Cormac Ryan – President
My name is Cormac Ryan and I am one of the FuJET Co-Presidents for the coming year.
Originally from Cork in Ireland, I arrived in Fukushima in August 2016 and have since come to love this place like a new home. I am a keen explorer and social butterfly and have already seen a lot of what Fukushima has to offer, but I am always eager to try new things.
This year I want to share that enthusiasm and joie de vivre with the good people of Fukushima and make this an enjoyable and inclusive year for all! When I’m not JET-setting I enjoy singing in the shower, dancing in the kitchen, or just chilling with a movie and a nice cup of tea.
I look forward to hanging out with all of you during the coming year!
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Michelle Krüger – Vice President
Hi All! My name is Michelle and I am the other co-president for the 2018 term. I live in the beautiful Shirakawa city, in the South of Fukushima prefecture which is known for its Daruma, Komine Castle and Nanko lake – and which looks stunning throughout the year.
When I am not busy at school, I am actively travelling in and around the Prefecture or country, discovering new places, climbing (mainly getting lost on) mountains and sharing my experiences with friends. I am constantly involved in activities around the prefecture and am always up for something new!
I am originally from the warm and sunny, Pretoria, South Africa (no I don’t own a Lion, sadly, but I do recommend riding ostriches) were I spent most of my life before coming to Japan. I am a keen explorer and traveler, wine and tea lover.
I look forward to meeting and hanging out with everyone in the coming year!
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Matthew Askett – Treasurer
My name is Matthew Askett and I will be in the position of FuJET Treasurer. I’m very appreciative for this opportunity and I would like to tell you a little bit about myself to give you an idea of who I am. I arrived in Japan from Orillia, Canada in July of 2017 and I am now working at the Koriyama City School Board. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, focusing on accounting and finance.
During my time in post-secondary, I was a founding member and treasurer for my schools’ Culture Exchange Club and Multicultural Association. These groups focused on building connections between domestic and international students, something which many students at my schools struggled with. My goal was to create valuable events they would both find interesting; events that would offer them chances to communicate, share, and build lasting relationships with people outside of their own country.
Ultimately, I’m looking forward to being part of a team that can offer these same chances to everyone here in FuJET and the Fukushima community. I truly enjoy building bridges and bringing people together. If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or just want to say “Hello”, please feel free to contact me.
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Kame Blair – Minister of Fun
Hi everyone, I’m Kame, your new Minister of Fun! I am from the U.S. and am finishing up my first year on JET. I am an ALT, placed at a Senior High School in Koriyama. I love being outdoors, traveling, reading, running, karaoke, yoga, dancing, and cooking for my friends!
As your Minister of Fun, I hope to help plan and organise events that bring our community together in a relaxing, fun environment! I truly believe that the best way to thrive while living abroad is to have a solid foundation of support, and a group of people you can turn to when you need support, advice, or to have fun and let off stress. By organizing a variety of events, I hope to create more opportunities for people to come together, and create those strong bonds that can help you get through anything life in Japan throws your way.
If you ever want to meet up, explore Japan, talk about ideas for events, or just have a friendly chat, please get in touch. I am looking forward to meeting you at some of the FUJET get-togethers!
Merton Thompson –Volunteer Coordinator
Hello there, fellow masters of the English language! My name is Merton Thompson and I am the volunteer coordinator for this coming term.
To tell you the truth, Fukushima isn’t so different from anywhere else in that there are plenty of good causes to which you can donate your time and money.
I enjoyed volunteering and running charity events at home in Boston, MA, USA, and I plan to do the same here. If you’re curious about what more you can contribute to this region outside of English teaching, plase talk to me.
Even if you aren’t, I’m excited to meet everyone and share my enthusiasm for this wonderful new home.
Richard Gleason – Webmaster
Originally from Colorado, I am currently a High School ALT living in Shirakawa city, and I’ll be your humble webmaster for the time being. I hope to create and maintain an online environment where people can make the connections needed in order to foster a strong support network while away from home. Together, we shall conquer our feelings of loneliness and isolation and partake in adventures of all kinds!
I guess I’m also supposed to write a little about myself here, so I’ll try and keep it brief. I like games of all kinds: board games, video games, tabletop games, classroom games etc. They’re all important for me to stay sane in our crazy world.
I acquired my first IT experience editing the code in games and creating websites when I was in junior high school, and I look forward to applying those IT skills to better the interests of our community.
Kris Draws – News Editor
Greetings to you, our incoming akabekos!
I’m Kris, an ALT living in the beautiful Samurai City, Aizu Wakamatsu! I love drawing, gaming (both 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 one of your news co-editors, I’ll be looking for new events, finding out new information about our Lucky Island, and looking for ways to connect in our community. Basically, I’m here to help you in any way I can–even it is just to be your personal cheerleader, I’m your FuJET.
My number one goal is to make sure that you have the support you need, that you feel at home and that you get the most out of your time here. Please feel free to add me on LINE (divingsiren) or send me an email at any time 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!
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Mercedez Clewis – News Editor
Welcome to Fukushima!
My name is Mercedez, and I’m an ALT living in the prefecture capital, Fukushima City.
Boy, oh boy: I can’t wait to meet you!
This year, I have the wonderful chance to serve as News Editor alongside Kris. I’ll be working hard to get you current events, showcase good eats, cool treats, and how you can access different parts of our prefecture and different ALTs!
There’s a lot of events and things to do that aren’t just work related coming up in the near and far future, and I hope that I can help you play hard just as much as you’ll be working hard.
When I’m not working hard, I like drawing, gaming, practicing my shamisen and koto, or seeing all of the lovely sites you’ll get to know during your time in the prefecture. You can find me in lots of places, often adventuring on my own, though I’m always glad to have company along to share in a wonderful new experience!
Please feel free to contact me via LINE (mahoupen) if you’re ever in a pinch, or need a bit of kindness to help soothe any bad days or bouts of homesickness. Whether you need a new friend or just want to say hello, are trying to sort through a cultural difference, or just want someone for company. Life abroad – no matter how experienced you are – can be hard, and if I can, I’d be glad to support anyone through the good and the bad.
Your life in Fukushima is just getting started, or perhaps, it’s been going on for a while now. Either way, let’s all work together and make this year an adventure!
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