News Assistant, UN/NY beat, The Asahi Shimbun

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper seeks a skilled and highly motivated News Assistant

The position is for its New York Bureau. The successful candidate will work closely with a correspondent covering the United Nations. This position is mainly stationed inside the UN.

Founded in 1879, The Asahi Shimbun is widely recognized as Japan’s leading and most respected national daily broadsheet. It has a circulation of nearly six 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, and San Francisco.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred). Excellent communication skills and ability to work independently are required. Background in International Affairs and/or Political Science preferred. Japanese language skills are helpful but not required.

The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship.

Job Description: 

Assisting our New York-based correspondent by attending meetings and briefings inside/ outside the UN, gathering news and comments, conducting background research, arranging and conducting interviews, and closely following developments in the correspondent’s beat. That said, candidates must be flexible and willing to work with other correspondents on other issues when necessary. Some travel, domestic and international, may be required (this is a position with no article-writing or byline opportunities).


Bachelor’s degree holders: $3,000 — $3,100 (monthly); Master’s degree holders: $3,200 – $3,300 (monthly)

(The above ranges may vary depending on the applicant’s work experience)

Compensation includes overtime pay, excellent medical/dental/vision benefits, and commuting expenses.  The position will be available at the end of July, 2020.

Application Procedure:

Please email a cover letter and resume. Please provide names and contact information for two references. No clips or phone calls, please.

Contact Information:

Hiring Manager, The Asahi Shimbun America