Job: Assistant for Economic Affairs – Consulate General of Japan in Boston

Position Title: Assistant for Economic Affairs  –
Consulate General of Japan in Boston

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a person for the position of the Assistant for Economic Affairs / Science & Technology Section. The consulate offers group health insurance coverage, twenty days of paid vacation per year, a number of paid U.S./Japanese holidays, three paid summer holidays, and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with academic and professional experiences. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in international business, international affairs, or Japanese/American relations.

The position serves as a link between the consulate and local governments and businesses in New England. The ideal candidate will be someone flexible enough to work on multiple projects at the same time, have an understanding of the differences in Japanese and American business cultures, can communicate effectively in both English and Japanese, and have the ability to make connections with a wide variety of local businesses and organizations.


Basic Information

Work hours: Monday–Friday 9:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.

Lunch break: 12:15 P.M.-1:15 P.M. (with occasional front desk lunch duty) Occasional overtime is required

The consulate is located in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston. It is across the street from South Station, and is easily accessible by the Red Line, Silver Line, and Commuter Rail.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Consul for Economic Affairs and Science & Technology Officer in administrative duties. Examples are scheduling meetings, drafting letters and e-mails, writing speeches, making contacts with local government agencies, businesses, or other agencies, and assisting visiting delegations from Japan when they visit Boston.
  • Conduct basic research on regional economic development and international trade statistics
  • Disseminate information about Japanese economic policies and other related information to relevant local entities including responding to inquiries about Japan in economic areas.
  • Assist with planning and setting up events such as trade shows, business forums, seminars, networking sessions, and diplomatic receptions. – Monitor local news outlets for stories that are related to or could affect Japanese companies.
  • Other duties as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for specializations in international relations, international business, Japanese/East Asian studies, or related disciplines.
  • Fluent in English
  • Japanese language skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – Computer skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Experience living or working in Japan highly preferred
  • Basic knowledge of the economic and political situations in both Japan and New England, especially in the Greater Boston area
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. The consulate is unable to provide visa sponsorship.

How to apply:

  • Please email a cover letter and resume by October 5th, 2015 to:

d.fager at bz dot mofa dot go dot jp, or mail your cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Economic Affairs Section, Consulate-General of Japan in Boston

Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210 -No phone calls please


© Consulate-General of Japan in Boston

600 Atlantic Avenue, 22nd Floor

Boston, MA 02210

Tel: (617) 973-9772 Fax: (617) 542-1329


“Home in America” – Boston Asian American Film Festival (10/22-10/25)


Come out to the Boston Asian American Film Festival from Oct. 22-25th. This year’s festival includes a short series about finding a Home in America. The shorts series consists of about 6 short films 6mins – 20mins in length on the festival’s theme. This shorts series includes documentaries about a Japanese American during WWII and another about Japanese war brides. Come check it out!

Stay tuned for ticket discounts for NEJETAA members, going on sale the first week of October.BAAFF_Poster_2015

Boston Career Forum (Nov.) and LA Career Forum(Oct.)!

It’s that time of year again! Job seekers looking for bilingual Japanese-English employment should not miss out on the biggest opportunities to meet Japanese recruiters! The LA Career Forum will be held in October and the Boston Career Forum will be held in November!

Mark your calendars!

– Los Angeles Career Forum —–
October 10 & 11 (Sat. & Sun.)
Currently 13 companies participating including:

– Boston Career Forum —–
November 20 – 22 (Fri. – Sun.)
Currently 130 companies participating including:

Resource for Job Seeking JETs! iiicareer

Starting last year iiicareer / interesse international inc., a Japanese employment agency ( launched the “Homecoming Career Support for JET Alumni” project. iiicareer is happy to continue supporting the JET Alumni’s job searches and has branch offices in 15 locations in the U.S. and Japan, and also meet the needs of distant candidates with on-line interviews.
You can also search open positions and register on their site at the following links:

Job: Executive Director of the Japan Society of Boston

JSB LogoJapan Society of Boston: Executive Director

From Executive Resources International, LLC:

We have recently been retained by the Japan Society of Boston to find its new Executive Director.


