Job at LA Consulate

The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles is seeking a motivated and diligent individual to be a Speech Writer and Public Relations advisor. The successful candidate would have excellent writing and research skills, intercultural communication skills, and an ability to self-motivate and take initiative to better communicate Japan’s policy to the American public. 
Acting as the lead writer, draft speeches, op-ed and letters for the Consul General and other officers for various occasions; edit and support colleagues’ written material in each of their priority areas.
Develop and draft presentation materials that clearly, consistently and effectively communicate Japan’s basic policies and positions on various issues as needed.
Develop and maintain solid data (facts, figures, etc) on the Japan-US relationship to be used as a resource for the consulate.
Monitor print, broadcast and internet media and work closely with colleagues to implement communications strategies on current issues in Japan-US relations and the consular jurisdiction.
Work with consulate staff and outside organizations to assist in the planning and execution of Japan-related events, talks, lectures and official consulate functions.
Perform various other duties, including creating and editing content for the consulate’s website, conducting a variety of general research and organizing public affairs functions.
Translating documents from Japanese to English, as appropriate. 
Handling various administrative and clerical tasks.
Bachelors or Master’s degree in a relevant field such as political science, government affairs, international relations, communications, or in area studies, etc. is strongly recommended.
Must either have at least three years of relevant professional experience; excellent communication and writing skills; computer literacy; basic web design skills.
Background in speechwriting/media/communications and previous working experience in a multi-cultural working environment is highly desirable.
Knowledge of Japanese society, culture, politics, government and international affairs and a commitment to promoting Japan-US relations is required.
Japanese proficiency is highly preferable.
Good team player and able to work independently.
Send resume, a cover letter, proof of degree and a short essay reflecting your thoughts on the current Japan-US relationship (in 12-point font, double-spaced, and in no more than 800 words) should be submitted in a .doc (word) file format by September 16, 2012, to infoj at la-cgjapan dot org 
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
If selected and brought in for an interview, an on-site writing assignment will be administered. Candidates must have a legal status to work in the U.S.
The Consulate offers a benefits package including medical, dental, vision insurance, generous vacation and leave time.

Japan job for fluent speaker in sciences

Title:      Clinical Support Manager, Japan
Reporting to:     Country Manager, Japan
Location:             Kawasaki, Japan
Oxford Immunotec is an innovative diagnostics company with novel diagnostic technology to measure disease-specific T-cell responses. The company was established in 2002 based on University of Oxford’s technology and now markets its products to over 40 countries and employs over 150 people in Europe, US and Japan.
Japan remains one of our biggest untapped markets and you will be joining a vibrant team building our Japanese business. This position is responsible for carrying out all aspects of technical support (and sales support) activities for customers to achieve competence with our products. This role involves extensive national travel within Japan and occasional international travel.
Specific deliverables for the role are: 
  • To train customers on effective use of T-SPOT.TB test, related products and equipments
  • Troubleshooting customer issues and responding to technical enquires
  • To attend conferences to support sales promotion
  • Making presentations to clinical groups on our products and their clinical benefits
  • To manage the product support information and communication flow between customer and all relative internal departments.
  • To generate ideas to enhance the product or service
  • Technical skills and abilities
  • Degree-level qualifications in a Life Science
  • Experience (minimum 2 years) working in a laboratory and technical knowledge of laboratory techniques
  • Capability in effectively presenting technical subjects to laboratory staff and ideally clinicians
  • Commercial awareness. Prior sales experience would be an advantage
  • You must be fluent in speaking and writing in Japanese and English
Emotional skills and abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks and ability to immediately prioritize
  • Able to work with minimal supervision and handle pressure
  • Confidence and self motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Capable of resolving problems and offering resolutions in a fast and efficient manner
  • Communicate with customers and colleagues in a professional, precise and courteous manner
  • Organised and logical, capable of operating in an SOP driven organisation
  • Ability to manage and answer to customers’ expectations
You must be a Japanese citizen or otherwise already qualified to work in Japan.
Please send your resume to resumes at tbtestingservices dot com and put the title CLINICAL SUPPORT MANAGER in the Subject Line.

Job at SF Consulate

Established in 1870, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is Japan’s chief diplomatic mission covering Northern California and Nevada. The Consulate works in various areas including intergovernmental relations, economic affairs, education, cultural exchange and providing consular services. 
The Consulate seeks a staff member to assist the Intergovernmental Affairs Section. This section is responsible for the following activities within the states of California and Nevada. 
  • Conducting political and governmental research to identify emerging developments in Japan-U.S. relations
  • Assisting consular staff with learning about comparative governmental processes and developing connections with their domestic government counterparts
  • Implementing creative projects to advance Japan-U.S. relations, including sister city relations and intergovernmental exchanges
  • Drafting speeches and informational materials
Applicant Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated interest in American government and international relations with a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to conduct governmental research
  • High professional skills and the ability to work cooperatively with consular staff and federal, state and local government officials
  • Strong organizational skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining how their skills and interests would help advance Japan-U.S. relations, a resume with references and a writing or research sample.  Application postmark deadline is September 5, 2012 with a preferred employment date starting in early October.  This is a full-time position.
Please mail these materials to:
Kei Hagiwara
Vice Consul for Intergovernmental Affairs
Consulate General of Japan
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300
San Francisco, CA 94105

Summer Potluck BBQ

Come out and enjoy the summer weather while catching up with fellow NEJETAA members and their friends and family! 
Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:00pm
175 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA 
Make a special dish, or bring something to grill or drink. We’ll play Guess the Chef?!
RSVP by emailing Trish at treasurer at with what you’ll be bringing!
See you there!  

Japanese Gallery talk, exhibit at MFA

Here is an upcoming Gallery Talk at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston!
This Wednesday evening, August 8th from 6:00-7:00pm there will be a Gallery Talk entitled “Pets in the Floating World” given by Assistant Curator of Japanese Prints, Sarah Thompson. The talk will encompass the works within an existing exhibition “Cats to Crickets” in the Sharf Visitor Center in the museum. The talk is included in the payment of MFA general admission and does not require any tickets. The “Cats to Crickets” Exhibition will run until February 18th, 2013 and is also part of the general admission fee to the MFA.
Also, “An Unspoken Dialogue with Japanese Tea” Exhibition will only be around until September 23rd, 2012. It explores the lacquerware, pottery and bamboo tools used in Japanese Tea Ceremonies. It is located in Gallery 177 and is part of the general admission fee to the MFA.
Hope you are able to enjoy what the MFA has to offer!
Social Chair NEJETAA

Submit photos for JETAA Chicago contest

Enter the JETAA Chicago “Daily Life in Japan” photo contest and support the Soma City Orphan Fund! We’d love to have entries from the entire JETAA community!The contest is hosted by JETAA Chicago, but open to all JETs and their close friends. Let’s show our communities Japan as JETs know it. There are six different categories and we’ll be having a reception displaying the winners on October 6th at our fundraiser photo exhibition in Chicago. Submissions are due on August 28th and we’ll have online voting until September 19th.
Founded in 1989, JET Alumni Association of Chicago is a nonprofit organization open to current and past participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. 
We look forward to your photos and thank you for supporting the Soma City Orphan Fund!