Job: Business Account Executive – NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc. (San Francisco, CA; Torrance, CA; Schaumburg, IL, USA)

Position: Business Account Executive
Posted by: NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc.
Location: San Francisco, CA; Torrance, CA; Schaumburg, IL, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc. Corporate Profile


Food Manufacturing, distribution

Industry Category


Description of Business

Manufacturing and Sales of Blended Sauce, Seasonings and food materials

Head Office Location

West Sacramento, California

Plant Location (Newly built and started operation in 2013)

West Sacramento, California

Date of Establishment

September 5, 2006

Annual Sales

20 Million Dollars

Number of Employees


Group Headquarters (Parent Company)

Nihon Shokken Holdings Co., Ltd.

Ehime, Japan

Group-wide Sales: 100 billion Yen (Fiscal Year of 2016年)

Web Site

Job Description

1. Manage account in assigned territory and achieve individual sale goals.

2. Strengthening relationships with new and existing clientele though sale visits and calls.

3. Introduce new products, support new location openings, present samples and fliers, attend on-site demonstrations, provide ingredient labels and price toppers, participate in customer sales meeting, and plan methods to market Nippon Shokken products.

4. Demonstrate recipes as a suggestion for using company product.

5. Resolve customers concerns and inquires of utilizing products to decrease item returns and increase sales.

6. Convince distributors to carry product or establish demand with customers directly.

7. Attendance and participation in trade-shows as required.

8. Process orders by writing up purchase order forms with products and estimated delivery dates and sending it to corporate headquarters for processing. Follow up on orders to ensure product is received by customer.

9. Complete commitment sheets as required to show proof of demand and intent to purchase by client to leverage distributors.

10. Assist collection of unpaid invoices of their assigned territory when confirmed by headquarter.

11. Maintain customer lists using Excel.

12. Prepare daily journal and monthly schedule and submit to Sales Manager each day.

13. Prepare appropriate documents according to company standards including, but not limited to: Monthly Reports, Requests for Approval, Rebate, Request for Development of Custom Product, Product Price Registration, and PTO Requests.

14. Login to Company intranet “SHS” to check company memorandums and announcements.

15. Organize and arrange business trips within company established budget.

16. Perform other administrative work as required.


California: ◆West Sacramento, ◆South San Francisco, ◆Torrance

Texas: ◆Houston

Illinois: ◆Schaumburg

New Jersey: ◆Englewood Cliffs

Working Hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Depends on location and company established pay scale.


Medical Insurance (PPO), Dental Insurance, 401K, Paid Holiday

Paid Time Off

PTO 96 hours/year Employees will accrue additional 8 hours annually for every year of continuous service, capping at 64 additional hours or 8 days.

Experience Requirement



Fluently speak, write and read.


1. Authorized to legally work in the U.S.

2. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

3. Valid U.S. driver’s license

4. Ability to drive for long periods of time

5. Ability to regularly lift and handle supplies up to 50 lbs.

6. Ability to walk or stand for 8+ hours during tradeshows

7. Ability to use cooking apparatus to prepare food

8. Ability to go on overnight travel 25-50% of the month

9. Ability to speak fluently, write and read English.


Julie Tsuchida, HR Administrator

Nippon Shokken U.S.A. Inc.

West Sacramento, CA


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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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