Congratulations, new NEJETAA Officers

The votes are in!  

Congratulations and welcome to the new NEJETAA Officers!

President: Leslie Risak
Vice-President: Matt Castle
Treasurer: Jenny Cheng


Thank you to our outgoing NEJETAA Officers for their dedicated service:
Brian Peckrill (President), Jeffrey Vales Kennedy (VP), Patricia Frisoli (Treasurer), Katie Mulroy (Social Chair)
お疲れ様でした! Best of luck to you all!

Paid Fellowship: 2014-2015 Harvard Fellowship in Japanese Digital Humanities and Social Science

The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University announces a special fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year (with the potential to be renewed for one additional year), for a person in any field of East Asian studies, with extensive expertise in the digital humanities or qualitative digital data management in the social sciences. The fellow will be expected to assist faculty, students, and research affiliates, as described below, and assist specific digital projects such as the Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project and especially the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters (  
Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, in East Asian (preferably Japanese) studies, in any area of the humanities or social sciences. This will be a 12-month fellowship, commencing on August 1, 2014, and the annual fellowship stipend will be $50,000. The application deadline is June 15, 2014. 
Responsibilities specific to the Digital Archive of the 2011 disasters will include working with programmers to refine and maintain the archive’s user interface, working with existing and potential new content partners to connect their resources to the archive, and helping to build a global user community. In addition, the fellow will provide assistance to affiliates of the Reischauer Institute in the following sorts of activities: 
• Defining appropriate research questions and terminology, where relevant 
• Selecting appropriate print and electronic information sources and tools 
• Designing search strategies to ensure retrieval of potentially relevant information 
• Developing rigorous methods of information extraction and analysis 
• Identifying background information to place the findings in context 
A strong working knowledge of Japanese and English languages is required. While the position will not require any direct coding, candidates for the position must be able to work closely with programmers and designers employing a variety of web technologies and programming languages, be able to understand and evaluate their work, and have the ability to effectively communicate between technical and non-technical project collaborators. An ideal candidate will have had experience designing and hosting websites (including a familiarity with HTML, CSS, and Javascript), maintaining online databases (MySQL or PostgreSQL), coding for the web (PHP or other web coding language), writing simple scripts for data scraping and management (Python or other scripting language), and working with Git code repositories or other version control systems, as well as an understanding of the principles behind the functioning of web APIs.  
 Application Process: 
Applicants should send their applications (via email as a PDF document) to tgilman at fas dot harvard dot edu. Each application should consist of the following items in the order listed below:  
• Cover sheet: Please provide the following information, in numbered order, starting each item on a new line. 
1. Name (first, LAST & email address) 
2. University & dept. (of highest degree) 
3. Field of Study 
4. Date degree received (or, if pending, give specific timeline) 
5. Summary of experience relevant to working with digital media, up to 500 words. 
• Curriculum vitae: please include citizenship, Social Security number, current and permanent addresses, telephone number(s), email address; academic degrees with dates of conferral, discipline and institution. 
• Official transcript of grades 
• Two letters of recommendation (One letter must be from someone who can comment on your experience relevant to working with digital media. These letters may be submitted separately (via email) by the recommender  
Please direct all inquiries to: 
Dr. Theodore J. Gilman 
Executive Director 
Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies 
1730 Cambridge Street, Room S234 
Cambridge, MA 02138 
Email: tgilman at fas dot harvard dot edu 
Telephone: (617) 495-3220 

Job: Cultural Affairs Coordinator (Consulate Gen. of Japan, San. Fran.)

The Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC) of the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is now accepting applications for the below position.


Position Available: Cultural Affairs Coordinator


Duties include:


– Plan, coordinate, and implement cultural events and programs at the JICC and at partnering venues

– Manage the JICC’s gallery space

– Provide translation and interpretation as necessary

– Research culture-related topics, organizations, etc.




– Be able to make a long-term commitment (Japanese citizens must possess a green card)

– Strong interest in Japanese arts and culture, as well as US-Japan relations

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Japanese

– Strong computer skills including familiarity with Japanese operating system


This is a full-time position. Qualified applicants are invited to apply by sending a cover letter and resume by e-mail or post. The application deadline is Friday, May 30, 2014. No phone inquiries please.


Please send applications to:

Japan Information and Cultural Center

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

275 Battery Street, Suite 2100

San Francisco, CA 94111

ryan dot okada at sr dot mofa dot go dot jp

Job: J->E Translator for games, Voltage, Inc.

Video game translation position available. Forwarded to us by a former JET! 


Voltage, Inc. is looking to expand its lineup of translated games and is in need of Japanese to English translators who have experience translating scripts for video games. Voltage is a pioneer in the field of romance simulation apps for a female audience in Japan and continues to lead the industry.






Translators will be provided with scripts from Voltage’s “Koi-game” series and will translate these into English. Emphasis will be on creating a script that will appeal to English-speaking users rather than creating a direct translation of the original script. Scripts should be translated into American English rather than British English.



