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  • 5 Nov 2018 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

    UAB Jemison Lecture Series


    Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Keyboardist, Vocalist

    Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 2:00-3:00

    Hulsey Recital Hall

    Hulsey Center: 950 13th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

    Event Description: A Piano Event Encounter with Japanese Music

    Autumn songs, Japanese nursery rhymes, Japanese/American anime songs
    Choko Kimura Aiken will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music by focusing on differences between US and Japanese customs and cultures.

    About Choko Aiken

    Choko was born and raised in Japan and began studying classical piano at the age of three and later piano, violin, voice, and music theory at colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as traveling to the United States to study jazz in Los Angeles and New York. Her “Imagination” album, made in Los Angeles in 2011, was featured in that year’s February issue of JAZZIZ magazine. Choko has also performed many genres in Japan, including jazz, salsa, latin, classical, gospel, and pop. She left her long-time group Tri-Voices and other bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013. Since that time, Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues, including the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, and Eric Essix Jazz Escape. She has been Guest Pianist at the 2015 Supper Jazz Concert, 2016 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, and 2017 Jazz in the Park. She looks forward to continuing with her main goal of simply making people happy with her music. For more information, please see: https://www.chokoaiken.com

    This event is free and open to the public
    Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities

  • 30 Oct 2018 3:02 PM | Anonymous

    DISCO International, Inc., organizer of job fairs for Japanese-English bilinguals, welcomes those with some degree of both Japanese and English language abilities to come speak and interview with 230 companies at the upcoming Boston Career Forum.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event.

    Boston Career Forum (Nov. 9-11)
    *230 participating companies
    *Registering and attending are free
    *Open to anyone pursuing a Bachelor fs degree or higher who is bilingual in English and Japanese seeking a full-time or internship position

    For more details and to register, please go to: https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos

    If you have questions about any of the Career Forums, please contact us at cfn@careerforum.net

    We look forward to seeing you there!



  • 30 Oct 2018 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    –JASA & AGP Present–

    Leave the Right Impression: Navigating German and Japanese Business Culture Webinar

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Noon to 1:00pm Central Time

    Register here to receive a link to the webinar!

    Following our joint workshop last month, we present a webinar exploring the cultural values and practices across the USA, Germany and Japan.

    Learn how to leave the right impression, fine-tune your international business communication skills and knowledge of global etiquette. We will uncover what your body language and dining etiquette says about you in a different cultural context. Learn how to send your intended message the culturally appropriate way and interpret other’s nuances correctly.

    Training is provided by Mind Your Culture, LLC and Michiki Morgan Worldwide

    Michiki Morgan Worldwide serves Japanese global organizations at various levels. Nozomi Morgan leads a team of experts in developing global leaders. Her team helps organizations develop Co-created Culture which she believes is the foundation for individuals and organizations to fulfill their purpose in this world.

    MIND YOUR CULTURE, LLC  is a cross-cultural business solutions and leadership development firm. They specialize in guiding people through the complexities of cultural differences in the global business world.


  • 5 Oct 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous


    TABLE FOR TWO Celebrates World Food Day 2018

    – Change the World with Onigiri (Rice Ball) #OnigiriAction

    This fall, TABLE FOR TWO USA (TFT) invites everyone to participate in their “Change the World with Onigiri #OnigiriAction” campaign from October 10th to November 20th. The campaign commemorates World Food Day, established in honor of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization by the UN in 1945. Onigiri Action aims to provide 1 million meals to children in need around the world. As an NPO with roots in Japan, the TABLE FOR TWO USA campaign highlights onigiri (or Japanese rice balls) made from rice, one of Japan’s major agricultural products. In Japan, rice balls are a simple comfort food made for others with love. During the campaign, every photo of a rice ball posted on the Onigiri Action website or social media with #OnigiriAction will provide 5 meals to children in need. Last year, over 108,815 rice ball photos were posted by people from all over the world, providing 975,000 warm school meals. Over 4,500 children were able to eat for an entire school year. The Onigiri Action campaign received the “Asia Marketing Excellence Awards for Marketing 3.0” from the Asia Marketing Federation as a socially responsible marketing program.

