Archive for October, 2012

  • By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and associate program officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Seattle native Jenn Doane (Shimane-ken, 2010-12) has played soccer since she was eight years old. Having been a four-year starter on her high school varsity team, a three-year starter in college, and selected to play for the Olympic Development Program, she is now the first American to play professional soccer on a Japanese team, the Hiroshima Ange Violet. JQ learned all about her path to the team in this exclusive interview. How did you become interested in Japan and the JET Program? I have known about the JET Program since I was young, actually—my […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jenn Doane of the Hiroshima Ange Violet

    By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and associate program officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Seattle native Jenn Doane (Shimane-ken, 2010-12) has played soccer since she was eight years old. Having been a four-year starter on her high school varsity team, a three-year starter in college, and selected to play for the Olympic Development Program, she is now the first American to play professional soccer on a Japanese team, the Hiroshima Ange Violet. JQ learned all about her path to the team in this exclusive interview. How did you become interested in Japan and the JET Program? I have known about the JET Program since I was young, actually—my […]

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  • CANCELLED – Halloween Nihongo Dake Dinner Party @ Sapporo East Due to the storm and indefinite shut down of NYC public transportation, the event has been cancelled. Please check the website later for information on the November NDD event! All dressed up for Halloween and no where to go?? Join JETAANY on Halloween Wednesday (10/31). Wear your costume, practice your Japanese and win prizes at Sapporo East in the East Village. We’ll have home-style Japanese cooking and sushi! RSVP on Paypal to reserve your spot or contact Kendall Murano (kendall . murano@gmail.com) if you have any questions! When: Wednesday, October 31 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Sapporo East 245 E 10th St (Corner of 1st Ave.) How much: […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    CANCELLED – Halloween Nihongo Dake Dinner Party @ Sapporo East

    CANCELLED – Halloween Nihongo Dake Dinner Party @ Sapporo East Due to the storm and indefinite shut down of NYC public transportation, the event has been cancelled. Please check the website later for information on the November NDD event! All dressed up for Halloween and no where to go?? Join JETAANY on Halloween Wednesday (10/31). Wear your costume, practice your Japanese and win prizes at Sapporo East in the East Village. We’ll have home-style Japanese cooking and sushi! RSVP on Paypal to reserve your spot or contact Kendall Murano (kendall . murano@gmail.com) if you have any questions! When: Wednesday, October 31 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Sapporo East 245 E 10th St (Corner of 1st Ave.) How much: […]

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  • As winter approaches, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our winter 2012 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Seeks Writers for Winter 2012!

    As winter approaches, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our winter 2012 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Anime and manga fandom came out in full force at New York Comic Con last weekend, with a record 116,000 fans visiting the Jacob K. Javits Center for the annual event. Sunday (Oct. 14) hosted special guest artist Moyoco Anno of Sugar Sugar Rune and Sakuran fame. A professional mangaka (manga artist and author) and one of the most respected names in Japanese comics today for her josei (ladies’) comics, Anno was in town to promote the recently released English-language edition of Sakuran, a starkly drawn tale of Japanese courtesans in the Edo period. “We’d been thinking about publishing Sakuran for a few years now, and were finally able […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: New York Comic Con Welcomes ‘Sakuran’ Creator Moyoco Anno

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Anime and manga fandom came out in full force at New York Comic Con last weekend, with a record 116,000 fans visiting the Jacob K. Javits Center for the annual event. Sunday (Oct. 14) hosted special guest artist Moyoco Anno of Sugar Sugar Rune and Sakuran fame. A professional mangaka (manga artist and author) and one of the most respected names in Japanese comics today for her josei (ladies’) comics, Anno was in town to promote the recently released English-language edition of Sakuran, a starkly drawn tale of Japanese courtesans in the Edo period. “We’d been thinking about publishing Sakuran for a few years now, and were finally able […]

