Vote for JETAA USA Country Reps


Platforms for JETAA USA Country Reps are now available for your review. We have 3 candidates for 3 CR positions this year. CRs serve a 1-year term. All 19 US Chapters are encouraged to vote for their 2017-18 Country Representatives.
The voting period is from March 10-24th
Vote Now

Each JETAA USA Chapter has one collective vote for each candidate. Any chapter officer or representative may cast the vote for their chapter, although this is typically done by the chapter president. Sub-chapters vote under their parent chapters. Chapters have the right to vote for a candidate as well as the right to abstain from voting for one or all candidates by indicating as much on the online ballot.

This year’s candidates are:

You can vote for and read about this year’s candidates by visiting the 2017-18 US CR Elections page on the JETAA USA website (there is a big “Vote Now” button). Please take the time to read their platforms; they have outlined their vision for JETAA USA. Successful candidates will be announced shortly after voting closes.

If you have any questions/ concerns about the elections, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Jessyca Livingston

Elections Officer
ALT, Hokkaido, 2003-06
JETAA Rocky Mountain
Former Country Rep
JETAA USA & USJETAA Board member

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絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience – Commemoration of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The below is an excerpt from the following PDF from the following PDF – Kizuna 6 Press Release v3_3.2.17


絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience Photo Exhibition and Programming Marks the Anniversary

CHICAGO, March 6, 2017 – In commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Japan America Society of Chicago, Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Chicago Office present 絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience, a series of events to remember the victims of the earthquake and tsunami and to show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the disaster. The word kizuna means “bond of friendship” in Japanese. 絆 Kizuna 6 consists of events including a photo exhibition from March 7–17 at the Daley Center Lobby and a commemoration ceremony on Thursday, March 23 at the Japan Information Center. An ongoing project focused on healing from the earthquake and tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives in the northern Tohoku region of Japan, the first five Kizuna projects consisted of photography exhibitions and related programming which toured multiple venues in Chicago from 2012–2016. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel serve as honorary of chairs of 絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience, and programming is led by Kaori Stearney and Kimiyo Naka, new Co-Chairs of the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.

絆 Kizuna 6: Reliance Programs Photo Exhibition
March 7–17, 2017
Open during building business hours
Richard J. Daley Center (50 W. Washington Street)
Free and open to the public


The 絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience Photo Exhibition was curated by Alan Labb, Associate Professor of the Photography Department and Associate Provost of Educational Technology and Innovation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The selection was made from the Kizuna exhibition archive as well as current photos taken by the Tohoku-based photographer Kiyotaka Shishido.

Labb searched through past Kizuna photo archives and was awestruck by the excellent quality of photographs produced over the past six years. “Photography functions on many levels, and all the previous Kizuna exhibitions have done an exemplary job of both chronicling a timeline of events, and documenting the lives and places that were changed forever by the tragic earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011,” he said. “I also looked for images that best illustrate resilience, by being both indexical and allegorical. These photographs reveal the difficulties facing the community, while exemplifying the inner strength of the individuals depicted and the strength of the collective Japanese spirit that is capable of overcoming the worst of obstacles and participating once again in the fragility of life.”

This year’s exhibition also includes images of the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan which was struck by a large-scale earthquake in 2016. The Kizuna exhibitions have been contributed to by many photographers including Mr. Shishido and the leading Japanese business newspaper Nikkei’s photo department archive, “Memory: Things We Should Never Forget.”

Commemoration Ceremony
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Doors Open 5:00 p.m., ceremony from 6:00–7 p.m., reception from 7:00–8 p.m.
Japan Information Center (737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000)
Free and open to the public, but advance RSVP required at The commemoration ceremony will remember the earthquake and tsunami through a speaking program. Guest speakers will include Takuma Sato, a Japanese-born, world-renowned professional race car driver, and officials from the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Illinois Governor’s Office and the Chicago Mayor’s Office. Sato competes in the IndyCar Series in North America, and founded a non-profit organization, With You Japan, in 2011 to help Japanese children who were affected by the disaster. He has expanded his charitable efforts to the other areas of Japan that have been affected by natural disasters. Edward Clemons, a Chicago resident who experienced the earthquake first-hand as an English teacher living in the Tohoku region, will be recognized. The event will also feature a portion of the 絆 Kizuna 6: Resilience photo exhibition, music performance, as well as food and beverages.

photo by Kiyotaka Shishido


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U.S. Career Forum 2017 – New York

JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the upcoming U.S. Career Forum 2017 exclusively for domestic positions.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the one-day event.

– U.S. Career Forum  2017 —–
March 25 (Sat.), 10:00am – 6:00pm
Javits Center, Hall 1E
655 W 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Register and begin applying to companies here:
*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katie Yokota, at

We hope to see you there!

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14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkai

Buy tickets here:

Want a taste of Japan this new year? Then come to the 14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnnenkai on January 21 (Saturday), from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館.

  • What Japanese things can I experience while there you ask? Well…
  • Calligraphy
  • Ema Plaques
  • Fukuwarai (Pin theTail on the Donkey)
  • Karuta (PlayingCards)
  • Kimono Dress-up
  • Onigiri (RiceBall) Making
  • Origami
  • More!


  • $20.00 – Adults (21+)
  • $10.00 – 12 and Older
  • Free – Under 12
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