Book Announcement: Sangaku Proofs: A Japanese Mathematician at Work

sangakuJames Unger

Sangaku Proofs: A Japanese Mathematician at Work

During many decades of national isolation, a mathematical tradition called wasan flourished in Japan independently of the advances of Enlightenment mathematics and virtually unknown to Europeans before the Meiji Restoration. Yet the brilliance of its practitioners, the wasanka, would surely have been admired by Leibniz or Euler had they been able to read their solutions to often difficult geometry problems. This interpretive translation of a suite of twenty-six related problems analyzed by Aida Yasuaki (1747–1817) gives readers unfamiliar with the premodern Japanese language access to a real wasan text. Instead of presenting and solving problems using modern techniques, Unger presents Aida’s own solutions, transcribing his calculations into familiar mathematical notation, highlighting connections between Aida’s work and both the mathematics of today and aspects of Japanese cultural history. A specialist in the history of the Japanese language, he aims to bring fellow amateur mathematicians and interested professionals into contact with actual wasan methods, and to initiate a discussion of how wasan fits into the larger picture of premodern Japanese history.

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Job Opening: Office Administrator, Japan Society of Northern California [part time]

job opening - 5Employer: Japan Society of Northern California
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application deadline: August 31, 2015
Education requirements: 4-year degree
Employment type: Part time

Job description

The Japan Society of Northern California is a public affairs 501(c) 3 non-profit with a mission to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan through programs that expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.

The Office Administrator will assist the Executive Director/COO and the Board of Directors to achieve this mission by providing administrative and logistical support to facilitate smooth office and financial management. The Office Administrator reports directly to the Executive Director/COO.


Office Administration:

  • Record & deposit checks, pay bills & expenses with close coordination with Accountant.
  • Process credit card orders and refunds, and manage merchant account connections.
  • Process payroll and maintain HR & 401(k) plan records.
  • Coordinate staff and intern hiring, including recruitment and interviewing, and new employee intake procedures. Manage the Society interns.
  • Work with all vendors of insurance, office supplies, and equipment maintenance and outside contractors.
  • Maintain and update operations and procedures manuals.
  • Distribute mail, answer telephones, and respond to inquiries about Japan Society programs or other Japan resources in the Bay Area.

Membership and Donor Data Management:

  • Maintain the Society’s database in Salesforce, including overseeing recording dues, giving records, and contact information for current, prospective and past members.
  • Generate reports on SalesForce data as needed.


  • Maintain office IT and conduct regular backups and work closely with IT contractors.
  • Assist with General IT support, e.g. computer problem solving, installing software, etc.

Website and Social Media:

  • Regularly update the Society’s website including maintaining a suitable background according to the season.

Administrative Support:

Assist Executive Director/COO with budget preparation and forecasting, and provide other support as needed.

  • Schedule, plan and prepare materials for Board elections, Board and committee meetings, and the Annual General Meeting, and take minutes as needed.
  • Maintain up-to-date Board contact information and all other Board-related documents.
  • Provide support for programs as needed.
  • Provide support to the annual Gala as needed.
  • Other projects as assigned.


We seek an enthusiastic, highly organized, and positive team player, a quick learner who can work efficiently with precision and minimal supervision. Other valued qualities include professional attitude, an eye for detail and pleasant phone and interpersonal demeanor.

Minimum two years administrative experience, with bachelor’s degree or higher. A preference shall be given to those with an Accounting degree and/or Non-profit bookkeeping experience.

Required Skills:

  • Superior organizational skills. Must be comfortable with multitasking and juggling competing priorities on tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse, international staff, Board and membership in the San Francisco Bay Area and Japan.
  • Native level English fluency.
  • Excellent command of MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.

Desired skills:

  • QuickBooks experience
  • Experience with monthly financial reports and annual audit.
  • Experience working with WordPress, simple HTML, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • Comfortable with using social media platforms.
  • Experience with salesforce or similar database programs.
  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Calendar, and Docs.
  • Passionate and informed about Japan.

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Job Opening: Program Coordinator, Japan Society of Northern California

job opening - 5Program Coordinator
Employer: Japan Society of Northern California
Posted on July 24, 2015
Application deadline: August 31, 2015
Education requirements: 4-year degree
Type: full time

Job description

The Japan Society of Northern California (JSNC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.

