Job: RIKEN-MIT Program Operations Coordinator

This position was previously filled by a former New England JET. 

Job Description 

RIKEN-MIT PROGRAM OPERATIONS COORDINATOR (POC), Picower Institute for Learning and Memory,  to serve as the primary executive assistant to an MIT professor who has dual roles as the director of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics (RM Center) at MIT and the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (RIKEN-BSI) outside of Tokyo, and provide oversight of laboratory operations.  Responsibilities include serving as liaison between laboratory personnel and the director; managing collaboration between MIT and RIKEN-BSI; overseeing lab and office expenditures; typing drafts of letters, scientific papers, and directories; arranging logistics of visitors; processing reimbursement and travel reports; maintaining the laboratory website; monitoring incoming and typing outgoing emails; managing complex calendar and online appointment schedule; arranging travel; and handling confidential issues and classified information.  RM Center duties include overseeing the activities, operations, and administrative needs of a highly international group and making independent judgments regarding management of the laboratory in the director’s absence.  RIKEN BSI duties include attending meetings and taking notes (in English), contributing to the preparation of meeting minutes, and assisting with the drafting of speeches and official announcements.

Job Requirements 

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree; at least three years’ administrative experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; English and Japanese fluency; excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize and reprioritize work in multiple environments and despite conflicting interests; strong SAP, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and web publishing skills; and ability to synthesize complex information, deal discretely with confidential information, communicate with a highly diverse group of people, and exhibit sensitivity to cultural differences.  Seek detail-oriented, proactive, and reliable individual who can work independently and as part of a team.  Experience working in a Japanese setting preferred.  Job #10993

Must be willing to make overseas business trips several times a year, accompanying director and serving as his primary support.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

For full details about the job visit: Jobs at MIT 

Short-term: Japanese Culture and Language Teacher

The Culture and Language Teacher is a paid contract position with YFU, and reports directly to the Site Director and indirectly to the Educational Coordinator. Youth For Understanding is committed to providing high school students with comprehensive educational programming, which helps to prepare them for their unique exchange experience. Culture and Language Teachers play a key role in achieving this goal. The quality of orientation teachers’ efforts has a significant and direct impact on the students’ experience. This orientation program is designed to prepare American high school students as they embark on a six-week home stay experience in Japan. Major areas of responsibility include the following: 
  • Work with the Alumni Assistants (teaching assistants) to keep students informed regarding schedules and session locations, and to emphasize the importance of timeliness.
  • Serve as a liaison between program staff and students by relaying important information regarding policies and procedures and administrative matters. Communicate and share students’ issues with program staff.
  • Assist in maintaining program integrity by working with students to uphold YFU’s policies and procedures.
  • Effectively teach YFU curriculum to groups of 10-15 students, and team-teach group sessions of up to 30 students.
  • Create and maintain a classroom atmosphere that encourages student participation, is well organized and is consistent with the program schedule.
  • Work to foster cohesion within your group (or Kumi). 
  • Assist students with any difficulties they may encounter, and communicate these issues to Site Directors.
  • Assist with non-classroom responsibilities such as registration, special sessions, and social activities.
  • Participate actively in all aspects of program implementation. 
  • Collaborate with teaching assistants (YFU alumni) and other teachers to plan and present sessions.
  • Work to create effective working relationships with all program staff members.
  • Arrive at training having thoroughly read the lesson plans and student workbook.
  • Attend and fully participate in all training sessions.
  • Strive to understand and achieve the established goals and objectives of the orientation program.
  • Adhere to program policies and to YFU’s policies and procedures.
  • Be prepared to work in a full-time, total involvement, residential program.
  • Be thoroughly familiar and comfortable with lesson plan concept, format, and content.
Culture and Language Teachers: 
  • must have a teaching background, preferably with high school students;
  • must have recent living experience in Japan 
  • must have a minimum of a basic level Japanese language proficiency;
  • must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to team teach and function with a large and diverse staff;
  • should possess the following characteristics: patience, sense of humor, understanding, adaptability, enthusiasm, awareness, sensitivity, creativity, responsibility, and commitment.
  • should be dedicated to creating and maintaining a team atmosphere; and
  • must have no criminal record. A background check will be conducted on all staff.
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2014. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so applicants are strongly
  • Site: University of California, Berkeley, California
  • Dates:
    • On site staff training: June 6-7 and June 12
    • Student Orientations: June 8-11 and June 13-16 
  • Compensation: $100/day; YFU USA will also cover all transportation, room and board expenses. Exception: Staff are required to cover meals on their day off (lunch June 11 through breakfast June 12).
  • TO APPLY: Please email your resume, cover letter and a list of three references with phone and e-mail contact information to orientations at yfu dot org

