 visa-sponsored students in the undergraduate and graduate programs. About 15-20% of the visa students are short-term study abroad students coming from our main campus in the US and the rest are locally admitted degree-seeking students. The Visa Coordinator will assist students with various visa applications (new student visa, switching sponsorship, and visa extension), and work with students to maintain their visa status while in Japan. The Visa Coordinator is responsible for understanding and explaining Japanese immigration laws and TUJ visa regulations, and monitoring students to make sure they are following these policies.

About the Office of Students Services and Engagement (OSSE), our office provides high-quality services to TUJ’s diverse student population to support their success and well-being as they become members of the university community. OSSE assists incoming students with student visa applications, financial aid, housing, and organizes orientations to help students adapt to the academic and social life at TUJ. OSSE also oversees student activities and events both on and off campus and works with various student groups to encourage social interaction among students. As a member of the Office of Student Services and Engagement, you will have the opportunity to support off-campus student activities and excursions.

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES

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Feb 9

Job: Student Engagement Coordinator – Temple University (Tokyo, Japan)


Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email
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Position: Student Engagement Coordinator
Posted by:
Temple University, Japan Campus
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full Time; Visa Sponsorship Availiable

Thanks to Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) for passing along the following job opening.

OVERVIEW OF POSITION
The Office of Student Services and Engagement (OSSE) is creating an additional Student Engagement Coordinator position with a primary focus on residential life. Many of our 1st semester degree-seeking international students, along with our short-term study abroad students, live in one of three TUJ dorms in Tokyo and Kanagawa. For our degree-seeking students, this early experience in the dorm plays a vital role in retention and a student’s overall success at TUJ. The Student Engagement Coordinator is tasked with developing activities and programming aimed at fostering an inclusive and vibrant living environment that encourages the development of students’ sense of self and deepens their connection to the TUJ community. The activities and the programming should also help the students get used to life in Japan, allowing them to become comfortable and familiar with the culture, language, and living environment.

In addition to events and programming at the dorm, as a member of the Student Engagement team, the person in this position will work with other team members to organize our regular semester activities and other Student Engagement initiatives. All Student Engagement staff support OSSE for New Student Welcome Week, office-sponsored events, and student walk-in inquiries.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Residential Life Experience

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Feb 7

Job: Graphic Designer – USJETAA (Remote)


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Position: Graphic Designer
Posted by:
USJETAA
Location: Remote
Contract: Full Time

USJETAA is seeking graphic designers to create layouts and designs for our JETs on Japan publication series.

JETs on Japan features a selection of policy-oriented articles authored by JET alumni working across diverse sectors who share their perspectives on US-Japan relations. USJETAA will be compiling these articles into a digital Flipbook featuring the seven JETs on Japan articles published this calendar year. USJETAA is searching for graphic designers to create layouts for the individual articles that will make up this Flipbook.

Selected designers will have a thorough understanding of branding and marketing and be able to find the right style and layout for this policy-oriented publication. Designers will work with USJETAA staff to incorporate feedback and edits as requested.  Please review some of our recent publications to get an idea of the type of articles that are typically published as part of this series.

Objectives of this role

  • Work on the layout and design of JETs on Japan articles
  • Incorporate relevant branding, marketing, and communication in designs
  • Complete design projects on time

Required skills and qualifications

  • Experience or interest in creating layout(s) for a policy-oriented publication
  • Experience (academic, personal, or professional) with design software, including Illustrator or InDesign.
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Be a current JET or JET alumni with an active US bank account

For consideration: Please submit your resume and 3 samples of previous work via email to contact@usjetaa.org with the subject “JOJ Design Team.” Applicants must have an active, US-based bank account in order to receive compensation.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 14th, 2024


Feb 5

Job: Japanese / English Bilingual Administrative Assistant – The Pacific Bridge Companies (Hawaii, USA)

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


Position: Japanese / English Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Posted by:
The Pacific Bridge Companies
Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
Contract: Full Time

Thank you to Coreen Suzukida for this job posting.

