Monday, November 27, 2017

Upcoming Japanese language career forums

We have been notified about three career forums in the coming months:

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2017
December 16 & 17 (Sat. & Sun.), 2017
* Currently 59 hiring companies

San Francisco Career Forum 2018
February 17 & 18 (Sat. & Sun.), 2018
* Travel scholarships available for students of any major
* Attendance bonuses for students of select IT and Engineering majors

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (in New York)
May 12 (Sat.), 2018
* 2018 information will be available beginning of January
* All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
* All students with legal U.S. work permission welcome (including OPT candidates graduating by December 2018)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for the JACL Kakehashi Program 2017-2018


Now Accepting Applications for the JACL Kakehashi Program 2017-2018!
Up to 200 participants will be selected to participate in this year's JACL Kakehashi Program, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (日本外務省). The goal of the JACL Kakehashi Program is to build relations between Japan and Japanese Americans/Asian Americans. The program provides participants with a better understanding of Japan through a variety of fields, including politics, economics, and culture. JACL Kakehashi Program alumni are encouraged to become effective advocates in enhancing U.S. - Japan relations. 

Participants selected in a competitive process will travel to Japan for 9-days where they will visit a number of historical and educational sites, experience traditional and cultural activities, and participate in a homestay with a local family. 

Check out the website to apply to be a participant or a supervisor. 

Trip Schedule 

Trip Date
Application Deadline
Copy of Passport Deadline
Notification of Selection 
Trip 1:
December 13-20, 2017
October 9, 2017No later than October 31, 2017Early November 2017
Trip 2: 
March 12-20, 2018
January 2, 2018
No later than January 25, 2018
Early February 2018

Program and Application Guidelines

Applicants must be (1) a student in good standing currently enrolled in accredited college or university OR a young professional who has completed a minimum of a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university; (2) between the ages of 18-25 years old, (3) Japanese American or Asian American heritage. Please click here for additional program and eligibility guidelines. 

You do not need to be a JACL member to be eligible.

The online application is available here. All applications and requested documentation must be received by the deadlines specified on the application.

If you have any questions or issues, please contact Elle Kurata or Kenzie Hirai at, or call 202-223-1240 (Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:30pm EST).

Thursday, September 21, 2017

AU Visit by New York Career Academy

Mynavi Career Seminar & Advisory Session in USA

The New York Career Academy, Inc., and Mynavi Group will be visiting American University [Mary Graydon Center room 330] on September 30th to speak with Japanese speaking students and alumni interested in Japanese job opportunities.

General information:

Sign up:

The schedule is as follows:

American University

【Seminar A】

American University

【Seminar B】

American University

【Advisory Session】

Saturday, September 16, 2017

JET hopes to see you at the Career Fair!

Video: The JET Experience

The JET Program

An Experience You Will Never Forget!

Hello from the office of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program at the Embassy of Japan. We're reaching out to you today because we will be visiting American University for the Job and Internship Fair and we believe the JET Program is just the type of professional opportunity you might be interested in.
The JET Program allows participants who have earned a Bachelor's degree to live and work in Japan while gaining valuable teaching, communication and cross-cultural experience. We encourage you to check out the video above and the link below to learn more.  
In the past, we have recruited many fine candidates from AU and we hope you will attend our upcoming visit to campus. 
Please find the details of our visit below.

September 27, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00pm at Bender Arena
Learn more about JET

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

US-Japan Research Institute events

USJI  WEEK: September 11th -19th, 2017

A series of events will be held over the course of one week in Washington D.C. in order to present the research findings from research projects and other initiatives of the U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI), as well as to promote a greater understanding of Japan within the U.S.

Event Schedule

Sept. 11th (Mon.)
Event1  (2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.) UN and International Cooperation in the Era of Trump
Sept. 12th (Tue.)
Event2  (10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.) Exchange activities of young researchers in biomedical research field between US-Japan at NIDCR/NIH
Sept. 15th (Fri.)
Event3  (10:00a.m.-11:15a.m.) A United Front? US-Japan Relations at a Time of Uncertainty
Sept.18th (Mon.)
Event4  Weighing Bad Options: Reflections on Hard and Soft Diplomacy with North Korea and Honing an Alliance Approach Today (TBD)
Sept.19th (Tue.)
Event5  (2:00p.m.-3:30p.m.) Anti-Gloablism in China?
Admission is free, but seating for these events is limited.

