KumAJET supports Black lives

After careful thought,  we cannot stay silent.

Unequivocally, KumAJET supports Black and Brown lives. Black lives matter, they’ve always mattered, and they will always matter. Why are we posting this now though?

Being in Japan comes with its own challenges. We may be farther away from protests that disrupt people’s everyday life back home, as well as not directly affected by the depictions of police violence we see on the news. However, being in Japan and having a full-time job can also mean we are farther away from family, friends, and support systems. This (understandably) can be a time full of feelings of anxiety, guilt, and powerlessness. We have been working hard to compile resources in the form of a guide focusing on our experiences and knowledge as JETs, in the hopes of providing resources and support that may be useful for the coming months.

Access the guide or click through to individual sections below:

  1. Educational resources (English)
  2. Educational resources (Japanese)
  3. Vocabulary for talking with Japanese people about BLM and racism
  4. How to have that hard conversation with people back home
  5. Act
  6. Supporting  yourself and self-care

Especially to our Black JETs, but to all Kumamoto JETs, please know – you are not alone. We are here for you, and we hope that you will reach out if there’s anything that we can do to support and help.

COVID-19 Updates: Spring Events!

Hello good citizens of Kumamoto!

We hope that these days of desk-warming and being house-bound have treated you well. In the spirit of social distancing, we here at KumAJET HQ have made a tough decision: along with the cancellation of Round 1, Round 2, we have decided to cancel our yearly hanami on March 29th.

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Alas, cavorting among the cherry blossoms was not meant to be. Source: twitter.com/55_kumamon

However, as of now, Kumafest is still continuing as planned on May 23rd and 24th. As the situation in May becomes more clear, we will update all of you on whether it’s feasible! We will be sending out emails, Facebook events, and other news on that soon, so keep an eye out.

In the meantime, read that book that you’ve been meaning to get to, start that creative project you’ve had stuck in your head for the longest time, and finish binging that TV show. Also, call your mom or that friend you need to reconnect with, they’ve been waiting to hear from you. Stay strong everyone!