– Must have strong understanding of both Japanese and English grammar.

– Experience translating scripts for video games or apps.

– Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 level or equivalent reading comprehension in Japanese.

– Bonus points for experience in script writing.


Responsibilities/Possible Assignments:

1. Main Story: 17 chapters per character.

2. Epilogue: 3 chapters per character.

3. Sequel: 10 chapters per character.

4. Spin off: Varies between games.


There are about 5000 characters per script and there will be about 200,000 to 250,000 characters to translate each month.



3 Cents per character.


All references to “characters” refer to the Japanese characters in the original text.


If you are interested, please submit your resume and a translation sample to: l10n (at) voltage-ent (dot) com

Job: Visitor Experience Associate at Boston’s Children Museum

Recently received this position from the Boston Children’s Museum. This is a position that has been filled by JETs in the past.

Visitor Experience Associate

Position Description: 

The Visitor Experience Associate (VEA) is responsible for promoting a fun learning experience for all visitors by interacting with children and families during their visit and providing excellent customer service to visitors at critical places throughout the Museum. The VEA models positive, educational, creative and respectful ways to interact with children and their caregivers through play. The VEA works with Senior Educators to implement programs that promote the Museum’s mission to develop children who are curious, creative, healthy, globally aware and green, through daily programming and special events. 

VEAs participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings and ongoing trainings. 

Also, VEAs perform daily opening/closing duties throughout the Museum, including routine cleaning and restocki ng of teaching/activity kits, and preparation of program materials. 

  • High school diploma or equivalent; some college experience preferred
  • Advanced course work or experience in customer service, education and/or family learning, or retail operations preferred
  • Experience working with young children (ages 0-10) and their families in recreational settings, afterschool programs or classrooms
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups
  • Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors
  • Theatrical or other performance experience a plus
  • Fluency in multiple languages a plus

Various shifts available.


For additional info, visit their website:

May 2014 Election is now open! (until ~5/22)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/15-5/22):


Online Voting is now open for the May 2014 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.


Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.



Voting Rules:

1. Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only.

2. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position

3. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 22nd.


To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must:

1. Be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program

2. Currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA) 



If you are interested, detailed succession and voting scheduling procedure can be found in our bylaws here: 



Read the Candidate Platforms Below:


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Happy Hour and Hanami

Hanami (5/4) and Happy Hour (5/8)

We have two big events coming up! Hope to see you there: 


 Hanami (POSTPONED) Happy Hour at Ittoku (5/8)

 Happy Hour and Hanami



Place: On the Charles River Esplanade, down by the river close to the Half Shell, about a 10-15 walk from Charles MGH station on the Red Line (same place as the past few years). Link to Google Maps HERE.

Who: Everyone is invited, so bring your SO’s, your roommates, your friends, your family/kids, and pets! 
Please also bring:
– blanket or a chair to sit on
– food/snacks to share
– your own beverages
– any games (cards, frisbee, etc.) you’d like to play

Happy Hour at Izakaya Ittoku:

Thursday, May 8th. Authentic Izakaya style appetizers and drinks available!
 RSVP to Katie (social at nejetaa dot com) or at the Facebook event.

Time: 6:00pm ~ 
Location: Izakaya Ittoku (Allston/Brighton) Google Maps

1414 Commonwealth Ave, BostonMA 02135 

      T-Access: Green Line Accessible (B)
      Parking: Street parking only 


Job: Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs (Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco)

Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs (Full-Time)

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

Established in 1870, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is Japan’s chief diplomatic mission covering Northern California and Nevada. The Consulate works in various areas including intergovernmental relations, economic affairs, education, cultural exchange and providing consular services.

The Consulate seeks a staff member to assist the Intergovernmental Affairs Section.  This section is responsible for, but not limited to, the following activities within the states of California and Nevada.

  • Conducting political and governmental research to identify emerging developments in Japan-U.S. relations

  • Assisting consular staff with learning about comparative governmental processes and developing connections with their domestic government counterparts

  • Implementing creative projects to advance Japan-U.S. relations, including sister city relations and intergovernmental exchanges

  • Drafting speeches and informational materials

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in American government and international relations with a Bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to conduct governmental research

  • High professional skills and the ability to work cooperatively with consular staff and federal, state and local government officials

  • Strong organizational skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining how their skills and interests would help advance Japan-U.S. relations, a resume with references and a writing or research sample.  Application postmark deadline is May 19, 2014 with a preferred employment date starting in mid June.  This is a full-time position.

Please mail these materials to:

Mr. Kei Hagiwara
Consul for Intergovernmental Affairs
Consulate General of Japan
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA  94111

Call for Candidates! NEJETAA Executive Board Elections

NEJETAA officer elections will be open for online voting from May 15th to May 22nd. Voting instructions will be available online from May 15th.


We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform!


What we need:

*Less than 200 words
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer

Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from last year’s elections here. 


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