Florida JETAA

2015 Country Representative Elections

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Country Representative Elections

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions to be voted on for 2015-16. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws available via the link or on our website (www.jetaausa.com >> About JETAA >> Bylaws).
All candidates must submit a platform by March 5 (Thursday), 2015 in order to be considered. 
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment. 
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year's candidates:
  1. a written platform- this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the jetaausa.com website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR's landing pages)
  2. a headshot of the candidate
  3. the Chapter Endorsement form- this should be filled out by chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer
  4. the Financial Endorsement form- this should be filled out by chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
**Please send a Microsoft Word version of your platform since I have to cut/ paste the information onto the website! PDFs are completely fine for the Endorsement forms. (FYI- both Endorsement forms require signatures of chapter officers.)
In preparation to become a CR or to help you decide whether or not to run, I recommend reading the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description. This will help you understand what responsibilities you can expect to take on as CR and how the organization functions as a whole. Of course, any of the current CRs would be more than happy to discuss the position with you as well!
Platforms can be submitted electronically to: 

Help Support the Tampa Japanese Summer Festival!

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Only 21 days to go! Help us fund this free non-profit festival and show your support for Japanese culture in Tampa Bay! This is a really wonderful event and our biggest of the year. I hope you all will help us support it through the purchase of these cool t-shirts!

We still have a long way to go. The company prints the shirts we have orders for and then they ship directly to you. Order at the link: www.booster.com/tampa-natsumatsuri



2015 Florida JETAA Elections

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We are pleased to announce the 2015 elections for officer positions. The positions up for election are Vice-President, Secretary, and Webmaster. All positions carry 2-year terms. To learn more about the positions, please click here.

If you are interesting in working more closely with FLJETAA and helping to grow our community, please consider running for a position.  Elections will be held during late-February and another email will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline. To avoid conflicts of interest, the current president, Bahia, who is not running this term will be collecting the nominations and handling the elections.

Nominating Yourself

To run, simply nominate yourself for the position that you are interested by emailing president@floridajetaa.org with a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself and why you'd be a good candidate. Bios are due by February, 15th, 2015 (EXTENDED).

Nominating Others

If you know who someone who would be perfect for a position you may nominate them by emailing their name and the position for which you are nominating them to president@floridajetaa.org. Nominations of others must be received by February 10th, 2015 (EXTENDED), to allow us time to contact the nominee to find out if they will accept the nomination and get their bios by February 10th. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

If you have any further questions about elections, please send them to president@floridajetaa.org.

To run for a position and to vote you must be a JET alumni. Friends of JET are not eligible to vote or run for a position.


Miami Event – JAN 31 Coffee Kaiwa

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Do you speak Japanese, but aren't sure where those other Japanese speakers are hiding? Do you NOT speak Japanese, but are generally interested in learning? Do you also like COFFEE?! Join me in this year's first South Florida Japanese conversation circle!When I was growing up in Miami, I never met a single Japanese person, much less anyone that spoke Japanese at all. It was no surprise to me, then, that when I returned from Japan this summer it was difficult to meet people with similar interests. The more my friends at Florida JETAA and I discussed it, the more apparent it became that we need to build a community where Japanese natives and South Florida locals can meet and share their interests. This is our opportunity! Join me, Lauren Sorondo, for Coffee会話(kai-wa), a unique opportunity to foster friendship through language learning and cultural discussion.

When? Saturday, January 31st at 3:00pm

Where? Pasion del Cielo Coffee, 8915 Southwest 72nd Place, Kendall, FL (Across from Dadeland mall; parking available in the garage and validation is available in the café.)

Who should come? Ex-JETs, students, 日本人、アメリカ人 , singles, couples, families…YOU!

While this is primarily an opportunity for Japanese language practice, people of all proficiency levels are welcome! We'd love to get a mix of JET Alumni, students, and Japanese natives together, so please tell your friends and contact me at LSorondo1@gmail.com with any questions.

外国語勉強や文化の話で友だちになる、おもしろい企画です。日時: 平成27年1月31日、午後15:00-17:00場所:Pasion del Cielo Coffee, 8915 Southwest 72nd Place, Kendall, FL
(Dadeland Mallの向こう側;駐車場は地中になります。カフェで駐車割引スタンプをいただくことが出来ます。)どんな人が来るでしょうか?

元JETの先生、学生、日本人やアメリカ人 - 一人でも、カップルでも、家族の皆さんでも。。。あなたもだよ




Annual Tampa Shinnenkai

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Join us for our annual event to welcome in the new year!

Tampa JETAA 2015 Invitation


LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story Screening and Q&A

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Film Feb 6, 2015 - The Taylor Anderson StoryFINAL




Tampa Event: Hiroya Tsukamoto at Jan Platt Library

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Hiroya Tsukamoto: Acoustic Guitar Music With Japanese Folk Songs

Join Hiroya Tsukamoto as he performs solo acoustic music that will include original materials along with Japanese folk music and the stories behind them. Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan and his sound has been described as cinematic acoustic music.

Funded by the Friends of the Jan Platt Library.

Monday, February 02, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jan Kaminis Platt - Witt Community Room A & B

View on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Hiroya+Tsukamoto


Job and Education Opportunities – December, 2014

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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 https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/40187


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; iucjapan@stanford.edu.

With best wishes,


T. Kobayashi


We Are Tomodachi Magazine

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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: public.relations@cas.go.jp.

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 public.relations@cas.go.jp.

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2014 Florida JETAA Annual Bonenkai

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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: http://floridajetaabonenkai.brownpapertickets.com/

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)

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