Jul 14

JETAA‎‎‎‏‏‎​ Podcast Beat is a weekly round-up of current JET and JET alumni podcasts and podcast appearances compiled by Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19)

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Welcome to the first-ever JETAA Podcast Beat post! I hope the beat will be a great way for everyone to stay updated on JET alumni as well as current JET involvement in podcasts. If you have the chance, please enjoy listening to one of these recent episodes this week!

よっぱれい英会話 English Nomikai Podcast

In this eikaiwa podcast targeted to Japanese English-learners, Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19) talks to fellow JET alumni, current JETs, and Japanese English teachers and friends about cultural differences between Japan and their home countries (all while sharing some drinks!)

BONUS: POWER HOUR II with Joe, James, and Caralynn

このエピソードでは、EmmaleeとJoeとJamesとCaralynnは、一時間で60杯のショットを飲みます。その時間で色々のトピック話して、段々酔っ払いになっています。

Instagram: @yoppareikaiwa

Krewe of Japan

Krewe of Japan is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Doug Tassin (Fukushima-ken, 2007-10) that takes listeners on audio journeys through Japanese culture. With our hosts as your guide, and the help of guest experts, Japanese natives, and ex-pats, understanding Japan is now easier than ever before.

20. Season 1 Recap

Just like that, Season 1 comes to a close! Nigel, Jenn, & Doug peel back the curtain and reflect on all the behind-the-scenes effort & challenges that went into launching, continuing, and finishing the inaugural season of Krewe of Japan!

They discuss their favorite episodes, re-visit bloopers (#DougThings), read out some listener feedback, & tease what’s to come! Don’t miss out on this fun stroll down memory lane and help re-live the first season (of hopefully many) of the Krewe of Japan Podcast. See you in August for Season 2!

Mata kondo ne!

USLawEssentials Law & Language

The USLawEssentials Law & Language Podcast, co-hosted by Stephen Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94) helps non-native English speaking lawyers and law students improve their English and better understand US law and American legal culture. Many of these short episodes are tied to a legal news event or case in the United States. Others include interviews with multilingual lawyers (including a number of JET alumni.) The shows are hosted by attorneys experienced teaching US law and legal English to students and lawyers from around the world.

10. The Multilingual Professional: Rebecca Chen

This episode of the USLawEssentials Law & Language Podcast continues our series of interviews with multilingual lawyers — but this time with multilingual paralegal Rebecca Chen (Akita-ken, 2014-17). Stephen Horowitz is our interviewer and he talks to Rebecca about the important roles paralegals play in law firms. Rebecca offers a great inside perspective on her work with a prominent immigration law firm and how a team of legal professionals helps diverse clients from around the world achieve their immigration goals. And you probably have goals, too – such as learning legal English!


Jul 12

USJETAA The Same Moon: Reading and Q&A with Author Sarah Coomber

JET alumna Sarah Coomber (Yamaguchi, 1994-1996) wrote The Same Moon about her adventures after moving to Japan! Sarah will read a short passage from her book and then we will take questions from the audience. You do not need to have read the book to enjoy this event. We hope you’ll join us. Two copies of Sarah’s book will be given away via random draw to those attending live.

Date: July 22, 2021

Time: 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT

Join: REGISTER

About The Same Moon

Recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old Sarah Coomber escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do with her wrecked life while enjoying the culture of the country where she had previously spent a life-changing summer that included a romance with a young baseball player.

About the Author

Ever since she turned seventeen, Sarah Coomber has held two homes in her heart: Minnesota, where she grew up, and Yamaguchi, where she spent a summer with the Maeda family, who welcomed her like a third daughter and introduced her to what became an on-again, off-again Japanese life.

That life has included teaching English in Yamaguchi on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (1994-96); teaching Japanese language and dance to children at an immersion camp in Minnesota; and studying the koto—Japanese zither—in Yamaguchi and Portland, Oregon, where she achieved her level four Seiha School certification.

Sarah has worked as a public relations professional, reporter, science writer and college English teacher, and her stories and essays on Japan have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Japan Times, the Star Tribune, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Memoir Journal, the Font: A Literary Journal for Language Teachers and elsewhere.

She now works as a communications/writing consultant and coach, and teaches Holy Yoga, exploring the nexus of yoga and the Christian faith. She lives … and tries to remember to breathe deeply … with her family in Minnesota. More about here at https://sarahcoomber.com/.


