JET Q&A and Social Hour (6/20)

 JETQ&AandSocialHour

Seeking volunteers: Help new JETs by answering their questions and sharing your words of wisdom (and stories!). If you can volunteer, for any amount of time, contact Susan Gill, at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston. (Contact info below).

 If you can’t make the event, we are planning a casual social hour at Lucky’s Lounge (directions here) for a casual social hour! Chat with old friends and meet the new JETs! Specific time TBD, approximately 4:30pm ~

Details about the event from Susan Gill: 

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In a couple of weeks, on Saturday, June 20 we will be holding an Orientation for this year’s group of new JETs and we need your help!  The Orientation will be held at the Boston Children’s Museum, mainly in the 5th floor meeting spaces. An NEJETAA Social Hour will follow at Lucky’s Lounge.

The goal of Orientation is to give new JETs an idea of what they should do to prepare to move to Japan in early August.  What will they need to bring or leave behind?  What should they wear to work? Which things are better bought here or in Japan?  We will also give an introduction to Japanese-style living in the Boston Children’s Museum’s Japanese house (kyo no machiya).

Starting last year, Tokyo is accepting JETs; this year Boston is sending eight new JETs to the capital. If you have some experience living on your own in Tokyo (non-university / non-corporate budget) I’m sure Tokyo-bound JETs would appreciate your advice.

If you are interested in helping out, please email me (Susan Gill: s[dot]gill[at]bz[dot]mofa[dot]go[dot]jp)with the topics that you are willing and able to speak on and order of preference. While the Orientation lasts all day, you need only attend during the time of your presentation.  Some topics (especially the longer ones) can benefit from a pair of presenters.  Timing is flexible, but due to museum constraints, “Money and Banking” and “Living in the Japanese Style” [in the kyo no machiya] are presented first.  For these two topics, JETs are split into two smaller groups and each presentation is made twice.

Here are the topics that still need to be covered:

Money & Banking (45 minutes x 2)
Living in the Japanese Style
 (45 minutes x2)
Emergencies—(15 minutes)
Communications/Technology–(30 minutes)
Teaching Materials —   (15 minutes)
Q&A Free-for-all/ Things That We Wished We’d Brought
Medication & Baggage— (15 minutes)

 

Please let Susan know if you have any questions! Yoroshiku!

Contact: Susan Gill, s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp

Job: Coordinator at Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard

Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Coordinator (Grade 54)

Duties & Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Coordinator works in close cooperation with the Institute staff.

  • The primary responsibility is Student Services: assists in selection, placement, and orientation of student interns, summer school students, and other students going to Japan, including info sessions, application processing, release forms and waivers, and some correspondence.
  • In addition, this position is responsible for office coordination: Orders and maintains office supplies and manages student workers. Arranges orientations for visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, and guides them to appropriate resources.
  • Coordinating Events: Assists with scheduling, planning, and advertising events (sometimes via social media); coordinates venues, catering, and meeting materials. Attends Center events (including some evening events); handles logistics and ensures the success of the operation.
  • Limited (4 hours/week) staff support for faculty.
  • Front-line responsibilities required. Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language a plus. Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications: 3 years experience, advanced education may count towards experience.  Additional Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Knowledge of Japan and Japanese language preferred.

Applications may be submitted through Harvard’s Aspire system.  The job Req ID is 35931BR.

Welcome new NEJETAA Officers!

The results of the May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Elections are released! Please welcome our new and returning officers:

Vice-President: Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken)

Treasurer: Rachel Pauplis (Yamaguchi-ken)

Social Chair: Caitlin Frost (Nara-ken)

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

 

We would also like to thank outgoing Vice-President Matthew Castle for his service to NEJETAA. Otsukaresama deshita!

 

Please feel free to reach out to any of the NEJETAA board with questions, ideas, and concerns! We are happy and willing to work to most effectively serve our membership.

Job: Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist, at Consulate General of Japan in Boston (Deadline 6/1)

Contract Position Available at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston

 

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston has an opening for a Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist. This is a full-time hourly paid position (no benefits) which is scheduled to last until the end of March, 2016.

 

Public Outreach and Cultural Affairs Specialist supports the Consulate’s relations with media, community and cultural and exchange organizations, serves as an information resource to the public and is the office’s primary website editor. The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of Japanese culture, has experience interacting with a wide variety of organizations and the public, and is familiar with website management.

 

Core responsibilities:

  • Engage with media, community and cultural organizations on a variety of issues, and assist with maintaining good relations between these groups and the Consulate.
  • Interface on behalf of the Consulate with Sister City/State organizations, Japan Societies and other exchange groups in New England.
  • Prepare information for many different audiences by generating and editing press releases, web content and other materials.
  • Maintain the Consulate’s website and Social Media activities, including content editing.
  • Coordinate Consulate events, and collaborate with outside organizations on events that the Consulate is involved with.
  • Provide administrative and any other support necessary to help fulfill the Consulate’s role in promoting Japanese culture and ties in the region.
  • Assist other Consulate staff with team projects, events and mass distributions
  • Other duties as required.

 

We need someone who:

  • Is fluent in English preferably with a good command of the Japanese language and is knowledgeable about Japanese culture.
  • Possesses a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field.
  • Has strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Is experienced with website management and content generation. HTML skills a plus.
  • Has a good understanding of Social Media applications.
  • Has strong planning, multi-tasking and project management skills.
  • Has event planning experience and excellent customer service skills.
  • Is able to function successfully in a Japanese office environment, consistently delivering high-quality work to meet various demands.
  • Is a reliable team member dedicated to the success of the organization.
  • Is eligible for employment in the U.S.

