Dec 23

Connect: The Unexpected Path of Life After JET

Lillian Hanako Rowlatt, a former JET (ALT, Niigata-ken, 2003-05) wrote an article for this month’s issue of Connect (an online monthly dedicated to the JET Program and expat community in Japan) about how her JET experience helped launched her career delivering Japanese food across the world.

Sep 17

Life After JET: Podcast interview with Stephen Horowitz, Director of Legal English Programs

******* ******* Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94) is the founder of JETwit, a member of the JETAA USA Board of Advisors, and Director of Legal English Programs at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NYC, “the most ethnically diverse urban place on the planet.” He also writes for the St. John’s Legal English […]

Feb 1

Life After JET: Fil Ha

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12) for his podcast Discussions with Dao. Jon works as a speech coach and personal trainer. Filmore Ha (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) on growing up in the South and living in Japan. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Nov 6

Life After JET: William Agor

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12) for his podcast Discussions with Dao. Jon works as a speech coach and personal trainer.   [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=true” width=”100%” height=”20″ iframe=”true” /] Here’s an interesting one– William reached out to me after I made the Leaving Home (Again) video. He’s another former JET who could relate, so of course I invited him to […]

Sep 4

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12) for his podcast Discussions with Dao. Jon works as a speech coach and personal trainer. The third appearance by former Toyama JET Randy Higashi. Unlike most of the other returnees I know, Randy actually went back to Japan for another two year stint. In this episode, we spend a lot of the discussion comparing the […]

Aug 22

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12) for his podcast Discussions with Dao. Jon works as a speech coach andpersonal trainer.     Fresh off the plane (okay maybe more like a few weeks) from a 5 year stint in the JET Programme, here’s graphic designer Patrick Finn! Be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter. The “Best Thing” being […]

Jul 31

By Jon Dao(Toyama-ken, 2009-12). Jon works as a speech coach and personal trainer.   August is an exciting time for the JET community. For some, it’s the start of life as an ALT and CIR. For others, it marks the time to say goodbye to that trek and return home. The decision to come home is a […]

Jan 22

Life After JET: Going Your Own Way

Striking out on your own, especially in pursuing a long-held dream, is always going to be a terrifying and highly stressful experience. Julius Pang (Fukuoka-ken, 2004-2007, ALT) made that journey this year when he launched his own company (Incredible Photo Tours), a travel company focused on (the taking of, and teaching of) photography. He is […]

Jan 9

Life After JET: Setting Up Shop in Japan

Benjamin Stock (Hyogo-ken 2005-2007) is International Development Manager at Access Corporation, a Hyogo-based study abroad agency. He and his wife, Rebecca Stock (Hyogo-ken 2011-2013), run Fresh Stock, a Japanese stationery web shop, from their home in Kobe. After living in Japan for over six years, I’m excited to announce a long-time desire of mine has finally become a reality: […]

Nov 18

Life After JET: The creation of MoshiMosh

Lucy Gibson (Fukuoka, 2007-10) is a co-founder of MoshiMosh, an exciting new language exchange website. Lucy and her husband Kenzo live and run MoshiMosh in London, UK. Any spare time they have, outside of juggling work, study, and entrepreneurial ventures, is spent spoiling their dog Maggie, playing taiko, volunteering, and getting out and about in London.The […]

Nov 4

Life After JET: Of Legal Discourse and Family Ties

Re-published after its first appearance from the JETAA NSW site: Our next Life After JET alumni is Shino Hamada (CIR Fukuoka-shi 2006-2011), a legal practitioner for a Sydney-based subsidiary for a major Japanese trading firm, whose life experiences show that you should always grab opportunities as they come by. There is a tiny coastal town […]

Aug 3

Life After JET: A Teacher’s Edge Now Known

The transition back home after Japan… isn’t the easiest. Several of us have had our share of reverse culture shock, and the career adjustment is some of the nastiest frosting to top off some “What Am I Doing With Me Life?” cake. Recently on JETwit, we’ve started the Job Hunter Project series. And we hope with the […]

Jul 14

Life After JET: Still Lookin

Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12). ———————————————————————————————————— SPECIAL GUESTS: Val Randy     Nearly one year later, I got Val and Randy back to continue the story of moving past Japan.        

Jun 5

Some people have issues, and for me, I had Japan issues. When I came back from Japan, I went through a wicked case of reverse culture shock. I lost all sense of identity returning home. In my mind, I’d built myself up as the “international” guy in my circle of friends. So when I was […]

May 30

Life After JET: Gabai Life!-Educational Journeys of an Ex-JET from Saga

By Jose Ariel Ramos (Saga-ken, 1998-2001).  Jose recently moved to Central Texas where he now works as a recruiter for a charter school. Gabai Life!-Educational Journeys of an Ex-JET from Saga “To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept […]

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