Jul 9

Japan-Insights: Experiencing the diversity of food in Japan’s other great city

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Attention-grabbing restaurants and outdoor food stalls are everywhere, Shinsekai quarter, Osaka ©Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau

Dear Friends,

Have you experienced the diversity of Japanese food?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The seventeenth one is on Eating and Slurping in Osaka by Dr. Barak Kushner.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_EatingInOsaka.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japaneseculture #osaka




Jul 3

Job: IT Specialist – Relo Japan (Nagoya, Japan)

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


Position: IT Specialist
Posted by:
Relo Japan
Location: Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us by a JET alumna who wishes to remain anonymous:

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


Jul 3

Job: Reporter/Research Assistant – Yomiuri Shimbun (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

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


Position: Reporter/Research Assistant
Posted by:
Yomiuri Shimbun
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Please see the job below received directly from the newspaper.

Founded in 1874, The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japan’s largest and most influential national daily newspaper. We have 26 international bureaus, three of which are in the United States: Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles.

Job Description:

The Los Angeles Bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun seeks a Japanese speaking reporter/research assistant to help cover news—including in the western and midwestern states, western Canada, and Mexico.  

This job primarily involves assisting the Los Angeles Bureau Chief by following and monitoring news stories, arranging and conducting interviews, suggesting stories to cover, transcribing interviews, and covering breaking news events. The work can be fast-paced and there are regular deadlines. The position may include opportunities to travel to cover major news events and to report feature stories. As the newspaper is written in Japanese, there are no byline opportunities.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please view the document.


Jul 2

Job: Japan Economics Correspondent – Reuters (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Japan Economics Correspondent
Posted by:
Reuters
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Below is a job opening passed along to us by a JET alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Job Description

Reuters is looking for an energetic, ambitious reporter to cover Japan’s economy. This is a critical role for our coverage of the world’s third-largest economy, its policymakers and the Bank of Japan. This position is based in Tokyo. The successful candidate will be able to develop sources and break news while delivering deeply reported, insightful stories that show how economic and monetary policy impact Japan’s companies and consumers.

The Japan Economics Correspondent will have a strong interest in the economy and economic policy. He or she should have the attention to detail and speed to cover fast-paced economic indicators – and the ability to deliver insightful big-picture stories, explaining complex topics to readers around the world.

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Jul 2

Writing Beat: Cristy Burne

Check out this interview by Joe Lunchbox featuring award-winning children’s author and Australian JET alumna, Cristy Burne (Kawanishi-shi, Hyogo-ken, 1998-2000). They talk about Cristy’s newest book: Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadow. You can view the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNMnkfO8oko


Jul 2

Krewe of Japan Podcast E20 – Season 1 Recap

Posted by: Doug Tassin (Fukushima-Ken ALT, 2007-2010 & Krewe of Japan Podcast Co-Host)

This week on the Krewe of Japan Podcast

Just like that, Season 1 comes to a close! Nigel, Jenn, & Doug peel back the curtain and reflect on all the behind-the-scenes effort & challenges that went into launching, continuing, and finishing the inaugural season of Krewe of Japan! They discuss their favorite episodes , re-visit bloopers (#DougThings), read out some listener feedback, & tease what’s to come! Don’t miss out on this fun stroll down memory lane and help re-live the first season (of hopefully many) of the Krewe of Japan Podcast. See you in August for Season 2! Mata kondo ne!

The Krewe of Japan Podcast is a weekly episodic podcast sponsored by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Check them out every Friday afternoon around noon CST on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher.  Want to share your experiences with the Krewe? Or perhaps you have ideas for episodes, feedback, comments, or questions? Let the Krewe know by e-mail at kreweofjapanpodcast@gmail.com or on social media (Twitter: @kreweofjapan, Instagram: @kreweofjapanpodcast, Facebook: Krewe of Japan Podcast Page, & the Krewe of Japan Youtube Channel). Until next time, enjoy!


Jul 2

Job: Temporary Personal Assistant to the Political Section – Embassy of Japan (United Kingdom)

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


Position: Temporary Personal Assistant to the Political Section
Posted by:
Embassy of Japan (101-104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT)
Location: United Kingdom
Contract: Full-Time; Temporary

Thanks to JET alum Keith Kelly of the CLAIR London office for sharing this opening:

Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 6:00pm (Lunch hour: 12:45pm to 1:45pm) with the possibility of overtime work
Salary: TBD in accordance with qualification and experience
Application Deadline: 9 July 2021
Interviews: Mid-July 2021
Start Date: After 10 August 2021 (TBD)
Expected End Date: 8 August 2022 (TBD)
Interviews: Mid-July 2021

The Embassy of Japan in the UK is looking for a highly qualified and motivated person for the role of maternity cover for the Personal Assistant to provide secretarial and research support for diplomats.

