Category Archives: Community Events

This section of the website is meant to provide information on local non-RMJETAA Japan-related events, organizations, associations, etc.

RMJETAA is NOT affiliated with the organizations, associations or events listed in this section and is only providing this information as a courtesy to website visitors and members.

IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16

From Tatsuaki Kobayashi, Chief Manager of the International Network Team at the The Nippon Foundation:

I would like to share this information about the IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16. The IUC (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies) is one of the leading Japanese language institutes for high-level Japanese. Since 2013, the Nippon Foundation has offered fellowships to 10 promising graduate students in Japanese Studies doctorate courses in the US, who participated in a 10 month Japanese language training course in Yokohama.

The Nippon Foundation has decided to expand the number of grantees from 10 to 20, and also to extend the scope of the program from Japanese Studies to Professional Schools such as law, MBAs, governmental officials, journalists and so on. This is a new initiative that will start from 2016, and IUC has recently made the call for applications from potential candidates. I suppose that this program will be appealing to some of JETAA members who want to seek professional career paths related to Japan.

I believe that this program would be a strong basis for nurturing the next generation of leaders who will build the US-Japan relationship.

You may find more details about the program in the following website:

If you have any questions, please contact the IUC Secretariat;

With best wishes,

T. Kobayashi

Japanese Convo Clubs: November

If you are around Denver, there are several conversation clubs to join and keep your Nihongo “pera-pera”! Great especially for those taking the JLPT in Boulder this December!

JASC Kaiwa Club
Where: Buzz Cafe, 1229 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO
When: Wednesdays at 6:30pm (no meetup on 5th Wed.)
Meetup dates in November: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 11/26

Where: Broomfield, CO
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Meetup dates in November: 11/4, 11/18

Where: Denver, CO
When: one Sunday each month (check monthly for exact date)
Meetup dates in November: Sunday, November 9th, 5pm

Japanese Convo Clubs: October

Maintaining your Japanese language skills can be very difficult when you return from Japan, especially your speaking skills. Keep your Nihongo “pera-pera” by joining a conversation club! Great especially for those taking the JLPT in Boulder this December!

JASC Kaiwa Club
Where: Buzz Cafe, 1229 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO
When: Wednesdays at 6pm (no meetup on 5th Wed.)
Meetup dates in October: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22

Where: Broomfield, CO
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Meetup dates in October: 10/7, 10/21

Where: Denver, CO
When: 4th Sundays (check monthly for exact date)
Meetup dates in October: no date set yet, but check back later this month!

Update on JETs Rally for Tohoku Fundraiser

JET Community Helps Raise Nearly $50,000 to Support Ishinomaki Students


Tuesday, March 11th marked the 3-year anniversary of the worst disaster to hit Japan in recent history. 3.11 is a date that few people connected with Japan will ever forget. This is particularly true for alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) – a unique program organized by the Japanese government that hires recent college graduates from all over the world to be assistant language teachers and international relations coordinators for local prefectural governments.

During the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, two JET participants lost their lives: Monty Dickson and Taylor Anderson. The families of these JETs have worked hard to share their stories and help the devastated communities where their loved ones lived and died. In particular, the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund was created to support the students and schools in Ishinomaki and the Tohoku region.

Since 2011 JET participants and alumni worldwide have also worked to support the disaster response, so far raising over $500,000 for the relief and recovery effort. As part of this effort the JET Alumni Association USA created a relief fund that has distributed almost $90,000 in grants for educational programs in the disaster zone.

This year, JETs mobilized again to support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund with an online fundraising campaign entitled JETs Rally for Tohoku. In the first 24 hours, starting at midnight on March 11, 2014, Japan time, JET alumni, current JET participants, and friends around the world contributed more than $20,000 through Global Giving, an internationally recognized donation website. These funds were raised through social media and word of mouth, as well as through events in San Francisco and elsewhere around the United States.

By March 18, one week later, a total of 333 people had donated $24,238. Global Giving has pledged to match these donations, bringing the total mobilized to more than $48,000 — a formidable sum demonstrating the commitment of the global JET community to the recovery of the Tohoku region. These funds will be used for a series of initiatives supported by the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund: a community library for students in hard-hit Ishinomaki, scholarships for local students, and PTSD training to assist area residents.

The JETs Rally for Tohoku fundraising website on Global Giving will be left open for regular donations which means JETs can continue to spread the word, raise funds and support the people of Japan – a country close to all of their hearts.

For more information, please visit:
· JETs Rally for Tohoku
· Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
· JET Alumni Association USA
· JET Program

Questions can be directed to Casey Marie Mochel at us1.jetaausa [at]

JET Alums Wanted: Students with Kakehashi Project visiting Denver

We’ve got 75 Japanese JHS/ HS students coming to CO! They are from Obihiro (Hokkaido) and Iwaki (Fukushima) and will be here under the Kakehashi Program for a few days. The Kakehashi Program also sent US students from CO to Japan. All those kids (Japanese and Coloradan) will gather to share their experiences onNov. 11. Come support them as they give their presentations!

We are looking for JET alums to help communications between the students and just generally be there to support and hang out.

WHEN: Nov 11, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Bear Creek HS (Auditorium), 9800 W Dartmouth Pl., Lakewood, CO 80227
WHO: Kakehashi Exchange Students, Consul-General Ono, Tom Migaki (City of Denver) and YOU
WHAT: To hear the kids share their exchange experience, assist in communications and support student exchange in CO

If you’d like to join RMJETAA & the Japanese students for dinner following this event, please click here to sign up:

Kakehashi Visit RSVP