ACTIVISION QA Japanese Testers required


ACTIVSION are currently recruiting for the position of QA Japanese Testers for their Video Games.  The jobs are available in Dublin and they would be looking for candidates that are fluent both in written and spoken Japanese and also have a passion for Gaming!

The contract for the position will run from late July until late October, though there is the potential to extend the contracts beyond this time.

The candidates would need to have an eligible visa to work full time in Ireland.

Job Description and link to apply:

Native Japanese Speakers with Finance Background Required – 日本語スキル ネイティブレベル要

Apply here:

The Company

The Academy of Financial Trading is one of the world’s leading on-line financial trading educators, having trained thousands of individuals globally and winning multiple awards in the process including Best Online Trading Educator – 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  The company has featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo! Finance, The New York Business Journal and to name but a few. 

The Position

With EU headquarters in Leeson Street in Dublin 2, The Academy of Financial Trading specialises in educating individuals in relation to trading a wide range of financial instruments including Currencies, Commodities (Gold, Silver, Oil, Gas, Sugar, Cotton and others), Stock Indices (FTSE, DAX, Dow Jones, S&P, NIKKEI and others) and equities across a variety of global markets.

The company seeks to further expand its operations with the addition of a Japanese-Speaking Educator who will hold the ability to further develop his/her career within the business. This is a permanent full-time position offering an excellent salary and benefits plus exceptional career prospects to work for a company voted Best Online Trading Educator in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Character and personality are critical to success at this role.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Working with and assisting Japanese speaking clients.
  • Warm calling pre-existing clients and developing new business opportunities.
  • Building relationships with individual clients and offering suitable products based on their needs.
  • Achieve/Exceed sales targets in line with the business strategy.
  • Deal with daily client course content queries.

Skills & Experience:

  • Native Japanese speaker essential
  • Two years inside sales experience an advantage
  •  “Can Do” / “Winner” attitude essential with a hunger and drive to overachieve and succeed
  • The role holder will be highly self-motivated and self-directed, and will also be energetic, enthusiastic, flexible and capable of operating as part of a team
  • Initiative and ability to work effectively without direct supervision required
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office essential
  • Degree/diploma/qualification from a business-related discipline preferable
  • An interest in finance, trading, financial Stock / Foreign Exchange Markets
  • Exposure to a financial services or a trading environment an advantage
  • Previous CRM experience in SALESFORCE an advantage

Salary / Remuneration:

  • Basic €50,000 (depending on experience) for immediate start
  • Total on target earnings €80,000+
  • Uncapped remuneration which does realistically go much higher for the right candidates
  • Opportunity to sit the award winning courses and be coached by professional traders

Location Dublin 2
Payment €50,000 basic + uncapped bonus
Category Education / Training, Multi-lingual, Sales – €35k+.
Terms Permanent, Full-time
Last updated 11/05/2015

Free Judo Class Saturday, June 6th

Free Beginners Judo Class 

Saturday, June 6th

Trinity College Sports Centre 11am – 1pm.

The class will be given by two instructors.

Mr Donal Tannam 4th Dan black belt and member of the Irish Masters Judo Squad. Donal has practiced judo all over the world for many years, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best, and nicest, judo coaches in Ireland. Twice bronze medal winner at World Masters Championships (Derry & Atlanta)

Watch him in action here!

Mr. Joe Moore, 1st Dan black belt and ex-JET Programme participant. Joe was a JET in Niigata for 3 years, and got his black belt in Japan after doing judo since the age of 12 in Ireland.

Background to Judo

Judo is a martial art that was derived from ju-jitsu by a bad-ass Japanese guy called Jigoro Kano. The meaning of judo can be found by breaking up the word – “ju” meaning gentle or soft, and “do” meaning the road or way –> the way of gentleness. Originally a form of self-defense, judo is now an Olympic sport, practiced in more countries around the world than any other. The idea of judo is to use your opponent’s force against them. There aren’t any kicks or punches, instead there are many throwing techniques. Don’t worry though, the session on Saturday, June 6th will take place on mats!

Structure of the class

The class will introduce judo in a relaxed and simple manner, starting with a warm-up and simple “breakfall” techniques which are used to keep safe when being thrown. Then we’ll move on to some beginner techniques which will give you a feel for what judo is really about. It will also be a great opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and sport.