You will support diplomats in charge of political, security and legal issues with research and work, together with other local staff in the Political Section.

About the Position

A Personal Assistant is responsible for keeping diplomats briefed and informed on current political and social affairs by daily news updates and research as well as administrative support and secretarial duties for diplomats. The key responsibilities of the Personal Assistant’s position include, but are not limited to the following:

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Jul 1

Erased: My Favorite Anime

By Jack McDonough, 2021 prospective JET

Kayo and Satoru under a starry sky.  You can find Grace’s art here!

Think of something you regret; one thing that gnaws away at you; if only you could change it. What if you could? What if you had that chance to go back in time and change the past? Now imagine that your choices concern life and death matters, and you can only go back in time when someone is dead or dying: specifically the deaths of your mother and childhood classmate are riding on matters that are seemingly benign. Erased explores that reality.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (“The Town Where Only I am Missing”) is a mystery/thriller manga written by Kei Snabe and published by Kadokawa Shoten from June 2012 to March 2016. Erased is the anime adaptation that follows Satoru Fujinuma and his “revival(s)” (called “rerun” in Japanese), where Satoru is sent back in time involuntarily when someone near him dies; he sees a blue butterfly, and his consciousness is sent back into the past. Despite his power, Satoru is a failing mangaka who works at a pizzeria and lives alone in a cramped Chiba apartment; his only friend being Airi Katagiri, who is his coworker at Oasi Pizza.  Out of the blue, his estranged mother, Sachiko, comes to visit him. After leaving his mother in his apartment, he comes back later and finds her murdered. A blue butterfly flies in front of him and he is sent back to 1988; back to his 5th-grade self. 

Erased has a lot going for it in addition to the interesting plot. The soundtrack for the show is perfect and Satoru’s determination motif is reason enough to binge the anime. The music, written by Yuki Kaijura, adds an air of mystery, wonder, and sorrow that is unlike anything else you’ve heard before. Asian Kung-Fu Generation performs the intro song to the anime, which is one of the best openings to an anime out there. In terms of direction, Director Tomohiko Itou’s masterful attention to detail turns every scene into an art piece. Now that I’ve convinced you to watch the show, look out for the scene between Satoru and Kayo in the park. Every interaction between the characters offers more than mere plot progression or comedic relief; the depictions of friendship, family, and despair feel real and will hit you where it hurts. 

Erased is my favorite anime. The show has a controversial place in the anime community: some think the plot was too generic and that the ending was unsatisfactory. I disagree, but I do see why they have that opinion. The anime and manga do differ in their endings, so if you do wish for a different ending, you can always check out the manga.  Without spoiling the ending, while I wasn’t particularly surprised, I felt that the mystery is just the hook; the real meat of the story is Satoru’s relationship with Airi, Sachiko, and Kayo. Erased is more than just a time-travel mystery, it’s about a man who failed in his relationships, whether in small choices or big acts and what he does when he gets the chance for reconciliation. Satoru gets to go back and spend time with the people he loves the most; he gets to relive those precious, little moments that we all take for granted. He learns that he should’ve stopped and appreciated those times. You can’t go back in time. You can’t relive those moments, so learn from Satoru’s mistakes and cherish every minute.


Jul 1

The Japan Foundation, New York: How the Japanese Video Game Industry Found, Lost, and Rediscovered Its Way

About this event 

Super Mario, Pac-Man, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Metroid. If you’ve ever played a video game, chances are you’ve probably heard of some of these titles. Perhaps these titles might even evoke fond, nostalgic memories of childhood to some players who grew up with them. While many of these Japanese games are widely recognized, loved, and still played by many fans worldwide today, players might not realize just how integral these games were in popularizing the videogame culture in the west, and influencing both the growth and course of the global videogames industry. 

For our first episode focusing on the topic of videogames, we will be joined by Mr. Chris Kohlerand Dr. Mia Consalvo, who will be taking us on a historical journey with their presentations; delving deep into the history of the Japanese videogames industry, specifically focusing on events which kickstarted this global phenomenon, along with some of the issues which caused it to lose its way and fall behind its western counterpart in the 2000s.  

