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 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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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


Dec 18

Posted by Tom Baker

The Japan Writers Conference, a free annual event that always attracts many current and former JETs in Japan’s English-language writing community, is held in a different part of the country every year.

The 2024 host city has just been announced: Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture.

The 2024 JWC will be held on the first weekend in November, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about participating now — especially if you are a writer who might like to give a presentation.

For details, visit the Japan Writers Conference website, scan JETwit for past posts in the category of “Japan Writers Conference,” or watch the video recap of the 2023 JWC below. It features JET alumni Suzanne Kamata, Charles Kowalski, Patrick Murphrey and yours truly.


Dec 9

Job: Promoter / Japanese Luxury Hotels – Quick USA Inc (New York, USA)

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


Position: Promoter / Japanese Luxury Hotels
Posted by: Quick USA Inc
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to Quick USA Inc for passing along the following job opening.

We are looking for someone passionate in travel and Japan.
This position is to promote travel to Japan / luxury hotel group in Canada, USA and Mexico market.

You will be traveling around and promote them how great they can spend the time in Japan and in their hotels.

Application Process: Please send resume to yamagishi@919usa.com.


Dec 9

Job: Educational Consultant – Quick USA Inc. (Remote)

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


Position: Educational Consultant
Posted by: Multiple Institutions
Location: Remote, Preferably from NY, CT, or MA
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to Quick USA Inc for passing along the following job opening.

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【Summary】
The educational consulting firm assisting the youths of Japan in their pursuit of attending private and international boarding schools in North America and Europe. We are currently seeking an Educational Consultant to support our North American East Coast operations. We believe that finding the “best fit” is crucial in planning for long-term success. We work closely with each student and their family to develop a strategic plan that presents the best possible educational options and outcomes that match their needs. While experience is greatly appreciated, we value a willingness to learn even more!

The ideal candidate is motivated and passionate about helping to create a better world by supporting the next generation to achieve their career aspirations through opportunities provided by these boarding schools. They are interested in providing meaningful life coaching to elementary and middle school students, especially as many students from Japan require help in developing the courage, maturity, and direction to self-advocate. Together with our support network team, we create a caring and fun climate to help students and families find their way. We believe in a more just, productive, and joyful world by helping the next generation find their passion and strengths.

Every day will be different, with many opportunities to utilize your creative problem-solving skills. A commitment to providing exceptional service to students and their families and our partners at boarding schools is essential. If you share that vision, you might be a good fit! This is an exciting opportunity to significantly impact the lives of the youths of Japan and help them achieve their academic and career goals.

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Dec 2

Job: Tenure-Track Position as Assistant Professor of Japanese – Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY, USA)

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


Position: Tenure-Track Position as Assistant Professor of Japanese
Posted by: Rochester Institute of Technology
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Job Description
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Japanese starting in August 2024. A Ph.D. (in hand by August 2024) in Japanese Language, Linguistics, or a related field is required. We are looking for candidates with expertise in all areas of Japanese linguistics. Candidates are expected to have native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English.

Responsibilities include (1) teaching undergraduate Japanese language courses at all levels, (2) teaching Japanese linguistics courses in English, (3) teaching other linguistics courses related to the candidate’s area(s) of expertise, (4) conducting scholarship in language and linguistics, (5) providing service to the department, such as curriculum development and student advising.

The ideal candidate will have successful experience teaching undergraduate Japanese language courses. The candidate is expected to maintain an active research program and show promise for substantial contributions to their field. We are interested in candidates who demonstrate commitment to collaborate with the Japanese faculty to grow its curriculum, for example, through the possible development of an introductory-level Japanese language and culture course. Candidates with the potential to grow the Language Science curriculum and those with research experience using experimental and/or quantitative methods are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching and research are priorities for faculty at RIT, and all faculty are expected to mentor students through advising, research and in-class experiences.

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Dec 1

Job: Administrative and Finance Associate – Stanford University (Stanford, CA, USA)

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


Position: Administrative and Finance Associate
Posted by: Stanford Universit
Location: Stanford, CA, USA
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to Jennifer Hwang (Shizuoka) for passing along the following job opening.

