UNU: Communications Associate (Japan)

“JobCommunications Associate, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: 2 May 2023.

The Communications Associate will promote UNU-IAS and its activities to raise visibility and impact, with a particular focus on target audiences in Japan. She/he will play a key role in implementing the communications strategy of UNU-IAS, with the overall goal of shaping, packaging, and delivering the institute’s products and expertise to maximize impact, effect positive change, and drive further demand for UNU-IAS work.

Under the general supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, and the direct supervision of the Manager of UNU-IAS Communications, the Communications Associate will perform the following tasks:
1. Manage Japanese-language content across the institute’s digital channels and printed products, ensuring coherence, quality, and consistent branding.
2. Support the implementation and further development of the institute’s communications strategy, targeting audiences in Japan.
3. Generate positive media coverage of UNU-IAS and its activities.
4. Facilitate internal communications and collaboration.


United Nations U: Academic Programme Advisor (Japan)

“JobAcademic Programme Advisor, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: 31 January 2023.

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is one of 14 research and training Institutes that comprise that think tanks in the UNU system and is based at the university’s headquarters in Tokyo, dedicated to advancing global efforts towards a more sustainable future. UNU-IAS serves the international community through policy relevant research and capacity development focused on sustainability, integrating its social, economic, and environmental dimensions. The activities of the institute are in four thematic areas: i) governance for sustainable development, ii) biodiversity & society, iii) water & resource management, and iv) innovation & education. The work of UNU-IAS is directed towards priority issues for the UN system and Member States, contributing to high-level policymaking and debates to address problems of global concern. For more information, please visit http://ias.unu.edu.

Under the supervision of the UNU-IAS Director, the Academic Programme Advisor will manage a set of academic programmes and projects and develop relevant activities in the institute’s four thematic areas, serving as Academic Director. Advanced university degree (Ph.D.) in international development, sustainability, or a field related to sustainability science expected. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Manage the UNU-IAS postgraduate degrees and training programmes
  • Lead academic and research activities
  • Run fundraising activities for the institute
  • Advance outreach activities
  • As a manager, participate in the regular academic and management meeting of UNU

Otaru U: English Applied Linguistics (Japan)

“JobAssociate Professor or Lecturer of English Applied Linguistics, Center for Language Studies, Otaru Univeristy of Commerce, Hokkaido, Japan. Deadline: 10 January 2023.

Announcement of a full-time tenured faculty position in English Applied Linguistics (esp. Sociolinguistics or Pragmatics). Applicants are invited for the post of Associate Professor or Lecturer available from April 1 or September 1, 2023 at the Center for Language Studies, Otaru University of Commerce, in Japan. The Center has a long history of being one of Hokkaido’s top academic research organizations and language educational institutions. They are seeking an exceptional academic who can support their ambitions to enhance their teaching and research reputation. Candidates should possess a doctorate in Applied Linguistics, specializing in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, or closely related area. Expertise in the teaching of English to Japanese university students is desirable.

US-Japan Leadership Program 2023/24 (Japan/USA)

FellowshipsCall for applications: US-Japan Leadership Program (USJLP), participants expected to be in Japan, 23-30 July 2023 AND in the USA in July 2024. Deadline: 5 December 2022.

USJLP is the flagship program of the United States-Japan Foundation. It launched in 2000 with the purpose of developing a network of communication, friendship and understanding among the next generation of leaders in each country.  With the goal of bridging the gap between East and West, the Program fosters a continuing dialogue among future leaders in a broad variety of professions. It starts this process by bringing some young leaders together from each country for two intensive weeklong conferences over two years, with discussions revolving around historical and current issues in bilateral relations, as well as issues reaching beyond our two countries. Through serious conversation as well as recreation and shared cultural activities it seeks to nurture lifelong friendships. The Program is designed to keep the leaders in touch with each other throughout their careers through a dedicated website and member directory, frequent reunions and newsletters, and online social networks.

All members hold US or Japanese citizenship, enter the Program between the ages of 28-44 and have demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. Membership requires a commitment to participate in two consecutive summer conferences as a Delegate (one in Japan, and one in the USA), and the intent to remain active in the Program as a Fellow (alumnus).

United Nations U: Media & Engagement (Japan)

“JobMedia and Engagement Specialist, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: Open until position is filled.


For the past four decades, United Nations University (UNU) has been an important think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. Based at UNU’s Headquarters in Tokyo, the Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) is charged with the mission of serving the international community through policy-relevant research and capacity development focused on sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions.

