General Body Meeting Thurs. 11/5 7pm (Parking available)

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Happy fall everyone!

It’s time for our next NEJETAA General Body meeting! We will discuss past and upcoming events, eat some Japanese food and meet up with members both new and old. Whether it’s your first NEJETAA meeting or you’re a veteran – all are welcome!

Come join us at Super 88 on Thurs. Nov. 5th from 7pm. Hope to see you there!

Who: You! (NEJETAA Members and friends)
What: General Body Meeting
Where: Super 88 Asian Market, 1 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
When: Thurs. Nov. 5th. from 7pm

Accessibility:
Parking is available at the market. Additional street parking is available (free on the Allston side), if the parking lot is full.

Public transit: Green Line (B) – Packards Corner stop

Please RSVP to let us know to look out for you at the meeting either on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/581190962020128/ or to Caitlin (social [at] nejetaa.com)

 

Job: Program Coordinator at Consulate General of Japan in LA

Job: Program Coordinator (Cultural Diplomacy)
Japan Information and Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles

About the Job

The Japan Information and Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles seeks to fill a Program Coordinator position to advance its cultural diplomacy objectives. The ideal candidate should have a firm understanding of Japanese culture and society, as well as Japan’s foreign policies. The candidate should have strong communication skills, an event organizing background and outreach capabilities including the use of social media. The candidate must be able to function as a team player in a Japanese bureaucracy and understand the role of the Japanese Consulate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assisting in the planning and execution of Consulate-sponsored events
  • Responding to inquiries from the public pertaining to Japan
  • Effectively disseminating informational materials
  • Coordinating with public and non-profit institutions in our outreach efforts
  • Administrative duties and other requirements within the Consulate
  • Reports to the Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center
  • Additional tasks outside of the job description may be required.

Requirements

  • Work authorization in the U.S (no visa support)
  • A Bachelor’s degree with minimum 2-3 years in an office setting
  • Some working experience in either Japan or in a Japanese speaking environment
  • Good knowledge of interest in Japanese culture
  • Former JET Program participants welcomed
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy: knowledge of social media
  • Fluency in Japanese acquired through formal education preferred

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and a short essay submitted in an MS Word file format. The essay should be 12-point font, double-spaced and no more than 400 words on the following topic: name a strength you possess and how that can benefit the Consulate General of Japan. Please send via email to info [at] ls.mofa.go.jp with subject line “Program Coordinator Position” by Friday, Nov. 6.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. We cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

One-day Educator/Teacher Professional Development Seminar: Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People (11/7)

Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People

Primary Source and the Boston Children’s Museum are presenting a course on November 7th at the Children’s Museum: Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People

The program will explore ways Japan has contributed to world peace since the end of World War II, current controversies and in particular how teachers can teach about Japan, peace building, and friendship. Anne Prescott who has led two delegations of teachers to Japan to learn about peace education and heads the Five Colleges East Asia Center also will provide an overview of peace education in Japan and Lani Gerson will will lead a discussion of peace education in the US.
The day will also feature a performance by Women of the World who will be “Circle Singing” with the teachers and teaching how to create and exercise the culture of acceptance through music on November 7 at the Boston Children’s Museum. They will also share their story of how they made their Peace Song and their experience in Hiroshima.
This program is appropriate for high school educators as well as K-8 teachers.

For more information: http://www.primarysource.org/professional-development/courses/japan-teaching-peace-connecting-people

Alternatively, RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-day-educatorteacher-professional-development-seminar-japan-teaching-peace-connecting-people-tickets-19213921356

 

 

Discounted accommodations for female JET alums for Boston Career Forum!

The next Career Forum for individuals with Japanese language ability will be the annual Boston Career Forum coming up on Nov. 20-22.
This is the largest Career Forum with about 200 companies from various industries recruiting for business, creative, and technical positions around the world.

Registration and attendance is of course free. More information on this year’s Boston Career Forum is available at:
http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/index.asp?ref=2015JETAA&lang=E

Additionally, thanks to the support of the New England JETAA and Dan Lowe at the Showa Boston Institute, discounted accommodations and meals at the Showa Women’s Institute and shuttle bus services are available for female JET alumni.
Details and a reservation request form are available at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZBT5P3W

Don’t hesitate to contact Catherine Rackley (Chiba-ken, 2005-2006) at c.rackley [at] discointer [dot] com if you have any questions at all.

Job: Japanese transcriber at Amazon

Speak Japanese? Want to work for AMAZON in Cambridge? This job listing was brought to us by an alumni. Please contact Brandon at
brandon.humberstone at collabera dot com

Job Title: Japanese Transcriber
Company: Amazon

We are seeking an experienced full-time Japanese Data Analyst to transcribe and annotate Japanese speech. The candidate will work under the direction of the Language Data Program Manager, and must be capable of delivering high quality data under aggressive time constraints.

Specifically, the Analyst will:

  • Work with management on adapting transcription and annotation guidelines for the Japanese language.
  • Provide hands-on transcription and annotation services.
  • Translate established guidelines into daily work practices.
  • Work with management on workload scheduling and deliverables.

