Job Opening: Managing Editor, Social Science Japan Journal

Institution: University of Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Position: Associate Professor + Managing Editor, Social Science Japan Journal
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2017 (5pm Japan time)

The Institute of Social Science (社会科学研究所) at the University of Tokyo seeks an Associate Professor who will also serve as Managing Editor for the journal “Social Science Japan Journal.”

The position is to begin on May 1, 2018, or as soon afterwards as possible. It is a 3-year position, with the possibility of being renewed once.

Job Description:
(from the official job posting at University of Tokyo)

The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day running of SSJJ. The managing editor takes the initiative to insure that the journal runs smoothly and upholds rigorous standards of punctuality and quality. The managing editor is also a full member of the editorial board of SSJJ, which is headed by an editor-in-chief and several associate editors from the institute as well as several external board members from other universities in Japan. The editorial board members meet once a month most months at the institute to review manuscripts and discuss editorial matters. Please refer to the website of the journal ( a complete list of the current editorial board members.
The main duties of the managing editor are as follows:

*Edit all papers, survey articles, review essays and book reviews accepted for publication by SSJJ for accuracy and compliance with SSJJ and OUP style guidelines.
*Proofread all items for accuracy prior to publication.
*Handle correspondence (mostly by e-mail) with authors, book reviewers and referees, and oversee the online manuscript submission and peer review system.
*Serve as the main channel of communication between SSJJ and the offices of Oxford University Press in Tokyo and Oxford regarding editorial, production and marketing issues.
*Participate actively in the journal’s monthly administrative meetings and editorial board meetings. This includes contributing to the decision-making process over acceptance or rejection of papers. The successful candidate will also attend faculty meetings of the Institute. All these meetings are conducted in Japanese.
*Help generate submissions of interesting papers by identifying and encouraging suitable authors.

Required Qualifications:

*A doctorate or equivalent in a branch of the social sciences, with research focusing primarily on Japan. Ph.D. candidates at the final stage of dissertation writing also are eligible to apply. The social sciences are defined broadly to include economics, business administration, law, political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, philosophy/thought and history (preferably from the Meiji period onward).
*Impeccable English, with sensitivity to writing style and a critical eye for the structure and meaning of academic writing. The ability to edit writing in the social sciences is essential.
*A willingness to engage intellectually with writing from the above disciplines as they relate to Japan.
*Japanese language ability sufficient to engage in meetings, read academic papers written in Japanese, and correspond in written Japanese.
*Deeply ingrained determination to meet deadlines.
*Willingness and ability to learn and master the ScholarOne online submission and peer review platform.

Application Materials:
1) Cover letter (4 copies)
2) Resume (1 copy), with photograph, according to official UTokyo form: 「東京大学統一履歴書フォーマット」 and 「記入例6(文系教員)」 available at
3) List of academic accomplishments (4 copies)
4) Reference letters (two), sent directly by email or snail mail
*all materials may be in English.

For further information see the official posting at University of Tokyo.

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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