May 14

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Yayoi Kusama, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, MAN WITH A MISSION

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.

As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out.

This month’s highlights include:

Kimi Takesue

Thursday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.


Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue 

$16, $8 members

Kimi Takesue’s Onlookers asks looming existential questions such as: Why do we travel? What do we seek? Onlookers offers a visually striking, immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos [which is also the most heavily bombed per capita in history after the U.S. dropped over 2 million tons of bombs from 1964-1973], reflecting on how we all live as observers. Unfolding in painterly tableaux, Onlookers explores the paradox of travel: Why do people fly thousands of miles from home to lounge in a Laotian guest house sipping smoothies while watching reruns of the TV show Friends? Why do we climb to the top of a colossal mountain just to snap selfies, rather than enjoy the extraordinary view? We are present, but absent. Looking, but not seeing.

Yayoi Kusama © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, Ota Fine Arts, and Victoria Miro

Opens May 11

Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers

David Zwirner, 519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street


One of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama unveils her latest works in one of her largest gallery exhibitions to date here in New York. The exhibition features new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, and a new Infinity Mirrored Room. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama’s work has been featured widely in both solo and group presentations. She presented her first solo show in her native Japan in 1952. In the mid-1960s, she established herself in New York as an important avant-garde artist by staging groundbreaking and influential happenings, events, and exhibitions. Her work gained renewed widespread recognition in the late 1980s following a number of international solo exhibitions, including shows at the Center for International Contemporary Arts, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, both of which took place in 1989.


Monday, May 15, 8:00 p.m.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street


Pop singer and icon of Harajuku fashion Kyary Pamyu Pamyu returns to New York for the debut date of her first U.S. tour in five years, supported by French-born and Tokyo-based DJ Moe Shop! last month, the two collaborated on their new song CANDY CANDY (Moe Shop Remix). As fans of KPP know, she’s been a J-pop icon since she first amassed a following as a teenage fashion blogger. She later rose to global fame as a viral Jpop music video star, model, and actress, even starring in numerous Japanese TV commercials. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has sold over 970,000 physical albums and singles in Japan according to Oricon as well as over 2.25 million downloads of her singles, drawing favorable comparisons to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga in her home country. Don’t miss one of the most colorful pop performers ever to take the stage!

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May 13

Job: One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies – Berea College (Berea, KY, USA)

Position: One-Year Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Posted by:
Berea College
Location: Berea, KY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

The Berea College Asian Studies Department announces a full-time, one-year faculty position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, beginning August 2023. The teaching load includes three courses each semester in East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and/or Korean) humanities (e.g., literature, philosophy, religious studies, etc.). Topical courses based on the candidate’s areas of specialization are also possible. PhD by August 2023 and college teaching experience preferred, ABD considered.

Appliction Process: Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement on teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted at this stage), and contact information for three references. More information can be found here –

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but for full consideration applications should be received by June 1st, 2023.

May 12

Job: Audience Engagement Specialist – Nikkei America (New York, NY, USA)

Position: Audience Engagement Specialist
Posted by:
Nikkei America
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Below is another job received directly from Nikkei America.

For nearly a century and a half, Nikkei Inc. has offered unparalleled coverage of Japan’s economy, industries and markets. The group’s business portfolio extends beyond traditional publishing to include broadcasting, online and the widely cited Nikkei 225 stock index. Our flagship newspaper, The Nikkei, boasts a circulation of nearly 3 million. With a network of 51 bureaus in Japan and 37 overseas, our 1,500 journalists are ideally positioned to deliver news and analysis from an Asian perspective to the world.

Nikkei America Inc., a subsidiary of Nikkei Inc., seeks an audience engagement specialist for its Nikkei Asia team in the U.S. This position in New York is for a specialist who can enhance Nikkei Asia’s online presence via social media, e-newsletters and more. The right fit will have a passion for news and data, joined with a strong drive to support editors and reporters.

Appliction Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

May 11

Job: Professional Research Assistant – University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA)

Position: Professional Research Assistant
Posted by:
University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contract: Part-Time

Thanks to JETAARM for passing along the following opportunity:
The Program for Teaching East Asia at the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is hiring a part-time Professional Research Assistant.

The Professional Research Assistant will serve as a TEA Staff Assistant, responsible for working with the TEA Director, project PIs, and Asian studies faculty on campus to design, deliver, and assess the impact of professional development programs in Asian Studies for K-12 teacher audiences.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here –

May 9

Job: Interdisciplinary Librarian – University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA [Hybrid])

Position: Two Interdisciplinary Librarian
Posted by:
University of Colorado
Location: Boulder, CO, USA (Hybrid)
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JETAA USA Country Rep, Adam Lisbon for passing along the opportunity at the University of Colorado, where he’s currently employed:

Key Facts: Work Period is Three Years

Salary: $67,000-$71,000 + Professional Development Funds + Benefits (Health Insurance, etc.)

