Research Assistant, Asia Pacific Initiative (API)
Asia Pacific Initiative (API) seeks a Research Assistant (native English speaker) to its Chairman, Dr. FUNABASHI Yoichi. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to help shape public debate, as well as Japan's domestic and global policy. For those apt and interested, please send your CV in English (and Japanese, if available), as well as a cover letter in English that includes your reasons for applying, strengths you will bring to the position and your current situation. We are only seeking native English speakers. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.
Job Description and Conditions
Company: Asia Pacific Initiative (API) （一般財団法人アジア・パシフィック・イニシアティブ）
Location: Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo (Note: Currently working remotely from home)
Working hours: Full time: 9:00-17:30 (1-hour break) on weekdays
(Note: Overtime and occasional weekends required)
Industry: Research / Survey
Work Type: Contract / Experienced (Non-Manager)
Contract Period: One year from August 2021 (extendable upon mutual consent)
Probation Period: Three months
Salary: ¥3.0M ~ ¥5.0M / Year (including 30 hours fixed overtime allowance)
Insurance: Employment Insurance, Worker’s Accident Compensation Insurance,
Employees' Pension Insurance, Health Insurance and Nursing Care Insurance
Starting date: September 2021
API is a Tokyo-based independent think tank formed in 2011. It was originally established as Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF) in response to the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. In 2017, it was restructured into API, reflecting its shift from domestic policy issues to foreign policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Its mission is to critically investigate the challenges facing Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, strengthen Japan’s role in upholding the liberal international order and act as an incubator for innovative policy proposals.
The Chairman of API, Dr. Yoichi Funabashi, is former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun and one of Japan's most prominent and internationally respected public intellectuals. API regularly collaborates with globally recognized institutions such as the World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Australian National University, and others.
Personal research assistant to Chairman FUNABASHI Yoichi.
Depending on experience, the candidate may also be asked to support or manage events and projects. Since the candidate will be working directly with the Chairman, this is a key strategic position within the institution with a high degree of responsibility.
Research/writing (including articles, op-eds and papers in English for global media) on Japan's domestic politics, diplomacy, national security, economy and technological innovation, as well as geopolitics, geoeconomics and geotechnology in the Indo-Pacific region
Collecting, summarizing, and creating abridged translations of publicly available information (such as books, essays, newspaper articles, etc.) covering a broad range of themes (current affairs including politics, diplomatic security, international relations and economics)
Leading one or more projects by managing and delegating tasks, overseeing interns, and communicating with partners
Managing Chairman Funabashi's schedule and overseas business trips in coordination with his Executive Assistant
Creating research memos and organizing material for conferences and interviews, transcribing text and producing summaries
Writing speeches, assisting with preparation for panels, and drafting letters and e-mails in English for Chairman Funabashi
Assisting with event-planning and event management
Assisting in project management and cross-border collaborations
Liaising with world leaders, government officials, CEOs, policy analysts, and others
Providing Japanese-English/English-Japanese translation support for public relations activities and other office work
Various administrative tasks related to Dr. Funabashi’s publications
Other work related to the above
What we are looking for:
Native English speaker
Advanced Japanese language skills (above business level; at least JLPT N2)
Excellent teamwork and communication skills
Interest and knowledge of international affairs or Japanese and Asian politics
Ability to work at a fast pace
Strong organizational skills
Able to prioritize and compromise effectively
Flexible schedule to adjust to work requirements as needed
Aspiration to work in politics, journalism or academia
Preferably living in Japan now and/or has experience in a Japanese working environment
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