May 2014 Election is now open! (until ~5/22)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/15-5/22):


Online Voting is now open for the May 2014 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 22nd.


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) 



If you are interested, detailed succession and voting scheduling procedure can be found in our bylaws here: 



Read the Candidate Platforms Below:


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Call for Candidates! NEJETAA Executive Board Elections

NEJETAA officer elections will be open for online voting from May 15th to May 22nd. Voting instructions will be available online from May 15th.


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
*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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Mark Your Calendars: Japan Festival Boston 6/7/14


Mark your calendars!!  NEJETAA will once again have an Omikuji Booth
Last year we were so popular we ran out of fortunes! 

Your muse will bless you with great inspiration to write funny and original fortunes, and all of NEJETAA will love you for it!

Fortunes will be divided into levels:
Great Blessings, Small Blessings, Blessings, Small Curses, Great Curses
With Categories:
Love, Money, Family, Travel, Health

If you write any fortunes or would like to volunteer to help with the booth, please email Patricia (treasurer at nejetaa dot com) by June 1st.  Thank you!

Donate for Tohoku and make your support TWICE as effective!

JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation for a donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. And GlobalGiving has offered to match these donations until the $100,000 matching limit runs out! Previously the matching was for a 24 hour period, but GlobalGiving has agreed to extend the matching period after the JET community successfully raised $20,000 in one day!

This is a great opportunity to show our ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website to make a donation.

Online donation drive
Donation website:
Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 a.m. EST on March 10; 8 a.m. PST, etc.)
Ends: matching continues until the funds run out


Three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the devastation in Tohoku has largely faded from the news. However, so much remains to be done for the survivors and TAMF has been partnering with a number of organizations in Japan to provide relief and help the people of Tohoku build a strong and vibrant future.

TAMF has provided funding to the following projects:

    Smile Together Ishinomaki
    Living Dreams: Tohoku Kids Project
    Hope for Tomorrow
    JET Micro Grants
    Taylor Anderson Reading Corners
    Taylor Sendai YMCA Scholarships
    Exchange Programs

For more information on TAMF, please go to, their Facebook page at, or watch the NHK interview with Jeanne and Andy at

JETAA USA is proud to partner with TAMF to carry on the support JETs and JET alumni have shown for Japan and the people of Tohoku ever since March 2011.


All donations up to $1,000 per individual donor made to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund on March 11th Japan time will be matched by Global Giving through their Japan Match Global Giving program. (Global Giving will charge a 15% facilitation fee to cover their costs, which donors may choose to cover if they wish so that their full donation amount goes to TAMF.)

Please see the Terms & Conditions Page. There is up to $100,000 total available in matching funds for this campaign, up to $25,000 matching per project, and up to $1,000 matching per individual donation.

We are also very happy to see Ambassador Kennedy giving her backing to their mission, as well.  For coverage of her recent trip to Ishinomaki and visit to Mangokuura Elementary School, where Taylor taught, please check out the article at

Ambassador Kennedy visiting Taylor Reading Corner

Ambassador Kennedy visiting the Taylor Reading Corner at Mangokuura E.S.

2014 JETAA Regional Conference delegates at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University

An NEJETAA Recap: The 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

2014 JETAA Regional Conference delegates at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University 

As many people were creating personal goals and resolutions to start the new year, thirty-four JETAA delegates from 15 chapters across the U.S. and Canada gathered for the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA to discuss ways to improve their JETAA chapters. The New England JETAA Chapter (US 03) played host to this year’s conference and organized a series of discussions, workshops, and seminars under the theme of “Membership Management.” The conference took place from January 10th to 12th.


The week preceding the conference was filled with anticipation about not only the content of the seminars and workshops, but also the weather in Boston. Stories about the week’s now infamous “polar-vortex” surely were intimidating to JET Alumni from warmer climates. Luckily, the temperatures recovered just in time for a comfortable and productive weekend for all in attendance.


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JETAA Initiative survey


The US-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) is one of the supporters of our JETAA Regional Conference 2014 in Boston and they are interested in hearing from you about the JETAA Initiative (more details here). Here is an interview with Laurel, Project Director of the JETAA Initiative and a fellow JET!. As a bonus, the JETAA chapter with the most number of responses (must indicate you are from the NEJETAA chapter in the survey) will receive a $100 restaurant gift card which we can use to host a fun dinner party for members! Please take this survey to show your support for JET and JETAA and weigh in on our future! Below is the survey invitation:


USJBF has been working on a JETAA Initiative examining the feasibility of creating a national JETAA organization to strengthen the network of JET alumni and JETAA chapters across the US.  We would like your input on the project and ask you to fill out the linked survey on Survey Monkey.  It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.
The survey will be open through (note new extended deadline!) 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013.
We invite all JET alumni in the US as well as current US JETs to provide their input.  Please feel free to forward this link to any alumni you know, whether they are involved in the JET Alumni Association or not.
If you have any questions or comments, you can contact your JETAA chapter representatives (that’s us, your NEJETAA officers!), or email me at the US-Japan Bridging Foundation LLukaszewski at jusfc dot gov
Laurel S. Lukaszewski
(ALT, Kagoshima-ken 1990-1992)
Project Director, JETAA Initiative
US-Japan Bridging Foundation

NEJETAA to host 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

NEJETAA is excited to announce that it will be hosting the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) 2014 Regional Conference.  The conference will be the weekend of January 10-12 and will be held at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.

