Monthly Archives: April 2011

Position at the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston

Title: Political and Economic Affairs Assistant

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Paid vacation, medical/dental insurance, US federal and some

Japanese national holidays

Working hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday; some evenings and

weekends required for special events and receptions


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

・Research and analyze political and economic issues for the states under the Consulate’s jurisdiction (Texas and Oklahoma), with a heavy concentration on local industries and regional politics

・Write daily news reports summarizing relevant local, regional, national and Japan related news articles

・Maintain news databases

・Assist with preparation and planning of events and receptions

・Write speeches and presentations for diplomats

・Assist in writing of letters to officials

・Assist other sections of the Consulate as required

・Other administrative duties and assisting the diplomats with day-to-day tasks


Required Qualification:

・College degree in a related field

・Native-level English ability

・Strong organizational and communication skills

・Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications

・Japanese language skills (favorable)



Consulate-General of Japan at Houston

909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000, Houston TX 77010


To Apply:

Interested candidates should mail, fax, or e-mail their resume and cover letter to Ms. Mary Javier (Fax: (713) 651-7822, E-mail: Deadline for submission is Friday, May 20, 2011. Please do not call with regard to your application status.

#QUAKEBOOK for Japanese Disaster Relief

April 12, 2011


Tokyo, Japan — In just over a week, a group of professional and citizen journalists collaborated via Twitter to create a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The book is available for download via Amazon’s Kindle ebook platform at One hundred percent of revenues go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The 98-page book, titled 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake and known on Twitter as “#quakebook”, is the brainchild of a Briton who lives in the Tokyo area and blogs under the pseudonym “Our Man in Abiko”.
The day after the earthquake and tsunami, Our Man in Abiko wrote on his blog, ”Is there anything you can do? Right now, I’m not sure. But I’ll think of something.”
A few days later, he did think of something. The former journalist put out a call on his blog and via Twitter for art, essays and photographs that reflected first-person accounts of the disaster. He decided he would edit them into a book and donate all the revenues to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Within 15 hours, he had received 74 eyewitness submissions from all over Japan, as well as reactions from elsewhere in Asia, Europe and North America.
In addition to narratives by journalists and people who braved the disaster, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains writing created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson and Barry Eisler, as well as artist and musician Yoko Ono.
“The primary goal,” Our Man in Abiko says, “is to raise awareness, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The biggest frustration for many of us was being unable to help these victims. I don’t have any medical skills, and I’m not a helicopter pilot, but I can edit. I’m doing what I can do.”
With the book completed, the project team turned again to social media. In one day, they created a website <>, Facebook page <http://www.facebook/quakebook> and Twitter account (@quakebook). The project quickly got attention from Twitter users like Yoko Ono as well as tech, publishing, and Japan-centric blogs.
“Twitter has been an amazing collaboration tool,” says Our Man in Abiko. “A few tweets pulled together nearly everything – all the participants, all the expertise – and in just over a week we had created a book including stories from an 80-year-old grandfather in Sendai, a couple in Canada waiting to hear if their relatives were okay, and a Japanese family who left their home, telling their young son they might never be able to return. Soon we were working with the world’s biggest ebook distributors and fielding calls from newspapers and television stations on five continents. People around the world are responding to the message of #quakebook and I really feel we are on the brink of something amazing.”

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Japan Disaster Relief Disaster Recap

Hey Everyone,

Just a recap on the Japan Disaster Relief Benefit held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at The Bull & Bear Tavern and Eatery from 3pm to 8pm.  We had over 50 people attend – which was a great turnout considering the short notice and competing weekend events.

In the end, we received over $1900 in donations!!!  All of which will go to the Japanese Red Cross.

We would like to thank all JETAA members, family and friends, for coming out to support this cause.  This event could not have been possible without your help.  Special thanks go to (in no specific order):

  • Alex Maciulaitis and the Houston Consulate-General of Japan for their continuous support
  • Chad Gaulding of Kwik Kopy for making an awesome banner
  • Dan Robicheaux and Maria Trujillo for their help – especially for securing the venue
  • Kelly, our server at The Bull & Bear, for her hard work and for her input
  • Those who contributed to the raffle – Chika Honda, Nick Cristinziani, and Dusty (no last name required – see Beyonce, Bono, Eminem, Shakira…)

Lastly, we would like to extend a very special thanks to Tommy and Kim O’Reilly, owners of The Bull & Bear, for providing not only the perfect venue, but the pizza, wings, jello shots, non-alcoholic beverages, an all-access pass to the jukebox, and two gift cards for use as raffle prizes.  We encourage everyone to visit The Bull & Bear.  It’s a great place.