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Australia-Japan Society of NSW

    • 27 Sep 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Occidental Hotel, 43 York St, Sydney (Level 2)
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    JET Careers Networking Night with JETAA NSW and AJS NSW

    Are you interested to work and live in Japan? Want to know about what it's like going on the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme? Curious about what career opportunities the JET Programme can lead to? 

    AJS NSW have collaborated with JETAA NSW to present you... JET Careers Networking Night!

    This is a casual event where you can hear all about the JET Programme, one of the largest international exchange programs. Featuring panelists with diverse backgrounds and stories, come along to hear about what it's like going on the JET Programme, living and working in Japan, and how it has contributed to their incredible career journeys. There will be an opportunity to mingle and chat with people who have all sorts of Japan-related career experiences during the event as well!

    When: Wednesday 27 September 2023, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

    Where: The Occidental Hotel - Function Room - Level 2 - 43 York Street, Sydney.

    Who: for anyone who is considering options to work and live in Japan, interested or is considering applying for the JET Programme, or wants to find out how to build a career related to Japan.

    Cost: Free. Snacks are provided. 

    Registration: visit HERE and click 'Join Waitlist'. Please disregard the 'Spaces left' being "0" and don't be disheartened by this number! The Waitlist is the mechanism for us to screen through the registrations to ensure we have a mix of the right audience for this event.

    Only 30 spots are available for this event. Registration is necessary. Half of the spots will be prioritised for AJS NSW members so please join here if you'd like to become a member.

    Note: only over 18s are permitted for this event (as per Responsible Service of Alcohol rules).

    We will send a confirmation email if you are accepted to attend this event. Please wait until you receive the confirmation email before showing up!

    Guest Speakers

    Tin-Lok Shea

    Special Counsel

    H&H Lawyers

    JET Programme Position: CIR

    JET Location: Toyama Prefecture

    I lived in Japan during my early years before moving to Australia, and have kept a strong interest in Japan ever since. As a graduate, I worked at KPMG which offered its employees 1 year leave of absence. I took this opportunity to apply to the JET Programme and worked as a Coordinator for International Relations at Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture – absolute ‘inaka’ (countryside) which I grew to love. After coming back to Sydney, I moved over to Deloitte where I continued to be closely involved in providing services to Japanese corporate clients. I then moved to H & H Lawyers, a law firm with particular focus on assisting businesses from the APAC region, where I work closely with many Japanese organisations including government, multinational corporates and local SMEs. 

    Ben Trumbull

    Program Coordinator

    Japan Foundation

    JET Programme Position: CIR

    JET Location: Kochi Prefecture

    I had an interest in Japan from a young age which sparked my motivation to learn Japanese and use it in my career. I studied Japanese throughout school and university before embarking on a 2 year stint on the JET Program as a Coordinator for International Relations in Konan City, Kochi Prefecture. My time on JET really built up my language skills and confirmed my love for Japan. On returning from JET I worked in accountancy and tax before being drawn back to Japan-focused roles at The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Sydney office and the Japan desk of Air France/KLM. I am a former committee member and president of JETAA NSW. I am currenting working as a Program Coordinator at The Japan Foundation, Sydney in the Language Department promoting and supporting the study of Japanese language in Australia.

    Eden Law

    Content Designer

    NSW Department of Education

    JET Programme Position: ALT

    JET Location: Fukushima Prefecture

    Eden is no stranger to career changes as a digital professional. He has been a front-end developer, analyst, user experience and now works in content design in NSW state government. He is active in the JET alumni community, serving on the JETAA NSW and the JETAA International committees. He is passionate believer in the benefits of community and networking, having been part of career support events such as CLAIR's After JET conference. He also produces the After JET podcast, featuring stories and careers of ex-JETs around the world. Apart from JETAA, he also helps run a content design and strategy community of practice as a member of the Australian Government Digital Profession.

    • 15 Oct 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Online by Zoom

    A Conversation with Alison Watts, translator of

    What You Are Looking For Is In The Library

    Alison's translation of Michiko Aoyama's What You are Looking for is in the Library (お探し物は図書室まで) (Doubleday UK/ HarperCollins USA) has just been released to wide acclaim, scoring a coveted review in The New York Times.

    Alison is a long-term resident of Japan with a successful record in translating contemporary Japanese literature. Her past translations include Sweet Bean Paste (あん) a long-selling bestseller by Durian Sukegawa  (助川ドリアン), and Spark (火花), the publishing phenomenon by Naoki Matayoshi.

    In this interview we will be asking Alison about her latest book translation, and leave plenty of time for audience questions as well.


