The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE)

JETAASE Officer Nominations & Elections

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

JETAASE is having its biannual officer elections this year. All JETAASE members are eligible to run for open positions. Whether or not you're interested in running, please carefully read and follow the election process as described below.

Available Positions

Secretary:

  • The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall record the proceedings of such meetings in books to be kept for that purpose and shall perform like duties for any committee of Directors when required.
  • The Secretary shall ensure that the minutes of each meeting of the Board of Directors are distributed to each Director. 
  • The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings and shall perform such duties as will be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President. 
  • The Secretary shall have custody of the corporate seal of the Corporation, and shall have authority to affix it to any instrument requiring it, and when so affixed it will be attested by the Secretary's signature.

Treasurer:

  • The Treasurer shall have the custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to JETAASE and shall deposit all moneys and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of JETAASE in such depositories as will be designated by the board.
  • The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of JETAASE as will be ordered by the board, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the President and the board, at its regular meetings, or when the board so requires, an account of all transactions as treasurer and of the financial condition of JETAASE.
  • The Treasurer shall regularly review the financial policies and procedures of JETAASE with the board.

Social Chair:

  • The Social Chair (in possible conjunction with a Social Committee) plans approximately one event per month, such as Happy Hours, the Returnee Events, and hanami parties.
  • The Social Chair is responsible for maintaining the invite lists and determining how many members are planning to attend.
  • The Social Chair works with the treasurer to make sure that everyone has paid for the event if there is a fee.

Education Chair:

  • The Education Chair plans education-related activities the chapter is involved in, such as Japanese classes, etc.
  • The Education Chair leads JET recruiting activities organized by JETAASE.

Timeline of Election Process:

February 27th, 2017: Self nominations will be due via email to jetaase@yahoo.com. Your nomination should include your reason(s) for running and a short self-bio relating to JET and Japan.  

March 6th-8th, 2017: JETAASE members will be able to submit ballots during the three day voting period. All JETAASE members will receive a voting form link by email.  

The election results will be posted in a future JETAASE newsletter.

Alabama Representative and Event Planners Needed:

JETAASE is looking for a subchapter representative for Alabama. If you are interested in this position or would like more information, please contact us.

* Serve as the main point-of-contact for the Alabama sub-chapter

* Plan and implement activities in a specific geographic area of Alabama;

* Communicate with JETAASE members in Alabama and with the JETAASE Executive Committee

* Participate in leadership activities with the JETAASE Executive Committee

* Request reimbursement for approved expenditures in a timely manner

* Submit information for required activity reports as needed

For those who are not interested in being an officer, we are seeking members who can assist the board with event planning. If you are interested in championing and planning a JETAASE event, please contact us. You do NOT need to be residing in the metro Atlanta area to plan an event! 

2016 JETAA Regional Conference - February 26th Nijikai

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

Join the 2016 Regional Conference Delegates at the Nijikai on Friday, February 26th at the Georgia Aquarium. We will arrive at 8:15pm. Hope to see you there!

Friday Night Nijikai @The Georgia Aquarium

JETAASE has set up a fabulous event to visit the Georgia Aquarium after hours while enjoying cocktails, tapas and entertainment.

In order to attend this event you MUST pre-pay by MONDAY 2/22 at 5pm EST.  Click here to register.  

Professional & Career Development Seminar

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

The Japan-America Society of Georgia, JET Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE), and Pasona NA, Inc. present a professional & career development seminar to explore the key elements of career planning and achieving your professional goals in the Japan-America field. This event also features a panel discussion by representatives from Japanese and American companies who will discuss advice and suggestions on landing your dream job and advancing your career. ジョージア日米協会ではJETAASE とPASONA NA, Inc.の協賛で、日本と米国における求職者の皆様の就職プランや 目的達成への基本事項に関する就職セミナーを行います。日米企業の代表者による求職のアドバイスや仕事の昇進に関してのパネル・ディスカッションも開催されます。
Date & time: 2015-10-23 15:00

Location:

Baker Donelson, Monarch Plaza, 3414 Peachtree Rd, NE #1600, Atlanta, GA 30305    

 

JETAASE 2015 Officer Nominations and Elections Notice

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

JETAASE is having its biannual officer elections for 2015. All JETAASE members are eligible to run for open positions. Whether you're interested in running or not, please carefully read and follow the election process as described below.

Open Positions

President:

  • The President shall be the chief executive officer of JETAASE, shall have general and active management of the operations of JETAASE, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board are carried into effect.
  • If there shall be no Chairman of the Board, the President shall preside at all meetings of the board.
  • The President shall have the authority and power to execute on behalf of JETAASE bonds, mortgages, notes, contracts, leases and other documents and instruments (whether or not requiring the seal of JETAASE) except where such documents or instruments are required by law to be otherwise signed and executed and except where the signing and execution thereof shall be expressly delegated by the board to some other officer or agent of JETAASE.

