Archive for July, 2010

  • Ambassador Nishimiya’s Residence July 23, 2010 More photos<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Photos from New JET Farewell Reception

    Ambassador Nishimiya’s Residence July 23, 2010 More photos

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  • Check out this article in the Washington Post (free registration required to view the entire article) about the future of the JET Program. The article mentions our very own JetWit.com creator and member of the Board of Directors, Steven Horowitz, as well as photos of Vice-President Monica Yuki, and US Country Representative Shree Kurlekar! Unfortunately, according to the article, the future does not seem to bode well for the future of the JET Programme. Said Motoyuki Okuda, head of the budget review panel examining JET, “our opinion has been issued, so (JET) will probably shrink.” It was his view that JET exists to maintain “amakudari” (a plush place where senior bureaucrats are sent to retire.) Read it for yourself and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY in the Washington Post

    Check out this article in the Washington Post (free registration required to view the entire article) about the future of the JET Program. The article mentions our very own JetWit.com creator and member of the Board of Directors, Steven Horowitz, as well as photos of Vice-President Monica Yuki, and US Country Representative Shree Kurlekar! Unfortunately, according to the article, the future does not seem to bode well for the future of the JET Programme. Said Motoyuki Okuda, head of the budget review panel examining JET, “our opinion has been issued, so (JET) will probably shrink.” It was his view that JET exists to maintain “amakudari” (a plush place where senior bureaucrats are sent to retire.) Read it for yourself and […]

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  • What: A day of demonstration and competition to show case Shorinji Kempo Where: 55 Lexington Avenue, Baruch College Gymnasium Admission: Open to the public, $5 Shorinji Kempo is a totally unique non-competitive Japanese martial way, designed to help practitioners realize their potential, by exercising three elements; healthy mind, healthy body and effective self-defense. The system is based around realistic, challenging and enjoyable training, incorporating punches, kicks, blocks, locks and throws combined with seated meditation, philosophy and remedial massage. Practitioners work in harmony with others creating confident well-intentioned individuals that will leave a positive effect on society. Message from a member: Dear JETAANY, During my stay in Kanazawa I was introduced to a very interesting Japanese martial art called Shorinji Kempo. I’ve been practicing for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2nd Shorinji Kempo North American Taikai

    What: A day of demonstration and competition to show case Shorinji Kempo Where: 55 Lexington Avenue, Baruch College Gymnasium Admission: Open to the public, $5 Shorinji Kempo is a totally unique non-competitive Japanese martial way, designed to help practitioners realize their potential, by exercising three elements; healthy mind, healthy body and effective self-defense. The system is based around realistic, challenging and enjoyable training, incorporating punches, kicks, blocks, locks and throws combined with seated meditation, philosophy and remedial massage. Practitioners work in harmony with others creating confident well-intentioned individuals that will leave a positive effect on society. Message from a member: Dear JETAANY, During my stay in Kanazawa I was introduced to a very interesting Japanese martial art called Shorinji Kempo. I’ve been practicing for […]

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  • Dear Connected and Savvy Alumni, The JETAA USA National Conference is taking place in NYC this year, sponsored by your very own JETAANY team.  In order to welcome and wow our guests from other chapters around the country, we are putting together a swag bag full of snacks, gifts, and other goodies.  We are also holding a prize raffle.  If your company can make a donation, or if you have a contact at a company that can, please contact kendall.murano@gmail.com ASAP! In-kind donations are tax deductible and we can provide all the needed documentation.  Please get in touch if you have any questions. Examples of already donated items include: Bottles of tea Subway maps Pens Folders Books If you can help, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Alumni Help Needed! Donate to the National Conference!

    Dear Connected and Savvy Alumni, The JETAA USA National Conference is taking place in NYC this year, sponsored by your very own JETAANY team.  In order to welcome and wow our guests from other chapters around the country, we are putting together a swag bag full of snacks, gifts, and other goodies.  We are also holding a prize raffle.  If your company can make a donation, or if you have a contact at a company that can, please contact kendall.murano@gmail.com ASAP! In-kind donations are tax deductible and we can provide all the needed documentation.  Please get in touch if you have any questions. Examples of already donated items include: Bottles of tea Subway maps Pens Folders Books If you can help, […]

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  • Due to scheduling conflicts, the  the second August announcement will come out August 26th (rather than August 19th). If you have an event you want to publicize during the middle/middle-latter half of August, you MUST have it in by August 4th for it to make the announcements.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Announcement about Next Announcements

    Due to scheduling conflicts, the  the second August announcement will come out August 26th (rather than August 19th). If you have an event you want to publicize during the middle/middle-latter half of August, you MUST have it in by August 4th for it to make the announcements.