Seeking historically underrepresented groups to train in the field of Academic Librarianship, 2 positions available. You would be hired as Research Faculty for a 3-year appointment. You have the opportunity to explore your areas of interested, see full post linked above for details. You will receive mentorship and training. If you have relevant experience with Libraries, and/or Library/Information Science, but haven’t been felt sure about pursuing a library career in Academia, this is a great way to start. Be sure to read the official job posting in detail.

The University of Colorado Libraries encourages applications for two Interdisciplinary Librarians as part of the Librarians of the Future Diversity Residency Program for three-year research faculty appointments. The purpose of this program is to introduce early career professionals, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to career opportunities in academic librarianship, which will enrich the profession by introducing new perspectives and fostering connections among librarians from diverse backgrounds.

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May 5

Job: Numerous Job Openings DSA International – (International)

Position: Numerous Job Openings
Posted by:
DSA International 
Location: International
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Emi Tanaka from DSA International (a Japanese recruiting company) for passing along the following information. Please feel free to reach out to them if you’re interested in a position at <>.

Nationwide & International Japanese/American Corporations- New Multiple Job Listings! 2023

Japanese/American Companies seeking candidates nationwide & international. All of our positions are direct-hire with company benefits!  Please see the below partial listings, we also have many other positions available! 

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May 3

Job: Numerous Job Openings – Quick USA (United States of America)

Position: Numerous Job Openings
Posted by:
Quick USA 
Location: Multiple
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Kyoko Shibata from Quick USA (a Japanese recruiting company) for passing along the following information. Please feel free to reach out to him if you’re interested in a position at <>.

West Coast
Bilingual Outside Sales/ $45~60K / Carson, CA / Retail, health, and beautyAudit Accountant Associate / 70-130k / Fully remote or Torrance or NJ / CPA firm
Sushi chef / $17-21/hr+ tip / Las Vegas, NV / Japanese restaurantInside Sales / 50K / Torrance, CA / Manufacturing
Customer Support Engineer / $36-42 /h / Fremont CA  or OR or AZ / Semiconductor

East Coast
IT Consultant / 100K- 150K / Manhattan, NY / IT
Sales / $45K~55K  / Jessup, MD / Food tradingAccounting/Administrative Staff / 50K-70K / New York, NY / ManufacturingAssistant Manager / 75-85K / New York, NY / ManufacturingSales Manager  ( Founding Member )  / 70-75K / Orland FL / Manufacturing, Trading

Sushi Chef / 50 – 70K +tip / Austin, TX / Japanese restaurant
Sales representative/ 54K / Stone Mountain GA / Food
Admin & Coordinator Assistant / $18-20/H / Gainesville GA / Logistic
Staff Accountant / 60K /  Dallas, TX / Entertainment
Interpreter / $20-25/h / Bowling Green, KY / Manufacturing
HR Specialist / 70-90K / Glendale Heights, IL / Trading

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here –

Apr 27

Job: Webpage Management and Public Relations Staff Member – Consulate-General of Japan in Boston (Boston, MA, USA)

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

Position: Webpage Management and Public Relations Staff Member
Posted by:
Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston:

Application Process: The Boston Consulate of Japan is currently hiring for the position of Webpage Management and Public Relations. Candidates should submit their resumes and cover letter to There is no deadline- we will review applications as they come in.

More information on the position can be found here:

Apr 24

WIT Life #369: Sakura-filled spring and Plan 75

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as 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 spring! It’s hard to believe that May is right around the corner. Earlier this year I spent two weeks in Japan (my first trip in six years, after a few stops and starts during Covid), and timed it extremely well to catch the 桜 (sakura, or cherry blossoms) at their peak in two of the four cities I visited. One was Kyoto, which is always a special place for me to return to as it is where I studied abroad during my first time in Japan. The other was Kumamoto, where I lived for three years during my time as a JET. It was a fantastic homecoming filled with long-overdue reunions, delicious food, 温泉 (onsen, or hot springs) and お花見 (ohanami, or cherry blossom viewing). I don’t know when my next trip will be, but here’s hoping it’s sooner than another six years!

When I returned to the U.S. everything was in full bloom, so I felt lucky to be able to enjoy a double spring. I love this season with its wonderfully warm afternoons, as well as chilly mornings and nights where hot tea hits the spot. I brought back sakura tea and a wide assortment of other cherry blossom goods, so hopefully those will tide me over when I start missing Japan…

An amazing array of sakura goods from the source! (thanks to Muji, Kaldi and various conbini)

Yesterday I had the chance to see the Cannes award-winning film Plan 75, which is showing at IFC Center through Friday. The title refers to a Japanese government program that encourages the elderly to terminate their own lives (and will subsidize this), as a way of relieving this demographic’s social and economic burdens. The film follows the three main characters of a 78-year old woman considering Plan 75, a young civil servant working on behalf of the plan, and a Filipino health care worker who ends up working for the plan. Each goes through their own personal journey over the course of the film’s almost two-hour duration, changing the way they view the plan and their roles in relation to it. The weight of this dystopian film makes it anything but an easy watch, but its heaviness is commensurate to the heft of the premise.

