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 (www.jetaausa.com >> 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 jetaausa.com 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!

Opportunity: Run to be a JETAA USA Country Representative

A message from Jessyca Livingston of RMJETAA:
The time is upon us to gear up for Country Representative elections! I will be serving as your Elections Officer for these elections again this year.All three JETAA USA CR positions will be available, as they are every year. Current CRs are welcome to run again and we also welcome and encourage new folks to run. I am happy to speak with anyone interested in running to discuss what the position entails, responsibilities involved and generally how the CRs and Advisory Board function together as a team. I’m sure any of the current CRs would be happy to speak to you about this as well. It is a very fulfilling experience and as a CR you will have the opportunity to support JETAA endeavors on a national scale while working with some fantastic people engaged in US-Japan relations.You can read about the election process and requirements in detail in our Bylaws (Article IX / pg 6). You can also see the relevant documents and general information in the CR Elections portion of our website. Here are the Cliff’s Notes version of requirements to in order to be considered as a CR candidate:

A candidate for the position of JETAA USA CR must be:

  • an alum of the JET Program;
  • a registered member of a US Chapter;
  • in good standing with their member chapter;
  • a current or past duly-elected or non-elected officer of a local chapter who has served at least one complete term at the local chapter level; the candidate does not necessarily have to currently reside in the area where s/he was a chapter officer
  • have attended at least one National Conference as a conference delegate.

I’ll follow up next week with platform submission information and relevant documents. And again, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

-Jessyca Livingston (RMJETAA)
JETAA USA Advisory Board Member

JETAA USA CR 2010-2012
E: jessyca dot livingston at gmail dot com

Summer Job: Group Leader with The Experiment in International Living in Japan

Serve as a group leader with The Experiment in International Living’s summer 2015 programs to Japan!


The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as International Group Leaders to guide our summer 2015 programs in over 20 countries worldwide.  These individuals will lead groups of 10-15 students on programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.


The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to remain on the cutting edge of international education.  Our programs provide high school students the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country, while exploring their program country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme.


Each program has two co-leaders, who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 3-, 4-, or 5-week journey.  Our leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside their group and serving as their students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping their students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work with the Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich.


The Experiment’s Japan programs – “Language & Cultural Traditions” and “Japanimation: Anime and Manga” – are our most popular offerings and always fill up quickly with students, and thus we’re looking for strong leaders to guide these programs!  Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience in Japan, strong verbal competency in Japanese, and experience working with young people.


Applications for 2015 International Group Leader positions are being accepted through February 4, 2015.  To learn more about the leader position and to access the online application, please visit http://www.experiment.org/leaders.


Questions? Email Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at leadership at experiment dot org.

Job: Recruiter at Interesse International Inc.

Interesse International Inc. provides HR and employment services within the U.S. and between Japan and the U.S.

We are looking for an energetic, entry-level Recruiter to join our expanding teams at the following locations:

New York, NY

Schaumburg, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Atlanta, GA

Houston, TX

Honolulu, HI


The ideal candidate will have

– Familiarity with the Japanese language and the culture.

– Strong interpersonal skills and goal-oriented personality with a passion for being the ‘bridge’ between individuals and companies.

A comprehensive package (Base + Commission + Benefits) will be offered to the qualified candidate.

– Base Salary : around $30K

– Benefits: Group Insurance (Health, Dental, Life), 401K with company matching, Paid Time-off

Commission & Benefits eligibility: after 3 months of employment ( 401K is after one year)

Application procedure:

Please send your resume by email to resume at iiicareer dot com

KCJS Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese

KCJS Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese

The Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies (KCJS) is pleased to announce its Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese.

These intensive programs, held at Doshisha University in Kyoto, offers training in intermediate, advanced or classical Japanese for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year of Japanese or the equivalent. Students enroll in the intermediate, advanced or the classical course, each of which carries eight points of credit on a Columbia University transcript upon

Language instruction will be provided by the regular faculty of KCJS, which is now in its 26nd year as a highly successful junior-year-abroad program in Kyoto,and by visiting faculty from member schools of the KCJS consortium. Conversation partners will be arranged for students of modern Japanese to provide additional speaking practice. Field trips (including one overnight trip), guest lectures, and other activities that utilize Kyoto’s rich cultural resources complement classroom instruction. Students live in homestays or apartments near campus.

