FuJET Council 2016-17

PRESIDENT – Joel Conway








SECRETARY –  Kris Draws

Shall we begin like David Copperfield? ‘I am born…I grew up.’ Or shall we begin when I came to Japan?

Greetings! I’m Kris, a fifth-year ALT living in the beautiful Samurai City, Aizu Wakamatsu! I love drawing, gaming (both of the table top and video game variety), animals (somehow all of my trips always take me to a zoo..or an aquarium..or a bird cafe..), history, and gallivanting about (either going to new places or having folks visit me!). As secretary and part of the FuJET executive team, I’ll be organising, planning, coordinating, and pretty much wearing any and every hat that is needed of me. From running our various sites to making this guide to planning and leading events or even just being your personal cheerleader, I’m your FuJET. We’ve got quite a few new events and experiences in the pipeline for this year (that I’m wicked excited about!) so make sure to keep your eyes peeled! My number one goal is to make sure that you feel at home and get the most out of your time here. Please feel free to LINE me (divingsiren) or send me an email (kris@fujet.org) at anytime and about anything. Whether you want to debate the best kaitenzushi restaurant, need advice with lesson planning, or just need to hear a stupid pun after a cruddy day, I’ve got your back. I can’t wait to meet you all soon!


 TREASURER – Merran Eby

Hey there, Fukushima! I’m Merran, a fourth-year ALT from Québec, Canada, and I live in the sunny coastal city of Iwaki. I love choral music, art, history, and running the occasional MMO raid almost as much as I love having people come over to visit me there!

As treasurer, I’ll be the one working behind the scenes this year to make sure that the finances for all of FuJET’s many projects are managed seamlessly. And as part of the executive team, I’ll also be working with the rest of the council to organize events for you throughout the year! We have a lot of cool stuff planned for you guys, including some brand new additions to the event calendar this year (exciting!), so be sure to keep an eye on our activities, whether via our Facebook page or any other of our various social media accounts. You don’t want to miss out on any of it!

In addition to my duties on the prefectural FuJET council, I will also be serving as your block representative on the National AJET Council for the 2016-17 year! Fukushima’s local AJET chapter is only one small (albeit very lively) part of a huge network of JETs that stretches across the entire country, and National AJET works actively to bring them all together and improve life for JETs at every level. You can expect to see me oot and aboot pretty often, so be sure to say hi – that is, if I don’t say it to you first! :D

I’ll always be happy to chat with you about anything, and it doesn’t have to be FuJET or AJET-related! You can reach me anytime atmerran.eby@ajet.net, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch, whether you have specific questions to ask me or you just want to chat!



Hi, I’m Laurie! I am a second time JET getting ready to start my fourth year on the program this time around. I am from Oklahoma in the USA. I am currently placed in Aizu Wakamatsu, “The Samurai City.” In my spare time I enjoy attending aikdio, zumba, and yoga classes. I also currently teach belly dance at my local community center. I am serving on the FuJET council as the Volunteer Coordinator this year. Fukushima is a wonderful place filled with beautiful nature, fun cultural events throughout the year, as well as many great ways to give back to the community! I hope that I will see many of you at some of the volunteer events around the prefecture this year!


NEWS EDITOR – Abby Rosen

Welcome to Fukushima! I’m Abby, and I am the FuJET Council news editor this year. I’m a first-year JET from Seattle, and I currently live in Kitakata and teach at four high schools in Kitakata and Nishi-Aizu. I love traveling and exploring new places, both within Fukushima and around Japan. Fukushima is a wonderfully diverse and beautiful prefecture with a welcoming and tight-knit JET community. I have been lucky enough to explore much of the prefecture and meet many of the people who live here in the past year and I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing part of Japan we get to call home!



Hello! My name is Reyes Mendoza. You can call “Rey” or “Rey-Rey”. I am a second year JET in Izumizaki and I am the new FuJET Project Outreach Coordinator. For those of you who do not know where Izumizaki is (I’m assuming that’s the majority of you), it is a small village a couple of minutes north of Shirakawa. My hobbies include playing basketball, video games, traveling, photography, making videos, and volunteering. I hope that my new position will allow me to get to know as many of you as possible. We are such a large community and my goal is to bring us closer together. As the new FuJET Project Outreach Coordinator, my job will be to inform you of everything happening in FuJET. Expect to see a lot of videos, pictures, and posts from me. We have already made a FuJET youtube channel (FuJET) and a FuJET instagram (fujets) so make sure to subscribe and follow them! If you come to our events, I’ll be sure to include some rather flattering pictures of you in our posts. Social media has the power to bring us together; I hope to harness that power to make the Fukushima ALT community the BEST community in all of Japan! I look forward to seeing you at one of our events.