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Kumamoto Earthquake Recovery: Online Shopping Fundraiser

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Online Shopping Fundraiser

Although it has been over a year since the earthquakes, Kumamoto is still rebuilding and can use all the help that they can get. As a result, Florida JETAA is partnering with 20 LulaRoe independent retailers to raise funds for Kumamoto's earthquake recovery. For every purchase made through LulaRoeForKumamoto from June 11th to June 13th, a portion of that purchase will be donated by the LuLaRoe retailers, and then 100% will be matched by Global Giving! In addition to sharing this event with your friends, family, and network, please join LulaRoeForKumamoto to learn more about this clothing line and how to shop (see pinned post)--you must be a member of the group to shop.


Tohoku Tomo Movie Screenings

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March 2016 is the five year anniversary of the great east Japan earthquake. On March 11, 2011, while the rest of the world watched, much of the northern coast was washed away by the massive tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 earthquake.The tragedy was devastating to Tohoku, Japan, and the entire world. People lost loved ones, their homes, and even their way of life. In the months after the disaster, countless volunteers rallied from around the world and came to Japan’s aid to help begin the long process of rebuilding. Whether by donating money, organizing events, or coming to volunteer, these individuals showed they truly care about Japan and about the people of Tohoku. Tohoku Tomo tells their story.

Tohoku Tomo is 60 minutes in length, with English audio and Japanese subtitles.

These screenings are free and open to the public.


RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1678143389125886/

Where: Miami
Florida International University, Room GL100
Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC)
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199

Time: 8:00 PM

Details: The screening begins at 8 PM. From 9 PM - 10 PM we will hold a panel discussion with director Wesley Julian, Consul General Okaniwa, and Bryan Barber (M.A. in Asian Studies and Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations from FIU).

Part of the Global Engagement Film series hosted by FIU's Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Office of Global Learning Initiatives, and FIU's Asian Studies Program.

Parking Information

Parking Map FIU


RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/984431898294285/

Where: Orlando
Asia Trend / Y.E.S.S. Center
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite M-25,
Orlando, FL 32803
Inside Orlando Fashion Square near JC Penney


Time: 6:00 PM

Details: 6 PM - 7 PM Fundraising by Orlando Tewassa Group

7-7:45 PM Movie Screening

7:45-8:30 PM Discussion and Q&A with Director Wesley Julian

Sponsored by Florida JETAA, Asia Trend, and local community group Orlando Tewassa Group whose mission is to support survivors from Tohoku Earthquake for the long term.


A Series of Short Documentary Films Highlighting Tohoku

View at www.113Project.org

From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IDFA 2015 Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screenings to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future. Featuring over a dozen interviews and stories embodying hope and perseverance, these short films showcase the warmth and beauty of the region while sharing the voices of people who want to let you know how life is today.

The short film series will be available at www.113Project.org beginning March 7, 2016. For questions, please contact info@tohokutomo.com. The public is encouraged to use the hashtag, #TTWeek, for Tohoku Tomo Week, where thoughts, photos, and memories of Tohoku can be shared on social media.


As an all volunteer effort, the 113 Project is in need of your support to finalize the production of the short film series. Our goal is to share these moving stories that showcase Tohoku and the warmth of its people.  With your support, we can share these stories across the United States and Japan, and create greater awareness for Tohoku. Donations will be accepted online at TohokuTomo.com.



Donate for Tohoku from March 10 & 11 to DOUBLE your contribution!

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Donate for Tohoku from March 10 & 11 to DOUBLE your contribution!


JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation for another donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. GlobalGiving has once again offered to match these donations!

Last year, the JET Community helped raise nearly $50,000 for the 311 relief and recovery effort. We hope to continue the success of last year’s “JETs Rally for Tohoku” campaign and hope you will join us in showing your ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 11th to make a donation that will be matched.

Online donation drive

Donation website: www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/jets-rally-for-tohoku

Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 am EDT, March 10; 8 am PDT, etc)

Ends: When we reach maximum matching amounts ($30,000 total, $15,000 per project)


Three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the devastation in Tohoku has largely faded from the news. However, so much remains to be done for the survivors and TAMF has been partnering with a number of organizations in Japan to provide relief and help the people of Tohoku build a strong and vibrant future.

TAMF has provided funding to the following projects:

For more information on TAMF, please go to http://www.taylorandersonmemorialfund.org/, their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taylorandersonmemorialfund, or watch the NHK interview with Jeanne and Andy at https://vimeo.com/86637051.

JETAA USA is proud to partner with TAMF to carry on the support JETs and JET alumni have shown for Japan and the people of Tohoku ever since March 2011.

Read the latest project updates from the three TAMF projects to see the impact of your donations:


All donations up to $1,000 per individual donor made to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund beginning on March 11th Japan time will be matched by Global Giving through their Japan Match Global Giving program. (Global Giving will charge a 15% facilitation fee to cover their costs, which donors may choose to cover if they wish so that their full donation amount goes to TAMF. See the page for details.)

