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NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/17-11/24):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2016 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on November 24th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Dan Lowe for President

My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, since joining the board in June 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve as Social Chair, Vice President, and, for the past year, as NEJEJETAA’s President.

Over the past year we have worked hard to expand our presence beyond Boston and create the foundation for more integrated chapter. For this coming year, I plan to work:

· With our Vice President, to found a new, official subchapter that serves as second center, beyond Boston, to host events.

· With our Webmaster, to revamp our website and social media to include an integrated event calendar and more up-to-date info.

· With our Treasurer, to maximize our budget in a way that we can fund events and opportunities that matter to you

· With our Membership Coordinator, to redesign our membership signup in order to keep up to date on who our members are and how they would like to get involved.

· With our Social Chair, to plan and better advertise even more awesome events and opportunities.

As we welcome the 30th anniversary of the JET Program, I know that our brightest days as an organization are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.
Rebecca Simas for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca, and I just returned to Boston in August after I was an ALT for a year on Amami Oshima, one of the beautiful southern islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. I am now working as a college and career advisor for adult ESOL students in downtown Boston.

If I were elected for the Webmaster and Communications Coordinator position for NEJETAA , I would love to continue spreading the word to JET returnees about all of the exciting ways they can still be surrounded by Japanese language and culture upon returning home. I would aim to make our social media presence more interactive with the New England JET community, such as inviting alumni to share their most memorable or funny stories from when they were in Japan, posting spotlights on different prefectures and cities that New England JETs have lived in, or opening up about the challenges of reverse culture shock. I believe in having a supportive community after JET is equally as important as having a support system while in Japan.

If you’re located in Boston, I’d love to meet up with you sometime and swap Japan stories!
Kayla Potter for Membership/Marketing Coordinator

I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
In the past year, I’ve moved to Boston, started graduate school in intercultural relations, and begun working as an international student advisor. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of growing your networks.
I would be honored to join the NEJETAA board as your new Membership Coordinator!
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. During my time in Kochi, my fellow JETs became a vital social and professional network. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen both the NEJETAA community and their own professional networks. Our membership rolls, website, and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

Boston Career Forum JET Events!!

In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has two great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET. Please share!
1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:00. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125838070827666/
2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108974095868449/
Please RSVP for each event either by selecting “attending” or by emailing Eriko at social@nejetaa.com at least 1 day prior to each event.
Thank you,

New England JET Calligraphy Club: November Meeting


Enjoy Japanese calligraphy? NEJETAA is teaming up with Showa Boston to start a monthly club for JET Alumni, and Friends of JET, and Japanese College Students

All levels encouraged, all supplies provided. Feel free to bring friends who want to learn more about JET!

The theme for November’s meeting will be Autumn kanji words!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (optional free cafeteria dinner from 5:00pm)

Where: Showa Boston Institute (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Transportation: on-campus parking is free. Free shuttle available from Reservoir T Station (Green Line, D-Branch, in the same rotary) at 2:50pm. Short Uber ride from Forrest Hills (Orange Line).

Advanced RSVP is mandatory. Please contact Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Thursday, November 10 and include whether or not you will be staying for a complimentary dinner in Showa’s cafeteria.

Note: Guests are welcome to invite friends, but please do not post to event websites like Meetup without consulting us first.

Paid Volunteer Position @ Boston Career Forum

Shoko Daddario, a consultant of interest international inc. (DBA iiicareer) is looking for at least 2 Japanese Bilingual Temp staff for the Boston Career Forum.

Nov.18 (Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.19 (Sat) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.20 (Sun) 8:30am-12pm

*Pay: $16/hour


If you are interested or have any questions, contact daddario@iiicareer.com

Boston Career Forum


In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has three great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET:

1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:30. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips.

2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th

3) Don’t have a place to stay yet, or willing to host a visiting JET? Our association is working with its members to provide free tatami time share opportunities for visiting JETs.

To register for any of the above, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/TZW3eCjTLYiDJhkj2

Press Release from Catherine Rackley (Chiba-ken 2005-2006), DISCO International inc:

This is a reminder that JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the Boston Career Forum 2016 November 18-20.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event.

You are free to attend one, two, or all three days.

– Boston Career Forum 2016 —–
November 18-20 (Fri.-Sun.)

Currently 210 companies participating including:

Register and begin applying to companies here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/comlist.asp?ref=2016JETAA&lang=E
*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact JET alum, Catherine Rackley, at c.rackley@discointer.com.

We hope to see you in Boston!

Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice


Film Screening: Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice

Showa Boston invites any interested JET alumni or friend of JET to attend its public screening of the film “Mother’s Way, Daughter’s Choice.”

A Q&A session with the film’s director, Ms. Kyoka Gasha, will follow.


“I love my mother,
but I just don’t want
to be like her.”

Why would successful women from the world’s second largest economic power choose to start their lives over in New York City? The documentary “Mothers’ Way, Daughters’ Choice” explores how several Japanese women struggle to reconcile their traditional upbringing and their desire to create unique lives. To understand these struggles, the director, Kyoko Gasha, shows the deep, powerful influences of Japanese culture on her own life.Kyoko also uncovers stories of other Japanese women in New York City, weaving parallel tales of guilt, denial, sacrifice and joy. This is a story of cultures clashing on a personal level.

Showa Boston offers free on-campus parking, as well as a free shuttle from Reservoir station (Green Line, D-Branch) at 4:50pm and 5:50pm.

To inquire about dinner options, please contact Alex Reavill at areavill@showaboston.edu.