Job at NY Japan Consulate

Job Opening at Consulate General of Japan in New York: Employee for the Economic Division Staff
Seeking an Employee for the Economic Division Staff
Consulate General of Japan in New York is currently seeking an employee for the Economic Division Staff. If interested, please send us your resume (English or Japanese) via e-mail.
1. Starting date: Mid April – Early May 2013
2. Work consists of assisting with consular duties including but not limited to:
Communicating and supporting relationships with government and corporate contacts
Economic and business research
Answering public inquiries
Miscellaneous administrative duties
3. Work hours: Monday through Friday 9:15 am-5:45 pm
Pay: Will be determined under Consulate regulations
4. Qualifications:
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder
Bilingual in Japanese and English
Must be proficient with Word, Excel and other PC-related work
5. Only short-listed candidates who pass the first screening will be notified of the date for the interview.
6. Please send your resume by e-mail: kyujin-cgj at

Job: Trading Systems Analyst – Japanese speaking

Trading Systems Analyst – Japanese Speaking
The Trading Systems Analyst is responsible for providing the highest quality of support to an international clientèle for a wide range of issues. Analysts will receive expert-level training on foreign exchange trading technology.
• Interacting with the clients via telephone, email, and third party chat regarding their queries and concerns.
• Providing support for both institutional clients and self-trading customers from all over the world.
• Ensuring client satisfaction, professional communication, and efficient diagnosing and remedying of issues.
• Understanding customer’s circumstances, problems, expectations and needs, and placing importance on taking action to meet those needs.
• Utilizing BT Bridge software, MySQL, VMware vSphere, Radmin, Juniper VPN, Stunnel, AutoIT, MT4 Admin & Manager, both MS Office and Google docs suites, as well as several other necessary tools.
• Maintaining portfolio trading systems and interfacing with all areas of the firm.
• Creating and verifying client performance files.
• Identifying workflow/system improvements and working with supervisors and operations team to enact change.
• Managing and prioritizing customer inquiries within SalesForce.
• Taking ownership of user problems and proactively dealing with user issues.
• Understanding and applying best practices in all technical support procedures.
• Maintaining and reading colleagues’ support logs daily for familiarization with new and common issues.
• Fluently comprehending market vernacular and main participants.
• Handling disaster recovery of MT4, Bridges, and hardware.
• 4-year degree
• Fluent/native in Japanese
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Confidence and ability to keep calm in critical situations
• Exceptional attentiveness & vigilance
• Financial or Computer/IT background
• Prior exposure to financial markets
• Familiarity with the forex market
• Schedule flexibility
• Ability to work evening or night shift as needed
Contact: Boston Technologies
280 Summer Street | 9th Floor | Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617.314.6800 | Fax: 888.835.4711 | Web:
email: lmelchione at bostontechnologies dot com

One day talk – Japan Country Specialist

Aperian Global is a cross-cultural consulting firm based in Boston. My team and I are currently searching for someone with past business and living experience in Japan, preferably a Japan native, and who is presently based in or around Boston/Cambridge area. I was hoping that you, or someone at your organization, may be able to assist us.
This Japan “Country Specialist” (CS) would join an Aperian Global Lead Consultant for full a full day or half day to talk about what it is like to work in Japan.  No formal preparation is required for the role; the CS simply supports the Aperian Global Lead Consultant with personal perspectives and experiences in working with Japanese colleagues. Modest compensation is offered for the CS’s time, in the form of USD 200 for the day or USD 150 for half day. We can offer travel reimbursement for distances of 20 miles or greater one way.
This particular program will occur in Cambridge on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 and is for a group of employees at a global pharmaceutical firm. They are eager to learn tips for managing Japanese employees from a distance, giving feedback, and how to drive change while being culturally appropriate.
If you are interested in participating with us on this program, please forward a copy of your resume/CV to flu at aperianglobal dot com. If you have any questions or would like to recommend someone else that might be able to help, feel free to message me.

