Introducing the 2020-2021 FuJET Council!

President — Maya McTighe

Hello everyone!  My name is Maya McTighe and I’ll be your FuJET president for 2020-2021. I’m from Seattle, Washington and I’ve been living in Minami Aizu for the past three years. When I’m not at school I’m usually playing Animal Crossing, doing judo, or napping. I also love exploring Fukushima and seeing friends on weekends, but I haven’t been able to do too much of that in recent months. I’m excited to meet you all and do all the exploring once it’s safe to do so!

Our goal this year is to find ways to bring people together and provide opportunities to explore Fukushima while still being safe. Due to the increasing number of cases throughout Japan, this likely means exclusively virtual get togethers for the moment. We will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully will be able to plan in-person events in the future. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to use FuJET as a resource for all things Fukushima and Japan related. We plan to roll out new resources in the coming months to make ALT life easier. We’re here to support you in anything you need!! Reach out to us anytime.

Stay safe and I’m looking forward to seeing you all!

Treasurer — Austin Scott

Hey y’all! My name is Austin Scott, and I’ll be serving as treasurer for FuJET for the 2020-21 term! I’m entering my 3rd year as an ALT in Minamiaizu-machi, tucked away far in the southwestern mountains of Fukushima. I’m originally from Texas, where I studied Music Education and worked as a middle school band director before moving to Japan. You can typically find me studying Japanese, running, reading, or playing video games in my free time (unless it’s winter, then I spend every minute I can snowboarding at one of the many resorts around Minamiaizu). I’m very excited to be your treasurer this year, and I’m looking forward to meeting more of you and being a part of making this year the best that we can in the face of COVID!

Minister of Fun — Marc Borcena

Hello Fukushima people!

My name is Marc Borcena. I am from the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I currently live in Otama mura since 2018. I like to play tennis, take pictures, and read. My number one favorite thing to do is to travel around Fukushima and Japan. My goal is to visit all 47 prefectures before I leave. If you want any recommendations on trips I can send a powerpoint or two to you. 

I am the Minister of Fun and my main focus is to make you have fun. And I will not let a pandemic stop me from creating memories and connections with each other. It’s time to be creative! My goal is to host at least one event where the people of Fukushima (that means you) can come together and have, well, fun! This can be on the online space and (hopefully soon) on the physical space. 

I look forward to having a fun time with all of you!

Volunteer Coordinator — Liam Duffy

Welcome to Fukushima!
My name is Liam, and I’m honoured to be your volunteer coordinator for FuJET this year. I’m a third-going-on-fourth year JET, currently mid-leap from ALT to CIR in Iwaki city, Hamadoori region.

I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, though more recently lived in Halifax for university. high school and university, I was also able to live and volunteer in rural communities throughout Quebec and the prairies, thanks to a government volunteering program called Katimavik.

Having spent a month of my study abroad hopping between shelters helping out during the Kumamoto earthquakes, I am no stranger to volunteering in Japan as well. In my free time I enjoy cycling, long walks along the beach while listening to the saddest indie folk rock imaginable. Both Halifax and Iwaki have been rather conducive to this, which I am thankful for.

I hope that I can help with some of the beautification of Hamadoori’s shores, as well as be an ear to the ground for volunteering opportunities – be it through the ALT community, or through channels of municipal government as CIR. If you are in search of volunteering opportunities to get involved with your local JET community, or conversely, if you have volunteer activities you’d like to promote to the JET community, then please feel encouraged to give me a shout!

Election FAQs and Position Descriptions – 2020

Come one, come all, it’s election time! Now is the time where we bid a tearful goodbye to the 19/20 business year, and ring in the election season.

Please click to get started, or continue reading for a description of FuJET and the various roles.

The following Elected Executive positions are available:

President

The President is responsible for the overall operation of FuJET. Some of the regular duties of the President are to plan and assign tasks to FuJET cabinet members, prepare for and execute the annual FuJET events, and announce regular council meetings.