 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume as attachments to:

Infocul [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp

Deadline: June 1, 2015

No telephone calls, please.

General Body Meeting: 6:30pm on Tuesday, 6/2 at UNOs Harvard Square

UPDATE: The general body meeting has been POSTPONED until Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm, at UNOs Harvard Square.

Our next general body meeting will be this Thursday Tuesday from 6:30pm at UNOs Harvard Square. All NEJETAA members are welcome to attend to share some appetizers and ideas about what activities you would like to see NEJETAA do in the future.

So come, meet us at Harvard Square UNOs at 6:30 pm this Tuesday Thursday! とりあえず来てね!Please RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com)

Location: UNOs, Harvard Square.
22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Tuesday 6/2
Time: 6:30pm
Access: Red Line – Harvard Square Station. Street Parking (limited).

If you are unable to make it, we still would like to hear from you! Please email social [at] nejetaa [dot] com if you have an idea for an event you would like NEJETAA to organize.

Hope to hear from you!

Yoroshiku!

May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Voting Open! (~5/27)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/19-5/27):

Online Voting is now open for the May 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 EDT on May 27nd.

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 Vice President
Hello everyone. My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, after serving as Social Chair for the past year, I am now running for the office of Vice-President of NEJETAA.

My first goal as Vice President will be to support the board in its mission to generate member participation from all New England states. NEJETAA is often described as being “Boston-centric,” and, as I see it, the best way to expand our numbers will be a “We’ll come to you” approach. The activity I am proudest of organizing as Social Chair was a day trip to Portland, Maine, which was successful in attracting members both from the Boston area and Maine. It would be beneficial and feasible for NEJETAA to organize, over the next 12 months, at least four day trips to other parts of New England.

My second, more long-term goal, is to help establish one new New England subchapter that would ensure sustained participation from members outside of Boston. The New York chapter, rather than being seen as “Big Apple-centric”, has enjoyed great success by creating such regional sub-chapters. I see these “We’ll come to you” events as a necessary first step in that direction.

 

Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer
Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I would like to run for the position of Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken for 2 years and returned to the Boston area in August.  Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.

I have already been acting as interim Treasurer since December and would like to continue in the coming term.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.
Caitlin Frost for Social Chair
Hi, my name is Caitlin Frost and I am running for Social Chair. I was an ALT in Tenri City in Nara Prefecture for 4 years, and returned last summer. I’ve participated in a few NEJETAA events, and most recently participated on the planning committee for Japan Festival Boston this year as a NEJETAA representative.

I’m running for Social Chair because I’d like to see NEJETAA become a more active chapter. I think it’s really important for us as JET alumni to not only have strong ties to the Japanese community in the area, but to have strong ties to each other. As so, I will do my best to increase the number of activities and participants in future events.

Cast your vote now!

May 2015 NEJETAA Elections – Call for Candidates!

Want to be more involved in NEJETAA? Want to strengthen your network in the Japanese community in New England?

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
*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.

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Applications open for RA position at Showa Boston

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Resident Assistant (RA)

Immediate Supervisor: Resident Services Coordinator

 

Position Summary

This is a live-in position in a women’s dorm mentoring and supporting predominately female, Japanese study-abroad students at an academic-residential campus. Provide diverse, individual, and group learning opportunities for predominately female students to communicate in English and become more familiar with American culture. This position is a non-paid, residential, part-time position, with most work hours occurring on evenings and/or weekends. Full room and board and use of facilities are provided in exchange for services.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement intercultural activities and programs on and off-campus, at least once per month.
  • Perform weekday/weekend overnight RA duty approximately 2-3 times monthly and holiday duty as needed.
  • Be available every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for mandatory RA team meetings, Co-RA meetings, and student leader meetings.
  • Chaperone on and off-campus Student Services activities and trips as needed.
  • Help prepare for and facilitate student move-in and move-out, including attendance at orientation activities.
  • Help create a safe, welcoming residential environment for our students; offer advice and support when needed, for personal and/or academic questions or concerns.
  • Actively engage in informal, daily interaction with students on campus.
  • Report student welfare concerns to Student Services staff.
  • Submit monthly reports to Resident Services Coordinator.
  • Participate in all in-service training activities and meetings.

 

RAs work an average of 10-14 hours per week, predominantly evenings and weekends, in exchange for private room with a private bath (located in a women’s dorm), full meal plan, use of campus facilities (including pool, Jacuzzi, and computer lab), free parking, wireless internet, discounted Japanese lessons on campus, and free shuttle bus (pick up and drop off at Reservoir T stop).

 

Skills

  • An appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to work closely and successfully with other cultures.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies calmly and effectively; displaying critical thinking skills.
  • Experience dealing with conflict and the ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Self-motivated; able to initiate interactions with individuals or groups.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others and exercise good judgment in appraising situations. Maintain effective, positive working relationships other team members.
  • Previous RA experience, study abroad experience, or experience with/appreciation of Japanese culture preferred.

 

Interested applicants should submit an electronic resume and cover letter to: hr [at] showaboston [dot] edu

 

NEJETAA would like to showcase YOUR Cherry Blossom Photos

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Where was this beautiful cherry blossom pic taken? Why in Kakunodate, Akita, Japanese hometown of NEJETAA webmaster Tim. But we’d like to see YOUR town’s cherry blossom pics too!

Hanami season is upon us and cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere. NEJETAA would like to host your cherry blossom photos from your town or anywhere in Japan on our website! Please send any cherry blossom pics with your name (for photo credit) and location and we will host them on our website banner!

Please send all photos to Tim: webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Looking forward to seeing your pics!