Fellowship: 2015 Rotary Peace Fellowship

(via JETwit.com)


The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying. Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and professional development certificate program.


  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills

Certificate program:

  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience with full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position
  • Proficiency in English
  • Strong academic background

Master’s degree program:

  • Minimum three years of combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in English and recommended second language proficiency
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent


  • Recipients of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship or a Rotary Peace Fellowship in the professional development certificate program cannot
    apply to the Rotary Peace Fellowship master’s degree program less than three years from completion of scholarship/fellowship.
  •  The professional development certificate program is not available to Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program.

NOTE: Applications submitted to The Rotary Foundation are required to be in English. Applications are made available on the Rotary Peace Centers home page on the RI website in multiple languages for local Rotary district purposes only.

Are you a peace leader interested in applying? Get the application at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters  or download it at www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/083en.pdf

Job: Japan Program Manager at the MIT Center for International Studies in the MISTI Program

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. The program manager will oversee an annual intern program budget to assure intern funding; find, propose, and develop new sources of funding; and arrange events/activities to steward current program sponsors. He/she will develop curricula for, and train interns in, Japanese culture, history, and politics as preparation for placement in Japanese host institutions; and plan and facilitate an annual intern retreat. The program manager will maintain close contact with the host institutions, and will make two or three annual visits to Japan to ensure the quality of the internship arrangements and to expand the pool of partners. He/she will organize on-campus events related to Japan (invited speakers, workshops, and conferences), and organize cultural events for the MIT community. The program manager will develop information materials about the program; and handle communication with Japanese firms, educational institutions, and collaborators. Administrative tasks include updating intern databases, managing and reviewing program accounts, and directing occasional student employees. The Japan program manager receives program goals from the faculty program director and day-to-day supervision from the associate director of MISTI. The start date of this position is July 1, 2014.


Qualifications: M.A. or M.S degree. At least three years of professional experience with Japan is required. Good cross-cultural communication skills are necessary. This includes excellent command of written and spoken Japanese and English. Good knowledge of Japan’s corporate world, higher education, and research system is required. The ability to grasp and communicate broad picture of the program to students, potential sponsors, and Japanese partners is important. Should have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with college students and alumni. Ability to work as part of a larger team is essential, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, schedule and account for complex intern travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and manage multiple tasks under pressure. Must be skilled using Microsoft Office applications, and open to learning database and web editing software. US citizenship or permanent residency is required for this position.


You may apply online at http://jobs.mit.edu/ using “10828” in the Job ID field.

Please direct any inquiries about the position to Robert Murray (rmurray at mit dot edu or 617-253-8064). Information about the MISTI Program can be found at http://web.mit.edu/misti/.

NEJETAA Shinnenkai 2014!

It’s time to ring in the Year of the Horse with our annual Shinnenkai, New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 8th, at Shabu Zen in Allston. This event will be generously subsidized by CLAIR, but please be sure to bring some cash with you.
What: Shinnenkai 2014
When: Saturday, February 8 @ 5:00pm
Where: Shabu Zen, 80 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA (down the street from the Packard’s Corner T stop on the B Train)
Who: JETs (if bringing guests, maximum of two guests per person please!)
Price: $20 per person for a full platter of lovely meats and veggies  (a vegetarian platter is also available)
This event will be followed by karaoke at Do Re Mi. Be sure to practice your enka or J-pop! 
Please RSVP to Jeff (vicepres at nejetaa dot com) by Thursday, January 30th. Also, please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you have food allergies.
Hope to see you there!!
NEJETAA Executive Board
2014 JETAA Regional Conference delegates at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University

An NEJETAA Recap: The 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

2014 JETAA Regional Conference delegates at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University 

As many people were creating personal goals and resolutions to start the new year, thirty-four JETAA delegates from 15 chapters across the U.S. and Canada gathered for the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to discuss ways to improve their JETAA chapters. The New England JETAA Chapter (US 03) played host to this year’s conference and organized a series of discussions, workshops, and seminars under the theme of “Membership Management.” The conference took place from January 10th to 12th.