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  • Got an awesome event you need publicized? Have a business you want people to know about? The JETAANY website and bi-weekly newsletter are a great way to get the word out! Here’s a quick primer to how it all works. ANNOUNCEMENTS: The announcements are sent bi-weekly, every first and third Thursday of a month.  The deadline for the announcements is the Wednesday night before. WEBSITE, TWITTER, FB: Please send secretary@jetaany.org the following information if you want a blurb up on the website and Facebook: Event name, date and time, location (with address), rsvp information, and a little PR blurb. Please check jetaany.org for the format. NON-JETAANY EVENTS: We can’t add non-JETAANY events to the JETAANY event calender, unfortunately. However, anyone […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Event PR and You (and us!)

    Got an awesome event you need publicized? Have a business you want people to know about? The JETAANY website and bi-weekly newsletter are a great way to get the word out! Here’s a quick primer to how it all works. ANNOUNCEMENTS: The announcements are sent bi-weekly, every first and third Thursday of a month.  The deadline for the announcements is the Wednesday night before. WEBSITE, TWITTER, FB: Please send secretary@jetaany.org the following information if you want a blurb up on the website and Facebook: Event name, date and time, location (with address), rsvp information, and a little PR blurb. Please check jetaany.org for the format. NON-JETAANY EVENTS: We can’t add non-JETAANY events to the JETAANY event calender, unfortunately. However, anyone […]

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  • Check out this article on Examiner.com on JETAA’s petition efforts written by our own JETAANY member and JQ editor, Justin Tedaldi. It provides great background on the “JET Threat.”<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Examiner Article on JETAA’s Petition Efforts

    Check out this article on Examiner.com on JETAA’s petition efforts written by our own JETAANY member and JQ editor, Justin Tedaldi. It provides great background on the “JET Threat.”

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  • This Saturday JETAANY will take over a few tables at the Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria Queens and enjoy the sun with a cold brew in hand. The Bohemian Beer Garden is a 100 year old institution with delectable beers on tap and delicious Czech food. Come drink and be merry as you catch up with your JETAANY pals! What: JETAANY Beer Hall Meet up When: July 17th Time: 12:00pm-? Where: Astoria, Queens 29-19 24th Avenue Astoria, New York 11102 www.bohemianhall.com<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Beer Hall Meet up!

    This Saturday JETAANY will take over a few tables at the Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria Queens and enjoy the sun with a cold brew in hand. The Bohemian Beer Garden is a 100 year old institution with delectable beers on tap and delicious Czech food. Come drink and be merry as you catch up with your JETAANY pals! What: JETAANY Beer Hall Meet up When: July 17th Time: 12:00pm-? Where: Astoria, Queens 29-19 24th Avenue Astoria, New York 11102 www.bohemianhall.com

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  • What: Nihongo Dake Dinner When: Sunday, July 25th Time: 6:30 – 8:30 Where: Rayuela (http://www.rayuelanyc.com/) How Much: $37 covers a 3 course pre fixe dinner + 1 soda/juice (If you order other available alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, please pay for them on the night of) Come join in on the conversation at Nihongo Dake Dinner, this month taking advantage of New York’s Summer Restaurant Week. We will be meeting at Rayuela, the “first-of-its kind to serve Estilo Libre Latino (Freestyle Latino) cuisine, which respects yet redefines contemporary Latin American and Spanish cuisines.” While dining at one of New York’s finest restaurants with other Japanese speakers you may learn how to describe the tantalizing tastes using more than just “oishii!” Please RSVP by […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    July’s Nihongo Dake Dinner

