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Autumn 2017 Chapter Roundup: Scotland

1st November 2017

Autumn 2017 Chapter Roundup: Scotland

Autumn 2017 Update

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JET Spotlight: Chris Murray

1st November 2017

JET Spotlight: Chris Murray

JET alumn Chris Murray first encountered Japan by chance but, since joining the JET Programme, his interest in the country bloomed into a passion. After completing JET, he moved to Tokyo to build on his experience as a film editor in Scotland and his awareness of Japanese language and culture to work as a video producer. Jetlag 

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JETAA at Edinburgh Fringe

1st November 2017

JETAA at Edinburgh Fringe

JET alumni visit Scotland's popular featival Two of the acts that JETAA went to see at the Edinburgh Fringe were taiko player Kensaku Satou, ‘The Man Chosen by the Spiri...

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JETAA UK Chair's Autumn Message

31st October 2017

JETAA UK Chair's Autumn Message

To all the JETs who have just returned to the UK, a warm welcome back. I hope you are slowly getting used to life outside Japan. These are exciting times but it can be daunting making that transition. Hopefully, JETAA will be something that you can access to keep the links ...

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Japan Matsuri 2017

31st October 2017

Japan Matsuri 2017

London's cultural event proves big success JET alumni were among attendees and volunteers at Japan Matsuri 2017, which celebrated its 9th anniversary this year. Held on Sunday 24th September in Trafalgar Square, the event was energetic and fun, featuring Japanese food, music, dance and other entertainment. Hig...

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Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: North West

31st October 2017

Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: North West

Autumn 2017 update Greetings from JETAA North West! The summer months brought us lots of opportunities f...

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Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: Midlands

31st October 2017

Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: Midlands

Autumn 2017 update Welcome home to all the recently returned JETs in the Midlands. We try to meet up every few months, varying our location from among Derby, Leicester and...

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JET Spotlight: Timothy Anderson

27th October 2017

JET Spotlight: Timothy Anderson

Bringing a taste of Japan to the UK In this JET Spotlight, Jetlag caught up with London-based Japanese chef and cookery book author Timothy Anderson. Read on for his story.  

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Become a mentor

27th October 2017

Become a mentor

Returnees need you! Transitioning back to life in the UK after a period of time on JET can have its ups and downs. That's why more and more JET alumni are becoming mentors for fellow alumni who are returning to the UK.  If you are keen to help other former JETs settle back into the UK, by providing hints and tip...

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New mentors on board

27th October 2017

New mentors on board

One-on-one support for returnees  Transitioning back to life in the UK after a period of time on JET can have its ups and downs. That's why more and more JET alumni are becoming mentors for fellow alumni who are returning to the UK. This month, three more mentors have joined the ranks.   

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Japan conferences at SOAS, London

27th October 2017

Japan conferences at SOAS, London

A look at employment and social innovation SOAS, University of London is hosting two Japan-related events in November that will explore employment in Japanese companies and tackling the challenges of an ageing society. 1: Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies - Implications for Japanese...

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The History of Convicts and Penal Colonies in Hokkaido

27th October 2017

The History of Convicts and Penal Colonies in Hokkaido

A JET's research By Clare Anderson                   

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JET experience inspires novel

27th October 2017

JET experience inspires novel

Behind the scenes of Hijacking Japan By the book's author Christopher Hood

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JETAA UK Careers Forum 2017

27th October 2017

JETAA UK Careers Forum 2017

On Friday 6th October we held our annual JETAA UK Careers Forum at Asia House in London. It was wonderful to welcome back all of the newly returned JETs and JET alumni from a range of indu...

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Mid-term AGM Report

27th October 2017

Mid-term AGM Report

The JETAA UK annual mid-year meeting was held at the London office of our main sponsor, the Japan Local Government Centre, in Whitehall on 19th August. Representatives from the UK’s cur...

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JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) University of East Anglia, Norwich, Friday 8 December 2017.

