Japan has long been a global powerhouse, not only in terms of economic prowess but also as a hub for cultural exchange. In an effort to further promote internationalization, Japan has been actively recruiting individuals for Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) positions.
The CIR positions, part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, represent a unique opportunity for individuals from diverse backgrounds to immerse themselves in Japanese society. These roles aim to bridge the gap between Japanese communities and the international residents and visitors, fostering mutual understanding and cooperation.
One of the primary responsibilities of a CIR is language support. Proficiency in both Japanese and the language of their home country is essential. This linguistic capability enables CIRs to facilitate communication, making them valuable assets in various contexts such as local government offices, schools, and community events. By acting as linguistic bridges, CIRs contribute to smoother interactions between locals and non-Japanese residents.
Cultural exchange is another focal point of the CIR positions. Japan, with its rich cultural heritage, welcomes individuals who can share their own cultures while embracing the uniqueness of the Japanese way of life. CIRs organize cultural events, language classes, and workshops to create an environment where people from different backgrounds can come together to learn and appreciate one another.
Moreover, CIRs play a crucial role in promoting internationalization at the grassroots level. They actively engage with the community, addressing questions, dispelling cultural stereotypes, and fostering an inclusive environment. This grassroots approach contributes significantly to building bridges between Japan and the world.
Beyond cultural exchange, CIRs are instrumental in supporting local governments in their efforts to enhance international relations. They assist with translation and interpretation, facilitate international communication, and contribute to projects that promote global awareness. This collaborative approach aligns with Japan’s broader vision of becoming a more internationally connected and culturally aware society.
The impact of CIR positions extends beyond the immediate communities they serve. As cultural ambassadors, CIRs become conduits for fostering enduring connections between Japan and the countries represented by the international coordinators. These connections contribute to a more interconnected world, where individuals are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to navigate an increasingly globalized landscape.
Japan’s initiative to hire Coordinators for International Relations reflects the country’s commitment to embracing diversity and fostering global connections. These positions offer a unique platform for individuals to contribute to cross-cultural understanding, language exchange, and community building. As Japan continues to position itself as a global player, the role of CIRs becomes increasingly vital in shaping a more interconnected and culturally enriched future.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- CIRs are placed mainly in international exchange departments or bureaus of Contracting Organisations, which are usually local governments in Japan. Their tasks may involve but are not limited to:
- Assistance in international exchange affairs at the Contracting Organisation (e.g., editing, translating, and compiling publications into a foreign language; cooperating or advising on planning, designing, and implementing international exchange projects; hosting official guests from abroad; interpreting at various events, etc.).
- Assistance in international economic exchange affairs at the Contracting Organisation (e.g., cooperation or advising on planning, designing, and implementing international economic exchange projects such as expanding the overseas market for local products, attracting foreign tourists to Japanese localities, etc.)
- Cooperation in language instruction of employees of the Contracting Organisation and local residents.
- Advising and collaborating on activities of local private groups or organisations engaging in international exchange.
- Cooperation in cultural exchange activities (including school visits) for local residents’ cross-cultural awareness and understanding and in activities to support foreign residents in Japan.
- Assisting in various oral or written communications of the Contracting Organizations with non-Japanese residents or communities (e.g. translating or interpreting local government’s notice to the residents regarding tax, benefit, rule, culture or any exchange program etc.)
- Providing training to the staff in the Contracting Organizaions who engage in the abovementioned activities.
- be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival;
- be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community;
- make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan;
- be both mentally and physically healthy;
- be willing and able to adapt to living and working in Japan and be determined to responsibly complete their period of participation;
- hold a bachelor’s degree or higher or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date;
- be a Filipino citizen;
- have a functional command of the Japanese language (Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 or almost equivalent skill is desirable);
- be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in English and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately;
- can form sentences in a comprehensive and logical manner;
- not have participated on the Programme since the 2021 JET Programme year (including April 2020 arrivals) and have participated on the Programme for 6 years or less in total;
- not have declined a position on the Programme after receiving notification of assignment in the previous JET Programme year (excluding cases where it is accepted that the Participant had a valid, inevitable reason for withdrawing);
- not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years in total since 2014;
- have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme;
- concerning entry into Japan for participation on the Programme, agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act;
- be willing to obey all Japanese laws.
How to apply?
For all interested applicants, you may file your application until December 8, 2023 by visiting Embassy of Japan In The Philippines’ website via this LINK for more comprehensive details.
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