Share your post-JET experiences for a new book by Prof. Emily Metzgar

Dear American JET Alumni,
I’m writing a book about American alumni of the JET Program and the growing influence of this community on the broader US-Japan relationship. I’m a professor at Indiana University and a JET alum (Shimane, 1993-1995). I’ve already published some research  about American alumni of JET and the tremendous potential of this pool of college educated people with on-the-ground experience in Japan. My book will document the alumni community’s influence in a variety of settings — political, cultural, educational, corporate, media, etc.
As I work on this book I need your help. I’m interested in talking with American alumni about the various ways they remain involved with Japan after finishing their tenure with JET. Would you be willing to be interviewed for this project?
I’ve set up an online data collection site and am asking that alumni who are willing to be interviewed use that link to provide a few details about themselves so I can determine whom to contact and when, based on my research timeline. This project is authorized by my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and as the first item at the link below indicates, all safeguards associated with such university-approved research are in place.

If you’re willing to share your post-JET experiences and your insights about the growing influence of the American JET alumni community please click on this link ( and provide the requested information (name, contact info, years & position on JET, current job, and nature of continued involvement with Japan). I will follow up with you soon to set up a phone or Skype interview.

If you have any questions about this request or if you’d just like to know more about this book project — I’m always happy to talk about it! — please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks so much for any insights you can share. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Emily Metzgar, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism
The Media School @ Indiana University
emetzgar [at] indiana [dot] edu

NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Introducing: NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

We’re still shivering in New England, but it’s almost time for the cherry blossoms to start blooming in parts of Japan. With that, we would like to feature YOUR pictures of YOUR town’s cherry blossoms on the NEJETAA website main page header!

To submit your photos, you may either:
1) Post them to our Facebook page (
2) Email them to webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Please include the picture’s location and your name (if you would like to be credited) with your picture by April 3rd to be considered.

The best submissions will be chosen to be in our NEJETAA website header and may be featured on our Facebook and Twitter accounts during the cherry blossom season!

Any questions? Please email Tim, at webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com!


General Body and Budget Meeting (2/21) at 2pm

General Body Meeting 2/21 at 2pm

NEJETAA will be hosting a General Body Meeting this Saturday (2/21) at 2pm at Uno’s in Harvard Square.

We will be discussing and reviewing last year’s budget expenditures as well as planning some upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming more involved inNEJETAA and learning about the behind the scenes work of the board, please attend!

We would love to see you there and to hear your opinions and ideas!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Opportunity: Become a Country Rep for JETAA USA, Deadline 3/5

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions to be voted on for 2015-16. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws available via the link or on our website ( >> About JETAA >> Bylaws).
All candidates must submit a platform by March 5 (Thursday), 2015 in order to be considered. 
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment. 
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year’s candidates:
  1. a written platform– this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
  2. a headshot of the candidate
  3. the Chapter Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer
  4. the Financial Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
**Please send a Microsoft Word version of your platform since I have to cut/ paste the information onto the website! PDFs are completely fine for the Endorsement forms. (FYI- both Endorsement forms require signatures of chapter officers.)
In preparation to become a CR or to help you decide whether or not to run, I recommend reading the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description. This will help you understand what responsibilities you can expect to take on as CR and how the organization functions as a whole. Of course, any of the current CRs would be more than happy to discuss the position with you as well!
Platforms can be submitted electronically to: 
jessyca dot livingston at gmail dot com
Good luck!

Welcome, New NEJETAA Officers!

Congratulations and welcome to the new NEJETAA Officers!

President: Leslie Risak
Membership Coordinator: Bill Zagata
Communications Coordinator / Webmaster: Tim Ogino

And a big thank you to Jenny Cheng, our outgoing NEJETAA Treasurer. Thanks for your service!

Finally, Rachel Paulis has kindly agreed to step in as treasurer and will serve the remainder of Jenny’s term.

New officers: よろしくお願いします!

Call for Platforms! Join the NEJETAA Executive Board, Due 11/16

Call for Platforms (due by 11/16)

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
  • Treasurer
  • 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 Matt (vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com). Platforms should be submitted by Sun. November 16th

NEJETAA will then be holding officer elections on November 24th.
(You will also have the option to vote online 11/17 – 11/24, or in person, location TBD, on Mon. 11/24)



Position Descriptions below: 


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It’s JET Recruiting season! Opportunities to get involved

A message from Susan Gill at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston:

JET recruiting is starting and I will be headed to some career fairs at area universities. It can be very helpful to have a fairly recent JET come along with me to talk to students, so I am asking for volunteers. We can pay a small honorarium of $50/session and often snacks are provided by the school. Volunteers can meet me at the consulate and ride to the venue or else meet me there.  

Below are some upcoming events—if anyone is interested, please email me. S [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp


Updates: New Officers and Events

The NEJETAA Executive Board would like to officially welcome Daniel Lowe to the leadership team! Daniel has been serving in the previously vacant Social Chair role since the end of July! We 

Also, keep an eye out for some great upcoming events next month including a Sushi Making / Language Exchange dinner and a day trip to Portland, ME. A special shout out to our non-Boston JET alumni! If you’re available for these events, we’d love to see you!

See below for details. We hope you can join us! 


Plenty of fortunes at Japan Festival Boston

We had a great time at the Japan Festival Boston, at the Cambridge River Arts Festival this past Saturday! We had a fantastic turnout from NEJETAA members and festival goers alike. Thank you for our members who volunteered – we couldn’t have done it without you. Also thank you to everyone who helped us write omikuji! They were so popular that we ran out for the second year in a row. By the end, our bamboo tree was bogged down with everyone’s curses!


It was a great opportunity to share our stories of Japan and promote the JET Program! By the way: another great chance to get involved is coming up! Help the next wave of JETs by answering their questions at the JET Q&A and/or join for an informal Social Hour to follow. Details here


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Congratulations, new NEJETAA Officers

The votes are in!  

Congratulations and welcome to the new NEJETAA Officers!

President: Leslie Risak
Vice-President: Matt Castle
Treasurer: Jenny Cheng


Thank you to our outgoing NEJETAA Officers for their dedicated service:
Brian Peckrill (President), Jeffrey Vales Kennedy (VP), Patricia Frisoli (Treasurer), Katie Mulroy (Social Chair)
お疲れ様でした! Best of luck to you all!