Mark Your Calendars: Japan Festival Boston 6/7/14


Mark your calendars!!  NEJETAA will once again have an Omikuji Booth
Last year we were so popular we ran out of fortunes! 

Your muse will bless you with great inspiration to write funny and original fortunes, and all of NEJETAA will love you for it!

Fortunes will be divided into levels:
Great Blessings, Small Blessings, Blessings, Small Curses, Great Curses
With Categories:
Love, Money, Family, Travel, Health

If you write any fortunes or would like to volunteer to help with the booth, please email Patricia (treasurer at nejetaa dot com) by June 1st.  Thank you!

Calling all former JETAA officers: Apply to be a Country Representative

JETAA USA has 3 Country Representative positions, and elections are just around the corner!  If you have served as a JETAA chapter officer for 1 or more years in the past, and  want to make a difference for the JETAA network on a national level, please email us so we can prepare paperwork and answer any questions.  It also comes with perks – beyond representing us at local area events, CR budget affords you the chance to go to the 2015 National Conference in Seattle!

All candidates must submit a platform by March 30 (Sunday), 2014.
Details about running here.


Our very own Christina Omori, Christina Omori with former NEJETAA President, Stephanie Simpson-Whitehas served as Country Representative for the past 2 years and has been an amazing resource to NEJETAA and other chapters across the country.  Highlights from her tenure include using her social media and web skills to keep us apprised of what is happening at the National level, being a major powerhouse and contributor to planning the JETAA USA Regional Conference in Boston, making strides toward building National Capacity with the working group, and much, much more.

Thank you, Christina, for your service as both Country Rep and 5 years as NEJETAA webmaster!!


A big Thank You to all who donated

Donate Now

We did it!

The GlobalGiving Japan Matching funds have been exhausted!!
JET alums, participants and friends all over the world have raised over $24,000which will be matched and become over $48,000 for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund and recovery efforts in Tohoku. WOW!  And news of our campaign reached as far as the US Embassy Tokyo!

A most sincere THANK YOU to all who contributed to JETs Rally for Tohoku!  

Job: Translation Opportunity JA>EN On-going

Interested in some translation work for the rest of the month? TransPerfect will be receiving thousands of files covering a variety of general, legal, and technical material to be translated from Japanese into English for the next month. More information will be provided upon signing a non-disclosure agreement.


If interested, contact: Gustavo Acosta gacosta [at] transperfect [dot] com and cc: ja-en_linguists [at] transperfect [dot] com 

Donate for Tohoku and make your support TWICE as effective!

JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation for a donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. And GlobalGiving has offered to match these donations until the $100,000 matching limit runs out! Previously the matching was for a 24 hour period, but GlobalGiving has agreed to extend the matching period after the JET community successfully raised $20,000 in one day!

This is a great opportunity to show our ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website to make a donation.

Online donation drive
Donation website:
Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 a.m. EST on March 10; 8 a.m. PST, etc.)
Ends: matching continues until the funds run out


Three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the devastation in Tohoku has largely faded from the news. However, so much remains to be done for the survivors and TAMF has been partnering with a number of organizations in Japan to provide relief and help the people of Tohoku build a strong and vibrant future.

TAMF has provided funding to the following projects:

    Smile Together Ishinomaki
    Living Dreams: Tohoku Kids Project
    Hope for Tomorrow
    JET Micro Grants
    Taylor Anderson Reading Corners
    Taylor Sendai YMCA Scholarships
    Exchange Programs

For more information on TAMF, please go to, their Facebook page at, or watch the NHK interview with Jeanne and Andy at

JETAA USA is proud to partner with TAMF to carry on the support JETs and JET alumni have shown for Japan and the people of Tohoku ever since March 2011.