Vice President:

  • The Vice-President provides both leadership and follow-through on projects, and makes sure that the chapter is fulfilling all its obligation.
  •  The Vice-President also takes on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable.

Treasurer

  • The Treasurer shall have the custody of the corporate funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to JETAASE and shall deposit all moneys and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of JETAASE in such depositories as will be designated by the board.
  • The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of JETAASE as will be ordered by the board, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the President and the board, at its regular meetings, or when the board so requires, an account of all transactions as treasurer and of the financial condition of JETAASE.
  • The Treasurer shall regularly review the financial policies and procedures of JETAASE with the board. 

Social Chair:

  • The Social Chair (in possible conjunction with a Social Committee) plans approximately one event per month, such as Happy Hours, the Returnee Events, and hanami parties.
  • The Social Chair is responsible for maintaining the invite lists and determining how many members are planning to attend.
  • The Social Chair works with the treasurer to make sure that everyone has paid for the event if there is a fee.

Education Coordinator

  • The Education Coordinator plans education-related activities the chapter is involved in, such as Japanese classes, etc.
  • The Education Coordinator assists with recruiting visits to schools and universities. 

Timeline of Election Process

March 29th, 2015: Self nominations will be due via email to jetaase@yahoo.com. Your nomination should include your reason(s) for running and a short self-bio relating to JET and Japan.
 
March 30th- April 5th, 2015 - JETAASE members will be able to submit ballots during the three day voting period. All JETAASE members will receive a voting form link by email. 

April 2015 - The election results will be posted in the JETAASE newsletter.
 

Volunteer Opportunity: Japan Academic Challenge @ KSU

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
Volunteer for the Japan Academic Challenge at KSUVolunteer Opportunity! The organizers of this year's Japan Academic Challenge are again looking for 1-2 JETAA volunteers to assist in judging the competitions. The commitment would be for a full day on Saturday, March 7 at Kennesaw State University.

The Japan Academic Challenge is a high school team competition which will challenge students’ knowledge of Japanese cultural aspects, including: history, geography, language, and current events. For more information, please visit this website: http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JACJSP2015.html.

If you are interested and available, please contact Mellissa at mellissa.takeuchi@aa.mofa.go.jp.

New Japanese Restaurants in North Carolina

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
New Japanese Restaurants Opening in NCKyle Munn, a JET alumna living in North Carolina, notes several new or soon-to-be-opened restaurants in NC that are worth checking out.

Dashi
Dashi is a ramen shop and izakaya in downtown Durham. It is opening in early-January. I was lucky enough to go to a tasting a few weeks ago and the ramen in very good. Definitely not the instant soup stuff a lot of places around here try to pass off!
DashiRamen.com

Aiko Bar
Aiko Bar is another izakaya/club that recently opened in downtown Raleigh. Word on the street is that a JET alumnus was involved in the opening of this place but I have not had that confirmed myself..
Facebook.com/AikoRaleigh

Blue Kudzu Sake Company
A fellow JETAA told me about this place they checked out while in Asheville a couple months ago. A real live sake brewery in the mountains of NC. Between this place and the wasabi farm out there it's starting to turn into Little Japan.
BlueKudzuSake.com

We Are Tomodachi Autumn 2014 Edition

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
We Are Tomodachi Autumn 2014 EditionGreetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan

We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.

We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.

In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious.

From November, the Japanese Government has started the full-fledged operation of its official English-language website, JapanGov (http://www.deliver.mofa.go.jp/c?c=1029&m=631&v=e884d83b), on which we have decided to publish We Are Tomodachi, starting with this edition.

The link to the webpage is as follows:

http://www.deliver.mofa.go.jp/c?c=1028&m=631&v=73f732ef

We strongly hope that as many people as possible find the time to read this magazine and deepen their understanding about Japan. We therefore ask that you please share this magazine widely with others, through social media and other means.

Please feel free to send us any comments.

We will continue to publish We are Tomodachi magazine to coincide with the changing seasons. Please also look forward for the next exciting and interesting articles.

Daily Yomiuri: Japanese government announces increase for JET Programme

Added on by JETAA Southeast.



According to a Daily Yomiuri article, the Japanese government plans to increase JET Programme participants by 2,300 between 2015 and 2019 with an eye towards eventually increasing the program to 20,000. This seems to be in line with LDP policies announced back in April.

Read an English version of the article over at Jetwit.com!

Announcement about IUC The Nippon Foundation Fellowship

Added on by JETAA Southeast.