Description:
The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) is a dynamic and fast-paced team that delivers programs to Stanford’s 9,000+ graduate students and 2,400+ postdoctoral scholars. We work collaboratively across the university with schools and other vice provost areas to enhance the graduate educational experience. VPGE supports programs, administration, and service to the university community and graduate students in five portfolio areas: fellowships and funding, professional development, diversity and inclusion, interdisciplinary learning, and academic guidance.

As VPGE’s Administrative and Finance Associate, you’ll use your customer service strengths to provide administrative and operational support to our vice provost unit. You will be critical in supporting our mission: to ensure that every graduate student receives the best possible educational experience. Are you personable and proactive with a high level of customer service and attention to financial detail? Do you enjoy working with a dynamic team and supporting students? Then this position may be the right fit for you!

This is a continuing full-time (40 hours per week) position where the work can be performed with the expectation of being onsite 4 days per week. This position reports to the Senior Director of Finance and Administration.

See application link for more details.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here – https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/administrative-and-finance-associate-23847


Dec 1

Job: English Teacher – EF International Language School (New York, USA)

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


Position: English Teacher
Posted by: EF International Language School
Location: Tarrytown, NY, USA
Contract: Full-time

Description:
For consideration, applicants must live/ relocate to the state of Tarrytown, New York prior to their start date

Are you passionate about traveling and languages? 

Do you believe that students studying abroad can have the experience of a lifetime? 

Are you an ESL teacher looking to supplement your income in an international student environment, interacting with students of varying ages from over 40 countries? 

Have you recently completed TESOL or CELTA training and are looking to put your new skills and training into practice while receiving developmental feedback from experienced, nurturing ESL professionals?

EF’s dynamic Tarrytown school is looking for an energetic, outgoing teacher to fill a short-term contract, starting in January 2024, with the potential of it rolling into a longer-term one. Newly qualified teachers are welcome to apply. 

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Dec 1

Job: Student Services Coordinator – CET Academic Programs (Washington DC, USA + hybrid)

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


Position: Student Services Coordinator
Posted by: CET Academic Programs
Location: Washington DC, USA + hybrid
Contract: Full-time

Thanks to Kate Maruyama (Osaka-fu) for passing along the following job opening.

Description
The Student Services Coordinator (SSC) provides comprehensive support services that prepare students academically, culturally, and personally for their time abroad. The SSC works with students via telephone, text, email, and Zoom, advising them on program information and providing guidance during the application and pre-departure processes. The SSC plays a key role in the admissions process, reviewing applications and engaging in student outreach efforts to ensure the enrollment of programs.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here –  https://cetacademicprograms.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Job-Description_USA_Student-Services-Coordinator_Feb-2024.pdf


Nov 16

Job: Executive Director – Japan America Society DFW (Plano, Texas)

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


Position: Executive Director
Posted by: Japan America Society DFW
Location: Plano, Texas
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Japan America Society DFW for passing along the following job opening.

About the Organization:

Founded in 1970, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth serves as a catalyst for engaging Japanese and Americans in the business, education, public policy, and arts and culture sectors. The Society’s mission is to further mutual understanding and ongoing engagement between Japanese and Americans through quality programs in arts and culture, education, business, public policy, and international exchange. With a diverse portfolio of offerings and strong community partnerships, the Society positively impacts the North Texas community and fosters friendly relations between cultures.

The membership of the Organization consists of prestigious multinational corporations, professional organizations and service providers, educational institutions, executives, and individuals interested in growing the strong relationship between the USA and Japan.

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Nov 4

Job: East Asian Studies Assistant Professor (Japanese) – Colby College (Waterville, ME)

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


Position: East Asian Studies Assistant Professor (Japanese) Tenure-Track
Posted by: Colby College
Location: Waterville, ME
Contract: Full-Time

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

Colby College seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in the Department of East Asian Studies as Assistant Professor (Japanese) to begin on Sept. 1, 2024. 

