Los Angeles Career Forum

With the Los Angeles Career Forum just three weeks away,
I wanted to take one last opportunity to reach out to you
and your Japanese-speaking students about the event.

Since I last contacted you, DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU,
EOS ACCOUNTANTS, and MICROSOFT JAPAN have joined the list
of participating companies, bringing the current total
to 21.

- Los Angeles Career Forum —–
October 4 & 5 (Sat. & Sun.)
* Travel scholarships still available

As always, I’ve included an email broadcast that you can
feel free to send on to your students. If you have any questions
or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for all of your assistance.

Best Regards,

Catherine Rackley
DISCO International, Inc.

Catherine Rackley
DISCO International, Inc.
15 West 44th St., 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10036
t: 212-403-6844
f: 212-382-2390
e: c.rackley@discointer.com

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Baruch Japan Club: JCC # 1

Dear members,

We hope you all enjoyed the Welcome Party. As promised, this Thursday, Sept. 11th, Baruch Japan Club will be hosting our first Japanese Conversation Class (JCC)!

Not sure what this is? JCC is an event dedicated to providing an environment where both beginners and native speakers can learn and converse in Japanese among peers, no experience needed! The main theme of this JCC will be “Describing People.”

Some activities will include playing the Japanese version of pin the tail on the donkey and drawing a person described in Japanese.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us!  This event will be held in our usual room VC 10-165 during club hours (12:45PM to 2:05PM).  Refreshments will be served.  Feel free to invite your friends to come!


Event Information

Event: Japanese Conversation Class

Date: Thursday, Sept. 11th

Place & Time: 12:45-2:05PM at VC 10-165


Best regards,

Jennafer Mukofsky

Co-Secretary | Baruch Japan Club

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JLPT Online Registration Began!

JLPTRegistration has opened for the 2014 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験), which will be given at 15 test sites around the US on Sunday, December 7.

Complete information is online at http://www.aatj.org/jlpt-us 

Check out our online resources and books for studying JLPT:

Some JLPT Learners on YouTube:

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Baruch Japan Club: Welcome Party!

Dear Members,

Baruch Japan Club would like to extend a warm welcome back, to our members.

Starting a new semester can be a bit disorienting after a summer full of free time, the workload is starting to set in and it may seem like the fun of summer is over.  Not to worry Japan Club has just the thing!

This Thursday, September 4, we will be hosting our first event of the year, our Welcome Back Party! We invite both new faces and old to join us as we kick off the year with a brief presentation of our events, delicious Japanese food, interactive games, prizes, and of course the always friendly e-board of Japan Club! Please feel free to join us this Thursday, September 4th during club hours 12:45-2:05 PM in VC 10-165. Hope to see you guys there!

Event Information

Event: Welcome Back Party!
Date: Thursday, September 4th

Time & Place: VC 10-165, 12:45-2:05

Best regards,
Amy Campos
Co-Secretary | Baruch Japan Club

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the Conversation Partners Program

From:  Prof. Elisabeth Gareis, Communication Studies


The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) is a great way for nonnative students to gain confidence in English, for native speakers to gain experience in communicating across language barriers, and for both native and nonnative speakers to expand their cultural knowledge, make friends, and build a network of professional contacts. The CPP matches native and nonnative speakers of English for informal conversations. To participate, students should be willing to commit to meeting their partner about one hour per week.


For more information and to sign up, see  http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/cpp


The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 12.


Elisabeth Gareis


Dept. of Communication Studies, B8-240

Baruch College

55 Lexington Ave.

New York, NY 10010

Tel.: 646-312-3731

E-mail: egareis@baruch.cuny.edu


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L.A. & Boston Career Forum

Email broadcast for your students about the Los Angeles/Boston Career Forums


DISCO International, organizer of the world’s largest job fair

for Japanese-English bilinguals, invites Japanese-English
speaking students to our upcoming Career Forums this fall.

- Los Angeles Career Forum —–
October 4 & 5, 2014 (Sat. & Sun.)
Hiring companies include:
* Travel scholarships available
* Free online seminar on September 3 to help prepare
for the event. Please apply from link below by August 31.

Nov. 7 – 9, 2014 (Fri. – Sun.)
Hiring companies include:
* Travel scholarships available

Los Angeles/ Boston Career Forum are for anyone who:
- has at least conversational ability in both Japanese
and English


- is looking for a full-time or internship position

Companies will be holding seminars as well as one-on-one
interviews at their booth during the event. Some companies
will make offers of employment by the end of the event.
Registration and attendance is free.

For online registration and more info regarding
the above, please go to:
Los Angeles Career Forum:
Boston Career Forum:

If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact us at cfn@careerforum.net.

We look forward to seeing you in LA and Boston!


DISCO International, Inc.

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Japan-America Society Scholarship Program


In 2014 JASW established the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarships to support short-term academic study (one semester or one academic year) at colleges and universities in Japan. The scholarships are made possible thanks to the Society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship Endowment and the Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment.