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  • By Liz Mathews (Hiroshima-ken, 2005-06) for JQ magazine. Liz is the JETAA New York Book Club wrangler. I would like to start by saying that the JETAANY Book Club discussed reading Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic for at least five months before choosing it for our fall meeting. This is notable because 1) we were right in our primary reason for putting it off; and 2) we were even more right in finally selecting it to read. It’s easy to explain the first note: Over the summer we thought it best to opt for a lighter, more beachy read, and not a novel about Japanese “picture brides” and their distressing existences in the United States of the early […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘The Buddha in the Attic’

    By Liz Mathews (Hiroshima-ken, 2005-06) for JQ magazine. Liz is the JETAA New York Book Club wrangler. I would like to start by saying that the JETAANY Book Club discussed reading Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic for at least five months before choosing it for our fall meeting. This is notable because 1) we were right in our primary reason for putting it off; and 2) we were even more right in finally selecting it to read. It’s easy to explain the first note: Over the summer we thought it best to opt for a lighter, more beachy read, and not a novel about Japanese “picture brides” and their distressing existences in the United States of the early […]

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  • When: Wednesday, November 7th, 7 pm – 9 pm (first 25 people get free open bar from 7-8pm) Where: Tammany Hall (218 E 53rd St between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)  Cost: The first 25 people get a free open bar from 7-8 pm! After that, drinks/food are on your own. RSVP: None required, but feel free to let us know you’re coming via Facebook At our November Happy Hour, come out to meet our Board of Directors, including the newly elected representatives (so don’t forget to vote by October 31st!). This is a great opportunity to meet fellow JET alumni and friends and the early birds get a 1 hour open bar.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/7) JETAANY November Happy Hour

    When: Wednesday, November 7th, 7 pm – 9 pm (first 25 people get free open bar from 7-8pm) Where: Tammany Hall (218 E 53rd St between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)  Cost: The first 25 people get a free open bar from 7-8 pm! After that, drinks/food are on your own. RSVP: None required, but feel free to let us know you’re coming via Facebook At our November Happy Hour, come out to meet our Board of Directors, including the newly elected representatives (so don’t forget to vote by October 31st!). This is a great opportunity to meet fellow JET alumni and friends and the early birds get a 1 hour open bar.  

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  • When: Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Ariyoshi (226 East 53rd Street near 3rd Avenue) Cost: $10 (+$1 paypal fee) for one appetizer and one entree (includes tax/tip but does not include drinks) RSVP: Make sure to RSVP via Paypal HERE and feel free to sign up on Facebook. Please note that since the restaurant is small (and we are reserving the whole thing!), we only have 20 available seats. So please make sure to RSVP before Monday, October 22nd to get a spot! Questions: Contact Monica Yuki or Pam Kavalam The Quarterly Meeting is a great way to learn about what’s going on with JETAANY in the coming year. We’ll talk about the Career Forum in November and other exciting events like the Happy Hours, Nihongo Dake Dinners, our […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/24) JETAANY Fall Quarterly Meeting

    When: Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Ariyoshi (226 East 53rd Street near 3rd Avenue) Cost: $10 (+$1 paypal fee) for one appetizer and one entree (includes tax/tip but does not include drinks) RSVP: Make sure to RSVP via Paypal HERE and feel free to sign up on Facebook. Please note that since the restaurant is small (and we are reserving the whole thing!), we only have 20 available seats. So please make sure to RSVP before Monday, October 22nd to get a spot! Questions: Contact Monica Yuki or Pam Kavalam The Quarterly Meeting is a great way to learn about what’s going on with JETAANY in the coming year. We’ll talk about the Career Forum in November and other exciting events like the Happy Hours, Nihongo Dake Dinners, our […]

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  • When: Saturday, November 10th,  2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: Nippon Club (145 West 57th St) Cost: No cost – open to any JET Alum RSVP/Questions: Email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org Did you just return from Japanor move to New Yorkand are looking to start your career? Or perhaps have been back for a while and are looking to transition into a new position or field? If so, make sure to attend the Career Forum this Saturday. We will have terrific JET alumni and industry experts speaking about interviewing, networking, resume tips and more! Make sure to RSVP to secretary@jetaany.org   JETAANY Career Forum Agenda November 10, 2012 2:30 p.m. Doors Open, Registration 3:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks: Monica Yuki 3:05 p.m. Keynote Speech: Evan Hyman 3:30 p.m. Writing Resumes for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/10) JETAANY Career Forum – Open to All Job Seeking JET Alums!

