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Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

Established in 1870, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is Japan’s chief diplomatic mission covering Northern California and Nevada. The Consulate works in various areas including intergovernmental relations, economic affairs, education, cultural exchange and providing consular services. 

The Consulate seeks a staff member to assist the Intergovernmental Affairs Section. This section is responsible for the following activities within the states of California and Nevada. 


  1. Conducting political and governmental research to identify emerging developments in Japan-U.S. relations

  2. Assisting consular staff with learning about comparative governmental processes and developing connections with their domestic government counterparts

  3. Implementing creative projects to advance Japan-U.S. relations, including sister city relations and intergovernmental exchanges

  4. Drafting speeches and informational materials

Applicant Qualifications:


  1. Demonstrated interest in American government and international relations with a Bachelor’s degree or higher

  2. Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to conduct governmental research

  3. High professional skills and the ability to work cooperatively with consular staff and federal, state and local government officials

  4. Strong organizational skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining how their skills and interests would help advance Japan-U.S. relations, a resume with references and a writing or research sample.  Application postmark deadline is September 5, 2012 with a preferred employment date starting in early October.  This is a full-time position.

Please mail these materials to:

Kei Hagiwara

Vice Consul for Intergovernmental Affairs

Consulate General of Japan

50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300

San Francisco, CA 94105

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