The week preceding the conference was filled with anticipation about not only the content of the seminars and workshops, but also the weather in Boston. Stories about the week’s now infamous “polar-vortex” surely were intimidating to JET Alumni from warmer climates. Luckily, the temperatures recovered just in time for a comfortable and productive weekend for all in attendance.


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Job: Resident Assistant (RA) at Showa Boston

***(2/12/14) Update from Showa Boston***:


We discovered that at the time these positions were posted on the NEJETAA site, Showa was having email problems.  The problem has since been fixed.  If you applied or referred a friend to apply to hr at showaboston dot edu between January 10 and 21, please re-submit the application to hr at showaboston dot edu.  The extended application deadline is February 18, 2014.


Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)
Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator
Position Summary
This is a live-in position in a women’s dorm mentoring and supporting predominately female, Japanese study-abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and group learning opportunities for predominately female students to communicate in English and become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time position, with most work hours occurring on evenings and/or weekends. Full room and board and use of facilities are provided in exchange for services. 
Responsibilities include:
• Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus, at least once per month.
• Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately 2-3 times monthly and holiday duty as needed.
• Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for mandatory RA team meetings, Co-RA meetings, and student leader meetings.
• Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips as needed.
• Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out, including attendance at orientation activities.
• Help create a safe, welcoming residential environment for our students; offer advice and support when needed, for personal and/or academic questions or concerns.
• Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students on campus.
• Report student welfare concerns to Student Services staff.
• Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Coordinator.
• Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings.
RAs work an average of 10-14 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange for private room with a private bath (located in a women’s dorm), full meal plan, use of campus facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (pick up and drop off at Reservoir T stop).
• An appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to work closely and successfully with other cultures.
• Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively; displaying critical thinking skills.
• Experience dealing with conflict and the ability to maintain a sense of humor.
• Self-motivated; able to initiate interactions with individuals or groups.
• Ability to deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations. Maintain effective, positive working relationships other team members.
• Previous RA experience, study abroad experience, or experience with/appreciation of Japanese culture preferred.
Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to: hr at showaboston dot edu

Job: Assistant Director of Student Services at Showa Boston

***(2/12/14) Update from Showa Boston***:


We discovered that at the time these positions were posted on the NEJETAA site, Showa was having email problems.  The problem has since been fixed.  If you applied or referred a friend to apply to hr at showaboston dot edu between January 10 and 21, please re-submit the application to hr at showaboston dot edu.  The extended application deadline is February 18, 2014.