Arnold Arboretum tour guide

International Guides
The Arnold Arboretum grows plants from around the globe, so it is fitting to talk about them in multiple languages. If you speak Japanese and love plants or the Arboretum, consider learning to lead a tour this June. Send us an email to learn more: docents at arnarb dot harvard dot edu
Thank you for your help!
Julie Warsowe
Manager of Visitor Education
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
fax: 617-524-1418
julie_warsowe at harvard dot edu
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Japanese Meetup talk session on 311 Tohoku

The Boston Japanese Meetup is having a series of talks at MIT related to 311.
When: 6:00 pm-, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Where: MIT Student Center Room 407 (Building W20)
Open to the general public
RSVP: Link ( or Facebook page (Space is limited. Please RSVP)
Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for International Studies, MIT
Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture; Director, MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative
Mio Yamamoto, Co-Founder and Director of World in Asia; Class of 2013, MIT Sloan School of Management
“Using 3.11 for Policy Change” by Richard J. Samuels
Japanese political entrepreneurs used the catastrophe in Tohoku to nudge national policy in their preferred direction by constructing narratives and assigning blame for 3.11. Battles among competing perspectives on change and contested appeals to leadership, community, and risk have defined post-3.11 politics and public policy in Japan, particularly in the areas of national security, energy policy, and local governance.
“BEYOND 3.11” by Shun Kanda
3 Insights Toward Disaster-Resilient & Sustainable Futures for Minamisanriku; a report on the on-going work by the US and Japan-based MIT 3.11 Initiative team as we apprise our assistance continuing into the third year of recovery in Tohoku.
“Social Innovation from Tohoku” by Mio Yamamoto
How social entrepreneurs are addressing pressing social problems such as education, job creation, healthcare in Tohoku in collaboration with the private and public sectors.
If people are interested, we could meet at 5:30 and eat at one of the restaurants in the MIT student center.
Note: please also RSVP with the event organizers at the link above if you plan to attend.

Bowling fundraiser for Boston students to visit Japan

Come and show off your bowling skills at Boston Bowl and help kick off a $10,813 campaign to raise financial aid for New Mission HS  students in Hyde Park, Ma to travel to Japan.  
Where: Boston Bowl – 820 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02122
When: Sunday, April 7th, 2013, 3 – 5pm
Cost:   Adult: $25, Children 5-12: $12
This includes shoe rental, two hours of bowling, two slices of pizza, a drink and five tickets to the arcade.
Additional Donations accepted as well. Please consider giving a donation: 
Invite your friends and help a fellow JET support inner city youth achieve a dream!
Thank you in advance,
JET alum Natasha Huggins

Japanese cooking demonstration, book signing by cookbook author

On Saturday, March 9th starting at 12:00 PM (noon), Miso Market will host Debra Samuels for a hands on demonstration on how to cook a Japanese style Lunch box using Japanese-American cuisine followed by a signing of her book, My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of Cooking with Friends and Family. Come in and Join in on the fun and learn how to cook something new!
Miso Market is in Porter Square, Cambridge
1963 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140 
Debra Samuels is an American cookbook author and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. She has been a co-writer of many Japanese food culture books as well as writing her own in 2011. Debra has lived on and off in Japan and America, taking in experiences of Japanese cuisine and transferring her knowledge into an easy to interpret American style of cooking. 
We will be starting the cooking demonstration at Noon, including a hands-on Bento making activity for customers to take home their own small lunch box. The activity will take between 20-40 minutes, and will run every hour (Noon, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM). We expect about 12 people to be able to participate at each demonstration. There is no participation fee, so feel free to join in if you are interested in Japanese cooking. Book signings will be held during clean-up between demonstrations and after the event (around 3-4PM). We will also have her book on sale for $27.50, as well as many cute bento supplies from Tokai for sale!

Atlas Corps paid overseas fellowship for Japanese nonprofit leaders

An opportunity for someone in the nonprofit sector in Japan looking for a paid overseas fellowship opportunity:
Apply for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps
Priority Deadline extended to April 1 for Japanese applicants, but applications accepted year-round Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. and Latin America. They are particularly interested in rising leaders from Japan in 2013. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations such as Ashoka, CARE, the Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, UNICEF, and the UN Foundation. In addition, Fellows will supplement daily knowledge with theoretical topics presented in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and networking with leaders from around the world. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance. Applications deadline is extended for Japanese applicants to April 1, to be considered for the September class, but application accepted year around.
For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit our website here.

Kickstarter for Tohoku Tomo documentary by JET alum

Wesley Julian of JETAA Chicago has a Kickstarter fund for his documentary on the volunteers and relief organizations helping rebuild Tohoku post 311. Wesley (Miyagi-ken, 2008-10) is heading to Japan with a small film crew to make a video that will share the story of JET alums and others who have made and continue to make a difference in Tohoku, Japan. The fund closes on March 31.