    What: Nihongo Dake Dinner When: Sunday, July 25th Time: 6:30 – 8:30 Where: Rayuela (http://www.rayuelanyc.com/) How Much: $37 covers a 3 course pre fixe dinner + 1 soda/juice (If you order other available alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, please pay for them on the night of) Come join in on the conversation at Nihongo Dake Dinner, this month taking advantage of New York’s Summer Restaurant Week. We will be meeting at Rayuela, the “first-of-its kind to serve Estilo Libre Latino (Freestyle Latino) cuisine, which respects yet redefines contemporary Latin American and Spanish cuisines.” While dining at one of New York’s finest restaurants with other Japanese speakers you may learn how to describe the tantalizing tastes using more than just “oishii!” Please RSVP by […]

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  • JQ knows you’re going to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the summer’s coolest comic book movie, so why not get to know the the guy who started it all, cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley?  Their new “Hot Button” issue features an exclusive interview with Bryan, a recap of the new Samurai in New York museum exhibition, and the return of the JETAANY Society Page, plus more! Click here to view. Additional contents below. Thanks to JQ Editor Justin Tedaldi (Kobe-shi CIR, 2001-02) for another sugoi issue. Contact Justin if you’d like to write a story or share photos for the next issue.         CONTENTS Page 3……..From the Editor, Japan Local Government Center Executive Director Page 4……..Nippon News Blotter / Welcome Suzuki-san Page 5……..JETAANY Society […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine’s July/August Issue Out Now!‏

    JQ knows you’re going to see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the summer’s coolest comic book movie, so why not get to know the the guy who started it all, cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley?  Their new “Hot Button” issue features an exclusive interview with Bryan, a recap of the new Samurai in New York museum exhibition, and the return of the JETAANY Society Page, plus more! Click here to view. Additional contents below. Thanks to JQ Editor Justin Tedaldi (Kobe-shi CIR, 2001-02) for another sugoi issue. Contact Justin if you’d like to write a story or share photos for the next issue.         CONTENTS Page 3……..From the Editor, Japan Local Government Center Executive Director Page 4……..Nippon News Blotter / Welcome Suzuki-san Page 5……..JETAANY Society […]

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  • When: Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Where: DANY Studios #11(305 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018) Cost: $20 Application deadline: August 12, 2010 Ms. Momo Suzuki, the founder and director of the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Inc. will be teaching Bon Odori class. She has been performing and teaching Japanese folk dance in the U.S. and Japan for more than 40 years. Ms. Suzuki and her company have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Using her extensive knowledge and experience in the performing arts, she has served as technical advisor and choreographer to both American and Japanese productions such as Pokemon’s 10th Anniversary in NYC, the movie “Winter […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japanese Folk Dance, Bon Odori Class

    When: Saturday, August 14 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Where: DANY Studios #11(305 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018) Cost: $20 Application deadline: August 12, 2010 Ms. Momo Suzuki, the founder and director of the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Inc. will be teaching Bon Odori class. She has been performing and teaching Japanese folk dance in the U.S. and Japan for more than 40 years. Ms. Suzuki and her company have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Using her extensive knowledge and experience in the performing arts, she has served as technical advisor and choreographer to both American and Japanese productions such as Pokemon’s 10th Anniversary in NYC, the movie “Winter […]

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  • Job-seekers (and employers)! Have you looked at our Jobs & Careers Forum recently? There are employers out there specifically looking for JET Alumni, so check it out! In the past month there have been nearly a dozen postings listed. Remember, the announcements are only sent out twice a month–so be sure to check out the website and forums regularly so you don’t miss out on any opportunities.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Job-seekers (and employers)! Have you looked at our Jobs & Careers Forum recently? There are employers out there specifically looking for JET Alumni, so check it out! In the past month there have been nearly a dozen postings listed. Remember, the announcements are only sent out twice a month–so be sure to check out the website and forums regularly so you don’t miss out on any opportunities.