    When: Saturday, November 10th,  2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: Nippon Club (145 West 57th St) Cost: No cost – open to any JET Alum RSVP/Questions: Email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org Did you just return from Japanor move to New Yorkand are looking to start your career? Or perhaps have been back for a while and are looking to transition into a new position or field? If so, make sure to attend the Career Forum this Saturday. We will have terrific JET alumni and industry experts speaking about interviewing, networking, resume tips and more! Make sure to RSVP to secretary@jetaany.org   JETAANY Career Forum Agenda November 10, 2012 2:30 p.m. Doors Open, Registration 3:00 p.m. Welcome Remarks: Monica Yuki 3:05 p.m. Keynote Speech: Evan Hyman 3:30 p.m. Writing Resumes for […]

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  • Date: Sunday November 18th It’s getting chilly out there, and if you miss going to the onsen, come and join us at King Spa. We can enjoy several hot and cold soaks as well as a variety of saunas (yellow soil, rock salt, gold leaves, etc). King Spa also offers massages & body scrubs for an extra fee. Afterwards we will meet for snacks/drinks at their restaurant. For more information about their facilities & services, check out their website: http://kingsaunanj.com/ Public Transport: Free shuttle to & from Manhattan & Queens; Buses 11A, 14, 20, 166 Cost: $45 for the soaks/saunas ($28 with e-coupon : http://www.yook.ws/king/), other services available for additional chargeRSVP/Questions: For more info, check out our Facebook event pageor email Rachelle/Fernando […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/18) NJ Onsen Excursion to King Spa

    Date: Sunday November 18th It’s getting chilly out there, and if you miss going to the onsen, come and join us at King Spa. We can enjoy several hot and cold soaks as well as a variety of saunas (yellow soil, rock salt, gold leaves, etc). King Spa also offers massages & body scrubs for an extra fee. Afterwards we will meet for snacks/drinks at their restaurant. For more information about their facilities & services, check out their website: http://kingsaunanj.com/ Public Transport: Free shuttle to & from Manhattan & Queens; Buses 11A, 14, 20, 166 Cost: $45 for the soaks/saunas ($28 with e-coupon : http://www.yook.ws/king/), other services available for additional chargeRSVP/Questions: For more info, check out our Facebook event pageor email Rachelle/Fernando […]

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  • Date: Saturday Oct 20th Location: South Mountain Reservation (Website) Details: Break out your hiking boots (or tennis shoes) and join JETAANY for a beautiful fall hike that will overlook panoramic view points, scenic water falls and stroll along a pleasant stream.  This is a moderate level, 5 mile hike, that will take approximately 4 hours to complete.  We will be taking NJ transit as a group.  Be sure to pack a lot of water and a sack lunch. Time: Meet at Penn Station at 9:50am.  Purchase a round trip ticket to Millburn Station on theMorristown line (from Penn station it will cost $16 round trip).   Find the group waiting near the NJ Transit ticket windows on the 7th Ave side of Penn […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Fall Hike

    Date: Saturday Oct 20th Location: South Mountain Reservation (Website) Details: Break out your hiking boots (or tennis shoes) and join JETAANY for a beautiful fall hike that will overlook panoramic view points, scenic water falls and stroll along a pleasant stream.  This is a moderate level, 5 mile hike, that will take approximately 4 hours to complete.  We will be taking NJ transit as a group.  Be sure to pack a lot of water and a sack lunch. Time: Meet at Penn Station at 9:50am.  Purchase a round trip ticket to Millburn Station on theMorristown line (from Penn station it will cost $16 round trip).   Find the group waiting near the NJ Transit ticket windows on the 7th Ave side of Penn […]

