Connecting those who have served in Japan.

JUMP Spotlight Series: Share your Story

JUMP members have stories to tell. For many of us, our time in Japan was a highlight of our military service, a chance to see and contribute directly to the United States’ role in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. For families, it’s an opportunity for children to experience another culture, maybe even attend a Japanese school and learn a second language. We join culture clubs with locals, teach English in the community, and learn how to drive on the left or navigate public trains. We come back from Japan with anecdotes about the festivals we attended, the foods we tried, the friendships we made.

Here at JUMP, we care about building community. We love hearing how your experiences in Japan changed you. We know life in Japan can be hard and frustrating sometimes, as well as exhilarating and special. Our Spotlight Series is an opportunity for you and your families to share your unique stories. Anyone in the JUMP family is eligible to be profiled – active duty, retirees, government civilians, spouses and children, U.S. and Japanese nationals. We’ll share your story here on the JUMP website, as well as on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. Read previous editions of the JUMP Spotlight Series here.

Interested? Submit your story by emailing us at Give us a brief summary of your time in Japan — tell us when and where you were stationed and share a highlight from that time. A JUMP staff member will email you back — or give you a call, if preferred — with additional questions.


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