Aug 29

    By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11), originally from Shoreham-by-Sea, UK (near Brighton) and founder of Smile Kids Japan, which was created with […]

May 25

Mike Maher-King (Fukui), founder of Smile Kids Japan, recently spoke at TEDxTokyo:  Entering the Unknown on Saturday, May 21 at Miraikan Tokyo. Here are the English and Japanese videos of Mike’s talk which is titled “Against All Odds” in which he talks about Smile Kids Japan, how he came to start it, how the JET […]

May 14

Mike Maher-King (Fukui), founder of Smile Kids Japan, will be one of the speakers at TEDxTokyo:  Entering the Unknown on Saturday, May 21 at Miraikan Tokyo. Here’s some background on Mike from the TEDxTokyo website which does a nice job summarizing some of the good work he’s been doing since the Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami: Mike Maher-King […]

Apr 10

JETAA Southern California fundraiser aids Smile Kids Japan efforts to support children orphaned by 3/11 disaster

Via JETAA Southern California: THANKS to everyone who came to the JETAASC fundraiser to benefit orphans of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami!!  Your efforts helped to raise over $800 for Smile Kids Japan, the organization founded by JET alum Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11).  The support is heartfelt and the cause is completely a result of JET Program Participants’ […]

Oct 11

Via Pacific Northwest JETAA: On Friday August 26, we had the great honor of giving a presentation about the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association at the Hyogo Seminar, which was hosted by Hyogo Prefecture (coordinated by theHyogo Business and Cultural Center) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The Governor of Hyogo […]

Aug 9

JETwit needs your help identifying any earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster relief projects or efforts that have been started, organized, managed or otherwise undertaken by JETs or JET alumni. What else is missing from this list? View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map The ones we’re aware of to […]

Jun 14

******** Thanks to Fukui JET Mike Maher-King for forwarding on this Japan Times article about Iwate CIR Amanda Krips. JET coordinator finds Iwate spirit contagious By SETSUKO KAMIYA Staff writer Wednesday, June 15, 2011 MORIOKA, Iwate Pref. — Iwate Prefecture’s coast suffered some of the most severe damage in the March 11 quake and […]

May 18

Volunteer: JETwit seeks help tracking JET disaster relief efforts

I know there a slew of JETs and alums involved in a variety of volunteer efforts in Japan right now.  And I don’t have time to capture and post on JETwit about it. For example: A JET named Paul Yoo in Akita helped organize something called The Fruit Tree Project to bring fresh fruit to […]

Apr 5

MTV’s Act Blog: ‘Smile Kids Japan’ Turns Spotlight On Orphans Affected By Disaster

Here’s a recent article on MTV’s Act Blog about collaboration amongst Smile Kids Japan (founded by Fukui JET Mike Maher-King), and Tokyo-based non-profit to form an effort called Smiles & Dreams:  The Tohoku Kids Project aimed at providing “immediate and long-term support to orphanages in Tohoku and other areas that were affected by the devastating […]

Mar 15

Earthquake: Volunteer Information for People in Japan

Via AJET Website.  Thanks to JET Mike Maher-King (Fukui) of Smile Kids Japan for all his efforts with this: AJET and Smile Kids Japan, with support from the JetWit JET alumni translators and interpreters group, have compiled a list of prefectural volunteer organisations (PVOs) mobilising volunteer groups to do ground work in areas affected […]

Mar 14

Via Fukui JET Mike Maher-King of Smile Kids Japan: Update: Here’s the link to the Google spreadsheet where you can start inputting any info you gather: AJET and Smile Kids Japan are working on some procedures to help foreigners living in Japan volunteer at the earthquake sites.  They need JET alums with good Japanese>English […]

Feb 10

The Consulate General of Japan in New York has provided a “Letter of Support” for JetWit recognizing to the valuable role JetWit plays in supporting the JET Programme and the JET Alumni Association.  Both the English and Japanese versions are included below with permission from the Consulate. ********** ENGLISH VERSION (Text) Message from the Consulate […]

Sep 26

JET ROI: JET alum creates “Smile Kids Japan” program for JETs to volunteer at orphanages in Japan

Check out this article from The Japan Times on Fukui JET alum Mike Maher-King who started Smile Kids Japan (, a web-based network that enables JETs to volunteer at orphanages around Japan.  The idea came from Mike’s own experience volunteering at an orphanage in his area, which he then expanded to bring other JET alums […]

Nov 17

JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Gillam, Senior Researcher at the Japan Local Government Center

By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm […]

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