13th October 2017

JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) University of East Anglia, Norwich, Friday 8 December 2017.

For information on attending, submissions of current research, and about potential funding available for accommodation and travel expenses, please contact this year’s convener Simon Kaner, Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute ...

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Summer Matsuri in Liverpool Festival Gardens

22nd August 2017

Summer Matsuri in Liverpool Festival Gardens

On August 20th, JETAA North West organised a mini matsuri to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET programme. As well as JETAA NW, we invited members of Japan Society North West and local Japanese families and friends. The turnout was p...

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Certificate and Diploma in Communicative Japanese Course at SOAS

22nd August 2017

Certificate and Diploma in Communicative Japanese Course at SOAS

The Diploma in Communicative Japanese programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Japanese to live and work in an Japanese-speaking environment. Rohit Gupit-"My first experience with Japanese was as a language te...

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JET Pre-Departure Events in the North West

27th July 2017

JET Pre-Departure Events in the North West

On June 3rd and 16th JETAA North West held get-togethers in Liverpool and Manchester respectively for those in the area who were due to go out on JET this summer.  We invited alumni along to give advice from their first hand experience of Japan.

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Tanabata and Edo Pop in Liverpool

27th July 2017

Tanabata and Edo Pop in Liverpool

On July 8th a Tanabata festival was held at The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.  Volunteers from the Japan Society...

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Spotlight: Jayne Joso

6th July 2017

Spotlight: Jayne Joso

What inspired you to join the JET Programme? When I was about 12, I fell in love with a book of short stories by Angela Carter called Fireworks, which were based on her time living in Japan between 1969 and 1971. I vowed that when I was grown up I would go and live in Japan. At university, I heard about the JET ...

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Save the date: Careers Seminar 2017

6th July 2017

Save the date: Careers Seminar 2017

JETAA UK is organising its next annual careers seminar in central London, on 6th October, 2017. This year we will have an exhibition space for employers seeking JET alumni. These employers could be Japanese or non-Japanese companies looking for high-quality candidates with international experience. The primary goal of the event i...

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Japanese Food, Music Set for Cotswold Ekiden

6th July 2017

Japanese Food, Music Set for Cotswold Ekiden

Discount for JETAA participants On 3rd September, 2017, one of Japan's most popular sports, the ekiden or relay race, will come to the Cotswolds. Participants will follow an undulating, multi-terrain course through beautiful English countryside in the grounds of Sudeley Castle, each running 5.5km (3.42 miles). Cotswolds...

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Rural Japan Comes to UK Screens

6th July 2017

Rural Japan Comes to UK Screens

In recent months, there have been lots of programmes broadcast in the UK from rural regions of Japan. The presenters have visited places well off the beaten track that we, as ex-JETs, probably know very well from our experiences in Japan but are unfortunately not so familiar among the British public. JETAA UK is delighted that these programmes m...

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Society Deal for JET Alumni

6th July 2017

Society Deal for JET Alumni

The Japan Society, the leading independent body in the UK dedicated to enhancing the British-Japanese relationship, is offering JET alumni discounted membership for one year on their return to the UK. The Japan Society has some 1,000 members, both individual and corporate, of whom 50% are Japanese.  Its varied events programme provides ...

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JET Spotlight: Jeremy Sanderson

6th July 2017

JET Spotlight: Jeremy Sanderson

Long-term Japan resident Jeremy Sanderson has had a passion for Japanese language and culture since his youth. After studying Japanese at university, a spell as a CIR on the JET Programme seemed the natural next step in his Japan experience and, after getting settled, he now calls Japan his home. He told Jetlag about his adven...

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Putting Wales on the Map in Japan

6th July 2017

Putting Wales on the Map in Japan

JET alum supports inbound tourism Following a JETAA UK promotion in February about an opportunity for someone with a connection to Wales to showcase the nation’s walking gems, Rachel McCrystal couldn’t wait to put herself forward.