Vice President

The Vice President maintains records of council meetings and is responsible for the overall transparency of FuJET happenings, in addition to fulfilling the duties of the President when s/he is unable to do so.

Treasurer

Wondering what goes into being the FuJET treasurer? Well, the treasurer’s main job is to keep the money safe. That means collecting it and sending it securely, as well as not losing the bank book that controls the FuJET account. Any time FuJET spends any money, it’s the treasurer’s job to make sure that money gets sent to the payee. As FuJET’s main job is to organize FuJET trips and the various year end/year beginning parties, that means collecting money from the participants and giving it to the various travel agencies and/or restaurants. FuJET might also have to pay for a few small things here and there, so the treasurer has to watch out for those as well. Beyond that, the treasurer is a member of the FuJET council, and so helps out with that as needed.

The following Cabinet positions are available for your taking this year:

Volunteer Coordinator

The role of the volunteer coordinator is to enable volunteering in the Fukushima area. Through their own experience, the volunteer coordinator provides assistance in planning and executing volunteer activities. The role also includes organizing transportation, lodging and scheduling as much as the coordinator is able. The coordinator should stay informed on what locations need volunteering and the nature of the work to be done. As the need for volunteering evolves, the volunteer coordinator evaluates and acts on the most effective charitable work to be done in a given year.

Minister of Fun

Being bored sucks, but having fun rocks. Do you remember when you first came to Japan? I do… As a nervous bean who spoke minimal Japanese, I had the hardest time finding my way around or making friends in my area. The Minister or Fun is a relatively new position created for people to turn to in order to learn about the cool places to be – as well as plan regular events for people to get together and blow off some steam. Some past events include Fitness day, Book Club, and Thanksgiving Parties, and many more!

Webmaster

Do you like perusing the Interwebs? Do you keep a blog? Do you enjoy creative writing? Does this sloppy article that your poor president wrote up/plagiarised make you cringe? If so, why not apply to become the news editor? If selected, you would be in charge of posting monthly event articles. You would also be in charge of scouting out talent to paint our pristine webpage with articles on various happenings around the prefecture – or even other parts of Japan, should that be your wish! Why do all that work yourself when you could have others do it on your behalf, write? (See, I made a funny!)

FAQs:

Q: What the heck is FuJET?

A: FuJET began as a local branch of AJET, which works to provide professional support to participants of the JET Program. It has since become an independent organization that strives to build connections and support networks for foreign residents of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as provide up-to-date information on the current state of affairs in the area. If you have a passion for your home in Fukushima, enjoy hosting events and have a desire to dive headfirst into adventure at the front of a group, then FuJET is right for you!

Q: Hey, that sounds pretty neat, but I’m not on the JET Program. Can I get involved with FuJET even though I work for Interac/Joytalk/Aeon/Any other ALT dispatch company?

A: Absolutely! FuJET seeks to provide resources to all ALTs, CIRs, and SEAs working in Fukushima Prefecture. If the above applies to you and you have an event in your area that you would like to promote, or if you are interested in joining the council and putting your skills to work, please reach out to us via fujetcouncil@gmail.com

Q: I don’t speak any Japanese. Can I still be of use to FuJET?

A: Of course you can! There is a variety of positions available, each of which carry an important role in the smooth operation of this organization. Continue reading for a description of each position and their duties.

Q: I’m interested/know someone who’s interested. How do I apply?

A: You can apply or nominate a friend by clicking here. If you intend on nominating someone, please inform that person before doing so! You wouldn’t want them to turn down your nomination out of shock, would you?

Sound up your alley? Don’t delay, apply today! Click the link here to nominate yourself and/or others to join FuJET!

 

This is Fukushima Calendar Photo Submission Request!

This is Fukushima Calendar Photo Submission Request!

Last year, with the generous support of many current and former Fukushima residents we produced 3,000 copies of the 2019 This is Fukushima calendar – our best calendar to date!

They were distributed for free across Japan and several countries internationally. The purpose of the calendar project is to show the world that…

“…Fukushima is more than a news headline or a power plant that shares its name.”