    Alison Watts was born in Millicent, South Australia and has degrees from the University of Adelaide and Sheffield University. She has been a full-time freelance literary translator since 2016. Her novel translations include Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, Spark by Naoki Matayoshi, novels by Riku Onda, and The Boy and the Dog by Shusei Hase.

    Alison was awarded the Cornell University Kyoko Selden Memorial Prize for Translation in 2021 for an excerpt from Durian Sukegawa’s travel memoir A Dosimeter on The Narrow Road to Oku. She also translates sashiko books for Tuttle Publishing. Read more about her literary translation activities here.

    We look forward to welcoming Alison for what promises to be a fascinating conversation.

    How to sign up

    Sign up at the registration page. Your registration will be confirmed and the day before the event a Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants.

    The event is suitable for all ages and it is free to attend.

Past events

11 Aug 2023 Watch Nadeshiko Japan game Friday 5:30PM
23 Jul 2023 Zoom Culture Series: Japanese customs with Cat Nakamichi
07 Jul 2023 Japanese Speaking Night - 日本語でしゃべらナイト
02 Jul 2023 Japan-inspired Gardens with Ken Lamb
22 Jun 2023 Austrade update: focus for coming year
11 May 2023 2023 Student Awards Evening
24 Mar 2023 Japanese Speaking Night - 日本語でしゃべらナイト
28 Feb 2023 Australia/Japan Cross-border Inheritance 101
22 Jan 2023 Zoom Culture Series: Traditional Japanese makeup - Shironuri
19 Jan 2023 AJS-NSW Shinnenkai - Welcome the New Year
11 Jan 2023 Maho Magic Bar Show
30 Nov 2022 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022
30 Oct 2022 Zoom Culture Series: Japanese Gardens: An Invitation to Stillness
24 Sep 2022 Cowra Spring Festival (Sakura Matsuri) @ Cowra
16 Sep 2022 2022 Conference of the National Federation of Australia-Japan Societies
08 Sep 2022 Japanese pop culture: film, discussion and cosplay/street fashion
07 Sep 2022 AJS+JETAA Japan Trivia Night !ジャパントリビア!
04 Sep 2022 Japanaroo Zoom Event: Curator Talk - Contemporary Asian Craftmanship
02 Sep 2022 Global Sports Law Symposium & Japan Baseball, the Australian connection
28 Aug 2022 Zoom Culture Series: Kimono beyond the borders of Japan
17 Jul 2022 Roger Pulvers – The Amazing Japanese Sense of Humour
23 Jun 2022 The Australia-Japan Security Partnership, with John Langtry
17 Jun 2022 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito F2F...日本語でしゃべらナイト
18 May 2022 2022 Student Awards Night
01 May 2022 Bushwalk at North Head Quarantine Station
31 Mar 2022 New Members Welcome Event
09 Mar 2022 An Educator's Journey: Three decades in Japan, Zoom event
08 Feb 2022 Meet Libby Hathorn, children's book author, and Sadami Konchi, illustrator, of famous Basho tale
29 Dec 2021 Zoom Culture Series: New Year (Oshogatsu) Ikebana
24 Nov 2021 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021
31 Oct 2021 Zoom Culture Series: Meet an Australian netsuke artist
19 Oct 2021 Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics: Behind the scenes
10 Oct 2021 Zoom Culture Series: Making wagashi (Japanese sweets)
25 Aug 2021 Pandemic Pressure Points: Economics, Governance and Society in Japan
23 Jul 2021 Olympics Trivia Night by Zoom
04 Jun 2021 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito F2F...日本語でしゃべらナイト
25 May 2021 2021 Student Awards Night
21 Apr 2021 AJS Business Series with Fujitsu Oceania CEO, Graeme Beardsell
05 Mar 2021 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito by Zoom...日本語でしゃべらナイト (Zoom版)
28 Dec 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Osechi Ryori (Japanese New Year dishes)
03 Dec 2020 Walking in Japan with John McBride
23 Nov 2020 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020
22 Nov 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Kimono with Tae Gessner
06 Nov 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Bonsai with an Expert, Megumi Bennett
30 Oct 2020 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito by Zoom...日本語でしゃべらナイト (Zoom版)
17 Oct 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Japanese Wrapping with Yoshie Kumagai
29 Sep 2020 Zoom Culture Series: Meet manga-style comic book artist Queenie Chan
28 Feb 2020 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2020...日本語でしゃべらナイト
25 Nov 2019 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019
08 Nov 2019 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