Do you wish to positively affect the lives of people around the world?

Become part of a different kind of organization – one of impact and significance that carries the spirit of Aloha into every client interaction, fostering dreams for families and future generations through our vast network of financial organizations and specialists from around the world – our Ohana (family).

Our company – The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC) – reaches back to the 1930’s when our founding fathers abolished racially discriminatory underwriting practices in the life insurance industry of the United States.

Today, we’re all about making global financial navigation a reality by helping financial advisors guide their clients wherever in the world their lives may lead. Initially aiming our efforts at people and companies living multi-national lives between Asia and the United States, we are expanding to meet the quick and growing demand from other parts of the world with efforts now focused on spanning the globe.

Talented people for full-time administrative support positions with our Japanese Division are needed to join our passionate team in our Honolulu, HI office. This role would include welcoming and assisting clients visiting Hawaii and providing administrative support to our team in Monrovia, CA.

If you believe in the importance of financial advice that flexes as one ventures from one part of the world to another, you share in our hope. Perhaps this is where your talent may be of best use. We’d love to explore that with you – Let’s talk soon!

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Feb 5

Job: Japanese-English Bilingual Relationship Manager – The Pacific Bridge Companies (California, USA)

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


Position: Japanese-English Bilingual Relationship Manager
Posted by:
The Pacific Bridge Companies
Location: Monrovia, CA, USA
Contract: Full Time

Thank you to Coreen Suzukida for this job posting.

Do you wish to positively affect the lives of people around the world?

Become part of a different kind of organization – one of impact and significance that carries the spirit of Aloha into every client interaction, fostering dreams for families and future generations through our vast network of financial organizations and specialists from around the world – our Ohana (family).

Our company – The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC) – reaches back to the 1930’s when our founding fathers abolished racially discriminatory underwriting practices in the life insurance industry of the United States.

Today, we’re all about making global financial navigation a reality by helping financial advisors guide their clients wherever in the world their lives may lead. Initially aiming our efforts at people and companies living multi-national lives between Asia and the United States, we are expanding to meet the quick and growing demand from other parts of the world with efforts now focused on spanning the globe.

Talented people for full-time client management positions in our Japanese-Division are needed to join our passionate team in our Monrovia, California headquarters.

If you believe in the importance of financial advice that flexes as one ventures from one part of the world to another, you share in our hope. Perhaps this is where your talent may be of best use. We’d love to explore that with you – Let’s talk soon!

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Feb 5

Job: Operations & Communications Manager – National Association of Japan-America Societies (Washington, D.C.)

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


Position: Operations & Communications Manager
Posted by:
National Association of Japan-America Societies
Location: Washington, D.C.
Contract: Full Time

Thanks to Jessyca Livingston on behalf of Andy Wylegala (Hokkaido-ken, 2003-2006) for passing along the following job opening.

Come join the largest, most diverse network of non-profits promoting relations between the United States and Japan at an exciting time for relations between the two peoples. The NAJAS Operations & Communications Manager (“the Manager”) provides high levels of service to 38 members, each of them independent Japan and Japan-America Societies located across 26 states and one Canadian province. The position entails diverse work in grant administration, member and stakeholder communications, budgeting and book-keeping, and travel and event planning, and other fields.

Successful candidates will be self-starters capable of operating independently with strong judgment. Presence in the Washington DC area is required, and there will be allowance for an element of remote work. Pay is competitive, as indicated by the salary range below, and based on experience.

See below for more details on NAJAS and the job description with specific qualifications, and visit NAJAS – HOME for an overview of NAJAS activities. Applications from qualified individuals – consisting of a cover letter, resume, and two reference names — will be welcomed at HR@us-japan.org through February 16, 2024.

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Feb 5

Job: Japanese Language Learning Associate – Bates College (Lewiston, ME, USA)

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


Position: Japanese Language Learning Associate
Posted by:
Bates College
Location: Lewiston, ME, USA
Contract: Full Time

Thank you to our friends at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese for this Job Posting.

