Jul 21

Job: News Asst/Staff Reporter at Asahi Shimbun (SF)

Great JET-relevant listing, originally posted to the JETAA Northern California LinkedIn group by Michelle Lynn Dinh.

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Company: The Asahi Shimbun
Position: News Assistant / Staff Reporter
Job Status: Full-time
Location: San Francisco, CA
Salary: $36,000 to $37,200 (Depending on Qualifications)

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper is seeking a skilled and highly motivated News Assistant/Staff reporter for its new San Francisco office. The position will directly report to the Bureau Chief. Founded in 1879, The Asahi Shimbun is widely recognized as Japan’s leading and most respected national daily newspaper. It has a circulation of nearly eight million copies per day, and is read by a wide segment of the Japanese public. The newspaper is particularly influential among Japan’s government officials, policymakers and academics. It also reaches an English-speaking audience through its English language website. Its North American bureaus are located in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Primary duties include assisting our San Francisco-based bureau chief by attending press briefings, conducting thorough background research, gathering news and views, arranging and conducting interviews, and closely following developments in new technologies, business, and finance, with a primary focus on San Francisco and Silicon Valley. However, candidates must be flexible and willing to work with other correspondents on other issues when necessary. Some administrative support, such as transcribing interviews and other assignments, is also required. Some domestic travel may be required. This is a reporting position with no/limited article-writing or byline opportunities. Compensation includes overtime pay, excellent medical/dental benefits, sick leave and a 401k plan (elective) and commuting expenses. The position will be available starting immediately.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferable). Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently are required. Background in technology and business and an interest in pursuing a career in journalism are preferable. Japanese language skills helpful but not required.


Please email cover letter and resume (fax only if necessary). Please provide names and contact information for two references. No clips or phone calls, please.

asahisf @ asahiam.com

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