Job: Economic Affairs Assistant at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

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The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has an opening for an assistant in its Economic Affairs Section that will begin from December. The responsibilities of this section are broad, but include facilitating government, trade, and business relations between Japan and the United States.


The Economic Affairs Assistant is responsible for providing administrative support to three Consuls, collectively in charge of economy, industry, environment, finance, science, technology, information and telecommunications. Please note that the Consulate is unable to provide visa support for prospective employees, and as such all applicants are required to have the appropriate legal permission to work in the United States.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

・Researching and informing the Consuls on current issues and events;

・Drafting and editing speeches and letters;

・Coordinating and managing several annual projects;

・Scheduling meetings and appointments;

・Responding to public inquiries;

・Handling various administrative and clerical tasks; and

・Occasionally translating emails or documents from Japanese to English



A candidate should possess the following qualifications:

・Professional manner

・Excellent verbal and written communication skills

・Excellent organizational skills

・Strong internet based research abilities

・Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks

・Ability to work independently

・Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

・Proficiency with e-mail and Internet

・Familiarity with Japanese culture and values

・Japanese conversational skills preferred


This position involves a good deal of clerical duties with room for individual initiative. Interested applicants are requested to fax a cover letter and resume to Greg Porter at (415) 974-3660 or mail them to him at the Consulate General of Japan, 50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300, San Francisco, CA 94105. You may also e-mail your resume and cover letter in the text of the e-mail to commerce@cgjsf. org. E-mail attachments will not be opened. Please do not call regarding this position.

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Filed in: Job Postings • Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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