Jan 29

Job: Japan Program Manager at MIT Center for International Studies (Boston)

Thanks to JET alum Tim Ogino for passing this listing our way. Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12)Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


PositionProgram Manager
Location:  Boston, MA
Type: Full-time


The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), MIT’s primary international program, sends hundreds of students abroad annually for internships and research in companies and labs. One of MISTI’s country programs, the MIT Japan Program, seeks a full-time program manager to advertise the internship program, recruit and interview MIT students for the program, and match accepted students with internships in Japan. Read More

Dec 11

Job: Account Manager at Boston Technologies (MA)

Shared by JET alum Timothy Ogino (Akita-ken, 2011-13). Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12)Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


PositionJapanese Speaking Account Manager
Posted By: Boston Technologies
Location:  Boston, MA


The Account Manager provides new business case management, customer service to assigned accounts, develops key relationships, supports client retention, and new business development’ efforts. S/he interfaces with Sales, Deployment & Configuration, and Client Services to improve new client on-boarding process and post sales service experience. S/he also acts as client liaison and advocate to ensure that client issues and needs are being handled efficiently within Boston Technologies. Read More

Nov 11
JET alumni from JETAANY meet Kumamon and Governor Kabashima at the Consul General's residence

JET alumni from JETAANY meet Kumamon and Governor Kabashima at the Consul General’s residence

By Mark Frey (Kumamoto, 2002-2006), mark.frey@jetaanc.org

Updated with media coverage of the visit.

Boston and New York had the honor of hosting Kumamon’s North American debut last week! Who is Kumamon you may ask? The rosy-cheeked, sack-shaped bear is the official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu. Voted the top “Yuru-kyara” (cuddly mascot character) in Japan, he has taken Japan by storm and sold more than $300 million worth of merchandise in 2012 alone.

Kumamon’s remarkable success in promoting his rural prefecture across Japan–there is even an exclusive “Kumamon Goods” store in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighborhood–is being studied in government offices and marketing departments across Japan. In fact, no less than the Wall Street Journal has published no fewer than three articles about the phenomenon.

If you’d like to learn more about Kumamon, including what he does every day, I recommend checking him out online:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kumamotodiary.en
Home page: http://kumamon-official.jp/

Kumamon accompanied Kumamoto Governor Kabashima during his visit to Boston on Novermber 12-13, which included giving a lecture at Harvard on “The Political Economy of Kumamon: A New Frontier in Japan’s Public Administration.”

Kumamon spent time with the Boston Red Sox’s mascot, Wally the Green Monster, for what was surely an important, high-level diplomatic meeting. The full itinerary of their Boston visit can be found herehere, and here. Media coverage of their visit includes:

Japan Time article

Wall Street Journal article

Photos on Boston.com

FNN news video

Kumamon at Harvard video

Kumamon meets Boston Red Sox's Wally the Green Monster at Fenway Park

Kumamon meets Boston Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster at Fenway Park

The lovable bear and Governor Kabashima made their way down to New York on November 14, where they paid back the compliment with a visit the Wall Street Journal. Later they visited the Consul General’s residence, as part of a special reception to promote Kyushu. JET alumni from the New York Chapter of JETAA representing all of the prefectures of Kyushu were invited to the reception. In addition to presentations on Kyushu travel, tourism and shochu, Governor Kabashima introduced Kumamon. Guests dined on Kumamoto oysters and “ekiben” prepared by the chef from Hataka Tonton, and sipped shochu from the region. Kumamon and Governor Kabashima’s full New York itinerary can be found here. Media coverage of their visit includes:

Photos of JET alumni at Kyushu Promotion event at Consul General’s residence

FNN news video

NHK video and article

Kumamon dancing at Consul General’s residence video

Governor Kabashima is an interesting person. He was an “at-risk” student who grew up poor in Kumamoto. Against all odds, through hard work and dedication he ended up earning a PhD from Harvard and becoming a political science professor at University of Tokyo. His launch of the Kumamon public relations campaign is one of the great local promotion success stories of recent times.

Kabashima has also gotten a lot done in Kumamoto, including making some real headway in repairing Kumamoto’s troubled finances (he started by cutting his own salary), trying to resolve remaining issues related to Minamata disease, and blocking Tokyo’s plans to build a huge dam in the prefecture. A very good article about his life can be found here in the Asahi newspaper. The governor introduces himself and his views in two videos, here and here.

From the start, Kumamoto Prefecture and local communities have been dedicated supporters of the JET Program. Year after year, the prefecture has been near the top of the list in hosting the most JETs, hosting around 100 this year. I myself was a Kumamoto JET. I grew to love the prefecture while I lived there, and now consider it to be my “second home.”