    To participate, visit the Onigiri Action interactive website to post a photo, or post a photo on your social media with #OnigiriAction. For every onigiri photo posted, our sponsoring organizations (*) will donate 5 school meals to children in need. To participate, please visit: https://onigiri-action.com/en/ (launch on October 3rd). To learn more, visit the Onigiri Action 2017 page: http://jp.tablefor2.org/campaign/onigiri/en/.

    As part of the campaign, TABLE FOR TWO will also be hosting onigiri -making workshops in New York City, Washington, DC, Boston, and California, where you can learn to make traditional Japanese rice balls, onigiri. Onigiri, while simple – just rice, savory fillings, and seaweed – form a cornerstone of Japanese cuisine. Event details to be announced soon!

    “We are thrilled to launch our World Food Day campaign this fall in an effort to provide meals to children in need,” said Mayumi Uejima-Carr, Co-President of TABLE FOR TWO USA. “We hope as many people as possible take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the world while enjoying Japanese food.”

    *The Onigiri Action 2018 campaign is generously supported by: J.C.C. Fund/Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, JFC International/Nishiki, Japan Commerce Association of Washington D.C. Foundation, Zojirushi America, San-J, ITOCHU International, SMBC Global Foundation, Misuzu Corporation, MUFG Union Bank, N.A, Otafuku Foods, Just One Cookbook, BentOn, Onigilly

    In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the products below will be donated towards providing school meals: Nishiki Rice (JFC International), Rice Cooker (Zojirushi America), Tamari Soy Sauce (San-J), Tamaki Quick Cook Brown Rice (ITOCHU International), Over 70 onigiri items (Tokyo Central’s online store), Inari (Misuzu Corporation), Okonomiyaki Pancake Mix (Otafuku Foods), Just One Cookbook eBook – Essential Japanese Recipes (Just One Cookbook), Brown Rice Plum Basil Hijiki Onigiri/Five Grains Konbu Onigiri (BentOn), Onigilly (Onigilly), Onigiri (Hana Japanese Market), Fresh Miso Soup from Miso Soup Dispenser (Marukome), Echigoya Koshihikari (Echigoya), Sushi Workshop for Good (Sushi Chef Institute), Orinigiri workshop (Orinigiri), Miso Onigiri and Shio koji salmon Onigiri (Aedan).


    TABLE FOR TWO USA (TFT) is a 501(C)(3) organization that addresses the joint issues of hunger and obesity.  First established in Japan in 2007, the organization has expanded to 14 countries, including the United States. In the US, TABLE FOR TWO launched the “Wa-Shokuiku –Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!- ” (www.wa-shokuiku.org) program to educate American schoolchildren about healthy eating practices, inspired by Japanese culture and cuisine. TABLE FOR TWO runs a unique “meal-sharing” program by partnering with companies, restaurants, and schools to serve healthy TFT-labeled meals. Every meal purchased provides a meal to a child in need. TABLE FOR TWO works to help correct the global food imbalance. For more information about TABLE FOR TWO, please visit: http://usa.tablefor2.org.

  • 22 Sep 2018 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    The RSP is an online course about Japan and U.S.–Japan relations that is offered to high school students across the United States. This course is offered through the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University, and is an application-based class that accepts 25 to 30 diverse and talented students from across the U.S. each year. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2019 RSP, which will begin in February and end in June 2019. We are very interested in encouraging more students in the Midwest and South to apply. The RSP is a very student-centered class, and we feel strongly that diverse student perspectives deeply enrich the learning experience. We would love to have student representation from Alabama in our course for the upcoming term!

    Accepting Applications August 27, 2018 – October 05, 2018

    Apply online at https://spicestanford.smapply.io/prog/reischauer_scholars_program.
    Application deadline for 2019 course: October 5, 2018.

    Tuition fee: $400
    A limited number of full and partial tuition waivers are available.
    Follow SPICE on Facebook or Twitter or join our email list to receive announcements for the next application period.