Friendly Forward: Mr. Tatsuaki Kobayashi from The Nippon Foundation:

"[T]he 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. I suppose that this program will be appealing to some of JETAA members who want to seek for their professional career paths that are related to Japan...

You may find more details about the program in the following website:

http://web.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/cgi-bin/programs/nippon-foundation.php

If you have any questions, please contact IUC secretariat: iucjapan@stanford.edu."

Plans announced to place ALT's in all primary schools in Japan!

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
The JET Program is expanding!
ALTs To Be Placed in All Primary Schools
(Via The Yomiuri Shimbun, JETWit.com)
The government has decided to increase the number of Assistant Language Teachers considerably over a five-year period, starting from the next school year, to strengthen English education at primary schools.

Aiming to create a system in which ALTs will be assigned to all public primary schools by the 2019 school year, the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry and the Foreign Ministry plan to increase the number of ALTs by about 2,300 over five years as a national project. Combined with ALTs who are hired independently by municipalities, the ministries intend to expand the total number of ALTs to 20,000, or 1.5 times the current level, by the 2019 school year.

The education ministry has decided to lower the starting age for English education from the current fifth year of primary school to the third year by the 2020 school year, and make it an official subject from the fifth year.

Experts have said it is important to secure a sufficient number of native English speakers, and utilize them to enhance the learning environments for students.

About 800 ALTs first came to Japan in 1987 when the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program was launched as a state international exchange project. As of 2002, the number of ALTs had increased to about 5,600, but it began to decrease after that due to financial problems. The current number is about 4,100.

Besides ALTs on the JET Program, about 8,000 ALTs hired independently by municipalities and other organizations have been dispatched to local primary and middle schools across the nation. In some cases, an ALT teaches at several schools.

According to experts, considerable disparity exists among the nation’s 21,000 public primary schools. While some schools have resident ALTs, some schools are visited by an ALT once about every six months.

The government therefore plans to increase the number of ALTs in the JET Program in stages. From the 2020 school year onward, English lessons will increase from the current once a week to three times a week for fifth-grade and sixth-grade students. Third-grade and fourth-grade students will have English lessons once or twice a week, and the education ministry plans to have ALTs frequently instruct students in English classes.

The budget for English education utilizing ALTs is expected to increase from about ¥30 billion this school year to about ¥50 billion a year eventually. The government also plans to launch a subsidy system for supporting municipalities that independently hire ALTs.

ALT

An ALT assists Japanese teachers in teaching foreign languages such as English at primary, middle and high schools. In addition to ALTs who come to Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, a state international exchange project, others are directly hired by municipalities or private organizations contracted to dispatch ALTs.

From the 2011 school year, foreign language studies became compulsory for fifth-grade and sixth-grade primary school students. The role of ALTs has expanded to include assisting with pronunciation and listening comprehension.

Job Opportunity at the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
Employment Opportunity
Official Driver (Chauffeur)


Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is seeking an Official driver for consulate staff.

Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and a Driving History Report (MVR) to katsumi.isoda@mofa.go.jp

Limousine and/or chauffeur experience preferred.

If accepted for an interview, please be sure to bring your original documentation.

Once selected, candidates must be willing to submit to an FBI background check.

The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. Wants to Hear from you!

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

The Embassy in DC has created a JET Alumni survey to collect feedback on everyone's experiences in the JET Program. It doesn't matter if you just returned home this year, or if you have been home for 10 years. If you have a few moments, please take the time to fill this out. We will be sending the data back to CLAIR in hopes of changing problems that may exist.

Share your thoughts below! 

Helping Disaster Victims in Hiroshima

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

 

Want to help aid Japanese disaster victims? JET Alumni Association of Northern California is recruiting people interested in helping to develop and administer a new JETAA-AJET Disaster Assistance program.

As the recent landslides in Hiroshima sadly attest, many natural disasters occur across Japan every year, including nearly 1,200 landslides. The program would mobilize in a simple way the over 50,000 JETs and JET alumni around the world (and their extended networks) to assist Japanese communities in their time of greatest need.

The process we envision is simple:
1. AJET contacts JETs who are near the disaster
2. Local JETs write up the request for assistance, including how people can donate and help
3. AJET broadcasts to JETs across Japan and JETAA broadcasts to alumni worldwide

Please fill out this simple contact form if you are interested in learning more about how you could get involved:

 
 

Want to do something right now?  

Donate to help disaster victims in Hiroshima!

The death toll from mudslides in the city of Hiroshima jumped to 71 last Wednesday, with at least 15 people still missing. Nearly 1,000 people out of about 1,300 evacuees are sheltered in nine local elementary schools.

