Associate – Japan (Tokyo)

The Asia Group is now accepting applications for an Associate to join our growing Tokyo office.

The Asia Group (“TAG”) is a strategic and capital advisory firm that positions clients – ranging from Fortune 100 multinationals to innovative startups – for success in established and emerging markets across the Indo-Pacific region. Our diverse team possesses decades of government and private sector experience with a work ethos that emphasizes teamwork, collegiality, creativity, entrepreneurialism, and mentorship.

The Asia Group’s Tokyo office is seeking an highly motivated individual to support our thriving Japan practice at the Associate level. This role will involve supporting our Tokyo-based team by carrying out in-depth research and logistical tasks, developing actionable insights, engaging in client services, and producing client-ready updates and research memoranda.

The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of the Japanese political system, as well as a strong grasp of business fundamentals and Japan’s complex regulatory environment. They will possess strong communication abilities in both English and Japanese, and will be able to provide concise and nuanced briefings and written product to TAG clients and leadership. Priority will be given to those applicants with demonstrated business, government, and/or research experience in Japan.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Undertake in-depth research utilizing primary English and Japanese resources;
  • Support planning and implementation of client engagements and activities on the ground;
  • Produce written updates and assessments on matters which impact key client priorities, including political, economic, and regulatory developments;
  • Monitor local print and online media for important developments related to client equities and opportunities for business development; and
  • Support TAG’s Country Director with client servicing and office initiatives.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree (MA/MBA/JD) or equivalent practical work experience related to Japan
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Japanese politics, foreign/defense policy, and economics and U.S. security relations with Asia, preferably with at least two years of work experience in a client-facing industry, research institute, government, or government relations
  • Outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills in both Englishand Japanese, including ability to communicate professionally with clients
  • Attention to details, and strong planning and organization skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint
  • Team player with positive and professional attitude; eager for professional development and open to learning
  • Self-starter with ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Can-do attitude and willingness to support both critical client matters and simple administrative tasks
  • Flexibility with respect to working and communication hours, particularly when coordinating with team members in Washington
Submissions for this position are open on a rolling basis.

Candidates must be eligible to work in Japan. Employees will work in an in-person environment, with remote benefits allowing flexibility on an as-needed basis. TAG provides competitive health benefits and generous paid time off, with regular training opportunities available to its employees. 

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references via the application portal below. Alternatively, interested candidates may email the required documents as a single PDF titled “Associate – Japan (Tokyo) – [First & Last Name]” to and complete the relevant application forms at 

Due to the volume of applications received, responses from our recruiting team may be delayed. No phone calls, please. 

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