    The Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Named in honor of former Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer, the RSP annually selects 25–30 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students participate in the online course on Japan from February to June of each year.

    Currently entering its sixteenth year, the RSP provides students with a broad overview of Japanese history, literature, religion, art, politics, economics, and contemporary society, with a special focus on the U.S.–Japan relationship. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States and Japan provide online lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions. RSP students will interact with the Japanese high school students of the Stanford e-Japan Program, deepening their mutual cross-cultural understanding and broadening their global perspectives. Students also complete readings and weekly assignments, with the coursework culminating in an independent research project. Final research projects are printed in journal format, and students are also required to lead two presentations on Japan at their schools or in their local communities. Students who successfully complete the course will earn Stanford Continuing Studies Program (CSP) credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.

  • 22 Sep 2018 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Visit the JAPAN Pavilion!!


    11th Southern Automotive Conference 2018


    Date:     October 3-5, 2018

    Location: Cobb Galleria Centre

    (address:2 Galleria Pkwy South East, Atlanta, GA 30339)


    The annual Southern Automotive Conference is a unique collaboration presented jointly each year by the automotive manufacturing associations of Alabama (AAMA), Georgia (GAMA), Mississippi (MAMA), and Tennessee (TAMA).

    The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA), South Carolina Automotive Council (SCAC), and Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) are affiliate members of SAC.


    The conference brings together more than 1000 industry leaders from across the US and overseas.


    In collaboration with the 2018 Southern Automotive Conference, JETRO Atlanta is extending the opportunity to connect Japanese companies

    (both from Japan and Southeastern US) with southeastern OEMs, suppliers and R&D facilities by creating a Japan pavilion.



    This business matching event will showcase 24 Japanese companies with which companies can meet and explore new strategic business opportunities.

    In preparation for our business matching efforts, we have attached the brochure of 24 Japanese company participants.



    We are asking all interested parties to please select the companies they would like to meet with as well as the time slots that would be most suitable from the following link.

    The deadline for business matching requests will be 26th September, 2018.



    ◆2018 Southern Automotive Conference  (https://www.southernautocon.com/)


    ◆Further Information: JETRO Atlanta

    TEL: 404-681-0600 (Mr. Trevin Dye, Reiji Ishida, Norikazu Mori)

    E-mail: ama@jetro.go.jp

  • 22 Sep 2018 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Our mission is to inspire the public to embrace principles of good stewardship, engage in scientific discovery, and be immersed in the riches of history and culture by connecting with the most powerful birds in the world.


    Rise Raptor Project (RISE), based in North Alabama, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded for the purpose of teaching the principles of good stewardship, sound science, conservation, history, and culture. Raptors (birds of prey) provide a unique avenue by which to communicate these principles in a memorable and meaningful way. We offer programs on a low cost basis, allowing us to reach thousands of people. RISE travels anywhere we are asked, and presents 50-85 presentations annually. We believe all people regardless of social or economic status should have these principles integrated into their lives and character in order to achieve their full potential. As a result of this policy we operate on a donation basis.


    International Collaboration : Connecting Japan with the United States with Eagles

    The people of Alabama have benefitted from government, business, and personal relationships with one of the USA’s greatest allied nations, Japan. RISE is collaborating with one of the best conservation rehabilitation, and research facilities in the world located in Kushiro, Hokkaido: Institute for Raptor Biomedicine Japan. As a result of this relationship, Japan will be sending RISE one of their non-releasable White Tailed Eagles. The White Tailed Eagle is considered one of Japan’s national treasures. This eagle will become one of our education ambassadors and participate in research for captive propagation. New education programs will include conservation issues currently facing eagles worldwide, as well as aspects of history and Japanese culture. This eagle will not only be an ambassador for its wild relatives and our environment, but it will be a unique and special ambassador of the Japanese people. We hope to develop long term relationships between Huntsville, Alabama and Kushiro, Hokkaido elementary schools as a result of this cultural exchange. One goal is to work with the children of Kushiro to name the new eagle. RISE is currently working with Japanese government ministries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in finalizing this transfer. Fund raising proceeds will be applied to expenses of transporting the eagle to the USA and the construction of a new eagle facility.

