Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 21 August 2009

Yahoogroups moves in mysterious ways. It seems that many people are not receiving the weekly e-mail for some considerable time after it has been sent. So we’ll try sending it on Thursday and see how that goes.

Also, thanks to Nicola for addressing formatting issues – hopefully the e-mail is now easier to read.

JETAA Trivia
JALT Buddies 2009 – last chance!
New Website!
New Magazine!
All about you
Funding to promote JET
Next Meeting
Japanese Language Speech Competition
Japanese National Language Proficiency Test
News from Japan

JETAA Trivia

The details have been confirmed for the fourth annual JETAA Australia-Japan Trivia night, they are as follows:

Date – Monday, 14 September 2009
Time – 7.00 pm
Venue – Holy Grail, Civic (Cnr Akuna & Bunda Streets)
Cost – $15 each

Places are limited and experience indicates that available places fill up fast. Please book early to confirm your place at this event. For bookings please contact:

10% of all ticket sales will go to support JETAA International’s charity, Room to Read. More information on their work can be found here:

As with the last couple of years, the questions will be on both Australia and Japan so teams with both Australian and Japanese players will be at an advantage. If you can’t get a team of 8 together you can register as a single person or in small groups and we’ll find a team for you.

JALT Buddies 2009 – last chance!

Could all JALTS and JETAA members who wish to participate in the buddy program for 2009/10 please contact Megan Vidgen at and register with the following details:

Full Name:
Address (and host family’s name) in Australia:
Home Town in Japan (or JET Town for JETS):
Home Phone:
Mobile Phone:
Email address:
School and teacher in Australia:

Your information will only be distributed to those registered for the buddy program. Your buddy will be there to help out with anything you may wish to discuss about life and travel in Australia, shopping, eating out, home stays etc! If you have any further questions about the program please contact Megan or Murray at:

New Website!

Canberra JETAA Inc has a new website. To see the latest of our presence in the web check out:

New Magazine!

The Embassy of Japan will shortly publish a new monthly e-magazine called the “Mail Magazine”. This magazine will contain articles on cultural events as well as economic and political matters. This should be a very interesting publication full of interesting information.

It will be sent out to everyone on our membership list. If you’d like to confirm your details to ensure that you receive this magazine please contact the Embassy’s Media chap, Trent Hansen on 02 6272 7236 or at:

All about you – your contact details

While you’re updating Trent, please do let Murray know if your details have changed. Please contact Murray at:

Funding to promote JET

CLAIR has advised that they have some additional funding to support any projects to promote the JET Programme to try to encourage more people to apply to participate in JET.

The Committee is already working closely with CLAIR on this project, but new ideas are always welcome.

If you have any great ideas to encourage more people to apply for JET please contact Murray at:

Next Meeting

The details for the next JETAA meeting are:

Date: Sunday, 20 September 2009
Time: 3.00 pm
Place: The Presidential Palace, Ainslie

This meeting will be very important as it falls between the Trivia Night and Candle Festival. Please do attend if you can. JETAA will provide snacks and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Murray at:


The next O-Shaberikai will be held on Wednesday, 2 September 2009 at the Holy Grail in Civic from 5.30pm onwards. Please do come along if you can.

For those who don’t know, the O-Shaberikai is a very informal monthly get-together where Japanese people staying in Canberra can meet Australians who have some interest in Japan. As it is informal, you’re not bound by time constraints so turning up late or leaving early is not a problem at all.

Japanese Language Speech Competition

ACT finals will be held on Saturday, 19 September 2009.

For more details contact Ms Jan Hutchinson at the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of ACT on: (02) 62026407 or at:

The national final contest will be held on Saturday, 10 October 2009 in Sydney.

Japanese National Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The 2009 Japanese Language Proficiency Test will be held on Sunday, 6 December 2009.

Please note:
The deadline of the applications is on Friday 4 September 2009.
Each test site application procedure is slightly different.
Please check your test site’s conditions before submitting.
DO NOT submit your application directly to the Japan Foundation, Sydney.

For 2009 Guidelines, 2009 Application, Test fees, Test Sites/Contact etc. please visit the website at:

For further information, please contact the Japanese Language Department on 02 8239 0077 or e-mail at:

News from Japan

Ex-Flipper dolphin trainer urges Broome to use sister city relationship with Taiji (Wakayama Ken) to stop annual dolphin killings:

Watch out for the documentary film, ‘The Cove’, now on at Dendy….

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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