So if you’re interested in joining then please reply by Wednesday, June 3rd. We expect this event to be pretty busy so reply early to guarantee your place.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details

Japanese Language Meetup at Fixx Coffeehouse Saturday May 9th RSVP May 6th


Dear IJETAA Members,

1. May Japanese Language Meetup
The next IJETAA Japanese Language meetup will take place on
Saturday May 9th in Fixx Coffeehouse on Dawson St at 2pm.
All Japanese levels are welcome. Ozaki-sensei (Japanese Language Advisor PPLI) will be our teacher for the day. Conversation is informal but the general theme will be Japanese idioms and useful Japanese phrases. If you would like to join please RSVP by Wednesday May 6th.
2. Japanese Events
April is a busy month for Japanese-related events in Ireland. The Experience Japan Festival and the Japanese Film Festival are in full swing at the moment. There are still some events and film screenings taking place so check out the websites for further details.
I hope you have a chance to catch some events.

Japan Film Festival ’15 & Experience Japan Festival

April is perhaps the busiest month of the year for Japanese related events in Ireland.

The Japanese Film Festival 2015 will be held in venues in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Dublin and Waterford from 8 to 23 April, and will also tour to Sligo and Dundalk for the first time this year. Full details are available on the Japanese Film Festival 2015 website:

Japan Film Festival '15


Experience Japan Hanami Festival Day will be held at Farmleigh House and Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park from 12.00 to 16.00 on Sunday 12 April (see for information on access by car and public transport).

Experience Japan is an opportunity to join the Japanese community in Dublin and enjoy hanami and a variety of cultural activities, including Japanese fashion, music and dance, martial arts, taiko drumming, and of course Japanese food stalls. All Experience Japan activities are free.

You will find detailed information on this year’s programme on the Experience Japan website: along with regular updates on


Related Experience Japan events will include a series of academic seminars in April at the Chester Beatty Library ( and Dublin City Council, Wood Quay.

For all enquiries, please contact

Experience Japan is run with the support of the Office of Public Works in Farmleigh, Dublin City Council, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, and the Embassy of Japan in Ireland, and its sponsors include the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Business Society in Ireland.


We hope you will have the opportunity to take part in some of the events included in Experience Japan, now in its sixth year and firmly established as a highlight in the calendar of annual Japanese cultural events in Ireland.

There will be a JET and IJETAA desk at the Experience Japan Festival so please pay a visit!

Experience Japan Flyer 2015

Japanese Textiles Workshop update

On Saturday, March 21st IJETAA held a Japanese Textiles workshop in The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. Our teacher, Catherine Quinn, taught us some shibori techniques using indigo dye. Shibori uses a mixture of folding, tieing, binding and compression in order to create different patterns.  We all made 2 pieces of shibori, each with their own unique pattern.

Catherine Quinn - workshop teacher

Catherine Quinn – workshop teacher

shibori workshop

Getting our hands dirty!


Looking good!

Everybody with their finished pieces

Everybody with their finished pieces

Check out Niponica‘s issue on Japanese fabrics:

Let’s Textile! – Japanese Textile Workshop

We’re delighted to announce a fantastic Japanese Textiles Workshop that will be taking place on Saturday, March 21st at the Temple Bar Studios and Gallery, Dublin 2.
Those who attend will learn the Japanese textile technique of shibori and using indigo dye will make two handmade pieces themselves to bring home.
Booking (only 10 spaces) will be allocated sequentially and advance payment is necessary.
Featured image
About the teacher: 
Catherine is an Art and Design graduate who specialised in Textile Design. As a JET Programme participant from 2011-2013, she developed Japanese design techniques such as shibori and furoshiki. She now runs her own business, Mottainai Textiles, based in Belfast.
Check out Catherine’s blog and facebook page for more details on her textiles work
If you are interested in learning more about Japanese Textiles take a look at the Niponica magazine’s special feature on it.
It should be a great event so get your bookings and payment in early!

February Japanese Benkyoukai

 Japanese conversation with Inoue sensei

Date: Saturday, February 21st

Time: 2pm

Venue: Tea Gardens, Ormond Quay

Topic: Movies/ TV shows/ Books

e-mail for advance reservation

All welcome, no matter what level!

love nihongo

Japanese-Speaking Jobs

A couple of Japanese speaking job opportunities have arisen in Cork.

1. Japanese Online Marketing Executive

2. Japanese-Speaking Recruiter



January Japanese 勉強会

A belated happy new year to everybody:)
The monthly IJETAA Japanese Language meetup will resume next 
Saturday, January 24th 13:00 – 15:00
@ The Tea Gardens 
on Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1
Ozaki sensei and Inoue sensei have kindly prepared some topics that we can chat about.
If you would like to attend please just send a quick reply back to, just so we have an idea of numbers and space available.
Hopefully see you there!