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  • By Ann Chow (Hyogo-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Ann is a native New Yorker who gets scared of the big, scary world, but ventures out into it anyway. She coined the term “stealth gaijin” (or thinks she did because she hadn’t heard of it before writing a bunch of articles under that moniker during her time on JET). When not portraying 14-year-olds on Gossip Girl, she can sometimes be found playing a (much older) law clerk on Law and Order: SVU. Jeanne Sakata is an award-winning stage actress who has performed with many well-known companies on the country’s biggest stages, including the Lincoln Center Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center. She made her playwriting debut in 2007 with Hold […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Playwright Jeanne Sakata on ‘Hold These Truths’

    By Ann Chow (Hyogo-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Ann is a native New Yorker who gets scared of the big, scary world, but ventures out into it anyway. She coined the term “stealth gaijin” (or thinks she did because she hadn’t heard of it before writing a bunch of articles under that moniker during her time on JET). When not portraying 14-year-olds on Gossip Girl, she can sometimes be found playing a (much older) law clerk on Law and Order: SVU. Jeanne Sakata is an award-winning stage actress who has performed with many well-known companies on the country’s biggest stages, including the Lincoln Center Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center. She made her playwriting debut in 2007 with Hold […]

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  • Japan Booth at NY Comic Con Samurai Armor Try On From Oct. 12th to 14th, the Consulate General of Japan, together with Japan Foundation and JNTO, will participate in the annual New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Center.  We will have our own booth and our main activity will be the “Samurai Armor Try-On”. We will have two sets of Japanese samurai armor.  One of the Consulate staff members will model one set of armor. We will encourage anyone who passes by to try on the other set of armor.  People can take pictures of/with our “samurai” model as well as try on the armor themselves and take pictures.  If you are going to Comic Con, please drop […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Booth at NY Comic Con 10/12~10/14

    Japan Booth at NY Comic Con Samurai Armor Try On From Oct. 12th to 14th, the Consulate General of Japan, together with Japan Foundation and JNTO, will participate in the annual New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Center.  We will have our own booth and our main activity will be the “Samurai Armor Try-On”. We will have two sets of Japanese samurai armor.  One of the Consulate staff members will model one set of armor. We will encourage anyone who passes by to try on the other set of armor.  People can take pictures of/with our “samurai” model as well as try on the armor themselves and take pictures.  If you are going to Comic Con, please drop […]

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  • Join JETAANY for a trip to Long Island for the 29th Annual Oyster Bay Oyster Festival this Saturday. This is the largest waterfront festival on the East Coast. Come enjoy live music, shucking and oyster eating contests, pirate shows, midway rides, and of course many oysters to taste. Festival website  Getaway Deas on the MTA website Check out who is going on Facebook Below are two train options from Penn Station or Jamaica Station. You are welcome to meet us and travel together or see you at the festival.Train from Penn Station/Woodside/Kew Gardens/Forest Hills to Oyster Bay Station Penn Station: Departs at 10:25 AM Woodside: Departs at 10:27 AM Kew Gardens/Forest Hills: Departs around 10:28 Cost: $18 roundtrip and includes […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Oyster Bay Oyster Festival