Bates College, a residential liberal arts college in Maine, invites applications for a Japanese Language Learning Associate (LA) starting late August 2024 and ending mid-April 2025. We are looking for a dynamic individual who can work closely with our undergraduate students both inside and outside the classroom, and who will support our small and energetic community of Japanese learners and speakers on campus. The successful candidate will help students at all levels develop language proficiency and gain an understanding of Japanese culture and society. A B.A. degree is required, and an M.A. degree, classroom teaching experience of Japanese language, and training in language pedagogy are highly desirable.

The Learning Associate is expected to work 35 hours per week (inclusive of preparation time). Responsibilities include aiding professors in teaching language courses, running drill sessions, tutoring, and planning and organizing co-curricular and extracurricular activities. In addition to a monthly stipend, the Learning Associate is provided with full room and board, a per diem allowance when the college is on break, and visa fee and travel assistance where appropriate.

Application Deadline: March 4, 2024

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Feb 5

Job: Kindergarten English Teacher – Honey Bee English School (Gifu, Japan)

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


Position: Kindergarten English Teacher
Posted by:
Honey Bee English School
Location: Gifu City, Gifu, Japan
Contract: Full Time

Thanks to AnneMarie Echols (Hyogo 2019-2022) for passing along the following job opening.

Honey Bee English School opened April 2018. We are located on the premises of a well-reputable kindergarten in Gifu City. We are hoping to add a new teacher to our staff. We will train our teachers to utilize the designated curriculum (PLS0 to the best of their ability. Thank you and good luck!

  • Contract: one year renewable
  • Working hours: full time, Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm
  • Vacation: paid (about 6wks/yr) determined by school calendar; summer/winter/spring vacation, national holidays, etc.
  • Transportation: reimbursed
  • Training: provided; will be explained upon consideration of employment
  • Insurance/Pension: Shakai Hoken, Kosei Nenkin
  • Personality: love for teaching, willingness to learn new curriculum
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Feb 2

Job: Operations & Communications Manager – National Association of Japan-America Societies (Washington, D.C., USA)

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


Position: Operations & Communications Manager
Posted by:
National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS)
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full Time

Thanks to Jessyca Livingston on behalf of Andy Wylegala (Hokkaido-ken, 2003-2006) for passing along the following job opening.

Come join the largest, most diverse network of non-profits promoting relations between the United States and Japan at an exciting time for relations between the two peoples.

The NAJAS Operations & Communications Manager (“the Manager”) provides high levels of service to 38 members, each of them independent Japan and Japan-America Societies located across 26 states and one Canadian province. The position entails diverse work in grant administration, member and stakeholder communications, budgeting and book-keeping, and travel and event planning, and other fields.

Successful candidates will be self-starters capable of operating independently with strong judgment. Presence in the Washington DC area is required, and there will be allowance for an element of remote work. Pay is competitive, as indicated by the salary range below, and based on experience.

See below for more details on NAJAS and the job description with specific qualifications, and visit NAJAS – HOME for an overview of NAJAS activities. Applications from qualified individuals – consisting of a cover letter, resume, and two reference names — will be welcomed at HR@us-japan.org through February 16, 2024.

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Feb 1

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Mr. Big Farewell, ‘Paprika’ in 4K, ‘Stardew Valley’ in Concert

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.

Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from live showcases that will transport you to another time and place, some new film screenings, and a rock performance you won’t want to miss.

This month’s highlights include:

Shout! Factory in association with Resurgence Media Group

Feb. 2-3

Point Break

Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street

$17, $10 members

From Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, Point Break stars Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover among the beach bums in order to investigate a hunch about surfers who are possibly moonlighting as bank robbers, in the film that cemented Reeves as a new, very California cool kind of action star. With Patrick Swayze as the group’s guru and kingpin, Point Break is the kind of smart, fun, sexy, exciting action film desperately lacking in today’s Hollywood. This all-new 4K restoration is courtesy of Shout! Factory in association with Resurgence Media Group.