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Chapter Roundup: North West

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: North West

Spring 2017 update Greetings! Since April, I have noticed more alumni coming to events and getting involved in the North West. I have been thrilled to see our events attracting new faces and enabling ex-JETs to get together. Our pre-departure events for new JETs were particularly popular. Indeed, they w...

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Chapter Roundup: Scotland

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: Scotland

Spring 2017 update On the 23rd of June, committee member, James Gamgee, ran a day of activities at North Berwick Law Primary School. Through activities and demonstrations, the children learnt about and experienced Japanese culture. More information and photos are coming soon! Our annual pre-departure BBQ was held on Saturday 1s...

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Chapter Roundup: London

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: London

Spring 2017 update The London chapter has continued to hold at least one social event for members per month this year. With pub quizzes, karaoke and book clubs we have aimed to offer events for everyone. Events over the last few months include: Pub socials A pub quiz (at which we raised £100 for charity)

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Chapter Roundup: Midlands

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: Midlands

Spring 2017 update In June, we met up with some of the outgoing JETs living in the Midlands area at the Nottingham Contemporary Arts Cafe and spent a couple of hours chatting about Japan and sharing our experiences. We are also hoping to meet up over the summer and link up with the Leicester Japan Group. Our chapter mai...

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Gearing up for the Rugby World Cup

3rd July 2017

Gearing up for the Rugby World Cup

UK cross-sector support The Embassy of Japan hosted a reception organised with the Japan National Tourism Organization to coincide with the official draw for the Rugby World Cup, in May. Attendees included tour operators, ...

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Update from CLAIR HQ Tokyo about the JET Programme Video Contest 2017. N.B. This is open to all former JETs as well as current!

3rd July 2017

Update from CLAIR HQ Tokyo about the JET Programme Video Contest 2017. N.B. This is open to all former JETs as well as current!

Message from CLAIR Tokyo HQ on this year's JET Video Contest. *** We are now accepting submissions for the JET Programme Video Contest 2017! Please follow the procedures below when submitting your video. We will upload submitted videos to our YouT...

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Akie Abe seeks JETAA UK views

3rd July 2017

Akie Abe seeks JETAA UK views

Prime Minister's wife joins alumni for lunch When Akie Abe visited London in April with her husband, Japan’s Prime Minister, she requested a lunch meeting with JETAA UK members. The group was joined at a Japanese restaurant by Mrs Tsuruoka, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the UK; Shinichi Iida, minister for public diplomacy and me...

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JETAA UK Chair’s Summer Message

3rd July 2017

JETAA UK Chair’s Summer Message

I hope you are all enjoying the warm British summer. Over the past couple of months, JETAA UK has been involved in meeting some of this year’s outgoing JETs at informal pre-departure events across th...

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Discover Japan Day at The World Museum, Liverpool

25th June 2017

Discover Japan Day at The World Museum, Liverpool

On May 20th JSNW (Japan Society North West) helped The World Museum organise a Discover Japan Day aimed at children to celebrate Kodomo no Hi.  As JSNW were calling for volunteers to assist with activities, I thought it was a perfect chance for ...

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Nature walk and pub lunch in Formby

25th June 2017

Nature walk and pub lunch in Formby

On May 13th JETAA NW held a little event for those wanting to get out for some fresh air.  Formby is home to beautiful pinewoods, unspoilt sand dunes, asparagus fields, the rare and endangered red squirrel, and many, many pubs.  So, what better way...

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Interested in Studying Translation?

12th May 2017

Interested in Studying Translation?

Summer school bursary available for JETAAUK alum City, University of London is holding its fourth literary translation summer school from June 26th to 30th, 2017. Translate is organised in conjunction with the Translators Association of the Society of Authors, offering the opportunity for budding translators to translate texts ...

