My name is Will Morgan and I live and work in Nagasaki, Japan. I’m a Coordinator for International Relations at the Nagasaki Prefecture International Affairs Division. I am also one of the Prefectural Advisors for the JET Programme in Nagasaki.
I grew up in rural Virginia, in a home 25 minutes from the nearest stop light on the east coast of the US. My first encounter with the world outside of America was with Japan in 2006 when I served a mission for the LDS church in Hokkaido. At the end of my snowy two years I came back home to attend college and ultimately graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in International Affairs with a Minor in East Asian Studies. In my fourth year of university I applied to the JET Programme.
I applied for a CIR position but fell short at the interview stage. I was offered an ALT position and after a good deal of deliberation I accepted. In August of 2013 I headed back to Japan, this time to the sunny and warm island off the south-west of Kyushu called Fukue, in the Goto Archipelago. I was an assistant language teacher at eight Elementary and Junior-high schools for the next two years.
During my second year, the Japanese bureaucracy gods smiled on me and I was able to apply and interview for a CIR position in Nagasaki city at the Prefectural Government Office. This time I passed. I’ve been there since August of 2015 and my job now is mostly translation work, going Japanese to English, and doing native checks of already translated documents. I also occasionally give talks on the US / foreign culture, organize exchange events for local people and JET participants, and teach English or play Santa at a kindergarten. As a PA I also help organize and carry out the Welcome Orientation and Skill Development Conferences for JETs here in Nagasaki Prefecture, as well as answer questions from JETs, and generally try to be a helpful member of the JET community.
In my free time I like to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, write in my journal, and play online video games with my friends across the world.