Saturday, May 19, 2018

JACL National Parks Service Youth Legacy Project

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is hiring summer interns to serve at each of three possible locations Manzanar (California), Minidoka (Idaho), and Klondike (Seattle). 

To apply, please submit your resume with a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the program and how you will be able to contribute to the internship given your experience, background and other qualifications. Please indicate which site(s) you are applying for. Internships are to begin immediately upon hire and are for eight weeks. Applications are due May 31, 2018 at 11:59 HST. Send resume and cover letter to with the subject – NPS Youth Legacy Project Application.

Each intern will receive $2,400 ($300/week) payment, a housing stipend, as well as air travel to and from the site that they are placed with should they need to relocate for their internship. Internships are for eight (8) weeks.

Manzanar: The intern greets visitors on-site, orients the visitor to the site and valley resources and stories. The intern might provide informal and formal programs to visitors, and assists with special events. The intern provides professional, courteous, and efficient services, useful and helpful information to park staff, visitors and other volunteers. The intern may also assist with other projects such as historical research, oral history, and interpretive media projects such as exhibits and publications.

The duties will include:
Providing visitors with information and stories about Manzanar’s layers of history.
Seeking out answers to visitor questions by utilizing National Park employees, written materials, photographs, oral history interviews, former incarcerees, websites, etc.

  • Roving site and answers visitor questions.
  • Helping assemble and photograph park brochures and flyers.
  • Assisting with Interpretive duties as assigned.
  • Supporting the oral history program as needed.
  • Assisting with planning and review of publications, exhibits, etc. as needed.
The intern will work with NPS staff and Manzanar History Association employees.

Minidoka: This is the position of an interpretive intern (intern) who performs a variety of tasks associated with the use and management of park resources. The purpose of the position is to supplement the permanent park ranger workforce by performing duties designed to (1) facilitate visitor understanding of park resources; (2) facilitate visitor enjoyment of the park and its resources; (3) facilitate and induce visitor behavior consistent with resource protection and to gain friendly compliance with the laws and rules for safe use of the park; and (4) encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide front end visitor services to the public. The intern will assist in Visitor Center operations. This includes informing visitors about park facilities and resources; providing guided tours for school groups and the public; operating a variety of audiovisual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive materials; using a register to perform bookstore duties that requires handling money; and assisting with keeping the facilities clean by sweeping, wiping, organizing, etc. Duties are performed on or off-site at locations designated by the park, e.g. visitor center, schools, public libraries, etc. The intern will learn about park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents previously prepared by park rangers and other professionals and by talking with park staff. The intern will conduct basic research of topics for the purpose of providing interpretive programs, both orally and/or in writing, and may presents a variety of formal and informal programs including orientation talks, education programs, and tours. The intern will provide assistance in connection with one-time or annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park and assists in the operations of special events.
As assigned, the intern will perform various administrative and/or cultural resource duties, e.g., compilation of statistical data, assisting with acquisition of collection items, processing donor information, etc.

Klondike: This position will provide much needed support in our community outreach efforts to inform and educate the public about the opportunities available in their local public lands, specifically Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Outdoor Recreation Information Center, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The intern will support designated park units around the Seattle area in expanding service-learning, service and community engagement programs and activities at those parks/units. The intern will join a dynamic team of rangers, volunteers, interns and park partners to expand engagement opportunities for urban communities to Seattle Area National Park Sites.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

English to Japanese translator position in Washington, DC

AU alumnus Lauren Tye at Green Key Resources sent me an opportunity with the following details:

  • English to Japanese translator for a temporary role at a financial institution in Washington, DC
  • Around May - August time frame
  • Translating reports, attending meetings and writing memos, some administrative work. 
  • Paid opportunity!

If you or anyone you know would be interested please feel free to contact me (knight @ and I will send your information along.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 JACL National Convention

We received the following email from the Japanese American Citizens League:

We invite you to attend the 2018 JACL National Convention In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

In this the 30th anniversary since the passage of redress, we will look back on the success of redress as one component of the long struggle for civil rights in this country. Civil rights embodies the balancing of a resistance to the status quo and the need to find a reconciliation of often opposing sides, particularly in the wake of victory. In this time of heightened political differences, how can we find this balance and look back to the success of redress as a model for achieving further progress in civil and human rights?

The convention will be held July 18-22 at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia. The convention will formally open the evening of Wednesday, July 18th with a welcome reception for attendees and conclude with the annual Sayonara Banquet on Saturday, July 21.

Philadelphia as a city has much to offer beyond the convention. There are of course the iconic historic sites including the liberty bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Our hotel is located within blocks of some of the most famous art museums in the country including the Barnes Foundation which will be the site of one of the convention events on the evening of Friday, July 20.

