Job Opening:

The Nippon Communications Foundation (the fellows behind, formerly of Japan Echo) is hiring a Japanese-to-English translator. I have recently posted about my own blog, the awkwardly-titled A Man With Tea. The site contains articles on a wide range of up-to-date topics on Japanese politics, economy, society, and culture, from posts on mosques in Tokyo, kabuki news, and the heat stroke risks at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to the history of Japanese relations with the Ainu, the Osprey & Okinawa military base issue, and the history textbooks debates, many of them written by top experts in the field.

Institution: Nippon Communications Foundation (
Location: Tokyo
Type: full-time, one-year with possibility of extension
Approximate Starting Date: March

Summary/Description of the Position:

This is a full-time position in our Tokyo office. The work will include:

> Translation of Japanese texts into English for
> Editing of English texts to match our publication’s style
> Management of our website’s social media accounts
> Work on additional projects for private- and public-sector clients
> Occasional interviews (in Japanese and English) and original writing (in English)

We would like to hire someone to start work in March this year. The initial contract will be for one year, with the possibility of a full-fledged position with the foundation thereafter. Monthly salary will be ¥380,000 or higher, depending on experience and talent. Employees get weekends and national holidays off; commute costs are covered, and the benefits include social/health/unemployment insurance.


Ideal candidates will have:

> Native command of the English language
> Solid writing skills; editing experience also a plus
> Strong communication and reading skills in Japanese (equivalent to JLPT N1 or better)
> Knowledge of and interest in Japanese current affairs, economics, politics, and society
> A desire to communicate that knowledge to a global readership

Application Process:

To apply for the position, please complete this trial translation and send it along with your resume and description of your work experience (履歴書と職務経歴書) to Peter Durfee at (in .docx, .doc, .rtf, .pdf, or .txt format). You may also send them via postal mail to the address below. The materials must arrive no later than Friday, January 24.

Nippon Communications Foundation (attn.: Durfee)
2F, Nippon Press Center
2-2-1 Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011

We will contact successful candidates to arrange an interview. Please feel free to share this announcement!

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About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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