Photo submissions for the new calendar will be accepted until Thursday, October 31st 2019. Although that’s more than one month away, please don’t wait until the last few days to send in your photos! While we have received some photo submissions since the start of our campaign, we are well short of our goal.

Photos can be submitted to us via Email to: ThisisFukushima@gmail.com

Additional information about our judging and selection process for photos can be found at our website: www.ThisisFukushima.org

All images selected for use in the calendar will be printed with proper photo credit, and additionally we will also send you several of the new calendars after they’re produced.

We need your photos, because without them there can be no calendar!

どぞよろしくお願いします!

FuJET Council 2019-20

Hey, hey, hey everyone, please join me in welcoming our new FuJET council for 2019-20!

President – Eilidh

Hello, everyone! Ciamar a tha sibh?

My name is Eilidh (pronounced like Hayley without the H, or alternatively, you may call me the Skipper), and I’m your FuJET president for 2019-2020. Originally from just outside Glasgow, Scotland, I arrived in Fukushima in August 2017; and since then I’ve been living in the city of Nihonmatsu. I’ve travelled to many different parts of Fukushima, but there’s still so much more to discover!

This year I want to bring our FuJET community together, to encourage prefecture-wide friendships, and to give everyone the chance to experience everything Fukushima has to offer, from the mountains of Aizu to the beaches of Iwaki. When I’m not plotting to take over the world by friendship, you can find me skiing, spending money I don’t have on kimono, and enthusiastically babbling about films I like.

I’m really looking forward to hanging out with everyone this year, forging new friendships and strengthening old ones. I’m here for you whenever you need me, so feel free to add me on LINE (eilidhc) or hit me up on Messenger. If you need to rant about something, ask for advice, or debate which conbini snacks are the best (there is a right answer), I got you.

Let’s make it a good one. Slàinte!

Vice President/Secretary – Stephen

My name is Stephen Marshall and I will be your Vice-President/Secretary. I originally come from Alberta, Canada but currently live in Koriyama City with my wife! My degree is in Mechanical Engineering and I enjoy tinkering, cycling, and being outdoors. Oh! And beer! We can’t forget that, can we? I am always down for a fun activities or just to talk. If I can do anything for you, let me know.

My goal this year is to bring as much fun and enthusiasm into the FuJET community as possible. I will be responsible for the overall transparency of FuJET happenings, sharing the president’s workload, and generally running around like a madman assisting the many happenings of FuJET. I am looking forward to working with this FuJET council to make wonderful things happen. I am extremely excited to be part of such a fine community and I can’t wait to get started! Let’s have an amazing year together!!!

Treasurer – Charles

Welcome to Fukushima! My name is Charles Singer, and I’ll be your FuJET treasurer for the coming year. I’m a second year (almost third year) ALT, from Michigan in the USA. I currently live and work in Minamisoma, on the pacific coast. I work at both the junior high and elementary level, and in my spare time I do things like volunteering, playing games (both video and tabletop,) and going on the occasional nature hike. I can also play the trumpet, although I haven’t been practicing since I got here (curse you, thin apartment walls!)

As treasurer, I’ll be a part of the council, as well as being in charge of finances for FuJET events throughout the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming events; they’ll give you a chance to experience things you otherwise not be able to, and they’re fun to boot! You’re also welcome to send me any questions, concerns, or ideas you might have; I’ll do my best to help.

I’ve loved my time in Fukushima so far, and I hope your experience is at least as good as mine has been. I’m looking forward to helping out FuJET and the local community in any way I can.

Volunteer Coordinator – Merton

Welcome to Fukushima! My name’s Merton a.k.a Longboi. I’ve been here for two-going-on-three years and I couldn’t be happier with my new city of Fukushima-shi. I’m from Boston originally, and I enjoyed volunteering and participating in charity events there. Volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in particular opened my eyes to the importance of remembering and being concerned for an area after the news has forgotten about it.