The Media & Engagement Specialist will promote UNU-IAS and its activities to raise visibility and impact. She/he will play a key role in implementing the communications strategy of UNU-IAS, with the overall goal of shaping, packaging, and delivering the institute’s products and expertise to maximize impact, effect positive change, and drive further demand for UNU-IAS work. Required qualifications and experience include, but are not limited to: a master’s degree or equivalent qualification in communications, journalism, sustainable development, environment, social sciences, international relations, or a related field; equivalent experience in combination with a bachelor’s degree will be considered a minimum of 5 years of working experience in public information, journalism, international relations, public relations or related area is required, preferably in an international setting.

International Christian U: Communication, Media, Language & Society (Japan)

“Job Assistant / Associate / Full Professor in Communication, Media, Language & Society. Department of Society, Culture and Media, International Christian University, Japan. Deadline: 15 September 2021.

International Christian University (ICU) announces an open search for a full-time faculty position in the Department of Society, Culture and Media. The successful applicant is expected to teach general education, foundation, and area major courses in the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School. A private, bilingual university located on a wooded campus in the suburbs of Tokyo, ICU provides a first-class liberal arts education in a culturally and religiously diverse international community of students, faculty and staff. The Department seeks applicants with expertise and cutting edge research that includes one or more of the following areas: PR/corporate communication, risk & crisis communication, organizational communication, advertising & marketing communications, public diplomacy, digital/social media for strategic communication. Candidates with previous industry experience in public relations and marketing communications are strongly encouraged to apply. While the language of instruction is English, a knowledge of Japanese or willingness to learn Japanese is desirable. The position begins on September 1, 2022.

Bridging Cultural Gap Between Morocco, Japan

Applied ICD

Kawano, G. (2021, April 25). Morocconia, Nipponia: Bridging cultural gap between Morocco, Japan. Morocco World News.

“The greatest strength I gained through this project is cultural awareness. I’m better equipped with skills to work in [a] multicultural environment.”

This article documents the ways in which Hafsa Rifki, of Morocco, who first became interested in Japanese anime, then began studying the Japanese language, and later Japanese culture, became part of a cultural circle of like-minded peers, which turned into the group Nipponia. Later she moved to Japan for a PhD in Media and Governance at Keio University. While in Japan, she developed a similar group of people interested in Morocco, named Morocconia. She now manages both groups.

Case Studies Japan (Travel Grants to Japan)

Study AbroadCase Studies Japan: Research Trip to Japan for Interdisciplinary Scholars and Graduate Students, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnerships, Tokyo, Japan. Deadline: December 1, 2020.

This initiative offers an opportunity for an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and graduate students at U.S. institutions to travel to Japan and conduct case study field research in the realms of the humanities and social sciences. The goal is to provide participants, especially those who may not be familiar with Japan, with firsthand experiences to gain a deeper understanding of and make connections in Japan that will be useful in their own disciplines after the trip.

Eligibility: U.S. universities, colleges, or institutions with 501(c)3 status. A “Project Director,” who is a faculty member and Japan specialist from the applying institution, should have a PhD or terminal degree in their field and teach Japan-related courses, and must accompany the group on the trip. The group must include at least 5 faculty members and/or students not including the project director. More than half of the participants must not be specialized in Japanese Studies. Participants should primarily be from the applying institution, but those invited from relevant nearby institutions may also be considered.

Research Center for Japanese Studies: Visiting Researchers

Visiting Research Scholars, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan, for 2022-23. Deadline: October 31, 2020.

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies seeks to promote comprehensive, international, and interdisciplinary research on Japanese culture, and to foster cooperation among researchers in Japanese studies worldwide. In order to broaden and deepen research on Japanese culture and bring together researchers in a variety of specialized fields, the Center regularly appoints a number of scholars from around the world as Visiting Research Scholars. The Center invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct research while in residence. Visiting Research Scholars are expected to engage in collaborative activity with the Center’s permanent faculty by, for example, participating in at least one of the team research projects.

Comparison of cultural values between Japan and the US (Webinar)

EventsComparison of cultural values between Japan and the US to understand the implications for building relationships and doing business, Offered by Tri-State SIETAR (NY-NJ-CT), Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT, Online Event.

The webinar will be a comparison of cultural value differences and similarities with Japan and the United States to understand the implications for building relationships and doing business. Leaders will focus on: consideration of others, tradition, work, home life and society. The comparison will be from the point of view of Tamami, a Japanese native who studied in the United States for over two years, from Rob, an American who worked in Japan for three years, and Miriam, an American who has never visited Japan but has been acquainted with many Japanese natives throughout her life.

Follow the link at the top of the page for details about the presenters.

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