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Yokoso Atlanta!  Welcome to the southern capital brimming with dogwoods, southern delicacies, and a vibrant ex-pat Japanese community.  The Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association Southeast (JETAASE) represents Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  The chapter is fairly robust in the Atlanta metro area with about 100 alumni, and a few dozen in both North Carolina and South Carolina.  The Carolinas have burgeoning sub-chapters, which are fueled by genki spirit, but challenged by geography.

In addition to the JET alumni community, there is a lively community of Japanese residents.  The Japan America Society of Georgia has a Young Professionals group that is eager to partner with JETAASE on events.  JETAASE has also partnered with the World Affairs Council’s Young Leaders and with the Atlanta Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.  Events range from dinners at local Japanese restaurants to nights out at the Atlanta Braves to home cooking classes.

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JETAASE welcomes all JET alums to become members.  Membership is free, but has its privileges!  Benefits included reduced or free admission to events and invitations to special events for the Japanophilia community.  To join, please visit our website and click on the link for membership on the left or contact us at jetaase@yahoo.com.  You’re invited to join events, and/or to participate as an officer or active volunteer.  Please also visit us on Facebook at JETAA Southeast or on Twitter @jetaase to track events and opinions!


JETAASE Regular Events

EventDescriptionWhenWhere
Tanoshii TuesdayMeeting for JETAA members and prospective JETs to meet new people, reconnect and networkMonthlyVarious locations around the Atlanta area
Atlanta Japanese Conversation Meet-upMeeting of JETAA members and other speakers of Japanese to practice JapaneseMonthlyVarious restaurants and karaoke lounges around Atlanta
Executive MeetingMeeting of JETAASE OfficersQuarterlyVarious locations around Atlanta

JETAASE Annual Events

EventDescriptionWhenWhere
ShinnenkaiShinnenkai Dinner and networking meetingJanuaryAtlanta, GA
New Year Planning MeetingNetworking dinner and annual calendar of events planning meeting.JanuaryAtlanta, GA
Q&A SessionOrientation to the JET Program and Japan presented by JET alumni to departing JETsJuneAtlanta, GA
JapanFest & Dinner MeetingStaff JET Program booth at regional Japanese matsuri. We follow the day up with meeting on school visits over dinner.SeptemberDuluth, GA
Welcome Back ReceptionPresentation and dinner with Consul-General to Atlanta and recently returned JETsOctoberAtlanta, GA
Officers Retreat and CampingRetreat for officer development and networking with Japan America Society of Georgia Young Leaders groupNovemberTugaloo, GA
BBQ Picnic with JASG Young ProfessionalsCookout for JETAA members to meet Japan America Society of Georgia membersAnnuallyChattahoochee River

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