Jan 27

Job: International Cultural Ambassador at Fukui City (Japan)

*UPDATE 01-27-14:  Fukui City is still seeking applicants.  See below for details.

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The position is apparently similar to that of a CIR for JET. And one of Fukui City’s sister cities is New Brunswick, NJ, so the ideal candidate would be from New Brunswick or have some connection to New Brunswick (e.g., a Rutgers graduate) or live in New Jersey. (Fukui City currently has two other FCAs from two other sister cities, btw.)

Recruiting starts Dec. 15 and the application should be submitted to the New Brunswick Sister Cities Association (Attn: Mr. Michael Tublin) by February 15.

Application and other forms can be downloaded via this link.


PositionInternational Cultural Ambassador
Location:  Fukui, Japan
Type: 2 Year Contract
Salary: 300,000 yen/month gross


Fukui City invites human resources mainly through the relationship with our sister cities to promote internationalization in Fukui City, Japan.

This individual will engage in promoting international understanding and conducting cultural exchange programs. More details can be found on the official site here.


  • Live, work, or be a child of someone who lives or works in New Brunswick or get referral from New Brunswick Sister Cities Association
  • Be a native English speaker and have excellent English skills in pronunciation, speaking and writing
  • Have enough Japanese language skill to conduct activities mentioned in “3.Job Outline” and to communicate smoothly with Japanese staff(Level­equivalent to at least Nihongo Noryoku Shiken JLPT N2 is preferable.)
    ※Applicants will have their Japanese skill evaluated at the interview
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or be over 20 years old (as of August 1st, 2014) who is attending four ­year university
    ※Applicants with a Bachelor degree, TESOL and/or English teaching experience will receive preferential consideration
  • Be interested in the promotion of international understanding and educational activity through English in Japan and have desire to be involved in these activities
  • Have a cooperative personality and be skilled at communicating with Japanese staff and children, especially preschool and elementary school students
  • Be of good mental and physical health
  • Have  a  driver’s  license.  (International  Driver’s  License  is  needed  for assignment.)


Again, application and other forms can be downloaded via this link.

  1. Complete all parts of the application and attach a recent photo (passport type size) to the upper right hand corner of the first page.
  2. Two letter of Recommendation must be submitted along with the application.  These letters should include at least one from a faculty member familiar or from an employer who has supervised you in work.  These letters should address your character and discuss your suitability for work in Japan, and any relevant experience you have had.
  3. Copies of all college level Transcripts (latest) and a college/university diploma must be also attached. If you are graduating from college/university by the end of July, 2014, send a copy of your diploma to Fukui city as soon as you receive it.
  4. Please attach copies of all certificates or score sheets if you have had any official examination concerning your Japanese ability. (Evidence of your Japanese ability)

The applicants who are selected for the initial screening will be invited to the interview held in the middle or late February. Your interview will be videotaped and those of finalists will be reviewed by Fukui City for the final decision. Final results will be notified in April (tentative) with duties beginning in August

Successful candidates must provide a health clearance within 40 days after the announcement of final results. More details will be given with the announcement of final results.

Complete Applications Must Arrive By
February 15 (Sat.), 2014

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