All donations up to $1,000 per individual donor made to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund on March 11th Japan time will be matched by Global Giving through their Japan Match Global Giving program. (Global Giving will charge a 15% facilitation fee to cover their costs, which donors may choose to cover if they wish so that their full donation amount goes to TAMF.)

Please see the Terms & Conditions Page. There is up to $100,000 total available in matching funds for this campaign, up to $25,000 matching per project, and up to $1,000 matching per individual donation.

We are also very happy to see Ambassador Kennedy giving her backing to their mission, as well.  For coverage of her recent trip to Ishinomaki and visit to Mangokuura Elementary School, where Taylor taught, please check out the article at

Ambassador Kennedy visiting Taylor Reading Corner

Ambassador Kennedy visiting the Taylor Reading Corner at Mangokuura E.S.

3.11 Documentary Screening @ Tufts “Children of the Tsunami”

Children of the Tsunami Screening 

Sponsored by the Tufts University Japanese Culture Club 

The Tufts JCC has been very active in raising funds and awareness of the aftermath of 3.11.

The Tufts JCC will be screening Children of the Tsunami, a 2012 BBC documentary. Tewassa will also be on hand to talk about our work and attendees will have a chance to decorate a square for our next quilt.

Directed by Dan Reed
2012 | 60 mins | Documentary 

On March 11th 2011 Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever. The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tufts University

Visitors may park in faculty lots for free after 5pm. The closest parking lot is the Upper Campus Lot.

Job: Information Development IT position in Tokyo

Job opening type: TechnologyRelated overall occupation

              -systems engineer
              -network engineers
              -system operation management engineer

Job Location (City, State): Tokyo in Japan

Job Category: Information Technology

Majors: All Majors

Job Description: Information Development is a global information services company. ID Group offers a comprehensive IT outsourcing service, i-Bos24®, which covers consulting, software development, system operation management, cloud/security, and BPO.

Employment Start Date: October 2014 or April 2015

Application Instructions: Send you resume including Japanese language skill at ogawa-w at idnet-us dot com

Application Qualification: people whose first language is not Japanese are required to know communication level Japanese.  
Information Session
03/22/14 (Sat)
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: Boston University
For Apply: Send an email at ogawa-w at idnet-us dot com


Opening Information:


【会社概要】 IDグループは、国内外に拠点を持ち、金融機関をはじめ、航空・エネルギー・メーカーなどの幅広い分野のお客様へシステム運営管理を主軸にソフトウェア開発・クラウド・セキュリティなど、トータルなITアウトソーシングサービスを提供しております。

【募集職種】 総合技術職    

【応募対象】201410月入社 20154月入社 

【応募資格】 日本語が会話レベルの方

【選考会日程】 第一回企業説明会・第一次面接3月22日
              第二回企業説明会・第一次面接4月5日       (※面接は希望者のみ)
当日の時間は直接メールでお伝えします。上記以外の日程を希望の方はogawa-w at idnet dot comまで連絡お願い致します。※  ボストン以外にお住まいの方は直接連絡ください

【会場】Boston University

【応募方法】ogawa-w at idnet-us dot comまで希望の日程を連絡お願い致します(当日の詳細をお送りします)

【お問い合わせ】 email ogawa-w at idnet-us dot com


Urgent: Volunteers needed for Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/9)

A message from Timothy Nagaoka, Japanese teacher in Boston Public Schools: 


On Sunday, March 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Copley Square in Boston, I am organizing an event called, “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square” to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The event will get the public involved in folding paper cranes. I have posted a video on Youtube describing the event:

I have over 30 high school students volunteering in the morning. However, I do not have many volunteers in the afternoon. I am looking for volunteers who are willing to help people fold paper cranes. I am looking for volunteers to help in the following shifts:

Shift 1: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Shift 2: 3:00pm-5:00pm

If you are able to volunteer, please email cranesonthesquare at gmail dot com with your name and the shift that you are volunteering for. Or, if you know someone that may be interested in volunteering, please forward the message to them.

Thank you,

Timothy Nagaoka