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USJETAA seeks a full-time leader to manage all aspects of the organization’s operations and to work with its board of directors to strengthen the institutional base of the organization, guide it towards long-term financial sustainability, and contribute to American and Japanese society.
USJETAA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the community of nearly 40,000 ...READ MORE »
USJETAA is delighted to announce Paige Cottingham-Streater, USJETAA Board Chair, is among the foreign recipients of the Government of Japan’s 2022 Spring Imperial Decorations. Ms. Cottingham-Streater will receive the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of her longstanding contributions to the promotion of people-to-people exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
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The USJETAA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the Vice Chair of its board, Jim Gannon, will serve as USJETAA’s Interim Executive Director to help guide it through the transition to new leadership. Jim takes this role upon the departure of Executive Director Bahia Simons-Lane. Bahia held the role of Executive Director for four years and leaves the organization ...READ MORE »
Congratulations to USJETAA Vice Chair James Gannon (Ehime, 1992-1994) for receiving a commendation from the outgoing Consul-General of Japan in New York. The ceremony recognized his contributions to U.S.-Japan exchanges, philanthropic initiatives particularly after 3/11, and advancing U.S.-Japan dialogues on global health while leading JCIE/USA Japan Center for International Exchange. A special dinner was hosted by Amb. Kanji Yamanouchi at ...READ MORE »
On January 15, 2021, USJETAA selected 19 Microgrant recipients for the 2020-2021 Microgrant Initiative program for American JETs. The Microgrant Initiative program funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, provides small grants to U.S. assistant language teachers and coordinators of international relations working in Japan on the JET Programme to introduce American culture and English language to students and the local ...READ MORE »
The Tayō-sei: Japanese Language and Cultural Exchange Program for Black and LatinX college students successfully concluded in December 2020. This is USJETAA’s only program for current college students—the program was administered by the JET Alumni Association of Southeast (JETAASE) and generously funded by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.
JETAASE president, Ingrid Galinat ...READ MORE »
Official First Look of My Invisible Compass (2021)
My Invincible Compass (2021) is a 5-year documentary following the journeys of Tomoya and other abused, abandoned and neglected children living in institutional care around Japan. Movie made by Matt Miller (Gunma, 2006-2009). Link to video
New JET Streams Spring and Summer 2020
JET Streams ...READ MORE »
On February 22, 2020, the New England JET Alumni Association (NEJETAA) and the Japan Society of Boston (JSB) co-hosted the event, One Bite at a Time: Building Bridges with Japanese Culinary Arts. This educational workshop highlighted the history and cultural significance of Japanese cuisine and how it has facilitated stronger U.S.-Japan relations. USJETAA was pleased to co-sponsor this event through the Chapter Grant Program funded by ...READ MORE »
Anniversary Message & Request for Videos
May 13, 2020 is the fifth anniversary of USJETAA’s incorporation as a nonprofit organization. What an incredible accomplishment! It took the efforts of so many people working together to get us to this point. USJETAA went from an idea to a reality five years ago…but hitting this major milestone shows that we are here ...READ MORE »
USJETAA is pleased to announce a national partnership with the Koyamada International Foundation (KIF) United States. The purpose of the partnership is collaboration between the organizations on U.S.-Japan activities in the United States. We hope to connect USJETAA members and JETAA chapters with members of KIF USA or its regional chapters on possible national or local U.S.-Japan related activities.
KIF USA ...READ MORE »
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