Reporting to the Executive Director/COO, the Program Coordinator is responsible for creating, organizing and executing Japan Society programs and special events including the Innovation Awards Symposium and annual fundraising gala and auction. The Program Coordinator is also responsible for initiating and managing relationships with co-sponsoring organizations and corporate sponsors, preparing the Society’s bimonthly e-newsletter, maintaining historical program records, maintaining the program calendar and ensuring that programming is compatible with the Society’s mission and programming goals as mandated by the Society Executive Director/COO and Program Committee.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with Executive Director/COO and the Program Committee to develop long-range programming goals and implement strategies and processes for achieving those goals.
  • Develop and implement programs and special events on a full range of business, political, economic and cultural topics. Responsibilities include: researching and securing guest speakers, developing program themes and content and arranging for sponsorship and/or underwriting, preparing corporate grant requests and reports.
  • Facilitate all logistical and related needs for programs, including: securing venues, negotiating vendor contracts, making travel arrangements for speakers, managing volunteer staff, arranging catering and managing on-site logistics.
  • Initiate and manage relationships with a range of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and businesses that can serve as program co-sponsors and venue hosts.
  • Manage and facilitate the Society’s annual gala including: organizing gala committee meetings and taking meeting minutes; selecting and directing those involved (e.g. hotel staff, caterers, photographer, designer, printer, volunteers, interns, etc…); tracking sponsorship activities and coordinating on-site logistics; managing the silent and live auctions; securing event volunteers, etc.
  • Prepare e-newsletter twice a month to promote upcoming Japan Society and community events.
  • Update website content and post new event information.
  • Oversee social media keeping content up-to-date
  • Create, analyze and present monthly program reports and present to Executive Director/COO, Executive Committee and Board of Officers as needed.
  • Work with the Executive Director/CO and Office Administrator on formulating the annual programming budget.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/COO.


  • Personable, proactive, detail-oriented individual with outstanding organizational and multitasking skills
  • Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision as well as part of a small team
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and proofreading skills required
  • 1-2+ years of professional event planning/coordination experience required; nonprofit experience and/or experience working with nonprofit boards preferred
  • BA/BS degree required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Salesforce; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, HTML5 strongly preferred. Web experience and print design and/or layout experience is a plus.
  • Strong editing and writing skills
  • English fluency is required
  • Knowledge of Japan and Japan-related issues is a plus
  • Able to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends
  • Able to lift 30 lbs

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Fun Link Friday: 8-bit Japan nostalgia

Feeling nostalgic for Japan and its daily life? Design Made in Japan recently posted an article highlighting the gifs created at the 1041uuu Tumblr, which, if you’ve ever lived in Japan, hit you right in the sweet spot. Check out the DMIJ post or the actual tumblr for summer scenes, Tokyo nightscapes, and other neat gifs of daily life in Japan and more!


Made by 1041uuu

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Happy birthday, Shinpai Deshou!

Photo by Ishikawa Ken

Photo by Ishikawa Ken

We’ve made it 5 years! Hooray! We’ve had a lot of great guest articles and resources this past year, and we continue to grow as we move forward thanks to everyone’s support! Thanks for reading and being a part of Shinpai Deshou! :)

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Job Openings: Journal Coordinator, Positions: Asia Critique, Rice University [Part Time]

job opening - 5Institution: Rice University
Location: Houston, TX
Posted: 07/22/2015
Type: Part-Time

Position Summary
Based in the Department of History, this position oversees all internal and external communications activities for the journal “Positions: Asia Critique”. The Journal Coordinator serves as the liaison with the journal publisher, Duke University Press, and duties include interacting with persons submitting and reviewing articles, editing, fact-checking, proofreading, and copy-editing of manuscripts. This person also facilitates the manuscript submission process and manages production schedules. This position is responsible for all record-keeping and reporting for the journal as well as routine administrative and financial tasks.

Education Required
HS Diploma or equivalent

Education Preferred
Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, women and gender studies or related field preferred.

Experience Required
5 years

Type of Experience
Related experience in professional writing, editing and media management.

Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred
Experience editing and working on a scholarly journal publication.

Skills Required

  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing.
  • Outstanding communication skills; excellent and detailed command of grammar, spelling, punctuation and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently with shifting priorities; excellent organizational skills and follow through on projects; ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Detail oriented in ability to track documents and their progress towards completion.
  • Strong capacity to manage a business office.
  • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated computer, Internet, and web design and/or management skills as in ability to update websites, edit HTML and manage on-line databases.
  • Advanced training and experience using standard office software packages.
  • Employee must be willing to learn new technologies and improve existing resources such as websites, blogsites, and twitter feeds.

Skills Preferred

  • Strong interest in East Asian and Asian American studies.
  • Familiarity with Humanities scholarship in Asia studies helpful but not required.
  • Familiarity with publishing protocols or experience in publishing.

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Job Opening: International Student Services & Media Assistant, Centenary College

job opening - 5Institution: Centenary College
Location: Hackettstown, NJ
Posted: 07/17/2015
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time


International Student Services & Media Assistant

Centenary College of New Jersey is seeking to fill the position of International Student Services & Media Assistant in the International Department. This position will serve as: the primary source of support and guidance for international students; work in cooperation with various campus offices to support the needs of international students; create/implement international/intercultural/programs to further the internationalization efforts of the College.

Centenary College, founded in 1867, is a vibrant, growing and innovative independent, applied liberal arts College with a student body of more than 3,000 which includes students from 21 states and 14 foreign countries. Centenary College is recognized as New Jersey’s fastest growing independent college. Primarily an undergraduate institution, selected graduate, accelerated and online programs are offered, largely in professional areas (including the MBA). The College campus is located on 105 scenic acres in Northwestern New Jersey, about 50 miles from New York City and about 25 miles from Pennsylvania. Hackettstown was named by Money Magazine as one of the “Best 100 Places to Live” in the United States.

Centenary College offers a comprehensive compensation package which includes excellent benefits for employees and an innovative, individualized curriculum for students. The College offers students strong academic programs designed to focus on specific learning outcomes to ensure that each student succeeds. Centenary has a completely wireless campus where all full-time faculty & full-time undergraduate students in the traditional program have laptop computers. We have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary general studies that supports a high-quality liberal arts education and affordability in tuition and other student costs.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serve as the primary source of support and guidance for international students
  • Develop and coordinate international student activities
  • Coordinate International Family Program
  • Work in in cooperation with various campus office to further the internationalization of the College
  • Create and implement procedures and programs governing the affairs pertinent to the students including orientation programs
  • Develop and implement international/intercultural programs which encourage and enable meaningful interaction throughout the College community
  • Provide outreach to various international organizations beyond campus
  • Serve as advisor to the International Student Organization
  • Manage international student residence life
  • Under the direction of the Dean of International Programs, serve as Director of the Summer Culture & Language Program
  • Supervise Work Study program (SSA Trips, Orientation); train new international work-study students and supervise all work-study employees; develop work-study program for the School of International Programs; organize work and allocate resources to other offices within International Programs; develop and monitor/evaluate outcomes
  • Maintain student contact information database and provide statistical and analytical student data reports
  • Create posters, programs, brochures and certificates for each international program event and provide essential marketing services to the department:
  1. Work with other international staff members and publication relations
  2. Revise and upgrade material designs
  3. Take photos of each student event and record them for the department
  • Arrange translation of materials into several international languages (i.e. Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese) into electronic format such as CD’s and other promotional materials (web-based) that reflect the language of these constituents
  • Maintain the SIP website
  • Maintain departmental graphic design files; make sure that all files are updated and modified
  • Develop and maintain international and recruiting websites
  • Coordinate social media efforts of the SIP to include training of appropriate SIP office personnel
  • Coordinate the College’s overall social media efforts and the training of appropriate personnel in applicable College offices
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director and/or Dean of SIP

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline
  • One (1) year or more experience in relevant field
  • Demonstrated ability as a team player
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Website and Graphic Design Experience
  • Technological expertise in applicable computer programs: Publisher, Adobe Suite,, etc.)
  • Ability to work flexible days/hours as needed

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual
  • Counseling skills
  • Study Abroad experience

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