Event 1 UN and International Cooperation in the Era of Trump

Date and Time  Sept. 11th (Mon.) 2:00p.m.- 3:30p.m.
Venue  USJI Office Seminar Room, 2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C.  20006
This project is a policy study aiming to explore current international cooperation policies and the relationship between the United State and the United Nations after the advent of the Trump Presidency. More specifically, four scholars will examine this from their respective areas of expertise, ranging from national security and politics, to cultural significance. We will present our views to the policy community in Washington at a workshop during the USJI Week as well as reporting on future issues of the USJI Voice.
Kazuhiro Maeshima
Operating Advisor, USJI/ Professor, Faculty of Global Studies, Sophia University
Yasuhiro Ueki
Professor, Department of Global Studies, Sophia University
Edward Luck
Professor, Columbia University
Barbara Crossette
Journalist, The Nation

Event 2 : Exchange activities of young researchers in biomedical research field between US-Japan in NIDCR/NIH

Date and Time  Sept. 12th (Tue.) 10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Venue  National Institute of Health (NIH), 9000 Rockville Pike, Building 30, Room 117, Bethesda, Maryland 20892
The inborn specific abnormality that the phenotype appears in a face and the oral cavity affects chewing, speech, breathing as well as swallowing function. The cleft lip and/or cleft palate that are representative inborn specific abnormality show a phenotype on face. The occurrence rate ranges from one of 500 births to one of 700 births in the world.We have carried out basic and translational researches to develop the regenerative therapy. NIH has been contributed to provide the opportunities to Japanese young researchers to learn as post-doctoral fellows. In the seminar, Dr. Yamada present the history of research guidance in NIDCR. Drs. Yoshizaki and Takahashi will present their experiences as post-doctoral fellows in NIDCR and NIAMS. Dr. Yoshizaki worked with Dr. Yamada and carried out the biochemical researches relating tooth development from 2012-2015. Principal investigator Ichiro Takahashi learned and investigated the prenatal development of the craniofacial biological researches in NIAMS under the supervision of Dr. Lillian Shum and Dir, Hal Slavkin from 1996-1998.
Ichiro Takahashi
Operating Advisor, USJI / Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University
Yoshihiko Yamada
Senior Investigator, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH 
Kazuaki Nonaka
Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University
Keigo Yoshizaki
Associate Professor, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University

Event 3 : A United Front?  US-Japan Relations at a Time of Uncertainty

Date and Time  Sept. 15th (Fri.) 10:00a.m. – 11:15a.m.
Venue  Wilson Center
Registration will be open shortly.
Expectations for strong ties between the United States and Japan continue to rise amid growing concerns about North Korea’s military aspirations. But both President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are facing considerable challenges to their leadership at home. What are the implications of domestic unrest on foreign policy and on US-Japan relations in particular, and how will they impact the bilateral military alliance? Join us for a discussion on the outlook for Washington and Tokyo cooperation and how the current situation compares with the leadership of President Ronald Reagan on the one hand, and Japan under Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Junichiro Koizumi on the other.
Co-Hosted by
Shihoko Goto
Wilson Center
Koji Murata
Operating Advisor, USJI/ Professor, Doshisha University
Andrew L. Oros
Professor, Washington College

Event 4:  Weighing Bad Options: Reflections on Hard and Soft Diplomacy with North Korea and Honing an Alliance Approach Today
Date  Sept. 18th (Mon.)
Rest of event information: TBD

Event 5: Anti-Gloablism in China?
Date and Time  Sept. 19th (Tue.) 2:00p.m.- 3:30p.m.
Venue  USJI Office Seminar Room, 2000 M Street, B1, Washington D.C. 20006
This session examines China’s changing approach to refugee issues from the 1970s to date. The central question is how China has approached international conventions and institutions relating to refugees or asylum seekers, how it has approached the major influx of refugees from Indochina (1979), North Korea (1990s-2010s), and Myanmar (2009-2010s), and why it has approached them in the way it has. The literature on how China deals with refugees and refugee-related issues focuses particularly on North Korean refugees, but lacks an examination of variation in the ways in which China has actually dealt with various refugees (including North Korean refugees) and refugee-related issues. By drawing upon the literature of international relations theory and China’s foreign policymaking, this presentation establishes five hypotheses that bring into relief why China has or has not cooperated with international institutions and allowed refugees to enter Chinese territory and/or live in China. In so doing it aims to explain variation in China’s approach across time and among cases.
Keiji Nakatsuji
Operating Advisor, USJI /Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Miwa Hirono
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University
Zhao Quansheng
Professor, American University

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Japanese-English Toastmasters Club Open House on Friday, June 16

The Japanese-English Toastmasters Club would like to invite any interested students or faculty to their Open House on Friday, June 16 from 6-8pm at the Japan America Society in Washington, DC.

The Japanese-English Toastmasters is a club dedicated to improving communication and leadership in a supportive environment. During meetings, members give speeches in Japanese or English (sometimes both) and receive feedback in order to deliver a stronger speech the next time.

The club meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in DC and Northern Virginia. For more information please stop by the Open House. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach them at

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sojitz DC is hiring

Sojitz DC has an immediate job opening for an Administrative and Research Assistant. Check out the job description here.