Founded over 100 years ago, the Japan Society of Boston (JSB) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural and economic ties and active interchange between Japanese and Americans for mutual understanding, benefit and enjoyment. One of the first Japan Societies in the United States, the JSB serves as a bridge and programming nexus for a network of individuals, cultural and academic institutions and business and financial firms, linked together by a strong interest in Japan and a shared recognition of the importance of the US-Japan relationship.


Located in the GBA, its membership consists of individuals and corporations and students and teachers, old and young alike, unified by a common recognition that Japan and the United States wield great global influence and that their harmonious interactions affect the well-being of people throughout the world. As a repository of Japanese art and culture, with more than a century of cultural and economic exchange, no city in the world matches Boston. Linked by historic ties of commerce and cultural activity, “we understand the importance of our special history and see it as the foundation for a future of enriched cooperation and international impact.”


Reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, the Executive Director will have the responsibility for the creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic goals and vision, the development and administration of its program activities, the funding of these programs, the direction of the day-to-day administrative functions, the support, development and motivation of volunteers and the financial well-being of the organization, enabling it to be managed to a plan.


The charter of the Executive Director is to work with the Board to help develop and implement a strategic initiative that will capitalize on JSB’s heritage and “move the organization forward”. The goal is to articulate a vision that will at once broaden and energize the membership base, and the board, to help the organization stay relevant. The objective is to create new programs to reach a wider membership base, including a next-generation component and achieve more visibility and involvement in the Japan related business community by establishing and solidifying relationships with new and existing sponsors and partners.


The ideal candidate will have 10 to 15 years of experience successfully managing an entity, demonstrating strong marketing & P&L capabilities, as well as excellent interpersonal skills as s/he has created and implemented a visionary strategic plan that has achieved increased visibility, “branding” and viability for an organization- one who has the ability to monetize events and relationships. S/he will be a highly motivated tenacious “can-do” entrepreneurial individual, an energetic self-starter who is not risk-averse, one who is adept at networking, can articulate the organization’s vision and mission- and can fund it as well.


The ideal candidate will have spent time in Japan in a business, cultural, academic or diplomatic capacity. Knowledge of the Japanese language – while preferable – is not mandatory. What is imperative is that s/he has a knowledge of and passion for “all things Japanese”


S/he will be a resourceful, visionary manager and self-starter who has either successfully run a business or created and implemented a strategy to introduce a product into the marketplace, or successfully run a non-profit organization that is dependent on membership participation. As a hands on shirt-sleeved doer s/he will be equally comfortable with the running of a growing entity as s/he is in the Boardroom soliciting major local businesses to be significant sponsors, one who can generationally relate to and connect with the current Boston Japanese business community. “Someone who can make the call – and can make the ask”. S/he will have a technological savvy and an understanding of the value of social media and technology efficiency for the organization.


The individual may currently be the President or Executive Director of a small to medium sized non-profit organization and the position may also represent a “career crossroads” for an operating executive from industry or the business world or the State Department with proven non-profit interests and the ability to generate and maintain business connections.


Since we are looking for the exceptional individual, the compensation package is competitive. Please reply with a letter outlining your qualifications and a resume attached, in complete confidence to our search consultant at EDJSB [at] erisearch [dot] net . No phone calls please.

Nihongo-dake Dinner! Tues. July 7, 6:30pm


Join NEJETAA for another round of Nihongo-dake dinner – TANABATA edition! Come, eat, and enjoy Japanese conversation on July 7th from 6:30 at Yamato in Brighton, MA. Feel (RSVP Deadline extended)

Where: Yamato in Brighton, MA
Tues. 7/7 from 6:30pm
Who: NEJETAA members and Japanese speaking friends!

Limited street parking.
Green Line (B) to Chiswick Road.

See you there!