Job at Houston Consulate

Title : Political and Economic Affairs Assistant
Salary:Commensurate with experience
Benefits : Paid vacation, medical/dental insurance, US federal and some Japanese national holidays
Working hours : 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday * some evenings and weekends required for special events and receptions

Posted August 9, 2013

Primary Duties & Responsibilities : 

– Research and analyze political and economic issues for the states in the Consulate jurisdiction (currently Texas & Oklahoma), with a heavy concentration on local industries and regional politics

– Write daily news reports summarizing relevant local, regional, national and Japan related news articles

– Assist with preparation and planning of events and receptions related to the Consulate

– Write speeches and presentations for diplomats

– Assist in writing of letters

– Assist other sections of the Consulate as required

– Other administrative duties and assisting the diplomats with day-to-day tasks


Required qualification : 

– US nationality or possession of work permits in US

– College degree in a related field

– Native-level English ability

– Strong organization and communication skills

– Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications

– Basic Knowledge of Japan

– Japanese language skills (favorable)


Location : 
Consulate-General of Japan, 909 Fannin Street, Suite 3000, Houston TX 77010


To apply : 
Interested candidates should mail, fax (713-651-7822), or e-mail (lisa dot kostelecky at their resume and cover letter to Ms. Lisa Kostelecky. Application should be received by the Consulate by Monday August 26, 2013. Please do not call with regards to your application status.


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DC job at Tokyo Shimbun

There is a job opening in the Washington DC Bureau of the Tokyo Shimbun. They have hired JET alumni in the past, and would like to hire someone who has spent time in Japan. Details below. Good luck!
Tokyo-Chunichi Shimbun, Japan’s largest regional daily newspaper, is seeking a full-time staff reporter/researcher for its Washington D.C. Bureau.
The job will involve, though not be limited to:
monitoring and researching news developments in U.S. economics, politics, and foreign affairs
gathering and synthesizing news-related data
attending news briefings and Congressional hearings
interviewing key sources regarding US economics, politics, and foreign affairs for spot news and features
The main topics covered are political news (White House, Department of State, Department of Defense, Congress, and congressional elections), economic news, and other major domestic news. Some administrative work such as logistics planning, arranging and transcribing are also required.
The ideal candidate would be resourceful and flexible and be able to juggle multiple tasks on deadline. Must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree, native-level English, and a minimum of one year experience working for the US media or in communications. Japanese language skills are strongly preferred as the primary language spoken in our office is Japanese. A background in economics and/or business would be beneficial.
We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive health insurance. The typical work week is Monday through Friday, 9-5; circumstances may warrant occasional paid overtime. Some domestic travel with Japanese correspondents is also required.
As soon as possible.
Please send resume and cover letter to Eri Urano at tokyochunichi at gmail dot com. Only successful candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
August 12, 2013

Learning Japanese with Nihongo Master

Posted by Ashley Thompson (Shizuoka-ken, 2008-10), Community Manager for Nihongo Master and editor of Surviving in Japan.

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