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  • Have you written a children’s story that is INSPIRED BY ASIA? The National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia are jointly launching the Asian children’s book prize. The award, called the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA), will recognise Asians and children’s writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit and thinking in different parts of Asia to the world at large. The award would also promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms. The objectives of the SABA are as follows: • To recognise excellence in fiction in Asian stories for children • To showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia • To encourage and inspire […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Scholastic Asian Book Award

    Have you written a children’s story that is INSPIRED BY ASIA? The National Book Development Council of Singapore and Scholastic Asia are jointly launching the Asian children’s book prize. The award, called the Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA), will recognise Asians and children’s writers of Asian origin who are taking the experiences of life, spirit and thinking in different parts of Asia to the world at large. The award would also promote the understanding of the Asian experience and its expression in innovative and creative forms. The objectives of the SABA are as follows: • To recognise excellence in fiction in Asian stories for children • To showcase the diversity of literary talent within Asia • To encourage and inspire […]

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  • The next book club meeting will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7 p.m.  We will meet at Kat Barnas’ apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  Our selection will be Natsuo Kirino’s “Out.”  Amazon.com says: “A suburban Tokyo woman fed up with her loutish husband kills him in a fit of anger, then confesses her crime to a coworker on the night shift at the boxed-lunch factory. The coworker enlists the help of two other women at the factory to dismember and dispose of the body.”  Out was not only hugely popular in Japan, it also went on to win several awards.  Natsuo Kirino is considered Japan’s premiere mystery novelist. Buy the book from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Novel-Natsuo-Kirino/dp/1400078377<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Book Club Meeting

    The next book club meeting will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 7 p.m.  We will meet at Kat Barnas’ apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.  Our selection will be Natsuo Kirino’s “Out.”  Amazon.com says: “A suburban Tokyo woman fed up with her loutish husband kills him in a fit of anger, then confesses her crime to a coworker on the night shift at the boxed-lunch factory. The coworker enlists the help of two other women at the factory to dismember and dispose of the body.”  Out was not only hugely popular in Japan, it also went on to win several awards.  Natsuo Kirino is considered Japan’s premiere mystery novelist. Buy the book from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Novel-Natsuo-Kirino/dp/1400078377

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  • As part of Japan’s efforts to grapple with its massive public debt, the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program may be cut. Soon after coming into power, the new  government launched a high profile effort to expose and cut wasteful spending. In May 2010, the JET Program and CLAIR came up for review, and during the course of an hourlong hearing, the 11-member panel criticized the JET scheme, ruling unanimously that a comprehensive examination should be undertaken to see if it should be pared back or eliminated altogether.  The number of JET participants has already been cut back by almost 30 percent from the peak in 2002, but this is the most direct threat that the program has faced in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Save the JET Program

    As part of Japan’s efforts to grapple with its massive public debt, the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program may be cut. Soon after coming into power, the new  government launched a high profile effort to expose and cut wasteful spending. In May 2010, the JET Program and CLAIR came up for review, and during the course of an hourlong hearing, the 11-member panel criticized the JET scheme, ruling unanimously that a comprehensive examination should be undertaken to see if it should be pared back or eliminated altogether.  The number of JET participants has already been cut back by almost 30 percent from the peak in 2002, but this is the most direct threat that the program has faced in […]

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  • Important Message from Steven Horowitz, JETAANY Board of Directors: In case you haven’t heard, the JET Program and JETAA are on the chopping block. The Japanese government is in budget cutting mode and poised to make major cuts and changes to the JET Program.  To learn more, read Jim Gannon’s piece on JetWit.com (which I asked him to write after having lunch with him the other day and getting his well-informed explanation as to what’s going on in Japan): JET ROI:  “JET on the Chopping Block” It doesn’t have to proceed as currently planned, however.  Perhaps the biggest challenge faced is that Japanese taxpayers and Japanese budget cutters have a very limited understanding of all of the ways that JETs […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    The JET Threat, JET and JETAA on the Chopping Block

    Important Message from Steven Horowitz, JETAANY Board of Directors: In case you haven’t heard, the JET Program and JETAA are on the chopping block. The Japanese government is in budget cutting mode and poised to make major cuts and changes to the JET Program.  To learn more, read Jim Gannon’s piece on JetWit.com (which I asked him to write after having lunch with him the other day and getting his well-informed explanation as to what’s going on in Japan): JET ROI:  “JET on the Chopping Block” It doesn’t have to proceed as currently planned, however.  Perhaps the biggest challenge faced is that Japanese taxpayers and Japanese budget cutters have a very limited understanding of all of the ways that JETs […]

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