State of CO Recognizes JET Program

The Consulate General of Japan and Consul-General Ono recently hosted the 2012 National Day Reception. Rocky Mountain JET Alumni Association Executive Officers and Board Members were among the invitees along with other Japanese Community members, business leaders and government officials (including Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock).

Every year, the State of Colorado issues a Proclamation to the Consulate General of Japan in Denver on the occasion of the National Day Reception. This year, marked as “The year of opportunity for enhanced relations, friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and the State of Colorado”, acknowledged the success of the JET Program and the many participants sent from Colorado as a key component which continues to strengthen ties between Colorado and Japan.

The number of JETs sent from the Rocky Mountain region remains strong as does the quality of JETs we send as participants. Additionally, many of our JET alums in this region remain involved in supporting and strengthening US-Japan relations in a variety of fields locally, nationally and internationally. This recognition from the State of Colorado is indeed significant to RMJETAA and to the JET Program as a whole. Omedetou to you for being part of this community!

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Job Opening at the Consulate General of Japan, Detroit

MOFA-logoPolitical/Economic Affairs Section

Background on the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit:

In 1993, as a result of the growing number of Japanese residents and businesses in Michigan and Ohio, the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit was established. Consulate surveys indicate that there is now a combined total of 900 Japanese owned facilities in Michigan and Ohio.  The current two-state population of Japanese nationals exceeds 18,000. Important consulate missions include:  providing support and service to local Japanese nationals, promoting trade and business development between Japan and the U.S., and strengthening U.S.-Japan relations and mutual understanding through various local economic, educational and cultural activities and exchanges.

Available Position (Full-time): Research Analyst in the Political/Economic Affairs Section

Main Responsibilities:

Assistance in consulate efforts to strengthen U.S-Japan trade and investment within the states of Ohio and Michigan; duties include:

  • gathering, organizing and analyzing information on relevant economic and political issues in the states;
  • administering the consulate’s annual Japanese Direct Investment Survey.
  • drafting speeches and official correspondence for the Consul General and Deputy Consul General.


  • Four-year university degree;
  • Ability to research, analyze and communicate political and economic topics;
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel and Access; Photoshop and mapping software experience preferred;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

Required materials for application: Resume, cover letter, and list of references.

 Application procedures:

  • Electronic submission of the above-mentioned materials to:
  • Applications will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt; select applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.

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JETworking Colorado – Resume Workshop

Open to both recent JET returnees as well as alums that have been back for a while, these resume workshops are a series of meet-ups along the Front Range that give JET alums a chance to meet, discuss and develop resumes, share experiences on breaking back into the job market post-JET, and network.

Fort Collins – Saturday, November 17th | 1:00 pm
@ Wild Boar Cafe, 1510 S College Ave, 80525
Location contact: Lauren,

Boulder – Sunday, November 18th | 2:00 pm
@ Panera (29th Street Mall) 1855 29th Street, 80303
Location contact: Halley,

Denver – Sunday, November 18th | 11:00am
@ Common Grounds, 1550 17th Street, 80202
Location contact: Jessyca,

Colorado Springs – Sunday, November 18th | 1:00pm
@ Pikes Perk, 14 South Tejon Street, 80903
Location contact: Moriah,

These meet-ups will be casual discussions about resume writing, job hunting, and career building, so please bring a copy of your resume, as well as any job-search related tricks, tips and sage advice.

If you have any questions, please email one of the contacts above, or visit our Facebook group.

Pension Refund Information

If you are a recent JET Program returnee, you are probably ready to file for your Pension Lump Sum Withdrawal. While not particularly difficult, the given instructions are vague, it takes several months to process, and any mistakes will increase your wait time, so it’s best to make sure everything is correctly filled out the first time.

Here are some instructions and common questions for the Pension Lump Sum Withdrawal, and subsequent Pension Tax Refund. Information is from the Mie JET Programme Guide for Departing JETs, many thanks to the Mie Prefectural Advisors for permission to use.

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