Aso-Kuju National Park, Kumamoto

Aso-Kuju National Park, Kumamoto

I encourage everyone to take some time to visit Kumamoto while traveling in Japan. The prefecture boasts some of the best onsen hot springs in the country. Aso-Kuju National Park is one of the natural wonders of the world, with its giant ancient crater that is so large that an entire volcano and six towns exist inside of it (I lived in one of them!). Kumamoto Castle is one of the three finest castles in Japan. Beautiful parks and gardens, beaches and mountains, history and culture, Kumamoto has it all!

To explore Kumamoto further, click here. The prefecture also has a great Facebook page here.

If you are a JET alum from Kumamoto, I encourage you to join the LinkedIn Group for Kumamoto JET alumni here. In fact, I encourage all alumni to join their prefecture’s LinkedIn Group. You can find yours here. It’s a great way to stay connected with other alumni from your prefecture.

I’m glad JET alumni had a chance to welcome Governor Kabashima and Kumamon to the U.S. Congratulations on the great success of their first U.S. tour together!

Apr 18

Job: Translation & Administrative Assistant at Boston Hospital (Boston, MA)

The Global Link Language Services is looking to place a flexible part-time Translation & Administrative Assistant at a major Boston Hospital.  Job requires managing complex spreadsheets and translating from both English to Japanese and Japanese to English.

Salary Range: $20-$25 per hr

Immediate need for native Japanese administrative candidate. 20 hrs per week, one year position at a major Boston Hospital. Immediate start. Proposed work days are Mon, Wed & Thurs, but it is flexible. You will be supporting a Japanese Dr. Must have excellent admin skills – must be able to manipulate complex spread sheets. Medical experience a plus, but not required. Translation to and from E>J & J>E required. Excellent communication skills required as well as maturity. All working papers must be in order. Please send cv, 3 references and salary requirements to info@languagetranslate.com. Hourly pay is $20-25 per hour based on experience.

Thank you.

Contact: Melissa Letteri
Email: melissa_letteri@languagetranslate.com
How To Apply: Please email your cv to info@languagetranslate.com
Miscellaneous: Please send three work references

This position comes from the NAJAS Job Database.  Click here to see more job openings.

Mar 18

Job: Study Abroad Advisor at Tufts University (Boston)

The Office of Tufts Programs Abroad of Tufts University, a large private college in Boston, is looking for a study abroad advisor to expand their academic overseas programs. Someone who is familiar with the paperwork process for different foreign schools is ideal. Along with Japan, the office offers programs all over the world in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The advisor will be responsible to counsel the over 600 Tufts students and the 400 foreign students that enroll in these programs.


  • Conducts pre-departure and re-entry orientation programs for students;
  • Determines transfer of credit from non-Tufts foreign programs;
  • Evaluates the quality of non-Tufts study-abroad programs in conjunction with the Faculty Subcommittee on Foreign Programs;
  • Researches programs to meet the needs of Tufts students.
  • The Foreign Study Advisor will also: meet with foreign program directors; visit facilities of study-abroad programs as necessary; participate on advisory boards as appropriate; maintain and organize the Dowling Hall Resource Library section on Study Abroad; and participate in long term planning for Tufts Study Abroad.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three (3) years of experience in international education and/or travel programs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must possess experience in a study-abroad office
  • Excellent communication skills, including working with diverse populations, are required
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work accurately under deadlines with frequent student contact and high volume of paperwork
  • Must be able to travel to both domestic and foreign locations
  • Foreign language skills, study abroad experience are ideal
  • HOW TO APPLY: Online at www.tufts.edu/hr/jobs

    Mar 9

    Jobs: Part-time Lecturer in Japanese Language at Tufts University (Boston)

    The Department of German, Russian, & Asian Languages & Literatures at Tufts University, a medium-sized private college in Boston, is looking for a part-time lecturer in the Japanese language for Fall 2010.


    • native or near native fluency in Japanese
    • good command of English
    • demonstrated excellence in teaching Japanese, preferably at the college level in the U.S.
    • commitment to language teaching and curriculum innovation
    • college degree required, MA desirable


    • Japanese language instruction at the 1st-year level
    • curriculum-related activities

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
    To facilitate the application process, applications can be submitted by e-mail to kiyomi.kagawa@tufts.edu.

    Letter of Application, CV, and two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to:

    Kiyomi Kagawa, Language Coordinator, Program in Japanese

    Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures

    Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Tufts University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

    This job opening came from The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles website and the Association of Teachers of Japanese website.

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