JASW intends to award up to six scholarships of $5,000 each for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The scholarship may be used for any combination of tuition and other academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation (including internal Japan travel), and other approved expenses.
Requirements for Applicants
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
  • Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan
  • Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant’s home college or university in the US
  • Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
  • May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university 
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Priorities and Preferences for Reviewing and Screening Applications
In reviewing applications, the JASW Scholarship Committee will give priority and preference to applicants who can demonstrate a combination of any of the following factors: 
  • Are legal residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (i.e., you may be studying at a college or university anywhere in the US, but your home/parents’ home is in DC, MD, VA)
  • Are members or are children of members of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have interned with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have volunteered with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Have participated in the National Japan Bowl®
  • Have studied and/or are currently studying the Japanese language
  • Have studied and/or are currently taking academic courses on Japanese history, culture, society, politics, arts, literature, etc.
  • Have participated in extra-curricular activities related to Japan outside the academic classroom (for example, ikebana, tea ceremony, or Japanese cooking lessons; Japanese martial arts; Japan culture clubs, etc.) 
Application Procedure
Applicants should submit the following documents by email to scholarships@us-japan.org before the deadline of July 15, 2014. All documents should be included as attachments in the same email. The email subject line should say “Scholarship Application” and also include the applicant’s full name. 
JASW will not follow up if an application is incomplete. Failure to submit all required documents, or to fully complete the application, will render the applicant ineligible. 
A complete EMAIL application includes the following three documents:
  1. The completed application form, which includes a one-page essay assignment (click here)
  2. (A) Proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan and (B) certification that the proposed academic study is an official student exchange program of the college or university in the US. This can be a letter or notice from either the US home college or university or the Japanese college or university.
  3. School transcripts for the past academic year
In addition to the three attachments, a recommendation form (click here) must be filled out by a professor or advisor at a student’s college or university in the US. Have the professor or advisor email their PDF form separately to the following email address: scholarships@us-japan.org.
Selection and Announcement
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications in accordance with the requirements, priorities, and preferences listed above. JASW will inform scholarship awardees by August 15, 2014.  
Payment will be made in two allotments. An initial payment of $4,000 will be made before the academic study in Japan commences, and a second payment of $1,000 will be made after the study in Japan is over and the required report has been submitted to JASW. The required report (1-2 pages) should describe the student’s expereience in Japan, both academic and non-academic, and how that experience has affected their thinking and knowledge about Japan and their plans for the future. 
Any questions about the JASW Tanaka and Green Scholarships Program should be submitted in writing to JASW at scholarships@us-japan.org for response by the Scholarship Committee. Please do not call.
Resume Circulation Service 
If you have Japan-related work or study experience and are job hunting, our Resume Circulation Service will get your resume placed on the desks of top Japanese and American executives in the Washington area. We send the resumes to our corporate members at the end of each month. To be included, email your resume in PDF format to JASW by the third Friday of the month. Payment must be received at the same time. Our email address is jaswdc@us-japan.org.

The service costs $30 and is available to Society members and non-members. You can mail a check to the Society payable to Japan-America Society, or you can pay on-line. If payment is not received by the third Friday in the month, the resume will not be sent until another month has passed. 

To pay for the Resume Circulation Service on-line, please click here.

For a list of JASW Corporate Members, please click here(pdf.)

Please note: The Japan-America Society of Washington is not a job placement service. Members who use this service therefore should not contact the Society to ask about their status with individual companies. The companies will contact job applicants independently and directly, if they are interested. 

If you need more information, please contact the Society at 202-833-2210.

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The Liberal Arts Majors That Pay the Most


Parents, don’t despair. Even if your child spends four years of college reading Hungarian poetry or delving deep into the Faulkner oeuvre, he or she can still earn a decent salary shortly after packing up the senior-year dorm room.

So says the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which reports that the top-paying liberal arts majors for 2014 graduates are foreign languages and literature (average starting salary $46,900) and English ($42,200). The results are based on job offers that students accepted earlier this year and were reported by employers in February 2014 primarily through a variety of government surveys.

The lowest-paid? Criminal justice and corrections ($36,200). Even visual-arts majors did marginally better.

“Employers hiring foreign languages and literatures majors did so primarily to fill elementary and middle school teaching positions,” according to the organization, which primarily represents companies that recruit on college campuses.

Indeed, the educational services industry regularly scoops up the most new college grads, said NACE, which found that schools and other employers in the field hired 463,500 individuals awarded bachelor’s degrees in 2014, with an average starting salary of $40,894. The next biggest employer for this cohort was health-care and social assistance organizations, which hired 296,000 graduates (average salary $42,623).

Employers hired English majors to work as teachers, editors, writers, managers, paralegals, and legal assistants, NACE said.

In all, the average salary for all humanities and social-science majors was $38,365, up a healthy 3.5% from 2013. Engineering majors—the highest-paid of those tracked by NACE—saw their pay rise by just 0.3%, to $62,719.

For all U.S. nongovernment workers, average weekly earnings rose by 1.5% from February 2013 to February 2014, according to the Department of Labor.

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CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.



Looking to change your career path? Want to use your Japanese-English bilingual skills right here in the U.S.? Register now for the first ever Career Forum for working professionals featuring domestically-situated companies and positions. Participating companies are specifically seeking highly-qualified bilingual candidates ready to work in the U.S. Take advantage of this ground-breaking event and don’t miss a beat in finding new and exciting employment opportunities tailor-made to your skills.
How to Participate:

Step 1CFN Membership

Step 2Event Registration

Step 3Name Badge Printing

Event Schedule

June14th, 2014 (Sat.)
11:00am – 6:00pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 2F
125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Qualifications to Participate

  • Bilingual in Japanese and English
    (minimum conversational level)
  • Graduated by June 2014
  • Legally able to work in the U.S.
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