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California has formally joined the efforts of Hiroshima Prefecture and various Hiroshima-based NGOs and NPOs in the effort to raise funds in support of the victims of the disaster that befell the local community and residents of northern Hiroshima.

Anyone interested in joining in this effort, please send donations to:

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California
(payable to Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of SC)
Attention: Mr. Takami Igawa - HKSC President
712 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This fundraising drive will be carried through the end of September (September 30, 2014).

All funds collected in this drive will be sent to Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Office for distribution to the disaster victims.

For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Charles Igawa, HKSC Secretary via email at icigawa at gmail dot com.

AJET eConnect News August 2014

Added on by JETAA Southeast.

If you're not subscribed, here's the latest from AJET - natsukashii, ne!


Welcome to your home, new JETs! Now that you're settled in, AJET is here to help you with the next steps. Check out an awesome article by our own Verity Lane of Hokkaido on "how to ALT"! Be sure to read the After Tokyo section to learn what to do in your first month and beyond, too.

Credit for image and original article goes to Tofugu.

 

AJET-JALT Conference

AJET Block 3 is jointly hosting the JALT Conference in Nagano on August 30th and is inviting all of AJET to join them! As JET participants, we will all receive a 50% discount on the registration fee.

Can't make it to this event? No worries! Stay up to date with everything happening around Japan with the National AJET events calendar.

 

Your Representatives

Have you had a chance yet to learn about your National AJET representatives? Learn who your Block Representative is, and read about how they are serving our community on the AJET National Council by visiting the AJET website. 

They are always here to listen, so keep in touch and feel free to contact them if there's anything you need help with!

 

National AJET YouTube Channel

National AJET is proud to present a welcome video for new JETs, made in collaboration with AJET organizations across Japan. 

Subscribe for more exciting YouTube updates from National AJET as our channel kicks into gear. Upcoming videos include one for JETTeach, a series on ALT teaching, and an installment of the JETLife series, which deals with the common idiosyncrasies of life as a JET.

 

 

AJET National Council Goals for 2014-2015

  1. Increase financial transparency and sustainability
  2. Increase offers and discounts for JETs
  3. Build new and better resources for JETs
  4. Revamp website for improved accessibility
  5. Broadcast through an active and inclusive YouTube channel 
  6. Recreate Tatami Timeshare for travelling JETs
  7. Strengthen relationships with JETAA and JET alumni

If you have any inquiries about these, please feel free to contact AJET Chair Sandy Cheng.

 

What has AJET been up to?

 

Download the latest edition of Connect Magazine here!

 

 

August 2014 Newsletter

Added on by JETAA Southeast.
Hello JETAASE members:

Welcome to the August 2014 edition of the JETAASE newsletter!

We have some big events coming up over the next few months, including Japanese classes, film showings, Japanfest Atlanta, and a welcome back for the returning JETs.

Stay tuned to our blog for details concerning recruiting season, special discounts for Atlanta-area events and details regarding how *you* can volunteer for a spot at Japanfest Atlanta. (Send us an email if you can't wait to join us at the JETAASE table! Volunteers receive free entry and the scheduling flexibility to visit and enjoy other areas at the festival.)

If you have an idea for a monthly "Tanoshii Time" or potential social / networking event, please let us know.

Thanks, Emily Clanton, JETAASE Vice President

Contributions to the newsletter are welcome! Please send ideas and/or content to jetaase@yahoo.com







Good Luck to New JET Program Participants!


Once again the JET Alumni Association of the Southeast partnered with the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta to conduct the annual pre-departure orientation for new JET program participants as well as the send off reception.

See our photo albums for both events on our web page!

In addition, National AJET has taken to social media to welcome our friends to Japan. Don't miss their welcome video as well as photos from Tokyo Orientation.




Departing JETs Receive Award



In appreciation of JETs' contributions to Japan, and to show how much they value program participants, all 1,450 JETs leaving the JET Program this summer are being awarded with a "JET Kizuna Ambassador" certificate by the government. The certificates have been sent to each local government. In case that some JETs have already left, local governments will be sending them out to the JET.

At the end of July, 4 JETs were honored directly by the Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Tokyo. The ceremony was covered by TV media.




Meet the New CULCON Chairman, Harry Hill

As we await news on the JETAA USA non-profit initiative*, JQ Magazine has shared an interview with the new the chairman of CULCON (and inaugural JET participant) Harry Hill.

"My advice to the JETs is, don't be afraid to take center stage and be memorable (of course in a respectful way), because these seemingly random relationships or encounters can be the source of great opportunity."

Learn more about The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON).

* If you are unfamiliar, this online presentation will get you up to speed on the JETAA USA non-profit initiative and future organizational partnership opportunities with CULCON.




Upcoming Events Around the Southeast



(See the listings in the Calendar area.)