WSJ seeks a reporter in Japan

April 19, 2024

Posted by Chris Roush

The Wall Street Journal is looking for a reporter in Tokyo to cover Japanese business, economy, markets and geopolitics.

The central focus of the role will be following Japan-based companies led by Toyota, Sony and SoftBank. It will also include a healthy dose of other Japan-related coverage as the economy emerges from three decades of sluggishness, the stock market enters a new era, and the country takes on greater importance because of the reshaping of the global order triggered by U.S.-China tensions.

The job touches on many issues of high interest for our audience, such as the debate over electric vehicles, investments in artificial intelligence and more. We’re looking for a reporter who can connect business news to these broader themes and help our audience understand the geopolitics behind stories such as the recent proposed Nippon Steel-U.S. Steel deal.

The reporter will collaborate closely with colleagues across Asia and around the world and should be a quick study when news emerges in unexpected areas.

You will:

  • Break news on your beat.
  • Conceptualize and deliver deeply reported enterprise stories as well as profiles of the people driving change in Japan.
  • Work with colleagues in audio and video.

You have:

  • Experience covering corporate news, getting scoops and writing ambitious stories.
  • Outstanding writing ability and a knack for explaining developments in Asia clearly to audiences who may be far away.
  • Preferably fluency in Japanese. This is a big plus when reporting on Japanese companies and institutions. Familiarity with other Asian nations and Chinese ability would also be a plus.
  • Ability to think big and across coverage boundaries.

The position will be based in Tokyo and report to the Tokyo bureau chief.

To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter detailing how you would do the job, and five examples of your best work.

To apply, go here.

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