The Economist is seeking a news assistant for the Tokyo Bureau. This is an exciting, multifaceted job that encompasses conducting research, arranging interviews, interpreting, reporting, and, on occasion, writing. The successful candidate will work closely with the Tokyo bureau chief and other correspondents to cover Japanese politics, foreign policy, society, business, finance and culture. She or he will be involved in the entire story process, from generating ideas to taking reporting trips to fact-checking drafts. There may also be opportunities to contribute to our radio, film and digital products.

We are looking for someone who:
– Is fluent in both Japanese and English, and is able to perform both written translation and oral interpretation during interviews
– Is a self-starter with a passion for Japan, international news and interesting stories
– Is flexible, committed and eager to travel and meet people from all walks of life
– Is aware of international readers’ interests (media experience is desired but not necessary)

This is a full-time staff position with competitive pay and benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining why they are a good fit for the job, a resume, three ideas for articles about Japan that could appear in The Economist, and the contact details of two people who can provide references. Applications should be sent to [email protected]. The closing date is July 16th 2021.

The Economist Group values diversity. We are committed to equal opportunities and creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. We welcome applicants regardless of ethnic origin, national origin, gender, race, colour, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation or age.