Though 2011 seems like a long time ago, there is still plenty of work you can do as a volunteer to help communities still dealing with the legacy of the triple disaster. If hard work in the hot sun isn’t your thing, there are other opportunities to benefit Fukushima. Governments and local communities in Fukushima are especially interested in attracting foreign tourism so there’s a real need for people to help with communication training and fostering cultural understanding. If you have any questions about volunteering here in Fukushima, please get in touch. Let’s get to work!

FuJET Election FAQs and Description

Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the beginning of the new Japanese business year – and to announce the election season for the 2019-2020 FuJET council!

Please click to get started, or continue reading for a description of FuJET and the various roles.

Q: What the heck is FuJET?

A: FuJET began as a local branch of AJET, which works to provide professional support to participants of the JET Program. It has since become an independent organization that strives to build connections and support networks for foreign residents of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as provide up-to-date information on the current state of affairs in the area. If you have a passion for your home in Fukushima, enjoy hosting events and have a desire to dive headfirst into adventure at the front of a group, then FuJET is right for you!

Q: Hey, that sounds pretty neat, but I’m not on the JET Program. Can I get involved with FuJET even though I work for Interac/Joytalk/Aeon/Any other ALT dispatch company?

A: Absolutely! FuJET seeks to provide resources to all ALTs, CIRs, and SEAs working in Fukushima Prefecture. If the above applies to you and you have an event in your area that you would like to promote, or if you are interested in joining the council and putting your skills to work, please reach out to us via fujetcouncil@gmail.com

Q: I don’t speak any Japanese. Can I still be of use to FuJET?

A: Of course you can! There is a variety of positions available, each of which carry an important role in the smooth operation of this organization. Continue reading for a description of each position and their duties.

Q: I’m interested/know someone who’s interested. How do I apply?

A: You can apply or nominate a friend by clicking here. If you intend on nominating someone, please inform that person before doing so! You wouldn’t want them to turn down your nomination out of shock, would you?

The following Elected Executive positions are available:

President

The President is responsible for the overall operation of FuJET. Some of the regular duties of the President are to plan and assign tasks to FuJET cabinet members, prepare for and execute the annual FuJET events, and announce regular council meetings.

Secretary or Vice President

The Secretary maintains records of council meetings and is responsible for the overall transparency of FuJET happenings, in addition to fulfilling the duties of the President when s/he is unable to do so.

Treasurer

The treasurer maintains the financial assets of FuJET and is responsible for collecting payments from members of the community who wish to attend events. The treasurer also handles payments to hotels and transportation services on behalf of FuJET.

The following Cabinet positions are available for your taking this year:

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator is responsible for researching volunteer opportunities in the prefecture, creating and announcing volunteer events. Some common volunteer opportunities include monthly volunteer event that happens in Minamisoma, as well as regular blood drive events throughout the prefecture.

News Editor

Do you like perusing the Interwebs? Do you keep a blog? Do you enjoy creative writing? Does this sloppy article that your poor webmaster wrote up make you cringe? If so, why not apply to become the news editor? If selected, you would be in charge of posting monthly event articles. You would also be in charge of scouting out talent to paint our pristine webpage with articles on various happenings around the prefecture – or even other parts of Japan, should that be your wish! Why do all that work yourself when you could have others do it on your behalf, write? (See, I made a funny!)

Minister of Fun

Being bored sucks, but having fun rocks. Do you remember when you first came to Japan? I remember it well… As a nervous derp who spoke minimal Japanese, I had the hardest time finding my way around or making friends in my area. The Minister or Fun is a relatively new position created for people to turn to in order to learn about the cool places to be – as well as plan regular events for people to get together and blow off some steam. Some past events include Fitness day, Book Club, and Thanksgiving Parties, and many more!

Webmaster

Do machines fascinate thee? posesseth thee an insatible hunger for knowledge of how to manipulate computers to bend to thy will? Does a broken hyperlink ignite a fury within you that the world has never known? doest thou hunger to minimize the number of clicks required to access a piece of information? If so, you might just be the one cut out to run this very website! As the webmaster, you will be responsible for the security and operation of fujet.org. You will bequeath your sacred knowledge of computer science to other council members who require your services.