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FJET Committee

Your FJET committee works tirelessly to bring you the very best events and activities in Fukui. Want to know more about the people behind the scenes? You're on just the right page. NOTE: This page is still being updated from the turn-over of committee members, please bear with us.

Your 2012–2013 FJET Committee:


Sarah Barron

No relation to the Red Baron, or Redd Barron.

Hello, hello!

I'm Sarah and I'm starting my third year on JET and my fourth year in Japan. I hail from California and have too many hobbies to count. To say I'm a nerd is an understatement. I'm an avid comic book reader and a huge Star Wars fan (original trilogy, of course). I also love getting out and doing things. You will see me on the soccer team this fall and on the slopes snowboarding this winter. Fukui has a lot of great festivals and events and I try to go to as many as I can. I've got a pretty good handle on Japanese and a lot of experience in getting stuff done in Fukui, so let me know if you need any advice or help with problems large or small!

David Son

David Son loves the sakura trees. He loves them so much.

Hello Internet!

I'm David and I'll be entering my second year of JET this summer. Born in Korea (but I don't play Starcraft), raised in New York City, and educated in the Midwest, I'm proud to call Fukui my home. When I'm not at my apartment amongst the ricefields in Echizen Town, I'm probably biking, snowboarding, or just chilling with the best crew in this hemisphere. Feel free to drop me a line for whatever reason, whether it be to hang out, get some food, climb mountains in the middle of the night, or just vent.


Social Secretaries

Jessie Bell

Jessie! Hey, I'm Jessie and I'm a very proud Canadian! My passions in life include traveling, snowboarding, and cooking. I have an unparalleled love for tea and spend my weekends studying tea ceremony.

Interesting fact about me: I love the snow and below-zero temperatures far more than I like summer. Does that make me weird? Most definitely! Do I care? Not in the least!

Michelle Danner

Jazz hands! I solemnly swear I am up to no good. A soon-to-be-third-year ALT from America, I have spent way too much of my time reading literature, writing fantasy, playing video games, going dancing, practicing tea ceremony, and taking nature pictures. I am an avid Harry Potter fan. I promise as one of the social secretaries to plan exceptionally fun and crazy events with Jessie, all while maintaining my geekiness.

Mischief managed.

Community Liaisons  

Ashley Murphy

Also known, at times, as A.J.

Mike Kuziw

Perhaps Fukui's top-ranked nature lover?

Volunteer Coordinator Family Net Liaison

Anna Ho

anna_2009.JPGDon't let the title of volunteer coordinator fool you. I only really like things that have to do with cute children and Rilakkuma - especially the two combined.

That being said, my name is Anna and I help coordinate orphanage visits in Fukui with my wonderful area coordinators, Conor Mooney and Greg Werner. I'm a third year ALT from California and I miss Mexican food like you wouldn't believe. Oh, I also miss sunshine throughout the year and no humidity, but that's too much to ask for in a care package. I bake a mean rainbow cake and enjoy cooking in general. ...I can kick pretty high for someone who has no reason to?

I've had a good run in Fukui thus far and hope to have another great year with all of you! :] I've been told I'm a great listener and a Brain Witch, so have at it.

Meredith Smith

Meredith Smith Hey all! My name's Meredith, and I — should you choose to accept the challenge of becoming friends and cultural ambassadors — am here to introduce you to some awesome Fukui natives!

Family Net is not a homestay program, but more of a neighborhood friend program. It's all about cultural exchange and we have quite a few families who are excited to befriend you, help you ease into the Fukui lifestyle and tell you all about the various wonders here. Of course, they're looking forward to learning about your home and culture, too. If you're interested in being matched with a host family during your time in Fukui, send me an email at!

Treasurer Webmaster

Shaun McGuigan

193cm of pure Canada 194 centimeters of pure Canadian fiscal responsibility.

Paul Varoutsos

Paul Varoutsos If you have any issues or questions, please email me at the following:

FJETWebmaster [at]

First Year Representatives


Southern Rep #1
Southern Rep #2

Nigel O' Mahony


Hey peeps!

Your friendly Irish Southern Rep Nige here. Also known as Nigeria from Iceland by my students.. I joined the FJET group to try and lure people down to the deep, dark south with fun activities, such as trekking and day drinking..

Mainly we try and make sure all the spread out southerners stay in touch, but northerners are more than welcome at any of our parties if they're prepared to make the trek!

Got any questions about the south then email Rachel or myself at fjetsouthernrep[at]

Rachel Daddino


Hey party people!

I’m Rachel, one of your southern reps for the year. I’m originally from New Jersey, USA, but I’m happy to call Tsuruga my current home. My favorite things in life are dogs and ice cream, and I hope to bring that level of sophistication to all events in the south!

But really, southern Fukui has a lot to offer, and I look forward to exploring it with my fellow southerners and enticing some northerners down to join us. Look out for some spectacular southern events this year, particularly the final boss of all southern events: the legendary Kar Rally.

Sports Rep

Dan Lim

Headstand! Hey guys! Traditionally, the Sports Rep’s duties consist only of organising the Awaji Football tournament with our local team, the Fukui Fist. However, this year I would like to include more sporting activities for us ALTs to partake in. I would like to have some occasional sports days where we can try out sports such as softball, touch rugby, cricket, and anything else you want to try. If you have an idea, please tell me! I’m also aiming to get in an Olympics event considering it’s Olympic year in 2012! I’m looking forward to many exciting, sweaty times ahead!

Kim Bernard

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