In this role, you will get to show your exceptional attention to detail and follow-through. You will also capitalize on your:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to quickly analyze data to draw and present conclusions with actionable steps.
  • Ability to multitask across several speech domains and work autonomously with minimum direction.

This job requires a commitment of a minimum of 30 hours per week. Candidates must be located in Cambridge, MA or the surrounding areas. Expectation is for initial in-office training and work, contingent upon project needs. Hours are flexible, and fast and stable internet connection is required.

3 month contract with definite possibility of contract extension or being flipped to a full time employee.

Basic Qualifications:
To be in consideration for this role the following aspects are required:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to languages or linguistics.
  • Excellent Japanese language skills. All candidates must be native-level Japanese speakers.
  • Excellent English language skills. Candidates must be able to communicate clearly and effectively in English.
  • Ability to type quickly and accurately in Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana, using a keyboard with an American layout.
  • Up-to-date knowledge or awareness of popular culture in Japan.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Comprehension of a variety of Japanese accents.
  • Communication skills and experience working with technical teams.
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment.

Discount for short films at the Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/22-10/25)

NEJETAA is helping promote a series of short films at this year’s Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF). NEJETAA Members can receive a discount the the shorts series: Home In America, playing at 1pm on Sun. Oct. 25.

We will send the discount code by email on 10/17 and 10/22. If you are not yet on our mailing list, you can join here.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased herehttps://artsemerson.org/Online/article/film_baaff.

See below for info on “Home in America”

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teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World (Oct. 16–Nov. 14)

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RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE NEW EXHIBITION

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teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World

October 16–November 14, 2015

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 12 PM–5 PM

The newly renovated Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery at the Radcliffe Institute will open with a multimedia exhibition by teamLab that immerses viewers in a sophisticated and dreamlike world that is digitally generated. Based in Japan, teamLab is a consortium of artists, engineers, and computer scientists specializing in unique ultra-technological installations, where contemporary art, design, engineering, and computer science meet.

This exhibition is only the second ever in the United States dedicated to teamLab.

In teamLab at Radcliffe: What a Loving and Beautiful World, Chinese and Japanese characters appear on the walls of the gallery. When the viewer’s hand touches a character, an image of the character’s meaning emerges and interacts with images generated from other characters. The result is a colorful, multisensory space that continuously evolves as the images influence one another. New visual worlds are constantly created, and never repeated, immersing each visitor in his or her own unique experience.

Installations by teamLab have garnered attention around the world and have been displayed at Art Basel Hong Kong, Expo Milano, the Singapore Biennale, as well as in art festivals, galleries, and exhibition spaces in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden, and Taiwan.

For more information, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2015-teamlab-exhibition.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. We invite you to share this with people you know who might be interested in this special teamLab opportunity.

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The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Job: Assistant for Economic Affairs – Consulate General of Japan in Boston

Position Title: Assistant for Economic Affairs  –
Consulate General of Japan in Boston

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a person for the position of the Assistant for Economic Affairs / Science & Technology Section. The consulate offers group health insurance coverage, twenty days of paid vacation per year, a number of paid U.S./Japanese holidays, three paid summer holidays, and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with academic and professional experiences. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in international business, international affairs, or Japanese/American relations.

The position serves as a link between the consulate and local governments and businesses in New England. The ideal candidate will be someone flexible enough to work on multiple projects at the same time, have an understanding of the differences in Japanese and American business cultures, can communicate effectively in both English and Japanese, and have the ability to make connections with a wide variety of local businesses and organizations.

 

Basic Information

Work hours: Monday–Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

Lunch break: 12:15 P.M.-1:15 P.M. (with occasional front desk lunch duty) Occasional overtime is required

The consulate is located in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston. It is across the street from South Station, and is easily accessible by the Red Line, Silver Line, and Commuter Rail.

 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Consul for Economic Affairs and Science & Technology Officer in administrative duties. Examples are scheduling meetings, drafting letters and e-mails, writing speeches, making contacts with local government agencies, businesses, or other agencies, and assisting visiting delegations from Japan when they visit Boston.
  • Conduct basic research on regional economic development and international trade statistics
  • Disseminate information about Japanese economic policies and other related information to relevant local entities including responding to inquiries about Japan in economic areas.
  • Assist with planning and setting up events such as trade shows, business forums, seminars, networking sessions, and diplomatic receptions. – Monitor local news outlets for stories that are related to or could affect Japanese companies.
  • Other duties as required.

 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for specializations in international relations, international business, Japanese/East Asian studies, or related disciplines.
  • Fluent in English
  • Japanese language skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – Computer skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience living or working in Japan highly preferred
  • Basic knowledge of the economic and political situations in both Japan and New England, especially in the Greater Boston area
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. The consulate is unable to provide visa sponsorship.

How to apply:

  • Please email a cover letter and resume by October 5th, 2015 to:

d.fager at bz dot mofa dot go dot jp, or mail your cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Economic Affairs Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Boston

Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210 -No phone calls please

 

© Consulate-General of Japan in Boston

600 Atlantic Avenue, 22nd Floor

Boston, MA 02210

Tel: (617) 973-9772 Fax: (617) 542-1329