06 Nov 2019 Japan Supernatural Exhibition - Talk, Tour and Drinks
04 Sep 2019 Sydney Launch of Cowra Voices
06 Aug 2019 AJS+JETAA Trivia Night
19 Jul 2019 Watch Japan v Australia Women's Rugby in North Sydney
25 Jun 2019 Japanese Wine Tasting Dinner
31 May 2019 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2019...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 May 2019 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
14 May 2019 2019 Student Awards Night
03 Apr 2019 An Evening with Bruce Miller AO, former Ambassador to Japan
27 Mar 2019 Joint Dinner / Konshinkai - with AJBCC Future Leaders
28 Feb 2019 Australia-Japan Foundation - Tips for Grants
21 Nov 2018 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018
09 Nov 2018 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
19 Oct 2018 National Conference of the Federation of Australia-Japan Societies
23 Aug 2018 Sustainability in business with Dr. David Cooke, Konica Minolta
06 Jul 2018 Shaberanaito...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 Jun 2018 Australia and Japan: Stronger defence ties - what does it mean?
28 May 2018 2018 Student Awards Night
16 May 2018 Japanese Sake Tasting Event
21 Feb 2018 Calligraphy Performance and Workshop with Ren Yano, Plus AJS new venue celebration
09 Feb 2018 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito for 2018...日本語でしゃべらナイト
19 Dec 2017 Supported event: Innovation Dojo Finale Pitch Night
21 Nov 2017 AJS-NSW Annual General Meeting (AGM)
08 Nov 2017 Japan's Future Workforce, with Debra Hazelton, Mizuho Financial Group
20 Oct 2017 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
16 Oct 2017 New highs in Australian tourism to Japan, with Kana Wakabayashi of JNTO
26 Sep 2017 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2017
17 Sep 2017 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
14 Sep 2017 Mister Minit – the Japan experience
14 Jul 2017 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito 日本語でしゃべらナイト
22 Jun 2017 Japanese Whisky Tasting Event
25 May 2017 Innovation - Solving Big Problems for Australia-Japan
27 Apr 2017 2017 University Awards Night
07 Apr 2017 Japanese-speaking Shaberanaito 日本語でしゃべらナイト
28 Feb 2017 Japan and Australia in the Trump Era
20 Nov 2016 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
16 Nov 2016 Sydney Modern Project & Tsukioka Print Exhibition
18 Oct 2016 A conversation with Adam Liaw, Masterchef winner and food presenter
07 Oct 2016 Supported Event : Inoue Yasushi Award and Culture Event
10 Aug 2016 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Jul 2016 UNIQLO's Australian Advance, with Sho Miyasaka, UNIQLO Australia CEO
08 Jun 2016 2016 University Awards Night; Consul-General Takaoka keynote "Japan, Australia and the G7 Summit"
07 Apr 2016 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Mar 2016 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & International Economic Outlook Seminar 2016
16 Mar 2016 Volunteering in Tohoku - after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – John Black
02 Feb 2016 Asia Region Funds Passport - Financial Services Council, CEO Sally Loane
22 Nov 2015 Save the Date- Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
04 Nov 2015 Shaberanaito : 日本語でしゃべらナイト
18 Sep 2015 Culture Program: "Inoue Yasushi & the Four Seasons in Japan"
13 Aug 2015 "How Japan Can Save the World" with Roger Pulvers
30 Jul 2015 Shaberanaito : 日本語でしゃべらナイト
14 Jul 2015 Japan through the Lens of a Global Investor
16 Jun 2015 From exchange student to Executive VP of Mitsui Australia - Wendy Holdenson
19 May 2015 2015 University Awards Night with keynote speech by Consul-General Takaoka
09 Apr 2015 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
21 Mar 2015 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
17 Mar 2015 Supported Event: ABENOMICS THE JAPANESE ECONOMY OUTLOOK seminar
26 Feb 2015 Learning from Japan about an Ageing Society
17 Feb 2015 Theatre Party: Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens
24 Nov 2014 AJS-NSW AGM
16 Nov 2014 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲観戦会
12 Nov 2014 AJS Business Series: R&D activities of Canon in Australia
31 Oct 2014 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award and Film Night
23 Oct 2014 Sports Business in Japan: The Next Six Years will be full of Opportunities!
15 Oct 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese 日本語でしゃべらナイト
23 Jul 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
