May Elections results and General Meeting minutes

Thank you for voting in May’s NEJETAA’s officer elections!


Jeffrey Kennedy is our Vice President, Patricia Frisoli is our Treasurer, and Katie Mulroy is our Social Chair. There were no platforms submitted for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator. Christina Omori will continue to serve in this position until elections for this position in November 2013 but if you are interested in serving in an interim term as Webmaster please email webmaster at nejetaa dot com. 


We wish to thank Jason Currier for his service as Vice President for the past year.


Social Committee member positions remain open. The Social Committee supports the Social Chair to plan approximately one event per month, such as Happy Hours, the Welcome Back party, Nihongo Dake dinners, etc. The members of the social committee (generally about 3-5 members at any given time) are volunteers (rather than elected people) and are not considered officers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Katie at social at nejetaa dot com.


Click here to view/download minutes from the May 21, 2013 General Meeting and elections. Thank you Brian and Jeff for taking the minutes.

Job at Harvard, US-Japan relations program

NEJETAA received the following job posting at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Responsibilities include supporting the activities of the Program on US-Japan Relations:
I am writing to seek your help again in advertising our program’s job opening to the New England JET community (below).  Most of our staff have actually been JET alumni. Please direct any questions about this position to me (sfujihira at Thank you very much in advance for considering my request.
Best wishes,
Shinju Fujihira, Ph.D. 藤平新樹(政治学博士)
Executive Director 
Program on U.S.-Japan Relations  日米関係プログラム
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
Please click on Administrative/Staff Jobs (External Candidates) on top right corner; enter 29338BR in Auto Req ID.
Title: Research Assistant II/Staff Assistant III
School/Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Full-Time 35 hours/week, OT-eligible, HUCTW
Salary Grade: 053
Duties and Responsibilities
Assists research and administrative duties of a Harvard senior faculty member in the social sciences and supports the activities of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard. Locates, organizes, and analyzes research materials, including archival documents and other primary sources. Investigates and prepares reports on specific topics in the social sciences relating to Japan and Asia. Meets staff needs of a senior professor and assists in the programming of a busy international program; prepares course materials and maintains course Web site; handles correspondence, scheduling, and travel arrangements; serves as liaison to students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and distinguished international visitors; provides staff support for seminars, conferences, and other events for Harvard faculty and students; serves as a liaison between the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and other international centers and programs inside and outside Harvard; serves as a resource to students regarding Japan-related study and research opportunities; performs other duties as required.
Basic Qualifications
College background with coursework or experience in a social science field. Three years of research and/or office experience, including experience with computers and technology, in a university. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and computer research skills are required..
Additional Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in a social science field and a thorough knowledge of modern East Asia, particularly Japan, strongly preferred. Aptitude for and interest in research; strong writing ability; attention to detail; office skills; an ability to coordinate several projects at once and meet deadlines while working independently in a busy office; well-developed interpersonal and intercultural skills. Applicant should have a demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision. Preferred skills include: Japanese language; ability to maintain a Web site or do desktop publishing; experience with databases.
Additional Information
This is an excellent opportunity for someone considering graduate school, professional school, or university administration in the future.

Job info sessions for Japanese speakers

Hello, this is Maiko Matsukura from Lighthouse Global.Inc. We are the career consulting company, supporting those who are seeking employment opportunities in Japan. Thank you for always working with us.
I would like to share coming opportunities for Japanese speaking students. This summer, several major Japanese companies are holding company information sessions to meet and hire Japanese-speaking students in Japan. Please look though brief overviews of these events. I appreciate if you can forward this message to your students who may be interested. Please feel free to contact me for any questions.
Maiko Matsukura
1972 Massachusetts Ave. 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
Email: matsukura at
Please scroll down for Japanese version
June 25th
Contents: The information session by HR, Job descriptions, SPI exam (required for candidates)
Opening positions: Sales assistants
June 26th
Contents: The info session by HR, Discussion with employees from International related offices (excellent opportunities to get to know the company)
Opening Positions: Will be announced during the session.
July 2nd
Contents: The info session by HR, Discussion with employees, Exam (required for candidates)
Opening Positions: General business administrations (Employees will be relocated to either SE or sales position after a period of time of examination)
June 28th, July 3rd
Contents: The info session by HR, employment opportunities will be described. 
Opening Positions: General business administration (Employees will experience marketing, system development, sales, etc. in order to be executive managers of the company in the future)
All sessions are held in TOKYO, JAPAN. Transportation fees will not be provided.
All majors are welcomed regardless of opening positions.
More information about events will be provided to those who registered.
      2013年 海外大生向け説明選考会のご案内
            ソフトバンク株式会社 (6/26)
 日鉄日立システムエンジニアリング株式会社 (7/2)
== INDEX ==============================================
【1】 スケジュール&参加企業情報
6月27日(木)4:30pm~6:30pm @本社(港区東新橋)
■内容:人事による会社説明、先輩社員(国際関連部署)との懇親会 (社風を感じ取れるチャンスです!)
7月2日(火)4:00pm~ @本社(中央区明石町)
 ●株式会社エス・エム・エス 6月28日(金)、7月3日(水)4:00pm~ @本社(千代田区神田須田町)
【2】 事前エントリー情報
seminar at
 ライトハウス・グローバル株式会社 「海外大生向け説明選考会」事務局/澤田(さわだ)または、栄(さかえ)宛までお送りください。
【 優良企業に限定 】
【 各企業の本社オフィスで、説明選考会を行います 】
【 キャリアフォーラムなどと重ならない日程 】
Lighthouse Global Inc.
Email:seminar at
■米国オフィス:1972 Massachusetts Ave. 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02140
■日本オフィス:東京都港区六本木3-16-14 KYビル2F