Social media concepts are up on JETAA USA and ready to be shared!


Social media kit: http://www.jetaausa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-JETs-Rally-for-Tohoku-Social-Media-Examples.pdf

Donation link: http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/jets-rally-for-tohoku

Pictures are uploaded at the bottom of the page here: http://www.jetaausa.com/2015/03/05/donate-for-tohoku-from-march-10-11-to-double-your-contribution/

FB cover photo: http://www.jetaausa.com/wp-content/uploads/TAMFGG-2015-Facebook-Cover-Image-300x111.gif
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Please use the following social hashtags and Twitter handles in your sharing:


Thanks again to Board of Advisor Ryan Hart, Kirsten Henning and James Gannon from JCIE, CRs Casey Mochel, Melissa Spooner and Xander Peterson, and Working Group member Christina Omori for putting together an awesome social media campaign!


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.

*You can visit the URL below to terminate your subscription to this newsletter or change the address at which you receive it:


Donate to help disaster victims in Hiroshima!

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The death toll from mudslides in the city of Hiroshima jumped to 71 on Wednesday, with at least 15 people still missing. Nearly 1,000 people out of about 1,300 evacuees are sheltered in nine local elementary schools: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/hiroshima-slide-toll-rises-66-dead-21-missing-mayor-admits-delayed-alert/#.VAAfDPldV8E

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California has formally joined the efforts of Hiroshima Prefecture and various Hiroshima-based NGOs and NPOs in the effort to raise funds in support of the victims of the disaster that befell the local community and residents in northern Hiroshima.

Anyone interested in joining in this effort, please send donations to:

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California (payable to "Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of SC"; please write "JET Program Alumni" in the memo)
Attention: Mr. Takami Igawa - HKSC President
712 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This fundraising drive will be carried through the end of September (September 30, 2014). All funds collected in this drive will be sent to Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Office for distribution to the disaster victims. For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Charles Igawa, HKSC Secretary via email at <icigawa@gmail.com> or via (562) 818-7857.


New Newsletter from the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan

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Recently, Prime Minister's Office distributed We Are Tomodachi Winter 2013, which covered the Abe administration's economic policies, Japanese traditional cuisine known as "washoku," tourism, and other captivating aspects of Japan. We also launched a website that provides the most up-to-date information and it has been very well received by its readers.

As a part of our activities, we have also launched an electronic magazine that characterizes Japan and people whose interest stays about Japan.  We hope this helps you to understand Japan in a deeper way while also drawing your attention to some of its interesting features. You can find this publication at the following URL:


The issue just released highlights the following topics.

▽ "Abenomics" Is Progressing
"Abenomics" forms the backbone of the Abe administration's policies.  This article provides an easy-to-read explanation of the latest developments within the Abenomics Growth Strategy as well as its outcomes over the year since the administration's inauguration.

▽ "Proactive Contribution to Peace"
This article introduces the reader to the formulation of Japan's first-ever National Security Strategy, the formulation and structural enhancement of Japan's National Defense Program, which goes hand-in-hand with that Strategy, and the enactment of the Special Intelligence Protection Act, which ensures that information is properly protected.

▽ Japan As Seen through the Eyes of Non-Japanese We asked several non-Japanese who are intimately familiar with Japanese culture to talk about its appeal.  This article also features some of the things that have surprised visitors to Japan and highlights some ways to enjoy a stay in Japan to the very fullest.

▽ Tourism in Japan
What says spring more perfectly than sakura?  This article spotlights some of the best-loved locations for viewing sakura, or cherry blossoms, in areas all around the country.  It also includes the most up-to-date information on tourism in Japan, which is getting more and more convenient all the time.

In the future we wish to keep expanding the circle of people who are well acquainted with these aspects of Japan.  We hope you introduce this electronic magazine as well as the Tomodachi website (http://japan.kantei.go.jp/letters/index.html) widely to the people around you, including your friends, colleagues, and other people in your community.  We look forward to your assistance in spreading the word about these.

We also hope that you register on our website to receive our magazine by e-mail so that we can keep you informed of the latest information.  This is a good opportunity to register for the magazine if you haven't done so already.

The Abe administration will continue to develop its policies more and more going forward.  With your assistance, we will continue to send out the message of both Japan's efforts and its areas of appeal to people everywhere around the globe.  We would like to continue to be engaged with you and help you understand Japan better.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

To join the mailing list, please contact Michael Herrero, JET Program Coordinator, michael.herrero@mi.mofa.go.jp


11th Annual Florida-Japan Summit

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Presented by SEUS/Japan Assoc. in partnership and hosted by The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens



MAY 19, 2014

FLORIDA DELEGATION, SOUTHEAST U.S./JAPAN ASSOCIATION ('SEUS/JAPAN') is pleased to announce that Florida Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner has confirmed his plans to participate, along with Japanese Consul General Shinji Nagashima, in the 11th Annual Florida-Japan Summit this year hosted by and presented in partnership with The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, FL, on the afternoon of Monday, May 19, 2014 from 1:45 - 4:45 pm. The half day program will feature keynote remarks by Consul General Nagashima of the Consulate General in Miami.