09 Jul 2014 Food safety/security trends and the Japan - Australia Economic Partnership
18 Jun 2014 Making Japan Still Matter for Australians - the New Colombo Plan and Effective Strategies for the Future
21 May 2014 2014 University Awards, with Presentation by Consul-General Takaoka on PM Abbott's recent Japan visit
22 Mar 2014 Twilight Barefoot Bowling
11 Mar 2014 March 11 - Tohoku - 3 years on!
19 Feb 2014 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
13 Nov 2013 Nikkei-Australians: Change and contributions
07 Nov 2013 "JAPAN: THE AWAKENING" - JETRO Sydney Business Promotion Symposium, 7th November 2013 -- an AJS-NSW supported event
12 Oct 2013 Japanese Cooking Event & Wine tasting, with chef Yoshiko Takeuchi
20 Sep 2013 Supported Culture Event: Inoue Yasushi Award - Hirayama Ikuo and the Silk Road - Poetry and Concert
20 Aug 2013 AJS Business Series - Encouraging Japanese investment in Australia, Jane Madden of Austrade
08 Aug 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
02 Jul 2013 'Fukushima' with Mark Willacy, ABC North Asia correspondent
11 Jun 2013 AJS Business Series - High-speed rail: What Australia can learn from the Japanese experience
21 May 2013 University Awards & Presentation 'Japan is Back!' by Consul-General of Japan in Sydney Dr. Kohara
04 Apr 2013 Supported Event: Australia, Japan & Intl Economic Outlook Seminar
06 Mar 2013 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
08 Dec 2012 Watch Baseball - Sydney Blue Sox vs Canberra Cavalry - with Hanshin players
26 Nov 2012 AJS-NSW AGM (Annual General Meeting)
01 Nov 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
26 Sep 2012 "Australia’s Approach to the Asian Century", Guest Speaker former diplomat Mr. Richard Woolcott
24 Sep 2012 Welcome Dinner - Toyama Japan - Australia Society (JAS)
29 Aug 2012 AJS Business Series - Japanese M&A in Australia: an Update
10 Jul 2012 University Awards & Presentation by Consul-General 'Issues in Japan and the Australia-Japan relationship'
04 Jul 2012 Shaberanaito: in Japanese! 日本語でしゃべらナイト
14 Jun 2012 AJS Business Series: 'Securing Japan's Energy and Resources'
01 Jun 2012 Supported Event: Japanese culture evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Concert
04 Apr 2012 Shaberanaito: English-Speaking Only! 英語でしゃべらナイト
27 Mar 2012 Supported Event: Austrade-JETRO "Opening the Door to Business with Japan"
22 Mar 2012 Annual Sumo Party 大相撲大阪春場所の観戦パーティ
08 Mar 2012 AJS Business Series: 'After the Japan Disaster - Business Impacts and Outlook', Elizabeth Masamune, Austrade
01 Mar 2012 Supported Event: University of Sydney Law School - Disaster Prevention and Management
24 Nov 2011 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
10 Nov 2011 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
21 Sep 2011 Acclaimed Food Manga Writer Tetsu Kariya Returns
14 Aug 2011 Sake and Ume-shu Tasting with Angus Beef BBQ
28 Jul 2011 AJS Business Series: 'Australia-Japan: A Forgotten Economic Relationship?' Prof. the Hon. Stephen Martin of CEDA
24 Jun 2011 University Awards & Presentation Consul-General "Japan and Japan-Australia Relations after the East Japan Earthquake Disaster"
29 Apr 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Charity Concert
19 Apr 2011 Japan’s Economic Outlook: Impact of Recent Disasters
15 Apr 2011 Japanese literature evening - Inoue Yasushi Award and Exhibition Opening
12 Apr 2011 Supported event:Exploring Japanese language and culture- J-movie “Departures”
22 Mar 2011 Supported Event: Fantasy and Imagination: Exploring Japanese Creative Writings
12 Mar 2011 Sound of Beauty Concert
31 Jan 2011 Supported event: Japanese language classes
24 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Kanagawa Business Seminar
22 Nov 2010 Japanese Film Festival
18 Nov 2010 Sumo Watching Party
18 Nov 2010 Supported Event: Australia & Japan Economic Outlook Conference
04 Nov 2010 External Event: Nagoya Day
27 Oct 2010 Investing in Australia - Managing Political Risk
12 Sep 2010 Wagyu Lunch in Megalong Valley
11 Aug 2010 Japan’s Food Manga - Tetsu Kariya Talks
23 Jun 2010 Japan Market Entry Success Stories
28 Apr 2010 Shaberanaito: Japanese Speaking Evening
07 Apr 2010 Art Lecture: Utamaro Japanese prints "Edo City: Crucible of Culture"
13 Mar 2010 Family Barefoot Bowling
24 Feb 2010 Working for a Japanese Company

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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