U.S. Career Forum in NYC

JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are welcome to attend the U.S. Career Forum to explore career options and even land a job at the event.

All companies are hiring for domestic positions.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Javits Center, Hall 1E
655 W 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
* Participating is FREE, and attendance support of up to $350 is available. Apply by March 23.

The U.S. Career Forum is for anyone who:

  • possesses a minimum of conversational ability in both Japanese and English
  • possesses legal permission to work in the U.S.
  • is looking for a full-time or internship position

For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to:

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


3rd Annual NEJETAA Skip Trip 2016! (Jan. 29-31)

ski trip 2016

Register by Dec. 21, 2015
To register: http://goo.gl/forms/KOT8PCg36w

This year NEJETAA will host the 3rd Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip from January 29th – 31st at Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski area in the eastern United States. Due to popular demand we have chosen to stay at the Summit Lodge, the hotel we stayed at two years ago. It features a pub, hot tub, etc. Complementary breakfast is also included. For those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals to do cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.


If you plan on attending this event, please fill out the form below by Monday, December 21st. RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot and the type of room you want, as both are limited. We will send payment information soon after the December 21st deadline.

Who: JET Alums & Friends of JET
When: Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31
Where: Summit Lodge, Killington, VT

Hotel Costs for two-night stay:
Double: $198 per person;
Quad: $130 per person;
Triple: (in the event that we’re short one person for a quad) $152.67 per person;

Lift Ticket Cost: One-Day: $65; Two-Day: $124
Ski (includes poles) or Snowboard Equipment Package Rental: One-Day: $37; Two-Day: $64
Helmet Rental: One-Day: $6; Two-Day: $10

Deadline to RSVP: Monday, December 21st

To register: http://goo.gl/forms/KOT8PCg36w

If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about carpooling, email Dan Lowe at (president [at] nejetaa dot com)

Please Note: 

*By RSVPing for this event, you will be responsible for any costs incurred on your behalf.

**The above prices are based on a 20+ person group rate. Therefore, the costs are subject to change if fewer than 20 people sign up (in which case, you will have an opportunity to withdraw)

JLPT & Boston Career Forum Otsukaresama Social (12/13)

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Otsukaresama Social (12/13, 6pm)

To celebrate the end of the Boston Career Forum and Japanese Language Proficiency Test, NEJETAA will hold a social the evening of Sunday, December 13 from 6pm at Itadaki, an izakaya located on Newbury st. Even if you didn’t take the test or attend the career forum, it will be a great opportunity to have fun, network with JET alumni, learn more about the program, and maybe even practice a bit of Japanese!

RSVP by Thursday, 12/10 via Facebook (here) or by email to Rachel (treasurer [at] nejetaa dot com)

Location: Izakaya Itadaki, 269 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Welcome New Officers: Nov. 2015 Election Results

The results of the Nov. 2015 NEJETAA Officer Elections are released!

President: Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken)

Membership/Marketing Coordinator: Collin Rozanski (Shiga-ken)

Webmaster/Communications Coordinator: Jesse Welty (Saga-ken), appointed

Due to Dan Lowe’s transition to President from Vice-President, we would also like to welcome Mike Buonadonna (Akita-ken) to fill the end of Dan’s VP term.

We look forward to great things this year! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!

We would like to thank outgoing President Leslie Risak, Membership Coordinator Bill Zagata, and Webmaster/Communications Coordinator Tim Ogino for their service to NEJETAA. Otsukaresama deshita!

Look out for upcoming events and exciting things to come in this new generation of NEJETAA leadership.

Japan Film Festival in Boston (12/5, from 1:30pm) at MIT

JREX (The Japan Resource Exchange) is hosting the 5th Annual Japan Film Festival in Boston.

This year JREX is working with the NY Japan Cinefest to bring you an excellent program of recent short films.

今年で第5回目となる映画祭です。今回はNY JAPAN Cinefestからの協力を得て、ショートフィルム6本を上映いたします。

The 8th Samurai  7人の侍をもじったユーモラスな映画
Tadaima       インターメントキャンプについて15分映画
A Warm Spell     日本の田舎での物語
3:15pm〜 Intermission インターミッション10分
Little Kyota Errand Hood 京太のお使い 福島のことも少し考えさせられる子供映画
Monk by Blood  お寺に生まれたから、住職になる運命という留学生のドキュメンタリー
Reflection 女装していく子供を見つめる母と子供の物語
4:35p〜 Reflection Director Q&A
5:10pm〜 Reception (at next door class room)
6:00pm Doors Close

See the event on Facebook:


VOTING now OPEN – Choose your next NEJETAA board members (vote online by 11/29)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/21-11/29):

Online Voting is now open for the November 2015 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 ET on Nov 29th.

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)

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 first as Social Chair, and then as Vice President. I am now seeking the position of President.

The activity I am proudest of organizing was a day trip to Portland, Maine, which was successful in attracting members both from the Boston area and Maine. As we plan activities outside of Boston that engage our non-Boston based membership, not to mention important keystone events like Japan Festival and Orientation, we should not neglect “easy-but-regular” events. One of my major goals as president will be to promote the second Sunday of each month as a day/night for NEJETAA social events such as nihongo dake, nabe, and casual networking

Most of my ideas come from my experience representing our chapter at the JETAA National Conferences in Seattle and Detroit. It was at these two conferences that I built relationships with JET alumni from all over the US and Canada, exchanged ideas, and discussed solutions to common problems.

Our brightest days as a chapter are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.

Collin Rozanski for Membership Coordinator

My name is Collin Rozanski and I would like to submit my name for Membership Coordinator for the NEJETAA. I spent a year as an ALT in elementary and middle schools in Shiga prefecture, and returned this past July. I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in JET by acting as your membership coordinator.

Upon returning to Boston four months ago I was excited to meet fellow JET alums through the NEJETAA, but found myself having to search out the alumni association through social media. As a result, I would like to take a more proactive role in contacting returning JETs as your Membership Coordinator. I believe that returning JETs will naturally be most enthusiastic about their experiences in Japan when they first come back to the states, and so want encourage participation and event interest as early as possible. I am also looking forward to working with the Social Coordinator and other officers to offer a variety of events that appeal to all alumni JETs in the area.

Thank you for considering me for your new Membership Coordinator.

Communications Coordinator / Webmaster
If you are interested in this position, please contact interim Communications Coordinator Tim (webmaster AT nejetaa.com)

Cast your vote now!

DEADLINE EXTENDED Join the NEJETAA Board! Submit a platform by 11/20

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Platforms (now due by 11/20)

Become an NEJETAA Officer!

It’s time for our Fall election cycle. Want to be more involved in NEJETAA and the Japanese community in New England?
Become an NEJETAA Officer! See below for detailed position descriptions.


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.

Positions up for election:

  • President
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

What we need from you:

*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. 

Questions and Platform submissions can be sent to Tim (webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com). Platforms should be submitted by Fri. November 20th.

NEJETAA will then be collecting votes online starting on Sat. Nov 21st for one week.

Position Descriptions below: 

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


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

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.


  • 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