Stephen van Baalen

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Big: The Big Finish 2024

Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street

$45 standing room only, $85 VIP reserved seating

One of the most successful American exports to rock Japan, Mr. Big is putting on their signature top hats and old shoes one last time for a worldwide tour, aptly titled “The Big Finish.” Since the band’s original drummer and co-founder, Pat Torpey, lost his battle with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, joining Mr. Big on drums for this special final world tour will be longtime friend of the band Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train). Of note for this final run is the band’s decision to perform the entirety of their breakthrough platinum-selling 1991 album Lean Into It from start to finish as a featured highlight of the live setlist, along with other tunes from Mr. Big’s entire career. Lean Into It is the perfect litmus testament to the band’s inherent dexterity at blending a variety of styles together, whether it’s the heady rocking brew of “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind,” the power-drilled and power-chorded identity checklist “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy,” or the truly heartfelt sentiments found within “To Be With You,” Mr. Big’s chart-topping, worldwide #1 smash hit single.

© MadHouse Inc.

Feb. 7, 8, 11

Paprika — Satoshi Kon Fest

Various theaters

Various prices

Anime Expo Cinema Nights presents the final film ever made by visionary director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) with his mind-bending thriller Paprika, which has been restored in 4K for the first time ever! When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. Dreams become reality and vice versa in this psychological fantasy you won’t want to miss! Featuring the voice talents of Megumi Hayashibara, Kōichi Yamadera, and Tôru Furuya.

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Jan 31

Job: Reference Librarian – Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)

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


Position: Reference Librarian (Japanese)
Posted by:
Library of Congress
Location: Washington DC, USA
Contract: Full Time

Thanks to Adam Lisbon (Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken, 2004-2007) for passing along the following job opening.

The librarian is responsible for building the collections of the de facto national library; facilitating research and reference instruction and support onsite and virtually; and coordinating library engagement and interaction with a large and diverse array of users and communities.

The librarian helps balance new collections acquisitions with responsible stewardship of existing collections while building a more diverse and inclusive record for future generations. In the provision of reference and research services, the librarian utilizes traditional in-person methods in reading rooms and emerging technologies including social media and digital scholarship to assist researchers and other audiences in the use of library resources.

The librarian serves as the division’s primary liaison with researchers, visitors, and communities of practice, raising awareness of our collections and resources and making them accessible to all.

Salary/Hourly Rate: $68,405 – $88,926

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here –  https://www.usajobs.gov/job/773794700


Jan 30

Job: Part-Time Marketing Teacher – Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Part-Time Marketing Teacher
Posted by:
Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Part Time

Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL) has a long history and tradition as a language vocational school. Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) is our sister school located in Chiba. In addition to language skills, students aim to acquire specialized skills, qualification tests, and cross-cultural communication skills. After graduation, students further their education by transferring to a university, such KUIS, or studying abroad. Other students choose to pursue a career by seeking employment.

At KIFL, we are looking for teachers and professionals who can develop human resources with a wide range of education and perspectives, as well as specialized knowledge and skills.

About the Position:

Hiring date : 2024/04/01
Starting date : 2024/04/12

Subject name: Marketing 1 and Marketing 2

  • As a general rule, these classes are conducted in English.
  • The day and time of the class will be decided after consultation. Marketing 1 is once per week course (90-minute = 1 class). Marketing 2 is also a once per week course (90-minute = 1 class)

As a specialized subject of the Entrepreneurship Course in the Global Communication Program, we are looking for one part-time lecturer who can take charge of the Marketing Course in the first semester (from April) and the second semester (from September) for both first (Marketing 1) and second (Marketing2) year classes.

Introduce the fundamentals of marketing. and how customer value creates an effective marketing strategy. In addition, this course studies the interrelated business activities designed to plan, price, promote and distribute want-satisfying products and services to present and potential customers. The course incorporates current developments in marketing to acquaint students with the present-day challenges of marketing as well.

We are also looking for a teacher who has either a higher educational background in marketing and or years of experience working in the marketing field.

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