To register for convention and for information about hotel reservations go to our convention webpage at

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sasakawa USA Fifth Annual Security Forum

We received the following message today:

Fifth Annual Security Forum
May 2, 2018, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sasakawa USA would like to invite you to its Fifth Annual Security Forum. This year's event will again see participation from experts who will address important security issues facing the U.S.-Japan alliance. The Annual Security Forum seeks to deepen the discussion on the U.S.-Japan alliance and its ability to respond to new challenges. 
Topics covered will include: North Korea's diplomacy and its nuclear and missile programs, the results of Sasakawa USA's recent U.S.-Japan-Korea trilateral table top exercise, Japan's engagement with the regional and global security environment, Japan's nuclear policy, the relationship between American and Japanese national defense policies, and U.S.-Japan cooperation in countering cyber threats.

9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks and Amb. Shinsuke Sugiyama Keynote Address
9:30 AM North Korea: Recent Developments
10:40 AM Trilateral Cooperation in a North Korea Contingency: Results of a TTX
12:00 PM Japan's Increasing Regional and Global Security Engagement
1:00 PM Defense Industrial Cooperation
2:10 PM Japan's Nuclear Security Policy
3:10 PM The United States' National Defense Strategy and Japan's Defense Strategy
4:20 PM U.S.-Japan Collaboration Countering the North Korean Cyber Threat
5:20 PM Closing Remarks

  • Amb. Kazutoshi Aikawa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan to the U.S.
  • ADM Dennis Blair, Chairman, Sasakawa USA
  • Ms. Elaine Bunn, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, Department of Defense
  • LTG In-Bum Chun, Retired General  in the Republic of Korea Army, Former Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Mr. Richard Edwards, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
  • MAJ Michael Klipstein, PhD, Research Scientist and Chief of Outreach, Army Cyber Institute
  • Mr. Richard Ledgett, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
  • Dr. James A. Lewis, Senior Vice President, CSIS
  • Ms. Katrina Manson, U.S. Foreign Policy and Defense Correspondent, Financial Times
  • Mr. Jim Mitre, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy & Force Development, Department of Defense
  • Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Senior Asia Specialist, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Prof. Andrew Oros, Professor of Political Science and International Studies,Washington College
  • Dr. Masakatsu Ota, Senior Feature Writer, Kyodo News
  • Ms. Sayuri Romei, Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Bud Roth, Non-Resident Fellow for Cybersecurity, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Wataru Sawamura, Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, Asahi Shimbun
  • Amb. David Shear, Former Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Dr. Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ms. Megan Stifel, Cybersecurity Policy Director, Public Knowledge
  • Amb. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States
  • Mr. Sugio Takahashi, Chief, Policy Simulation Division, National Institute for Defense Studies
  • ADM Tomohisa Takei, Distinguished International Fellow, Naval War College
  • Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Director, Japan Program, Stimson Center
  • Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, CSIS
  • Mr. Hideshi Tokuchi, Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow, Sasakawa USA
  • Mr. Hideaki Watanabe, Former Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency Commissioner, Ministry of Defense
  • Mr. Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Mr. Robert Work, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security, Center for New American Security
  • Amb. James Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa USA

Thursday, April 5, 2018

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (May 12; New York)

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (in New York)
May 12 (Sat.), 2018
* All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
* All students with legal U.S. work permission welcome (including OPT candidates graduating by December 2018)
* Travel scholarship available
* Participating companies include Amazon Web Services, Disney Parks & Resorts, IACE Travel, IIJ America, ITO EN, JTB USA, Inc., Kamakura Shirts and more.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Japanese Imperial Abdication and Enthronement Dates Set

According to Nisshin Global, the Abe Administration announced on March 30 that it is planning to take the following schedule for Emperor Akihito’s abdication and Prince Hironomiya’s ascension to the throne:

February 24, 2019 ----- Ceremony of the 30th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s Reign

End of February 2019 ----- Announcement of New Emperor’s Era after Heisei(平成)

April 30, 2019 ----- Traditional ceremony of the abdication of Emperor Akihito

May 1, 2019 ----- Traditional ceremony of the enthronement of New Emperor Hironomiya

October 22 and 23, 2019 ----- Public announcement of the enthronement of Emperor Hironomiya and reception to receive greetings from Prime Minister and international heads of state

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sasakawa USA's Fifth Annual Security Forum

Sasakawa USA's Fifth Annual Security Forum
May 2, 2018
The Willard InterContinental Washington   


WASHINGTON, D.C. -----  Sasakawa USA is pleased to announce its Fifth Annual Security Forum, taking place in at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. This day-long conference will bring together a range of experts from government, business, academia, and think tanks to discuss relevant topics in Asian security from the context of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

For more information on Sasakawa USA's Annual Security Forum, click here to visit our webpage. More information will be released as the date of the Fifth Annual Security Forum approaches.

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