Translation Volunteers Needed in Tampa for February Delegation

We still need volunteers to assist with a delegation of Japanese citizens who will be visiting the area in February.

The Clearwater Sister Cities program is receiving a delegation from Nagano City from 2/8 – 2/11 and has asked us if we can provide volunteers to help them communicate.  There are opportunities for formal translation between government delegations and informal opportunities to assist the citizen members in conversation, shopping, etc.

A very few of you have already volunteered, so thank you to those people, but I know many more of you speak both languages well enough to participate.  You can select the events you are available to do throughout the 4 days.  Even one small event will help.

If I can do it, so can you!  Please contact me soon if you’d like to help.

FLJETAA Tampa Region Representative.
Tampa Natsumatsuri Director.


Job Opening at University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL has a position available for a Visiting Instructor of Japanese.  The position is open until January 8th, 2015.  Full job details are available at


IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16

To whom it may concern,

I hope that this mail finds you doing well.

I am writing a mail because I would like to ask you to share the information about the IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16.  Needless to explain, but the IUC (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies) is one of the leading Japanese language institute for highest level of Japanese.  Since 2013, the Nippon Foundation has offered fellowships to 10 promising graduate students of Japan Studies doctorate courses in the US, who participated 10 months Japanese language training course in Yokohama.

The Nippon Foundation has decided to expand the number of grantees from 10 to 20, and also to extend the scope of the program from Japanese Studies to Professional Schools such as law, MBA, governmental officials, journalists and so on.  This is a new initiative that will start from 2016, and IUC has recently made announcement for the application from potential candidates.  I suppose that this program will be appealing to some of JETAA members who want to seek for their professional career paths that are related to Japan.

I truly appreciate it if you kindly share the information of this program with your community and partner organizations, and also publicize it on your website and newsletter.  I believe that this program would be a strong basis for nurturing next generation leaders who will bridge US-Japan relationship.

You may find more details about the program in the following website;

If you have any questions, please contact IUC secretariat;

With best wishes,


T. Kobayashi

Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan

We hope you have spent an excellent time during the summer and enjoying the advent of autumn.

We have just issued a special “Womenomics” edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine. The magazine introduces various Japanese women shinning in Japan and the world, together with the initiatives taken in Japan to improve social environment for women and to promote active participation of women at work.

The magazine was also distributed at World Assembly for Women (WAW! 2014) which was held in Tokyo on Sep. 12-14.

Womenomics Edition is available as PDF and e-book. Please visit the following link to download the magazine.

* We Are Tomodachi is a magazine published with the aim to further deepen understanding of the initiatives of the Government of Japan and the charms of Japan.

We very much hope you will enjoy and have a deeper understanding about Japan.

Please share the magazine with your friends and family, and we look forward to hearing your opinions.

Please feel free to send us any comments at the following address:

We will continue to publish We are Tomodachi magazine to coincide with the changing seasons. Please also look forward for the next exciting and interesting articles.


The Staff of the Office of Global Communications, Prime Minister’s Office of Japan

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Dear JETAA members,

It’s that time of the year for our annual JETAA Bonenkai!

This year’s JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san’s restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami). Sekita-san was once the former JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food and is an awesome host!

The agenda is to network and meet new and old JET alumni and build a stronger JETAA community in Florida to foster cultural exchange with the US and Japan.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert. That is a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive. Each year, he surprises us with a unique menu.

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so that would be paid separately by you.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant

11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277
(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: December 20, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 6:15pm

Reserve your spot at:

Please RSVP to Wendy. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 13th. Tell us if you are bringing a guest. Purchasing a ticket secures your spot for the event. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies you must inform us by Dec 16th or else the restaurant will not be able to accommodate you.

You must pay in advance and you cannot bring a surprise guest the day of the event. Please let us know ahead of time if you are bringing a guest and pay in advance for them as well.

Sekita-san’s restaurant is small, so space is limited. He also asks that you arrive on time, because food will be served promptly as scheduled. Think of this as Japan, be on time.
If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec. 16th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we end up paying for the person who doesn’t show up. In other words no refunds of your pre-payment. It will be considered as a donation to the FL-JETAA fund.

Hope to see you there!
Wendy Lo
FL-JETAA, S. Florida Regional Rep.
(Toyama, ALT 2002-2005)