Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA News Highlights

Sasakawa USA is hiring: Seeking a Congressional Relations Manager

Sasakawa USA currently is seeking a full-time Congressional Relations Manager to identify and develop relations with members and staff of the U.S. Congress and the executive branch to build greater understanding of U.S.-Japan relations. 

Upcoming events: Autumn 2016
As summer winds down and the temperatures begin to cool, Sasakawa USA's calendar is heating up with upcoming events in Washington D.C., Tokyo, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Pensacola. Not all events are open to the public -----     check each event link for details and check their events page for new listings.  
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

1819 L Street NW
Suite 300
Washington DC 20036


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Haiku lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 27 @ Japanese Embassy


Discover how haiku has transcended culture and language to become one of the most popular forms of poetry in the world!

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC), invites you to a presentation and panel discussion on English-language haiku, a type of Japanese poetry known for its brevity and depth.
Award-winning haiku poet Abigail Friedman will present her internationally acclaimed lecture, Reading Haiku Beyond Borders. After her lecture, haiku poet Roberta Beary and co-founder of the World Haiku Association Jim Kacian will join us for a special discussion about the international appeal of haiku.
Come for an engaging lecture, open Q&A session, and official announcement as we gear up for the Embassy of Japan's annual haiku contest!

A retired U.S. diplomat and accomplished, award-winning haiku poet, Abigail Friedmanis most recognized for her books, I Wait for the Moonand The Haiku Apprentice. Her haiku, haibun, and writings on haiku have been featured in poetry publications in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Honored throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for her innovative and unconventional hybrid of haiku and senryu, Roberta Beary's book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace was selected as a William Carlos Williams Book Award finalist and Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award winner.
Founder of Red Moon Press, the largest publisher of haiku and haiku-related books outside of Japan, Jim Kacianhas written 14 books dedicated to haiku or haiku-related genres. He is co-founder of the World Haiku Association and founder and president of The Haiku Foundation. 
You are invited to
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
1150 18th St NW
Suite 100
Washington DC 20036 US
Event venue map
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. In the event of a cancellation, please contact us at

Doors open 30 minutes before the program. Program begins at 6:30PM.
No admittance after 7:00 or once seating is full, whichever occurs first.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.

1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100 | Washington, D.C. 20036-3838
TEL: 202-238-6900 | FAX: 202-822-6524 |
© 1991-2016 Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Japanese networking events next week

One of our finest Japanese language alumni, Ms. Sunny Zhang, wrote to us from the Japan-America Society of Washington DC with the following excellent opportunities to network and meet people interested in Japan.

I am writing to inform you that we will be holding two events next week on cultural exchange between Americans and Japanese:

  • On Thursday, September 14th, there will be Japanese students from the Japan Global Initiative Program to present the culture and uniqueness of Japan.
  • On Friday, September 15th, there will be a roundtable event with the Japan Global Initiative Program in the JASWDC office. The roundtable will be one hour networking and one hour discussion between American and Japanese students with food and drinks. Our office is conveniently located in downtown DC, near the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stops.
Japan Global Initiative (JGI) is a new association which provides support and educational and cultural opportunities to enlighten and raise young professionals and leaders with global insight. The 2016 cohort comes from Utsunomiya University (Tochigi), Waseda University (Tokyo), Chuo University (Tokyo), and Hiroshima City University (Hiroshima).

This is a great learning and networking opportunity not only for American students who are studying about Japan and Asia, but also Japanese students who are currently studying in America. Moreover, college students will have a reduced entry of $15 for the happy hour/roundtable on Friday. 

If you have any questions, please email us at 

Monday, September 12, 2016

JLPT Deadline Coming Soon

The deadline to register for the December 4th Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is October 3rd. Make sure to register before the deadline if you would like to take the exam. You can take the test at Georgetown University here in Washington, DC.

Register here:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Miss Japan won by half Indian Priyanka Yoshikawa

This is an interesting development, for sure. She is the second half-Japanese winner in the last two years.

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Amnesty International is hiring

The local coordinator for Amnesty International has contacted us with the following message for AU students and alumni:

Full Time/ Part Time Campaign Jobs with Amnesty International
Amnesty International is the world’s largest human rights organization, comprising 7 million members worldwide.  We work on issues like protecting human rights defenders, stopping police brutality, and helping Syrian refugees.  You can find out more about our campaigns at 
We are looking to hire students to work directly for the organization in field based positions, talking to the public about our work and generating more support. We offer:  Base pay of $15/ HR, growth potential, a warm and welcoming work environment, great work experience, and the opportunity to work directly for the world’s largest human rights organization.  

Interested students should submit a short introduction and resume to:
We will contact successful applicants in 3-4 days.  Hope to hear from you! 

Working to protect human rights worldwide

Monday, September 5, 2016

AU Martial Arts Organization

AU students interested in traditional Japanese martial arts should see the attached flyer!

AUMAO flyer

2016-2017 Career Forums

Disco International (I love that company name) has once again sent us a list of their big Career Forums scheduled for the near future:

2016-2017 Career Forums
*Approximately 30 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses

BOSTON CAREER FORUM 2016 (Nov. 18 - 20)
*Approximately 200 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses

*Approximately 30 hiring companies
*Scholarships available for students to help cover travel expenses
*Special financial participation incentives for qualified IT/engineering students

Attached PDF flyer

2016 TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III

This message was received from the US-Japan Council:

     I am writing today about an exciting opportunity for American and Japanese students at your school to participate in the 2016 TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference III held in Washington, D.C. October 20th-23rd.

The theme of the conference is "Exploring U.S.-Japan Relations in the Nation’s Capital: Leadership, Legacy, Politics and Policy." We are looking for enthusiastic undergraduate/graduate American and Japanese students who have interests in U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese or American culture, and/or want to meet peers with similar interests. It is an opportunity for leadership training, networking, to learn about Japanese and Japanese-American contributions on a national level, and to think about ways they, as students, might contribute to strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship in the present and future.  

There is no cost to students to participate! Transportation to and from the conference, as well as food and accommodations will be provided to all students free of charge.  Attached is our recruitment packet, with an invitation letter from our President, Irene Hirano Inouye, a flyer about the conference to share with students on your campus, as well as information about the application. This is an amazing opportunity and an excellent chance to share ideas and be part of the conversation.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Last night we had a very nice welcome (back) party for the Japanese language learners and Japanese exchange students at American University. I would like to thank everyone for attending and sharing their time with each other. I think everyone had a good time and most people might have made a few new friends. I would especially like to thank Gorky Cruz at CLEAR for hosting us. 皆さん本当にありがとうございました。すごく楽しかったです。I hope to see all of you again at future events over the course of the academic year. Feel free to invite your friends next time, as well!