Ehime JETs, Hawaii JET alum seeking interviews for video series

Below is a request from  Eliot Honda (Ehime-ken, 2009-2012) who is seeking to interview other Ehime JET alumni as part of a project aimed at re-establishing the Ehime Kenjinkai in Hawaii. Original post from JETwit.
My name is Eliot Honda, I am a former ALT in Uwajima city. I was there from 2009-2012, I had a blast and learned a lot about Uwajima, and Ehime in my three years. I found out that my home, Hawaii has deep ties to Ehime dating as far back as Japan’s first interaction with a Head of State. King Kalakaua and Date Munenari would meet during Kalakaua’s trip to Japan.
Since returning I’ve attempted to stay active in JET and in international exchange. My wife and I have been working to rebuild the Ehime Kenjinkai (Ehime Prefecture Club.) One of the things we talked about doing is a series of videos on the Ehime area. I wanted to add a bit of JET in there, since I’ve also become a board member of the JET Alumni Association in Hawaii. I wanted to do a screen cap of Skype/Facetime interviews and get former/present JETs to talk about the area in Ehime they lived in. A bit about the history, the landscape, the people, the attractions, and overall lifestyle of the area they live/lived in.
Ehime and JET hold a very special place in my heard, and Uwajima has become a 2nd home for me; a place I can always return to. (And not just because my wife is from there.) I have so many friends, and now family in Uwajima. This prefecture is rarely visited, but has a lot of beauty in it, and the JET Program is constantly on the chopping block, and I think people outside of the program miss the value of the program.
If you’re interested in doing an interview (which will eventually go on YouTube) and also helping to show the beauty of Ehime and just how helpful the JET Program can be for international exchange, please email me.
Thank You,
Eliot Honda
Email: [at]

PT DC job to support JETAA

Some background on this unique job posting:
The JETAA USA Board of Advisors, the JETAA USA Country Representatives, and the JETAA USA Working Group have been collaborating with JET alum Paige Cottingham-Streater of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (among others) on the opportunity to grow and strengthen JETAA USA and its chapters. Thanks to Paige’s hard work, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership has created a part-time position to work for the US-Japan Bridging Foundation to support this mission.
Position Announcement:
The U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between Japan and the U.S. through cultural and educational exchanges, is launching a new initiative “Strengthening the JETAA Network and Connecting Next Generation Leaders.”  The purpose of the project is to build infrastructure in support of the Japan-Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association, United States of America (JETAA USA) and enhance its impact promoting U.S.-Japan relations.  The first year of the project will involve fact-finding to collect and analyze information from the JETAA USA Working Group, local chapters and stakeholders in the U.S. and Japanese governments and local communities; enhance the website, strengthen the online media Facebook and Twitter presence; help coordinate regional and national meetings/ conferences for participants from 19+ JETAA chapters; and other duties as required in order to carry out the mission of this position.
The Foundation seeks a part-time project director to:
  • consult with JETAA USA Working Group members and other members of the JET community throughout project period;
  • serve as a central point of contact; conduct fact-finding activities; monitor chapter activities and organize special outreach projects in designated regions;
  • maintain social networking presence (Facebook and Twitter);
  • further develop a website presence;
  • develop, conduct and analyze a survey to assess challenges facing JETAA USA at the chapter and national levels; identify best practices, and develop proposals for addressing those
Applicants will need to have strong organizational, communications (interpersonal, verbal and written) and technical skills (computing including database, website and social media).  Successful candidates will also demonstrate creativity, innovation and a commitment to supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship.
  • Experience as former JET participant strongly preferred.
This position is part-time (2-3 days/ week) and expected to work closely with the USJBF Executive Director at the Foundation’s offices in Washington D.C.
Applications due by Wednesday, May 28, 2013, by email, postal mail or delivery service.
Email:    info at bridgingfoundation dot org
Mail:    U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation
1201 15th Street, NW, Suite 330
Washington, DC 20005