In addition to the half-day summit program on the afternoon of May 19, a networking reception will be held immediately following on the evening of Monday May 19, from 5:00-6:30 PM at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as well for all registered participants. The reception will include special remarks by a Wakayama, Japan government official regarding the upcoming 20th anniversary of the State of Florida's official sister state relationship with Wakayama. Registration and admission to this year's Summit is $25, which includes a Japanese 'Bento' box lunch available prior to the summit program and participants will have the option for a self-tour of the Morikami Japanese Gardens. Online registration is now available; please click here to register. You may also contact SEUS/Japan for more information by phone: (786) 235-8289; by e-mail: info@fl-seusjapan.org; or online at:


Enterprise Florida and Team Volusia EDC are co-sponsoring this year's summit. Additional and/or promotional support is being provided by the following supporting organizations: The Florida Atlantic University School of Urban and Regional Planning; The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance; The Palm Beach Business Development Board; The Japan Foundation for Global Partnership; The Beacon Council; The World Trade Center Miami; The Doral Chamber of Commerce; and The Consulate General of Japan in Miami.

Founded in 1975, the mission of Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan is to promote ties of trade, investment, tourism, education and friendship between Florida, Japan, and six other southeast U.S. states through an annual joint meeting program hosted in regular rotation by SEUS/Japan member states and Japan. Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan has individual, non-profit and corporate membership programs open to all individuals, businesses and organizations interested in supporting Florida Delegation, SEUS/Japan's mission. The next 37th Annual SEUS/Japan joint meeting will be held in Tokyo this coming September 18-20, visit us online for more details. SEUS/Japan holds the annual summit meeting programs around the State. This will be the second time the Morikami has hosted the event, as it hosted the 1st summit in 2003.

More details here: http://www.fl-seusjapan.org/documents/11AnnualFl-JapanSummit2014.pdf


Meet the New Japan Travel Campaign

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Japan's National Tourism Organization has launched a new travel campaign aimed at increasing the number of tourists to Japan. Part of the campaign involves the chance to register for a free trip to Japan!




Japan Myth Expo and Japanesemythology.jp

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Hi everyone, I am pleased to pass on this information about a newly launched website on Japanese mythology.  The website content was created by a former JET still living in Shimane.


To celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki, the Japan Myth Expo in Shimane, Japan is being held from July 21, 2012 to November 11, 2012. Visitors can enjoy free general admission, although certain areas will require a fee. In the expo, visitors will enjoy exciting
events including theatre performances, exhibitions, walking tours, and mythological gourmet

Additionally, in honor of the Kojiki’s 1300th anniversary we are also proud to launch our website, JapaneseMythology.jp! JapaneseMythology.jp aims to educate the public about the various myths of Japan and about the Kojiki, the oldest chronicle of ancient Japan.  Additionally, we also hope to attract visitors to Shimane Prefecture, which is located in the southwest part of Japan, and is home to many of these Japanese myths.

A number of ancient Japanese myths are recorded in the Kojiki, and many historical sites featured in these myths, such as Izumo Taisha, are located in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. In ancient Japan, people often regarded spirits and natural forces as numerous deities. As one of the most famous Japanese myths dictates, Japanese people believe that all the deities throughout Japan get together and have an annual conference at Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine), a historic landmark that is one of the most visited spots in Shimane. Thus, Shimane is considered the land of deities. Although most people consider Kyoto to be the epitome of Japanese ancient history, Shimane is actually older and historically richer than Kyoto.

JapaneseMythology.jp is a great source for those looking to inform themselves further about Japanese culture, as well as people looking for a new, exciting travel destination. On the website you can learn more about the Kojiki, the roots of Kabuki, Izumo Taisha, the creation of sake, and the myths of the Underworld, the slaying of the eight-headed serpent Yamata no
Orochi, the tale of Okuninushi, and Kunibiki, the legend of how the entire Shimane peninsula was formed.


The Japan Myth Expo is an event that allows visitors to learn about the various mythologies of Japan. Through this expo, visitors will be able to experience the culture and history of ancient Japan while exploring the world of Japanese mythology. The expo takes place at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, which is located at 99-4 Kizuki-Higashi, Taisha, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, 699-0701, and its surrounding areas. More info on the Japan Myth Expo can be found at www.shinwahaku.jp. From its opening on August 20, the expo has seen 200,000 attendees so far.

URL: http://wwww.JapaneseMythology.jp
Status: Launched

Japanese Contact:
Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-22-6756

US Contact:
Izumi Hasegawa


Japanese Art Exhibit at Ringling Museum of Art

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