    Join JETAANY for a trip to Long Island for the 29th Annual Oyster Bay Oyster Festival this Saturday. This is the largest waterfront festival on the East Coast. Come enjoy live music, shucking and oyster eating contests, pirate shows, midway rides, and of course many oysters to taste. Festival website  Getaway Deas on the MTA website Check out who is going on Facebook Below are two train options from Penn Station or Jamaica Station. You are welcome to meet us and travel together or see you at the festival.Train from Penn Station/Woodside/Kew Gardens/Forest Hills to Oyster Bay Station Penn Station: Departs at 10:25 AM Woodside: Departs at 10:27 AM Kew Gardens/Forest Hills: Departs around 10:28 Cost: $18 roundtrip and includes […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. October is shaping up to be a memorable month for Japanese culture in New York. Whether it’s examples of its rich past (traditional Shinto dance), something contemporary (legendary manga and anime artists), or works of art captured by others (photographer Eikoh Hosoe, a play based on the life of a Japanese American Medal of Freedom winner), autumn here is so inviting. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. A Night of Provocation with Eikoh Hosoe Japan Society 333 East 37th Street Master photographer Eikoh Hosoe is known for his dark, metaphorical and provocative images. First emerging in postwar Japan as a member of the avant-garde movement, he produced Barakei (Ordeal by Roses), featuring author and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York: Days of Comic Con, Nights of Provocation

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. October is shaping up to be a memorable month for Japanese culture in New York. Whether it’s examples of its rich past (traditional Shinto dance), something contemporary (legendary manga and anime artists), or works of art captured by others (photographer Eikoh Hosoe, a play based on the life of a Japanese American Medal of Freedom winner), autumn here is so inviting. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. A Night of Provocation with Eikoh Hosoe Japan Society 333 East 37th Street Master photographer Eikoh Hosoe is known for his dark, metaphorical and provocative images. First emerging in postwar Japan as a member of the avant-garde movement, he produced Barakei (Ordeal by Roses), featuring author and […]

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  • By Mohan Nadig (Hyogo-ken, 1998-99) for JQ magazine. Mohan currently lives in Tokyo. A word of advice: If you haven’t been to Nagasaki, go. Since my time as a JET in Hyogo Prefecture in 1998, I’ve been on something of a mission to visit every prefecture in Japan at least once. Last year, one of the remaining spots high on my list was Nagasaki. I’d planned to visit on several occasions in the past but never made it–I was finally inspired to book a ticket after reading David Mitchell’s fascinating novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which is set in the region at the turn of the 19th century. The timing of my visit last October turned out […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Autumn in Nagasaki

    By Mohan Nadig (Hyogo-ken, 1998-99) for JQ magazine. Mohan currently lives in Tokyo. A word of advice: If you haven’t been to Nagasaki, go. Since my time as a JET in Hyogo Prefecture in 1998, I’ve been on something of a mission to visit every prefecture in Japan at least once. Last year, one of the remaining spots high on my list was Nagasaki. I’d planned to visit on several occasions in the past but never made it–I was finally inspired to book a ticket after reading David Mitchell’s fascinating novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which is set in the region at the turn of the 19th century. The timing of my visit last October turned out […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. “You’re not going to stand there the whole time, are you?” a thirtysomething asks me in Japanese from behind the photo pit barrier. I tell her that I wouldn’t be much of a rock photographer if I stood still the whole time. “Good,” she says, her face all business. “Because we lined up for this from yesterday morning. So please try to keep your head down, because it’s in my way.” Her friend presses a slip of paper into my hand. “Give this to someone with the band—they know me,” she purrs. On it is a name written in katakana followed by a phone number. The reverse reads the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: NYC Gives B’z an A at Best Buy Theater

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. “You’re not going to stand there the whole time, are you?” a thirtysomething asks me in Japanese from behind the photo pit barrier. I tell her that I wouldn’t be much of a rock photographer if I stood still the whole time. “Good,” she says, her face all business. “Because we lined up for this from yesterday morning. So please try to keep your head down, because it’s in my way.” Her friend presses a slip of paper into my hand. “Give this to someone with the band—they know me,” she purrs. On it is a name written in katakana followed by a phone number. The reverse reads the […]

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  • Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Friday, October 12 Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non- JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Candidates for JETAANY’s Board of Directors – 10/12 Deadline

    Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Friday, October 12 Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non- JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the […]

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