Asia Business Forum: 2017 Outlook for Asia’s Economic Powerhouses under Trump’s Trade Policy

This first Asia Business Forum of the year will assess the economic prospects for China, India and Japan in 2017 and the impact of President Trump’s new trade policies and campaign promises. Join ABF’s panel of experts for a lively discussion of the issues making an impact in the region and across the Pacific.

As an added bonus, attendees can enjoy free admission to the Seattle Art Museum before and after the Forum.

If interested, please register here!

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Networking begins at 5:15pm!)

Where: Seattle Art Museum (Nordstrom Lecture Hall), 1300 1st Ave, Seattle

Cost: $20 (Early bird)


2017 Pacific Northwest JETAA Shinnenkai! February 18th!!



Hey, everyone! Look at that sky, life’s begun, nights are warm and the days are young…for 2017! So be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming Shinnenkai!


When:  February 18th, 5pm

Where:  The JCCCW in the International District
Tickets for the event may be purchased here:

Please note that, although tickets may also be purchased at the door, reserving a ticket though the Brown Paper Tickets link above is preferable as it helps us know how much food and drink to order.

Come celebrate the new year and all the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes it’s sure to bring! Let’s dance, lay down some rock n’ roll lotta soul, and ring in the New Year all hunky dory!


In support of Kumamoto earthquake relief, the Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai have created T-shirts to raise donations. Shirts will be $25 each. For every $25 donation collected, $20 will go to Peace Winds America to directly transfer funds to Peace Winds Japan for the Kumamoto earthquake relief. The remaining $5 covers the cost of production of the t-shirts. Please note that only cash can be accepted.

The following sizes will be available for sale: S, L, XL, XXL



It’s a wonderful cause, so please consider donating at Shinnenkai.

Further details on Kumamoto earthquake relief may be found here.

PNW JETAA Outing: Ramen + Tampopo at SIFF


Join us for a showing of Tampopo at SIFF Cinema Uptown on Friday! An unbelievably charming ramen western (yep, that’s what it is), “Tampopo” is being shown in a beautiful 4k restoration on the big screen!

To sweeten the deal, Samurai Noodle Truck will be serving ramen from 5pm in front of Uptown Cinema (show starts at 7). So come early and come hungry!

Tickets are $14 and may be purchased online. Details here.

PNW JETAA Council Learning with Lattes, January 22nd


When:  January 22nd, 2pm

Where:  Espresso Vivace, 227 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA


Interested in a post on the PNW JETAA council for the upcoming year? Have an idea for an event or activity you’d like to suggest or create? Or just curious about how you can participate more in the PNW JETAA?

Come for a casual meet-up with the PNW JETAA council members in addition to fine Italian coffee and biscuits at Espresso Vivace. Learn about council positions that may align with your own talents and passions! Discover how you can become more active in our chapter! All council members will be in attendance to answer your questions.

Although only former JETs may hold council positions, all are welcome to attend. So come say hello, learn something new, and enjoy the best espresso in the city!

Hope to see you there!

Bonenkai – December 10th, 2016

Historic Japanese village Shirakawa-go at winter, travel landmark of Japan

Let’s say goodbye to 2016 at the annual PNWJETAA Bonenkai and hello to the year long JET 30th Anniversary celebration. It’s going to be a big one!


Event details:

Where:  Nagomi Tea House
              519 6th Ave S #200
              Seattle, WA 98104

When:  December 10th, 6pm – 8pm


The Tea House in the International District is open again and we’ve got it reserved! A wonderful venue for the event! Please note that parking can be difficult in the International District on a Saturday night. There is a pay lot next to Nagomi Tea House but please allow extra time to find parking so you don’t miss any of the festivities!

Come celebrate with food, drink, and a very merry bunch of JETAA Alumni! There is plenty of space and there’s going to be a wonderful spread of delicious food and beverages!

This is going to be a big event so the more the merrier! Your ticket includes a buffet style catered spread and for $5 extra it will include 2 alcoholic drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks are of course free.

Children and families are definitely welcome, we would love to see everyone and celebrate together. And to help with that, children 12 and under are free!

Tickets may be purchased here:


See you there!!

November Nomikai & Networking – JET and General Assembly joint happy hour!


Come celebrate the end of the work week at this joint happy hour between JET and General Assembly. Drinks will be hosted by GA, so stop by for a refreshment, play a game of corn hole, and learn how others are leveling up their careers after living and working abroad.

Who: PNW JETAA and friends of JET welcome!

When: Friday, November 11 at 5:00pm-6:30pm

Where: General Assembly Seattle – 1218 Third Avenue, 3rd Floor

Register here.

Transitions 2016 – Career Event: 11/5/16




Are you looking for a job or thinking about exploring new career options?

Are you interested in getting more involved in the community?

Are you thinking about graduate school or continuing education programs?

Do you want to expand your network?

If any or all of these apply to you, then you need to attend PNWJETAA’s annual career/networking event: Transitions: Opportunities Forum & Networking Expo!

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the JET Alumni Association will be hosting its annual fall event, “Transitions 2016: Opportunities Forum & Networking Expo“. This program was created specifically to serve our members by providing guidance and support to returning JETs as they acclimate to life back home.  However, over the years as our alumni chapter has grown and matured, Transitions has likewise evolved in order to offer valuable programing for all of our members who may be seeking new opportunities or exploring new career options.

Event Details:

Saturday, November 5th from 9:00am – 4:30pm

University of Washington, Waterfront Activities Center

3710 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, Washington 98195

Please visit the Transitions Site for updates and full details!

 Tickets are $12 ($10 for registered PNWJETAA members*)

* If you are a former JET Program participant but not a registered PNWJETAA member yet? Sign up HERE)

 Admission price includes:

  • Key Note Presentation on “How to Parlay The JET Experience In the Real World”
  • Presentation on “Being Competitive in the Japan-Related Job Market” – from a recruiter’s perspective
  • Small group discussions: LinkedIn Tips & Best Practices; Careers using Japanese Language Skills, Creating Balance, Continuing Education Options
  • Individual resume reviews
  • Profile headshots by professional photographer
  • Networking Expo: Meet one-on-one with Transitions presenters as well as local community, grad school program & business representatives.

Whether you have recently returned from Japan, are new to the Pacific Northwest, or just curious about pursuing a graduate degree, thinking about switching careers, or wanting to learn more about connecting with the community through volunteering, Transitions is an event you won’t want to miss! Although this event is geared towards JET alumni, this event is open to anyone interested in careers and opportunities related to Japan, so feel free to invite your friends to join us on November 5th!

Your just 2 quick steps away from discovering your new path or making some amazing connections! 

  1. Purchase your ticket 
  2. Fill out the Participant Survey  

See you on November 5th!