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!