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The Dark Secret of Natsume Soseki – A talk by Dr. Damian Flanagan at Summerville, Manchester

9th May 2017

The Dark Secret of Natsume Soseki – A talk by Dr. Damian Flanagan at Summerville, Manchester

On Saturday 29th of April JETAA North West and Japan Society North West co-hosted an event for our members and others interested in Japanese culture.  We invited Dr. Damian Flanagan to talk about his latest research on Japan's most celebrated author, Natsume Soseki. Dr Flanagan is a writer and critic interested in Japanese literature...

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New thriller explores complexity of cross-cultural relationships in Japan

26th April 2017

New thriller explores complexity of cross-cultural relationships in Japan

New thriller explores comp...

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North West Chapter AGM 2017

25th April 2017

North West Chapter AGM 2017

On April 8th, the North West chapter AGM was held in Warrington.  The chosen location for the meeting, a cafe called The Little Box of Treats, was a first for us all and turned out to be just right for our purpose.  The atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing and the menu was exactly what the cafe name suggests with a mixture of Asian foo...

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JETAA London Charity quiz raises £100 for Second Harvest Japan

13th April 2017

JETAA London Charity quiz raises £100 for Second Harvest Japan

On the 30th of March JETAA London hosted a charity pub quiz to raise money for second Second Harvest Japan.  Thanks to the generosity of a number of Japanese companies we were able to get together many great prizes. The 1st prize was 2x £30 generously donated by Nambu-tei re...

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Love Your Furusato with New Project

31st March 2017

Love Your Furusato with New Project

JET is now accepting applications for its 2017 Furusato Vision Project! If you are interested in contributing to your ‘home-away-from-home’, your furusato in Japan, then this project is perfect. You can return to your former place of employment on JET, visit places you had strong connections with and reconnect with the commu...

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Need a Mentor?

31st March 2017

Need a Mentor?

A little help When JETAAUK alum George Stanley returned from Japan in 2011, he realised that the transition to life in the UK would have both its ups and downs. He told Jetlag his story, and hopes to help other returnees with their careers by being a JET mentor. "I was on the JET Programme for one year, working...

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Ekiden to Come to the Cotswolds

31st March 2017

Ekiden to Come to the Cotswolds

The beauty of the Cotswolds will meet the Orient in a new running race on 3rd September 2017. The Cotswold Ekiden brings together the best of Japanese culture and tradition. Taking place at the beautiful Sudeley Castle in the heart of the Cotswolds, the relay race involves each participant running in a team of four on a 5.5km route, whi...

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JETAAUK Chair’s Spring Message

31st March 2017

JETAAUK Chair’s Spring Message

JETAAUK has been busy recently, with our Annual General Meeting in February and our 30th Anniversary Reception hosted at the Houses of Parliament by the British–Japanese Parliamentary Group in March. Unfortunately, we coul...

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Chapter Roundup: Scotland

31st March 2017

Chapter Roundup: Scotland

Hello from the Scotland Chapter! After some great activities in the 2016–17 JET year (including introducing Japanese culture to primary school students, a well-received Japanese language weekend retreat, and some wonderful social events), we’re currently planning and organising our activities for the next 12 months. We’ve a...

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Chapter Roundup: North West

31st March 2017

Chapter Roundup: North West

Greetings from JETAA North West!  In the 2016–2017 JET year, North West chapter members hosted and were involved in various Japan-related events, all of which were well-received. Event reports Since the inaugural Jetlag newsletter in January, North West has held its

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Chapter Roundup: Midlands

31st March 2017

Chapter Roundup: Midlands

Greetings from JETAA Midlands! We cover a wide area across the centre of the country, and have held events in Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Sheffield and Derby. These range from networking and career-focused events to cocktail parties and meals in top local Japanese restaurants. We also hosted the first JETAA UK aca...

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Chapter Roundup: London

31st March 2017

Chapter Roundup: London

Hello JETAA London members! The London chapter has been hard at work throughout 2016 and the first part of 2017 to arrange a wide variety of events for members, ranging from social meetups to volunteer opportunities. Last year saw us relaunch our social events series with several successful pub nights and karaoke...

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