Volunteer translators – Rebuilding Tohoku website

Message from Owen Rosa, former JET (Iwate-Ken, ’99-’02):
The Rebuilding Tohoku website is dedicated to providing information about the changes taking place in Japan in the post Great Northeast Tsunami and Earthquake era. This website is trying to  create a medium that consolidates information for all subjects related to the rebuilding efforts including but not limited to energy, politics, economics, tourism and philanthropy. The site allows for people to join as members and submit articles (in both Japanese and English), pictures, videos, or documents on various subjects or projects related to rebuilding Tohoku. The site also asks for Japanese language speakers to volunteer with translations of articles or project information from Japanese to English in order to provide information in English usually not available outside of Japan. 
The overall goal of the website is to provide access to articles and promote projects outside Japan to potential philanthropists, foreign investors or others interested in supporting the rebuilding efforts.
I am reaching out to current and former JETs to ask for your support in volunteering to translate from Japanese to English or provide any information you know about projects supporting the rebuilding efforts. Thank you for your consideration and if you are interested please go to the website at and register, thank you.

Japan Festival in Boston 2013

Japan Festival Boston 2013
Join NEJETAA on Sunday May 19 for the 2013 Japan Festival! Last spring — as a celebration for the 100 year anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Kyoto to Washington DC — Boston hosted a Spring Festival. The Festival, or Haru Matsuri, exceeded any and all expectations and it has been decided to turn this one-time event into an annual celebration of Japanese culture, food and the Japanese community of Boston.
With over 13,000 attendees in 2012, the event has been moved to from Copley Square to the heart of Boston — Boston City Hall Plaza in Government Center.
NEJETAA will be represented with a booth, representing the JET Programme and handing out fortunes from our Omikuji Tree.
Any interested in volunteering at the NEJETAA booth should email membership at nejetaa dot com (volunteers are not required to volunteer for the entire day, just an hour would be great!). Anyone interested in attending please see the details below and visit the official festival website. We Look forward to seeing you there!!
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10:00am-6:00pm
Boston City Hall Plaza (Green line, Government Center station)
Admission: Free

Job at Miami Consulate

Visa Clerk/Consular Assistant
The Consular Section at the Consulate General of Japan in Miami has an opening for a Visa Clerk/Consular Assistant. This is a full-time contract position.
Tentative Start Date: Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Lunch Hour: 12:30P.M.-1:30 P.M.
You will not be required to work weekends unless a special event is taking place. In such cases, you will be given advance notice.
Benefits: This is a full-time salary position. Over-time is available when approved. Health benefits are included.
-Answer phone calls and e-mails regarding Japanese visas, re-entry permits, Japanese textbooks, and request for investigation of lost articles.
-Collect and revise all visa application packages at the Consulate.
-When necessary, interview the applicants to verify information they have provided for their visa application.
-Process all Japanese textbook orders from Japan for the two Japanese schools in Florida, and for all individual home schooled children.
– Assist the Consul with Japanese nationals in the State of Florida who are in need of Consular services.
-Assist in Consular events in the community
Minimum Qualifications
-High School Degree or equivalent
-Fluent English and Japanese (reading and writing)
-Moderate computer skills (excel, word)
Preferred Qualifications
-Conversational Spanish
-Experience working with Adobe Dreamweaver
Application Procedure:
Please submit a cover letter(400 character max), and resume by no later than May 27th, 2013. Please send all information to:
info at
If you are chosen for an interview, you will be notified by June 3rd, 2013. We will call and schedule an interview sometime in early June. The person who is chosen for this position will be notified by telephone.