    RISE is considering further work to establish several pairs of non-releasable White Tailed Eagles in a captive propagation program in Huntsville. This effort would result in continued eagle propagation research and education. Since the White Tailed Eagle is considered vulnerable/endangered in Japan, offspring would be sent back to Hokkaido to replace those birds lost due to injury. This work will require outside financial support.


    The Rise Raptor Project Team

    Curt Cearley – Executive Director, Principle Founder, Educator / Master Falconer, Raptor rehabilitation, research lead

    Stephanie Kern – Avian rehabilitation expert, songbird specialty, educator, legal specialist

    Lindsey Wilmer – Educator, rehabilitation expert – water fowl specialty

    Tim Gels – Educator, Educator for State of Alabama

    Robin Harris – Educator, assistant raptor training, equine behavior and training specialist

    Christina Turner – Educator for State of Alabama, assistant raptor trainer, handler

    Dan Meyer – World class performer sword swallower, Guinness World Record holder, entertainer, and motivational public speaker

    Morgan Harker – Junior educator, assistant, raptor handler

    Lorelei McElroy – Junior educator, assistant, raptor handler


    5638 Highway 53, STE B-276, Harvest, AL 35749

    Curt Cearley – Executive Director





  • 13 Aug 2018 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    Lionbridge is looking for Social Media Evaluators to rate social media ads and other content for quality and relevancy in order to help our clients improve the Internet experience for all users.
    We offer competitive pay, flexible hours, and the ability to work from home.  This is a temporary employment position for up to 12 months.
    If hired, Social Media Evaluators must be able to complete all assigned tasks accurately and efficiently within timing and/or production standards or requirements.

    Please find below and review all the projects details.

    Work Schedule:

    • Work from home;
    • Part-time flexible schedule (day/night);
    • Maximum 1 hour per day, self-directed schedule;
    • At least 5 days per week;
    • Maximum 7 hours per week.
    • Rate is 19USD/per hour.



    Basic Requirements:

    • Computer with a secured high-speed Internet connection;
    • iPhone or Android smartphone that is less than 3 years old;
    • Fluency in written and spoken English;
    • Good understanding of Japanese language;
    • Active daily user of social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.);
    • Must be living in Japan for at least the past 3 years;
    • High level of cultural awareness and familiarity with current events in Japan including entertainment, shopping, business, media, sport, news and social media.


    Preferred Experience:   

    Experience in using web browsers to navigate online content and the ability to handle software issues such as installing applications and troubleshooting.


    If you are interested, please proceed to take our evaluation questionnaire (it will take only 10-15 minutes). Click this link and register: https://goo.gl/2mXzUj

    Once registered, you will need to take our short Social Media Evaluator Questionnaire, a basic (A2) English test and accept our Service Level Agreement (SLA).

    1. Link to the questionnaire: https://www.workmarket.com/lms/view/details/14365
    2. Link to the English test: https://www.workmarket.com/lms/view/details/14257
    3. Link to the SLA: https://www.workmarket.com/groups/66961

    Please click on the APPLY button in the top right corner of this page. The system will give you a message, that you don’t meet the requirements. Please ignore this message and press OK. “Master Service Level Agreement” will pop up, after the “Apply” button is clicked, please kindly scroll down to the bottom and accept it.

    Kindly complete the above-mentioned step as soon as possible, so that we can consider you for this position.

  • 9 Aug 2018 2:55 PM | Anonymous


    August 9, 2018


    Christina Burchette







    WASHINGTON, DC (August 9, 2018) – Sister Cities International (SCI) elected Shin Koyamada (小山田 真), Actor, Producer and Philanthropist of Los Angeles, California to the Board of Directors on August 3, 2018 at the 2018 Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado. Koyamada was voted in by SCI’s individual member sister cities, counties, and states from all over the country.