For further details about the KCJS Summer Programs, please visit

Job: Outreach Coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Position in the Japan Information Center
Position Available: Outreach Coordinator (including Receptionist/ Librarian tasks)
Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Japan Information Center
  • Outreach Coordinator tasks
    • Schedule, organize and teach programs which introduce Japanese culture (origami, tea ceremony, kendo, kimono, calligraphy etc.) to local schools and community groups ※work with other JIC staff members who are able to give such demonstrations
    • Handle student inquiries for school projects
    • Mail periodical publications of the Japanese government to concerned organizations/ individuals
  • Receptionist tasks
    • Receive and greet visitors
    • Answer email inquiries and telephone calls
    • Log daily usage of the JIC
    • Maintain cultural displays
  • Librarian tasks
    • Handle loans of books and electronic resources.
    • Monitor the selection of books and electronic resources and organize them.
    • Research topics of interest to JIC constituencies.
  • General office responsibilities including attending events organized by the JIC and other related organizations and helping other staff members’ tasks as needed
  • US citizen or permanent resident holder (working permit holder)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Japanese studies, International Relations or a related area will be highly desirable
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (database knowledge is preferred)
  • English and Japanese are the working languages of the JIC. Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in oral and written Japanese is highly desirable. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format by December 15, 2014 to: jic [at] cg [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp

  • No hard copy of application materials required
  • In-person interviews will be held for the shortlisted applicants on January 8th or 9th at the JIC.
Questions should be directed to  jic [at] cg [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp. No telephone inquiries will be accepted.

Job: Administrative Associate at Showa Boston

Administrative Associate at Showa Boston

Job Description


Showa Boston Institute of Language and Culture is a residential academic institution for about 300 students established by Showa Women’s University in Tokyo in 1988. Its mission is to increase students’ English proficiency, to develop their cross-cultural awareness, and to foster their personal growth. The 40-acre campus rests on a hilltop overlooking the Boston skyline. At the heart of the campus are administrative offices, residences, and a dining hall, and educational facilities. 

Position Summary

The Administrative Associate will provide support for the Director and other members of the Student Services team, keep data for the department, and will assist in many activities both on and off-campus.

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Job: Diplomatic Digital Officer with International Mobility


Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute (MBOSI)


Diplomatic Digital Officer with International Mobility 



Diplomacy, Protocol, Research and Digital Affairs 



The Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute (MBOSI) is looking for a highly driven professional with native or near native proficiency in both verbal and written English. The position is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and requires relocation and a commitment to staying within the region for a minimum of 3 years. This position provides the opportunity to assist and observe our international thought leaders and national leaders at the highest levels of international business and politics. MBOSI is both an academic institute and a think tank/advisory firm that applies blue ocean strategy theory, framework and tools to create powerful solutions that are high impact, low cost, and rapidly executed. The Institute’s mission is to support the public sector to achieve its future goals by applying blue ocean strategy while establishing a community of BOS thinkers and practitioners. Through National Blue Ocean Strategy, over 80 ministries and agencies – from the police and military, to women, youth, and higher education organizations – are collaborating to formulate and execute creative blue ocean strategy initiatives that are transforming the country. Click here for information on how Blue Ocean Strategy has been adopted in Malaysia’s public sector.


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IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program (2015-2016)


Interuniversity Center for Japanese Language Studies  Kids


The IUC (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies) is one of the leading Japanese language institute for highest level of Japanese.  Since 2013, the Nippon Foundation has offered fellowships to 10 promising graduate students of Japan Studies doctorate courses in the US, who participated 10 months Japanese language training course in Yokohama.  

The Nippon Foundation has decided to expand the number of grantees from 10 to 20, and also to extend the scope of the program from Japanese Studies to Professional Schools such as law, MBA, governmental officials, journalists and so on.  This is a new initiative that will start from 2016, and IUC has recently made announcement for the application from potential candidates. This program is a great opportunity for former JETs seeking to continue their professional career paths in fields that are related to Japan. 

For more details about the program and instructions to apply, visit:

Additional Questions? Please contact IUC secretariat; IUCJAPAN [at] STANFORD [dot] EDU.

Urgent: Bilingual Interpreter needed for Sat. 10/25 job

Excel Linguistics, LLC 
It is a one time deal with a possibility to lead to more in the future.
An Interpreting/Translating Company in Boston needs a Japanese-English Interpreter Japanese-English for 3 hours this Saturday (10/25). PAID

  • Simultaneous interpreter on Saturday Oct 25th from 10 am to 1 pm in Dorchester MA
  • Interpretation equipment and student hand outs will be provided for preparation. 
  • No technical expertise needed, this Orientation class for PCAs (Personal care Assistant) is a guided explanation of the basic job and logistical topics on the Job of being a PCA.
  • The pay rate is between $50-60 per hour.
  • If participant being trained stays in the industry, they have another 7 different classes available to them free of charge to improve their job skills and will need future interpretation.
Robinson Mosquera
Lead Interpreter/ Translator/ Account Manager
Phone: (352) 639-0731