DISCO Job Fair – NYC 2/22-23

Job Fair for Japanese-English bilinguals!
DISCO International, Inc. presents:
Date: February 22 & 23, 2013 (Fri. & Sat.)
Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)
New York Career Forums is for anyone who is:
– Japanese-English bilingual (must posses at minimum a conversational level or higher in both Japanese and English)
– looking for a full-time or internship position
*Registration and attending the event is free.
Companies will be holding interviews on-site. 
Over 60% are IT-related companies seeking bilinguals like yourself! 
2. Refer Your Friends Campaign
Refer your friends and get a gift card 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at cfn at careerforum dot net
We look forward to seeing you in New York!
DISCO International, Inc.

MIT Cool Japan talk

Cool Japan research project and Comparative Media Studies present
Nostalgia for a Not-So-Distant Youth:
Digital Games and Affect in Urban China
Marcella Szablewicz (MIT)
Thursday, Feb 7th, 5- 7pm, Room  E14-633, MIT 
free and open to the public, reception to follow
ABSTRACT:  Young people born in 1980’s and 1990’s China are the focus of a great deal of scholarly attention as they are the country’s first generation of only children. They are also the first generation to come of age with the Internet, and, for many, playing Internet games forms an integral part of the youth experience. This presentation will explore the affective dimensions of digital games from the perspective of urban Chinese youth. What is the significance of an e-sports event that attracts tens of thousands of twenty-somethings, many of whom experience it as a teary-eyed “farewell to their youth”? Or a viral video created by World of Warcraft gamers that urges millions of viewers to “raise their fists in solidarity” to show support for their “spiritual homeland”? What should we make of these phenomena that demonstrate, ever more clearly, the ways in which games are intertwined with people’s spiritual and emotional lives? Are games the imagined utopia they are made out to be in these nostalgic accounts or might these affective attachments prove to be a form of what Lauren Berlant (2011) has called “cruel optimism,” a relationship in which the very thing that is desired becomes an obstacle to flourishing?
BIO:  Marcella Szablewicz is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke University. Her research focuses on youth and digital media in urban China. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation, provisionally entitled From Addicts to Athletes: Youth Mobilities and the Politics of Digital Gaming in Urban China.  Based on ethnographic fieldwork supported by the Fulbright and National Science Foundations, the book will examine the precarious socio-economic futures of urban Chinese youth through the lens of digital gaming culture, while also considering how dominant discourse about digital leisure practice is shaped by larger cultural debates about patriotism and productivity, class and the crafting of the “ideal citizen”. Her work can also be found in the Routledge volume Online Society in China and in the Chinese Journal of Communication.

Teach Abroad – US Dept. of State English Language Fellow Program

The English Language Fellow Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is currently accepting applications for 120 English teaching projects worldwide.
All projects are unique, but the majority of projects involve teaching English at a university level.
Eligibility Requirements:
– Master’s Degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics
– Two years of full-time teaching experience
For more information or to apply, please visit the program website: http://www.elfellowprogram.org

Job at Houston Japan Consulate

Job Listing: Visa Officer at Houston Consulate
There is a new employment prospect that has come up, this time in our own Houston Consulate office. We are looking for a new Consular Service Clerk (Visa). Candidates must have strong written and verbal Japanese ability. Traditionally, this position has been offered only to local Japanese natives, but our office wants to open it up to the JETs. If you want to strengthen your language skills and spend time learning more about Japanese legal culture and researching interesting requests. Candidates who enjoy researching and helping others in addition to language and cultural ability will be considered. For a full summary of the position, please email Ryan at jetcoord at ho dot mofa dot go dot jp
Please see the job description in further detail below.
Summary Position Description
Position: Clerk for Consular Service
1.The key functions for a Clerk in the Consular Section
Under general supervision, the clerk performs all of consular service assistant functions. Typical tasks are:
– Assistance in Japanese passport service
– Assistance in visa service
– Assistance in Japanese citizenship service (birth, marriage, divorce, nationality, etc.)
– Assistance in help, support and protection services for Japanese living in Texas and Oklahoma
2.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
(1) Japanese language fluency is requirement (oral and reading comprehension)
(2) Demonstrated management skills, ability to complete multiple tasks under general guidance
(3) PC literacy at intermediate level
(4) Ability to organize work and to establish and manage priorities
(5) Ability to work effectively in group
3.Work Style
(1) Adheres to office principles and procedures
(2) Sets and achieves high personal standards of performance
(3) Shows attention to detail, accuracy, thoroughness and timeliness in work
(4) Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships, promoting mutual respect
(5) Is flexible, open-minded and receptive to feedback
(6) Focuses on customer (internal/external)needs
(7) Meets attendance requirement
English and Japanese: both oral and written fluency

Job at Nashville Japan Consulate

The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville is seeking a Receptionist. 
Job Description: 
The duties of this position include but are not limited to:
Receiving and directing phone calls
Providing secretarial and administrative support
Maintaining a general filing system  
Other office administrative duties 
Eligibility Criteria:
Understanding of Japanese culture and intercultural communication skills (working experience in a Japanese environment a plus) 
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office Applications
Native fluency in English
Conversational level Japanese a plus
Must have permanent work authorization in the United States 
To Apply:
Please e-mail your resume to accounts1 at nv dot mofa dot go dot jp or send by mail to  
1801 West End Avenue, Suite 900 
Nashville, TN  37203 
Friday, February 15th  

Nihongo Dake Dinner

Thanks to those who came to our Shinnenkai! We had a great turnout of 33 adults and 4 kids. 
We’re hoping that you can also join us for our bi-annual Nihongo-Dake party. This will be on Wednesday, February 20th at 5:30pm at Blue Fin in Porter Square. NEJETAA will be providing appetizers (generously subsidized by CLAIR), and we’ll be choosing from a set menu for dinner. The dinner cost should be around $20 depending on the number of attendees (not including drinks), so please bring cash. Be sure to invite Japanese friends! 
Please RSVP to me at social at nejetaa dot com by Wednesday 2/13, and let me know if you’re bringing a Japanese speaking friend. 
Hope to see you there!
Social Chair

PT job Program Assistant in NYC

Original posting here

CGP has an opening for a part-time Assistant to support the following programs:

 1) Grassroots Exchange & Education Program, which promotes collaboration and exchange between the United States and Japan at the grassroots level and education about Japan at the K-12 level in the United States

2) Japan Foundation Japan-America Collegiate Exchange Travel Program, which promotes understanding of Japan by providing students with firsthand experience in Japan.

The Assistant will report to the Program Director and will support grant-making efforts, as well as the coordination of program and in-house events. For more information about the position, including responsibilities and qualifications, please refer to the job announcement. Applications are due February 13, 2013.