Job Opening: Program Coordinator – International Services, Lassell College

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Institution: Lassell College
Location: Newton, MA
Education: BA required, MA preferred
Start date: between June 1 – Aug. 1, 2015

Program Coordinator – International Services
Lasell College is searching for a talented individual to join the College community in the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of International Services. This 12-month, full-time staff position joins the staff in International Services in providing comprehensive direct service to the undergraduate and graduate international student population at Lasell College; implementing and enhancing the College’s study abroad programs (including internships abroad); and coordinating and supporting the College’s short-term international programs, including international service-learning experiences. The position reports to the Director of International Services. This position will be available June 1, 2015; start date is negotiable, but no later than August 1, 2015.
Responsibilities include: work directly with undergraduate and graduate F-1 visa holders (including: assistance SEVIS-related paperwork, helping to ensure compliance with all federal guidelines, provision of general immigration advising); consult with Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, as needed; take the lead role in designing and implementing International Student Orientation; provide programming and counseling for the international student population; consult with faculty and staff on transitional issues for international students; assist Director the collection and maintenance of pertinent data re: international students; assist Director with the evaluation/assessment/vetting of study abroad programs/affiliates; with Director, work closely with academic deans/department chairs/advisors to successfully integrate study abroad activities into new core curriculum; advise students on study abroad opportunities; and assist in the administration of the College’s international service learning trips.

Qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in international education, intercultural relations,counseling, student development, higher education, or a related field is required, along with 1 – 3 years of direct experience advising international students.

Preferred candidates will have a master’s degree in one of the above-noted disciplines, and will also have experience in study abroad along with personal international travel experience, and will be familiar with SEVIS and immigration regulations. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills; must be able to handle multiple assignments concurrently; must be self-starting and able to work collaboratively with all of the various constituencies within the College community; and must demonstrate programming and administrative skills. Review of resumes will begin immediately.

See Lassell College for full details.

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Job Opening: Administrative Assistant, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

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Institution: Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations
Location: New York City
Deadline: May 18, 2015
Education: not listed

The Social Section of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations has the following job opening:

1. Job Descriptions
Administrative Assistant – 1 person
Full-time local staff. Monday through Friday. 8 hrs/day. 3 months probation period required. 2 years thereafter with possible extension. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills required.

2. Job Location
The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations – Social Section
(866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 230 New York NY 10017)

3. Required Status
Candidates must be a US citizen or non-US citizen currently with a legal status that allows him/her to stay for an extended period, preferably on permanent basis, and legally work in the US.

4. Salary
Commensurate with applicant’s work experience.

Application details here.

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Funding: Rotary Peace Fellowship

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Institution: several, including International Christian University in Japan
Deadline: May 31, 2015
Education: BA required, fellowship is toward MA

Applications for the 2016-17 Rotary Peace Fellowships program are now being accepted. The deadline for candidates to submit applications to their district is 31 May.

Are you looking to make a significant impact on the world by promoting tolerance and cooperation? Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.


We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:


The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals with work experience in international relations or peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Proficiency in English; proficiency in a second language is strongly recommended
  • Strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Master’s degree applicants: minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, bachelor’s degree
  • Certificate applicants: minimum five years of related full-time work or volunteer experience, strong academic background

Full details on the Rotary website.

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Book Announcement: Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands

EnvironmentOver the long course of Japan’s history, its people profited from their rich natural environment while simultaneously facing significant environmental challenges. Over time, they have altered their natural environment in numerous ways, from landscape modification to industrial pollution. How has the human-nature relationship changed over time in Japan? How does Japan’s environmental history compare with that of other countries, or that of the world as a whole?

Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands attempts to answer these questions through a series of case studies by leading Japanese and Western historians, geographers, archaeologists, and climatologists. These essays, on diverse topics from all periods of Japanese history and prehistory, are unified by their focus on the key concepts of “resilience” and “risk mitigation.” Taken as a whole, they place Japan’s experience in global context and call into question the commonly presumed division between pre-modern and modern environmental history.

Primarily intended for scholars and students in fields related to Japan or environmental history, these accessibly-written essays will be valuable to anyone wishing to learn about the historical roots of today’s environmental issues or the complex relationship between human society and the natural environment.

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Fun Link Friday: Nanjyamonjya

For those interested in botany, check out this unusual tree on San’in Monogatari:

Photo copyright  San'in Monogatari

Photo copyright San’in Monogatari

It’s mid-May around Matsue Castle, as spring is practically running to summer now. First there were plum blossoms, then came camellia, then cherry blossoms, then azalea and peonies, and now it appears something else is waking up in the warm weather.

….What could it be? That’s what many people wanted to know back when it was introduced to Japan, leading to its common name, nanjyamonjya (or nanjamonja by more common romanization), which I’ve chosen to translate as “what-the-tree-is-this.”

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Resource: Brower Fund Collection of karuta cards

brower1ic_Brower1_017_880_1267_full_0A quickie digital resource for you all today! In case you’re crazy about playing the karuta card game or just the Hyakunin isshū poetry compositions, you might be interested in these public-use images from the University of Michigan’s Brower Fund Collection. These playing cards date to the mid-19th century and include beautiful calligraphy and illustrations. The site provides information on the individual poems, and even provides the 1917 translations of each poem by Clay MacCauley. There are high-quality images that are easy to download and browse through.

Check them out at the link below!


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Internship Opportunity: Summer 2015 Internship, JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF

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Institution: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF)
Location: Washington, DC

Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities!

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO summer 2015 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be disseminating information via social media, helping to plan a Summit of U.S.-Japan related organizations, assisting with the JUSFC grant-making selection process, and supporting the Friendship Blossoms, TeamUp and other campaigns.

Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus). 16-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse transportation costs. Please see our website for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:

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