Applicants should have native or near-native ability in both English and Japanese, and be able to teach all levels of Japanese language as well as an occasional course in English in the applicant’s field of academic specialization. Preference will be given to candidates whose field of specialization will broaden our course offerings on modern Japan in any field in the humanities or social sciences including, but not limited to, literary or cultural studies, language pedagogy, anthropology, sociology, and history.  The committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

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Nov 2

WIT Life #376: MANGA in New York exhibition

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.

Yesterday I had to chance to stop by the event MANGA in New York, presented by Ginza Sony Park Project. This free Chelsea exhibition features work from six groups of Japanese artists who use diverse forms of expression to create original manga. According to the enthusiastic staff member who greeted me at the door and kindly provided an explanation of the exhibition, this is one of several experimental activities being tested out for next year’s expected completion of the second phase of Ginza Sony Park (it opened in 2018). They’re looking to receive feedback from visitors and potentially incorporate it into their new project.

There are two floors of manga to enjoy, and enhancing the visitor experience is a free vending machine with specially designed MANGA-CANs exclusive to the event. When you put in the letter and number of your choice, you receive a can of tea with a label showing a scene from one of the manga in the exhibition. The label is actually a commemorative sticker, so you can peel it off to save when you’re done with the tea. I picked UEDA & SASAMI from illustrator Hikaru Ichijo, a manga depicting the story of an aspiring painter named Ueda and the hamster Sasami who lives in her stomach. Ueda derives her energy from Sasasmi running on her hamster wheel, and Sasami is in turn is powered by eating sunflower seeds. But what happens when Ueda discovers that she can be the source of her own strength?

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Oct 24

Job: Interpreter/Translator – CSI Group (Greensboro, NC and Lexington, KY, USA)

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


Position: Local Staff – Political & General Affairs Division
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan in New York
Location: Greensboro, NC and Lexington, KY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Roy Harrison (Saitama-ken, 2004-2007) for passing along the following job opening.

You’ll provide daily communication/interpretation support to engineers at a
leading automotive manufacturing facility during visits from Japan for equipment installation. You’ll assist with the translation of written and verbal correspondence to facilitate achieving project goals. You’ll be the conduit connecting US engineering teams to their Japanese counterparts. This project will provide you with professional opportunities to fine-tune your skills across several areas, including:

  • Learning automotive-specific terms
  • Managing in-person small and large group interpretation projects in an industrial setting
  • Managing teleconference interpretation projects between engineers based across the US and Japan.
  • Translating emails, memos, manuals, training, budgets, specification packages, and other automotive manufacturing-related documents

Application Process: To apply, please email rharrison@csi-ky.com


Sep 19

WIT Life #374: TIME100 NEXT featuring two Japanese women

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.

This month Time magazine released its list of the world’s 100 rising stars designated as the “TIME100 NEXT,” and two Japanese women made the cut. Both have very interesting stories, so I’d like to share them here for those who might have missed checking it out.

34 year-old Arfiya Eri is an LDP member of Japan’s House of Representatives with Uighur-Uzbek heritage. She grew up in southern Japan and spent some of her childhood in China, where she attended an American school. She went on to study at Georgetown University and eventually work at the Bank of Japan as well as the UN. Her platform is one emphasizing diversity, inclusion and female representation in politics, which might be surprising considering her political party. However, Eri aligns with the LDP on security and diplomacy, and a Japan Times profile says this mixture of being progressive regarding civil rights and diversity “while being conservative on defense issues could help boost the LDPs profile and appeal among younger voters.”

House of Representatives LDP member Arfiya Eri
(Kentaro Takahashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The other Japanese woman profiled is Rina Gonoi, a former member of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) who endured physical and verbal sexual abuse for over a year while serving. After leaving the SDF in 2022 and appealing to the authorities but being ignored, she took her case to social media when traditional media also dismissed her. Thanks to her efforts, five servicemen were dishonorably dismissed and four others punished. In addition, Gonoi received a public apology from the Ministry of Defense, as well as apologies from several officers. She also filed charges against the government and her assailants in both criminal and civil cases. In the former three perpetrators were indicted on sexual assault charges, but in the latter four of the five accused denied the charges. Gonoi continues to battle sexual harassment in Japan’s male-dominated military.

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