JETAA UK May 2020: lockdown and Ashinaga fundraising events roundup

12th May 2020

JETAA UK May 2020: lockdown and Ashinaga fundraising events roundup

Featuring chapter news and upcoming JETAA UK events right across the country, coordinated by active Chapters in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland.

North West

Chair's Message

Hi everyone, I hope this message finds you well in these unusual times. JETAA NW has been quiet in terms of social (online) events as we all try to adapt and cope with our new and varying circumstances. However, I feel somehow we are coming closer together through social distancing: often checking up and offering support to one another both here and in Japan, another great side of JETAA is certainly coming out. People also seem to be going back to basics and getting creative in different ways at home, and this can only be a good thing. We too have a couple of activities in mind that we would like to make happen in the near future. Continue to stay safe and take good care. Best wishes to all. 

Corrina Ellis – North West Chapter Chair.            

Photograph Competition 

We must all have hundreds of photos from our time on JET and here is a good way to look back on them with nostalgia whilst also putting them to good use. We would like to ask alumni to select their favourite photo to be put into a draw, and the best three will receive prizes that can be used online. Upon submission of a photo, there will also be the opportunity to contribute a small donation to Just Giving as part of fundraising for Ashinaga UK. Details to be confirmed and sent out via Mailchimp shortly.

1000 Paper Cranes

In the past, JETAA NW have folded paper cranes and sent them to Hiroshima Peace Park, and what better time to do it again when people may have a bit more time to get creative at home? We ask for everyone’s help in reaching our target to fold 1000 cranes in time for the A-bomb anniversary on August 6th. There’s the possibility that this will made a sponsored event. Details of where and when to send your cranes to be confirmed via Mailchimp soon. 


JETAA Scotland will host a monthly meet up online via Zoom to catch up and generally support each other through the pandemic. We meet online on the first Friday of every month. If you did not receive a link by email please email the Scotland Chair on to get the link. All JETAA and JETs from anywhere in the world are welcome to attend.

It is really important we all look after our mental as well as physical health during the pandemic. Keeping in touch via our events is one way to do this. You can find other tips for looking after our mental wellbeing here

It is clear that Asian people in the UK and around the world are facing discrimination due to the pandemic. Please make an extra effort to reach out to the Japanese diaspora and other Asians in the UK at this time and do what you can to remind them that they are welcome and valued.

Here is the Facebook link:


The JETAA London chapter held a popular 'online pub quiz' last month, raising £186 in the process. More events are in the pipeline, including another quiz on 28 May – look for more details on the London chapter email or the JETAA UK facebook page. 


Join other JETAA members in the Midlands at the Birmingham Japanese Conversation Exchange (BJCE) – a Japanese/English weekly conversation group. During the Covid-19 outbreak they have been meeting virtually on Zoom every Saturday between noon and 2pm. Joint the Facebook group here:

Free Japan Society webinars during lockdown

The Japan Society has kindly reached out to JETAA UK to extend an invitation to former JETs in the UK to attend their webinars for free. See what's on here:

Note your affiliation with JETAA UK in the ‘How did you hear about this event?’ box when booking to ensure you are not charged. Please contact their events team with any questions: /

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