JETAAWJ 2018-2019 Officer election results

The votes have been counted and the results are in for the 2018-2019 JETAAWJ Officer Elections. Congratulations to Alberto, Pene, Rose and Mason who will take on the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary respectively. They will hold their positions from April 1st 2018 until March 31st 2019. See their platforms below for reference, and let’s congratulate them and wish them the best in their roles!

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JETAA Western Japan Officer Elections

JETAA Western Japan is looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join the officer team! Enrich the experience JET Alumni in Western Japan by working with JETAAWJ to provide useful and fun events and information.

Positions available:

If you wish to run for election for any of these positions, please send a photo of yourself and your platform to by Wednesday 21st February. In your platform, remember to include:
1. Where and when you were a JET, and in what capacity (ALT/CIR/SEA)
2. Current location: current city, prefecture
3. Brief history: what country (city, state), college degree, etc.
4. Employment info: current employer, work industry, or previous industries
5. Why you feel you are suited for this position

After the deadline passes, we will upload applicants’ platforms and hold a vote.

We look forward to receiving your platform!

JETAAWJ Job Hunting Seminar for Current and Former JETs

The JET Alumni Association Western Japan (JETAAWJ) will be hosting a two-day job hunting and business manners seminar in Osaka City with Mori Kosan Co., Ltd., a firm that supports foreigners seeking employment in Japan. The seminar will be from 9:00 to 17:00 on January 20 (Sat.) and 21 (Sun.), 2018. Attendees will learn things like: how to write a Japanese-style resume, prepare for an interview, exchange business cards, answer phone calls in Japanese, etc.
*The seminar participation fee is 1000 Yen.

There will also be a networking event on the night of January 20 (Sat.) from 17:30 to 19:30, with Mr. Takeo Mori, CEO of the Kansai Tourism Bureau, and guests from other organizations. *Participation fee for the networking dinner will be 1000 Yen to help pay for catering costs (this is separate from the seminar fee).

For those who would like to attend, please apply through here by filling out the information below. Priority will be given to JET alumni, but current JETs can still apply.  A schedule with more detailed information on the seminar will be sent to applicants in early January.

*The seminar will be conducted in Japanese, so it recommended for participants to have at least a JLPT N3 level of Japanese or higher.

For questions, please contact

Announcing the JET Film Festival, Saturday November 18 ジェットフィルムフェスティバル、11月18日(土)

Last year, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme, JETs past and present placed all around Japan created short, bilingual videos about the beauty of the areas they lived in as part of the JET Programme Video Contest. The JET Film Festival on Saturday November 18th at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe will screen the winning entries of this contest, as well as “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story“, the documentary of the life and legacy of Taylor Anderson, a JET participant from the US who lost her life in the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Join us at this event and support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which was set up in her honour.

After the film screening will be a reception, providing an opportunity for you to network with current JETs, JET alumni and the local community over light refreshments. (Limited to first 50 people only. 2000 yen, or 1000 yen for current JETs/JET Alumni)

Please also see the leaflet below. We look forward to welcoming you there!

You can sign up using the contact form below the Japanese text (please sign up one person at a time).





Farewell Sunday Roast for UK Deputy Consul General

On Sunday 11th June, JETAA Western Japan members bid farewell to UK Deputy Consul General Patrick Bannister and his wife Stephanie before they left to take up new positions in Tokyo. The event took place at the Harbour Tavern, a British pub in Kobe, over a traditional British Sunday Roast with all the trimmings.

JETAA Western Japan wishes Mr. and Mrs. Bannister the best of luck in their new lives in Tokyo.

Enter the JETAAWJ Logo contest and win 5000 yen!

JETAA Western Japan needs a logo!

Design our logo and receive a 5,000 yen Amazon gift card if your design is the winner.

You may want to take a look at some of the other chapters’ logos for inspiration.

How to apply:

Email jetaawjchair (at) with your entry in .jpg format. Include your full name, years and location on JET, and the city or prefecture where you currently reside in Japan.


We must receive your entry by Friday June 30th.

Who can enter:

You must be a current JET or a JET Alum, living in Japan.

If your logo is chosen, it will be used on the website and on future JETAA Western Japan communications. By entering this contest, you consent to us using your logo freely.

Good luck, and we look forward to receiving your submission!

Networking Brunch

On Sunday April 9th, JETAA Western Japan members gathered at Kobe Portopia Hotel to honor the US Consul General and Mrs. Greenberg.

Seventeen people were in attendance, including the Consul General and his wife Mrs. Greenberg; Jay Klaphake, founder of TEDxKyoto and TEDx Ambassador; Yoshihiro Utsumi, Executive Director of the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association; and current ALT Jeff Anderson, brother of Taylor Anderson.