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。

入場料:$10(JREX会員は$5、MIT学生は無料
お申込み:下記フォームよりお願いします。
1:50pm~
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:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660469010902453/

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
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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
*Self-introduction
*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)

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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”

Shorts_HomeinAmerica

 

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.