Job Title: Assistant Director of Student Services 
Immediate Supervisor: Director of Student Services 
Position Summary: In collaboration with the Director and the Assistant Director, design, implement and assess a variety of services and programs with the goal of helping achieve the Showa Mission. This position will supervise the following areas within the Student Services Department: Health Services and Resident Services. Provide leadership and be responsible for initiatives such as; university outreach, data management, coordination of short-term programs, student orientation, and assessment. 
Primary Duties 
• Supervise initiatives to develop and implement university outreach programs and activities 
• Supervise Health Services, including 2 nurses and Coordinator, while ensuring the delivery of high quality services to students 
• Supervise Resident Services, including the full-time Resident Services Coordinator 
• Oversee Student Services’ data collection, analysis, production, and reporting 
• Supervise departmental planning and implementation of activities and documents for short-term programs and new student orientations 
• Serve as bi-lingual resource to maximize understanding of American and Japanese cultures and of Student Services programs 
• Oversee the Japan Culture Center, and student clubs focusing on Japanese culture 
• Coordinate departmental assessment efforts for review and revision of programs and projects; including design, implementation, tabulation and reporting of evaluation tools 
• Use social media to increase visibility of the Showa community within the greater Boston community 
Student Services Team Duties 
• Attend departmental meetings and functions 
• Meet frequently with other Student Services Directors for project management and strategic communication 
• Participate in weekly After-Hours Manager on-call rotation, providing crisis response assistance campus-wide 
• Assist in other areas of SSD responsibility when needed, or as requested by Director 
• Work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends 
• Provides leadership and vision for Health Services and Resident Services units of the 
• Effectively manages the resources for which she/he is responsible including personnel, finances, budget, facilities, staff, programs, and time 
• Directs, coaches, and facilitates staff to achieve optimal results 
• Demonstrate operational skills in MS word processing, spreadsheet, and database software 
• Communicates clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; negotiates effectively; able to use Microsoft Office software 
• Respects others’ unique backgrounds; works to understand perspectives and differences in
others; demonstrates empathy and sensitivity 
• Demonstrates sound judgment, has appropriate understanding of confidentiality in an educational and health care environment; adheres to campus policies, procedures, and safety guidelines 
• Analytical thinking: identifies problems, involves others in seeking solutions, conducts 
appropriate analysis, searches for best solutions; responds quickly to new challenges. 
• Demonstrates customer service focus, with the ability to share accountability for results provided. 
Requirements include 
• Master’s degree in a related field 
• 5 years’ experience in a campus-based, undergraduate-level, international education organization 
• Supervisory experience 
• Fluency in English and Japanese preferred 
• International living or study abroad experience, particularly in Japan, a plus 
About Showa Boston Institute 
Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture is the study-abroad campus of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan. It is located on a 40-acre campus in the residential Moss Hill neighborhood of Boston. Showa Boston offers semester-long and short-term study-abroad programs for Japanese students who live in residence halls year-round. Students are mostly female, of university age, and study in Boston for 1 month to 17 months. Annually, nearly 1000 students attend Showa Boston. 
About the Student Services Department 
Currently, the Department includes a Director, Assistant Director, 3 full-time Coordinators, 2 Nurses and 1 Health Services Coordinator, an Assistant, and 18 part-time Resident Assistants 
Qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume by email.  
Electronic submissions only to: 
Pamela Jones 
Human Relations Department 
Email: hr at showaboston dot edu 

Nihongo Dake Dinner! (1/15)


Made a New Year’s Resolution to practice speaking Japanese and enjoy some great Japanese food? We can help with that!

Join us this Wednesday (1/15) at 7pm for our first Nihongo Dake Dinner of the year at Blue Fin in Porter Square! Enjoy speaking Japanese with great company while enjoying top class Japanese food. Those who attended our Nihongo Dake event at Snappy Ramen can attest, great times will be had by all. 
Spots are still open! 

See details below:

Nihongo Dake Dinner!
Who: You! and your Japanese speaking friends
When: 7pm, January 15th (Wed.)     
Where: Blue Fin Restaurant, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
Cost: Approximately $20, depending on attendees (+drinks)

There will be appetizers generously provided by CLAIR, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

Please RSVP ASAP to 
Katie (social at nejetaa dot com) and tell us if you’ll be bringing a Japanese speaking friend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us at the Nijikais and Sanjikais for 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

Beginning on January 10th, 2014, NEJETAA will host the 2014 JETAA USA Regional Conference at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.

NEJETAA members and friends are invited to join us in welcoming JETAA delegates from across America and Canada as well as members of the Japan-America community f
or our evening nijikais and sanjikais on Friday (1/10) and Saturday (1/11) evenings. Details are below:


9:45 pm Friday (1/10), start out at Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Sq
Sanjikais will be Beat HotelRussell House TavernDaedalus, or Tasty Burger – Come find us!

8:30 pm Saturday (1/11) – start out at Scholar’s in Downtown Crossing. 
Sanjikais will be Jm Curley or Silvertone

Questions? Contact Katie Mulroy


We hope to see you there! 

For Japanese native speaker: Japanese language tutor

The following is a tutoring position passed to us by Victoria Kuohung:

“We are seeking a native Japanese speaker to tutor my 5-year old son in Japanese. He does not speak Japanese. Specifically we prefer someone with experience working with young children. We live downtown, convenient to public transportation.”

Contact Victoria Kuohung (kuohung at gmail dot com) for more information.