Assistant Correspondent

Posted On: February 23, 2022

Journalism Job

Media Organization:The Mainichi Newspapers

Company Description

The Mainichi Newspapers (毎日新聞), founded in 1872, is Japan’s oldest national daily newspaper. We are currently recognized in Japan as one of the leading newspapers and have garnered a reputation as a provider of unbiased reporting and poignant editorials. Our commitment to excellence in journalism has earned us numerous prestigious awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and more than 20 awards from the Japan Newspaper Publishers and Editors Association, making The Mainichi Newspapers Japan’s most awarded newspaper and the only Japanese news organization to have won a Pulitzer Prize. The Mainichi has a nationwide circulation of 2 million copies. We are headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and have 16 overseas bureaus, including two in the United States.

Job Description

We are looking for an Assistant Correspondent at our New York bureau to support the bureau chief in covering the US for our Japanese readers. In order to identify the most pertinent issues to our readers in Asia, our work in overseas bureaus involves keeping a close eye on local events and trends, and providing analysis into region-specific issues. A successful candidate will have the ability to dissect and interpret a diverse range of issues including social, cultural, and political affairs for a broad audience.

Responsibilities include:
• Background research on news topics
• Monitoring latest news related to US society at large and events happening in the nearby region
• Reaching out to sources and coordinating appointments for interviews
• Occasionally conducting interviews on the ground/remotely

Candidates should be ready to:
• Develop an understanding of the latest issues in American society and politics
• Produce thoughtful and meticulous research
• Engage in forging good media relations with relevant individuals and agencies when required
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field
• Keen interest in domestic social issues, politics, and current affairs
• Strong research skills and resourcefulness including use of social media
• Excellent time management skills and sense of urgency when dealing with time-sensitive tasks
• Fluency in Japanese or other languages will be a plus but not required

Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor employees for work visas; therefore, candidates must have US work authorization.
This position is great for someone who is just starting off their journalism career.

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Toshiyuki
Sumi (