Dr. Rachael Hutchinson will moderate our discussion following the presentations, continuing the narrative of how the Japanese games industry recovered, and rediscovered its position in the global landscape, once again becoming an influential powerhouse in the international games market from the mid 2010s. 

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have any questions about your favorite Japanese videogames, now is your chance to ask the experts! Please ask your question when you register for the event via Eventbrite. Live commentary will also be enabled on the YouTube stream, so you can participate in the Q&A session on-air as well. 

This is a FREE event. Registrants will receive the link to the stream via email. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Eventbrite Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-japanese-video-game-industry-found-lost-and-rediscovered-its-way-registration-161812729229 


Jul 1

JFNY Literature Series Ep#4

About 

JFNY Literary Series invites notable writers in Japanese literature and their translators to discuss their work, speak on the art of translation, and touch upon the current literary scene in Japan. 

This session features Hiroko Oyamada and her translator David Boyd, moderated by Kyoko YoshidaLucy North from the collective Strong Women, Soft Power and interpreter Bethan Jones also joins the session. Oyamada is an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and the author of The Factory and The Hole, both of which were translated by Boyd. The Japan Foundation supported the English publications of The Hole through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

The event is now available to watch on our YouTube channel! Watch the event here: https://www.jfny.org/event/jfny-literary-series-hiroko-oyamada-x-david-boyd/ 


Jul 1

Job: Various Positions – Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

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


Position: Various Positions
Posted by:
Stanford University
Location: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Jennifer Hwang (Shizuoka-ken, 2008-2012) for passing along the following job openings at her institution:

Associate Director, EDGE Doctoral Fellowship Program: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/associate-director-edge-doctoral-fellowship-program-12918

Educational Events and Programs Planner: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/educational-events-and-programs-planner-12933

Executive Assistant: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/executive-assistant-13112


Jun 25

Posted by: Doug Tassin (Fukushima-Ken ALT, 2007-2010 & Krewe of Japan Podcast Co-Host)

This week on the Krewe of Japan Podcast

Did you know New Orleans is the home to the Gulf Coast’s only sake brewery? The Krewe didn’t until a few weeks ago! Nigel & Doug sit down reminisce about their first encounters with sake before sitting down for a sake deep dive with Brian Ashcraft, author of the award winning Japanese Sake Bible. Brian talks about what led to his interest in Japan and sake, shares some behind-the-scenes info into the creation of his comprehensive guide to Japanese rice wine, and provides insight on things that all sake enthusiasts need to know. Kanpai!

And check out last week’s episode in case you missed it! Episode 19Greatest Anime of All-Time pt. 3 – Modern Day Anime (2010 – present) – closes out the anime mini-series, spotlighting some of the biggest anime of today (we’re looking at you Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, & My Hero Academia). The Krewe also digs into how sub-genres took the main stage and how streaming platforms completely changed the game.

The Krewe of Japan Podcast is a weekly episodic podcast sponsored by the Japan Society of New Orleans. Check them out every Friday afternoon around noon CST on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon, and Stitcher.  Want to share your experiences with the Krewe? Or perhaps you have ideas for episodes, feedback, comments, or questions? Let the Krewe know by e-mail at kreweofjapanpodcast@gmail.com or on social media (Twitter: @kreweofjapan, Instagram: @kreweofjapanpodcast, Facebook: Krewe of Japan Podcast Page, & the Krewe of Japan Youtube Channel). Until next time, enjoy!


Jun 24

Job: Teaching Position – Remsen School for Environmental Engineering (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

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


Position: Teaching Position
Posted by:
Remsen School for Environmental Engineering
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Below is a job opening passed along to us by a JET alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Public School 147 The Isaac Remsen School for Environmental Engineering is the proud home of the first and only Japanese Dual Language Program within the New York City Department of Education. Located in the highly desirable area of East Williamsburg/Bushwick Brooklyn, NY, PS147 is looking for two (2) highly motivated and dedicated Japanese Teachers who share our values for equity and excellence in service to all students.

Students receive daily Japanese Language home language arts and literacy instruction through the subjects of Science and Social Studies. Opportunities for creativity through multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning experiences that foster meaningful and real-world connections are welcomed.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please view the below document.


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