    “We are deeply honored to have Shin Koyamada join the Board of Directors and the Sister Cities International leadership team,” said Ron Nirenberg, Chairman of the SCI Board of Directors and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. “His passion and contribution as a world citizen diplomat are inspiring and will help the organization to highlight the critical importance of the role of the everyday citizen in promoting world peace.”


    Koyamada is the first native-born Japanese member of Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors, and also serves as the Country and Regional Representative for Japan and East Asia. He is originally from Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan and immigrated to the United States in June of 2000. In 2004, Koyamada became best known to global audiences after his co-starring roles in the Warner Bros. blockbuster Tom Cruise film The Last Samurai, with a worldwide box office of $456 million. He starred in the Disney Channel hit TV movie Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior, making it one of the highest viewed Disney Channel movies in the U.S and the highest rated kid’s channel in Europe, U.K. and Japan. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of KIF (Koyamada International Foundation) and Shinca Group CEO. He has dedicated a large portion of his life to philanthropic work that focuses on promoting the role and importance of citizen diplomacy, especially in empowering global youth and women and strengthening and deepening the ties between Japan, East Asia, and the United States. For more information about him, please visit http://ShinKoyamada.com.


    Koyamada first become involved with Sister Cities International when he participated in the 60th San Jose-Okayama Sister Cities Anniversary in San Jose, California to support his hometown of Okayama, Japan. In July 2017, he was appointed to the SCI Board of Directors as the Young Professional Representative, and then elected as Director-at-Large this year. For Koyamada, the highlight of the 2018 Annual Conference was receiving the Chairman’s Award before hundreds of sister cities members for his tremendous contributions and achievements he made in the past year as a board member, including two international trips to Japan with two different U.S. delegations, nine separate domestic sister cities trips across the U.S., creating SCI Youth national branding, bringing in a major corporate sponsor, and more.


    After his election, Koyamada stated, “I am sincerely honored to be elected to the Director-at-Large position by the Sister Cities International network, and I am looking forward to continuing my work with Sister Cities International to bridge global communities for world peace.”

  • 9 Aug 2018 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    “Lionbridge is an American company with headquarters in Massachusetts (USA) and offices in 26 countries. We deliver translation and localization, global content management, and application testing services to the world’s top brands. Currently we are urgently looking for Japanese native speakers over the age of 65 to participate in our paid Japanese Language Research Project.

    Please see below the project overview:

    Lionbridge is helping to develop modern speech recognition systems for computers and mobile devices and is now starting a Japanese Language Research Project, which consists of collecting voice samples in Japanese. The task is simple and does not require any specific knowledge or previous experience. It can be performed from home, using a mobile device or computer. The entire project should take no longer than 45 minutes and each participant that successfully completes the task will receive $35 (USD) via PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer (via XendPay). Below you will find the task overview.

    Timeline: As soon as possible.

    Location: The task can be completed remotely from any location as long as there is a mobile device/computer with stable internet connection.

    Requirement: Japanese native speaker in the age group of 65 years and older.

    Task description: The participants will see sentences in Japanese and will need to record their voice while reading them aloud.

    The duration of the task: approximately 45 minutes per participant.

    Rate: 35 USD per participant for the entire task. The payment will be done via PayPal or Direct Bank Transfer (via XendPay). 5USD (per participant) can be provided to those who refer participants who successfully complete this study.


    Interested candidates can register for the project by filling in this short registration form: https://fs30.formsite.com/LB2014/form294/index.html


    Once the registration form has been completed and you have qualified to participate, our production team will contact you with additional details and instructions.

    Kindly note that this is a one time task, you cannot participate again if you have already completed this project.

    We offer a referral fee of 5 USD per person that you recommend for this project if they successfully complete the task. If you know many native speakers who would be interested in this project, please let us know and we will send you the details on how to proceed. Also, please ask candidates (referred by you) to write your name in other comments “Referred by <your name>”.

    Visit us at:

    Website: http://www.lionbridge.com/solutions/global-services-for-machine-intelligence/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LionMachineIntelligence/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lionbridge_GSMI

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/lionbridge_gsmi


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