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Apr 21

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 (4-year Fixed Term)
Posted by:
Stanford University
Location:Stanford, CA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Jennifer Hwang (Shizuoka-ken, 2008-2012) for sharing the following opening on her team. Unfortunately, they are unable to sponsor visas:

This is a great opportunity to enter the higher education space and support graduate students! This is a four-year fixed-term position with the possibility of becoming a permanent position.

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. 

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Apr 5

Job: Japanese/English Interpreter – Nippon Piston Ring of America, INC (Bardstown, KY, 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 Interpreter
Posted by:
Nippon Piston Ring of America, INC
Location: Bardstown, KY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

We are currently searching for a Japanese/ English Interpreter.  This employee must be able to translate documents and interpret conversations.  We would like this candidate to have a manufacturing background. This is an hourly position that will work M-F onsite from 8 AM-4:30 PM.  The pay range is $20-27 per hour.

Application Process: For more information or to apply visit: or reach out to Janet Pike; <>.

Apr 5

Job: Head of Public Policy and Government Relations – Stripe (Sydney, NSW, Australia)

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

Position: Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Australia/New Zealand and Japan
Posted by:
Japan Center for International Exchange
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us by a JET alum that has no connection to the position:

“Head of Public Policy and Government Relations” position based in Sydney, Australia. They think it’ll be good for someone with JET experience who is also a lawyer or has a public policy, lobbying, or government relations background.

We are looking for a kind, smart, humble and experienced public policy professional that has a track-record within the APAC region. The ideal person will have a deep understanding of the public policy and regulatory environment, policy-making process and cultural nuances in Australia/New Zealand – and ideally Japan – combined with business acumen and product interest.

This is going to be a policy-entrepreneur based in Sydney (with the capacity to be in Japan or elsewhere in the region, as required), a self-starter but great collaborator – someone that will have to wear many hats and help Stripe navigate the environment in a diverse set of markets and help us and our customers/users expand across the APAC region.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here –

Mar 28

Job: Japanese Translator – YKK AP (Macon, GA, USA)

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

Position: Japanese Translator
Posted by:
Location: Macon, GA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Jessica Cork (Hiroshima-ken, 1997-2000) for passing along the following job opening at her company:

YKK AP in Macon, Georgia has an opening for a Japanese translator. The purpose of this position will primarily be to provide support to the general administration (general affairs) department with duties to include clerical tasks and supporting Japanese expatriates and their families.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.

Mar 9

Job: Media Digitization Specialist – University of Colorado Boulder

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

Position: Media Digitization Specialist
Posted by:
University of Colorado Boulder
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum and JETAA USA Country Rep, Adam Lisbon (Hyogo-ken, 2004-2007) for passing along the following opening where he currently works:

CU Boulder Libraries encourages applications for a Media Digitization Specialist!

Under the direction of the Lead of Digital Asset Management and Preservation Services (DAMPS), the Media Digitization Specialist assists the DAMPS Digital Media Services (DMS) team with the operation, maintenance, and development of a broad spectrum of audio, video, and film digitization and production technologies.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Application Process: For mor einfomration and to apply, please click this link –

Mar 3

The Japan Foundation presents: Bashō: Where Now?

Time & Location

March 16, 6pm-7pm
Hunter College (New York, NY)


Together with Hunter College’s Japanese Program, we invite you to a talk event Bashō: Where Now? to mark the publication by the University of California Press of Bashō: The Complete Haiku of Matsuo Bashō. The author, Andrew Fitzsimons, will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, about the work and legacy of one of the greatest figures in the history of Japanese literature, the master of haiku, Matsuo Bashō.

Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) remains the greatest poet of Japan and one of the major figures of World Literature. His work has inspired haiku to become the most popular poetic form in the world.


PLEASE NOTE– All non-Hunter College attendees will be required to show a valid photo ID (governmental, state, passport, etc.) to obtain a pass from the Visitor’s Center to gain access to Hunter College’s campus.


Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist, and translator. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has received the T. S. Eliot Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize, the Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

Andrew Fitzsimons is also an Irish poet and is a Professor of English Language and Cultures at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, and author of The Sea of Disappointment: Thomas Kinsella’s Pursuit of the Real, as well as three books of poetry.

This event is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, New York, and Hunter College’s Japanese Program.

The event will be recorded and later uploaded to JFNY’s YouTube channel.

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