The Regional Conference is traditionally a biennial conference used to support the administrative growth of JETAA chapters. 2012 was hosted in Denver by JETAA Rocky Mountain and 2010 by JETAA Portland. NEJETAA is expecting 23 JETAA officers from 14 JETAA chapters throughout the US and Canada.  NEJETAA is also expecting guests and support from CLAIR New York, the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston and other Japan and Alumni organizations from around New England. The conference will have a focus on Membership Management to strengthen the numbers and networks of JETAA chapters across the globe.

NEJETAA is currently recruiting Conference Special Committee members to assist in the planning and execution of the conference.  Whether you are interested in forging stronger ties with NEJETAA and the Japan associations of Greater Boston, developing your professional experience or simply trying your hand in something new, please fill out this form and the executive board will contact you with more information on how you can assist.

Please keep your eyes peeled for more announcements regarding this exciting development!

May 2013 Elections now open!

NEJETAA elections are now open for Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. There were no platforms received for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator although members can submit a write-in candidate to webmaster at nejetaa dot com.


Please cast your votes ONLINE here on our website: by 6pm Tuesday May 21st. The voting section will appear on the right side of the page after you login with your username and password. 

To vote, you need to be a registered user on our site (just takes a minute to sign up!). See end of the message for details on how to register and vote online.

 If you prefer to vote in person you can join us at our General Meeting Tuesday May 21st, 6pm. RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com by Sunday May 19th if you’d like to attend! NEJETAA will be providing complimentary snacks from Wing Works!


Click here for the meeting agenda

Where: Eastern Bank Community Room, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, Central Square T stop on Red Line (map)
When: Tues. May 21st, 6pm.

Why: Vote and discuss upcoming events (JET Orientation, Japanese language/culture classes, Membership update, and more fun summer events!) 



Jeffrey Kennedy for Vice President


Hi NEJETAA, my name is Jeffrey Vales Kennedy and I am running to become your next Vice President. I was an ALT in Okayama-ken from 2011 to 2012. Since returning from Japan in September last year, I’ve been an active participant in the NEJETAA community and would love to have the opportunity to give back.

My number one goal as Vice President is to increase participation in NEJETAA. One way of doing this is in assisting the rest of the council to plan enticing events like nihongo dake dinners and industry networking nights. Another important area of exploration is in reaching out to former JETs living outside of the Boston area.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider my ballot and I hope to see all of your smiling faces at upcoming events this year.

Thank you,

Jeffrey Vales Kennedy


Patricia Frisoli for Treasurer 


My name is Patricia Frisoli, and I hope to serve as your Treasurer for NEJETAA for the coming year.  I was an ALT in Taka-chou, Hyougo-ken from 2005 to 2008. For the past couple years I have been an avid member of NEJETAA, and have been your treasurer this past year.  I love to have the opportunity to give back.  I really enjoy being involved in NEJETAA’s many events throughout the year and connecting with Boston’s Japanese community.

My goals for this year include:

– balance budgetary concerns so we may continue to connect members with activities they are interested in

– provide logistical support to officers & events

– strengthen partnerships with other local Japan-affiliated organizations 

Like many of you, JET was an amazing time of my life, and I have made incredibly rewarding relationships with like minded people through NEJETAA.

I would be proud to represent the New England JETAA chapter.

Thank you for your vote!




Katie Mulroy for Social Chair


Hi NEJETAA Members,

My name is Katie Mulroy, and I’m running for re-election to the position of Social Chair. I was an ALT in Aomori Prefecture from 2008-2011.

I have been involved with NEJETAA since my return to the US in 2011, originally helping plan social events such as karaoke parties and later taking a more active role as Social Chair. During the past 6 months on the NEJETAA Board, I organized several successful events including the Nihongo Dake dinners, Shinenkai, Hanami, and our happy hours. I’ve really enjoyed working with NEJETAA members and officers when planning these activities, and I hope to continue to do so in the future. When running events, I’ve tried to be as organized as possible in order to make everything run smoothly and I try to attend almost all of our social gatherings.

My goals for the next year include further connecting returned JETs with each other through Nihongo Dake dinners, happy hours, and other activities. With your assistance, I would like to continue to make our events a success by involving the Japanese community and other friends of NEJETAA. I also hope to integrate our new returnees into NEJETAA, thereby helping them continue the strong connection with Japan that they gained on the JET Program. As always, I would be happy to make anyone’s suggestions for specific activities a reality, and if elected, would love to have a social committee.   

Thank you for your consideration.


Katie Mulroy



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