Webinar for CMIC Holdings on jobs in Japan

[About CMIC Holdings Co., Ltd.]
The CMIC Group started its business as the pioneer and leading CRO in Japan and has been responding to clients’ needs by supporting drug development services. Its service range has now expanded to serve as a “one stop shop” that provides comprehensive services from feasibility study, drug manufacturing to marketing.  
[Webinar Information]
May 26, 8:00pm(EST) 7:00pm(CST) 6:00pm(MST) 5:00pm(PST)
The representative will explain about the company and HR will talk about the employment information. 
There will be Q&A session at the end of the webinar. 
* This event is for those who are seeking employment opportunities in Japan.
*Webinar will be held in Japanese only. 
*ID/ Password will be sent to those who registered
*All majors are welcomed, since there are many opening positions available. (More information will be given by HR during the webinar)
*No registration fee
■□■日本におけるCRO(医薬品開発受託機関)のリーディングカンパニー ■□■
■□■           シミック株式会社             ■□■
■□■アメリカ・オーストラリアの大学生に向けた、Webセミナーを実施 ■□■
【シミック株式会社 会社紹介】
アメリカ:5/26(日) 8:00pm(EST) 7:00pm(CST) 6:00pm(MST) 5:00pm(PST)、
豪州  :5/27(月)11:00am迄に選考エントリーした方には、東京またはボストンキャリアフォーラムにて、優先的に面接時間を確保します(※書類選考あり)
アメリカ    5月19日(日) 8:00pm-(EST) 7:00pm-(CST) 6:00pm-(MST) 5:00pm-(PST)  
オーストラリア 5月20日(月) 10:00am-
日本      5月20日(月) 9:00am-
●セミナー開催方法 :インターネット配信によるライブセミナー
●参加方法 :自宅もしくはネットが使える環境からの視聴参加
エントリーいただいた方には、Webセミナー視聴に必要なID/PASS WORD及び視聴方法を、
●募集要項 ~臨床開発総合職~
●シミック株式会社 会社紹介
Lighthouse Global Inc.
Email:seminar at lighthouse-gl dot com
■米国オフィス:1972 Massachusetts Ave. 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02140
■日本オフィス:東京都港区六本木3-16-14 KYビル2F

May 2013 Elections now open!

NEJETAA elections are now open for Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. There were no platforms received for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator although members can submit a write-in candidate to webmaster at nejetaa dot com.


Please cast your votes ONLINE here on our website: by 6pm Tuesday May 21st. The voting section will appear on the right side of the page after you login with your username and password. 

To vote, you need to be a registered user on our site (just takes a minute to sign up!). See end of the message for details on how to register and vote online.

 If you prefer to vote in person you can join us at our General Meeting Tuesday May 21st, 6pm. RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com by Sunday May 19th if you’d like to attend! NEJETAA will be providing complimentary snacks from Wing Works!


Click here for the meeting agenda

Where: Eastern Bank Community Room, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, Central Square T stop on Red Line (map)
When: Tues. May 21st, 6pm.

Why: Vote and discuss upcoming events (JET Orientation, Japanese language/culture classes, Membership update, and more fun summer events!) 



Jeffrey Kennedy for Vice President


Hi NEJETAA, my name is Jeffrey Vales Kennedy and I am running to become your next Vice President. I was an ALT in Okayama-ken from 2011 to 2012. Since returning from Japan in September last year, I’ve been an active participant in the NEJETAA community and would love to have the opportunity to give back.

My number one goal as Vice President is to increase participation in NEJETAA. One way of doing this is in assisting the rest of the council to plan enticing events like nihongo dake dinners and industry networking nights. Another important area of exploration is in reaching out to former JETs living outside of the Boston area.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider my ballot and I hope to see all of your smiling faces at upcoming events this year.

Thank you,

Jeffrey Vales Kennedy


Patricia Frisoli for Treasurer 


My name is Patricia Frisoli, and I hope to serve as your Treasurer for NEJETAA for the coming year.  I was an ALT in Taka-chou, Hyougo-ken from 2005 to 2008. For the past couple years I have been an avid member of NEJETAA, and have been your treasurer this past year.  I love to have the opportunity to give back.  I really enjoy being involved in NEJETAA’s many events throughout the year and connecting with Boston’s Japanese community.

My goals for this year include:

– balance budgetary concerns so we may continue to connect members with activities they are interested in

– provide logistical support to officers & events

– strengthen partnerships with other local Japan-affiliated organizations 

Like many of you, JET was an amazing time of my life, and I have made incredibly rewarding relationships with like minded people through NEJETAA.

I would be proud to represent the New England JETAA chapter.

Thank you for your vote!




Katie Mulroy for Social Chair


Hi NEJETAA Members,

My name is Katie Mulroy, and I’m running for re-election to the position of Social Chair. I was an ALT in Aomori Prefecture from 2008-2011.

I have been involved with NEJETAA since my return to the US in 2011, originally helping plan social events such as karaoke parties and later taking a more active role as Social Chair. During the past 6 months on the NEJETAA Board, I organized several successful events including the Nihongo Dake dinners, Shinenkai, Hanami, and our happy hours. I’ve really enjoyed working with NEJETAA members and officers when planning these activities, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. When running events, I’ve tried to be as organized as possible in order to make everything run smoothly and I try to attend almost all of our social gatherings.

My goals for the next year include further connecting returned JETs with each other through Nihongo Dake dinners, happy hours, and other activities. With your assistance, I would like to continue to make our events a success by involving the Japanese community and other friends of NEJETAA. I also hope to integrate our new returnees into NEJETAA, thereby helping them continue the strong connection with Japan that they gained on the JET Program. As always, I would be happy to make anyone’s suggestions for specific activities a reality, and if elected, would love to have a social committee.   

Thank you for your consideration.


Katie Mulroy



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