The Asia Group, LLC is now accepting applications for a Japan Associate to join our Washington, DC office.

The Asia Group is a dynamic 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 Asia-Pacific region. Our team includes a diverse mix of partners, principals, senior advisors and staff possessing decades of government, private sector, and military experience. Our corporate philosophy emphasizes teamwork, collegiality, creativity, and entrepreneurialism. Our operational culture is fast paced and demanding yet strives to be flexible and fun. Beyond the pursuit of professional success, our leadership actively embraces the challenges and opportunities associated with growing a highly successful firm, including by investing time and energy in mentoring and leading staff.

The Japan Associate will serve as an integral member of The Asia Group’s Northeast Asiapractice. A competitive candidate will have a strong foundation working on Japanese political, economic, trade, and security matters. The candidate should have deep, current knowledge of, and the ability to anticipate and assess all facets of Japan’s policy environment, both domestic and international. The position will primarily require support for clients engaged in the Japan market across multiple sectors, including energy, defense, hospitality & tourism, health & human services, and manufacturing. A demonstrated ability to work under pressure, engage clients with poise and clarity, and work collaboratively within TAG are expected. This position may also entail domestic and international travel. This position includes upward growth and promotion potential.

Responsibilities Include:

• Conduct thorough and meticulous industry and political research and analysis, and business due diligence;

• Draft executive memos, reports, briefing materials and other written products for external (client) and internal (TAG) consumers related to geopolitical, defense and security trends in Japan and across the Asia Pacific region;

• Track market and industry developments impacting client equities;

• Provide logistical and event support for client engagements in Washington, DC and, as needed, in the region.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

• MA/MBA/MPA or equivalent academic/practice experience related to Asia Pacific economic, business, and security issues

• Demonstrated expertise in Japan and U.S. relations with Asia, with up to four years of relevant work experience;

• Working fluency in Japanese

• Outstanding research and writing skills

• Self-starter and ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

• Strong attention to detail and excels under tight deadlines

• Proficiency in Microsoft applications and experience with PowerPoint

• Team player with eagerness for professional development

Desired Qualifications:

• On-the-ground experience in Japan, including ability to leverage a network of pertinent relationships and understanding of operating in Japanese business and/or policy environments.

• Familiarity with Japanese government ministerial roles and/or U.S. commercial and investment positioning in Japan.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis



Department: Asia

Location: Washington, DC

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking a Program Advisor to join its Asia team. This full-time role is responsible for leading and overseeing country programs, including Afghanistan. The Advisor will manage team members, contribute to strategic planning, oversee aspects of program implementation, and ensure quality control of programs and written products. In addition, the Advisor will lead Asia team initiatives on strategic communications, program development and fundraising.


• Provides leadership and support to the management of NDI’s Afghanistan and other program portfolios

• Leads team members in the planning, design and evaluation of programs in collaboration with in-country and headquarters-based staff, local partners and external experts

• Builds capacity of the Asia team to improve internal and external communications

• Works with Asia team leadership to formulate and implement fundraising plans targeting traditional and non-traditional donors

• Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, national partners and networks, and NDI’s network of trainers and experts

• Advises field directors and teams on NDI and donor policies

• Leads and supervises staff in developing proposals, briefs and workplans, and in documenting program progress and achievements, ensuring quality control of written reports

• Ensures oversight of program budgets and works with field and DC-based teams to provide the full, accurate and timely accounting of program funds

• Supervises, guides and mentors subordinates in the DC office

• Supports measures to fill staff vacancies and recruit staff and consultants

• Monitors political developments in Afghanistan and the broader Asia region

• Travels to program countries to support activities as well as assess program opportunities

• Serves as NDI representative at external events and assists with NDI’s public outreach

• Acts as liaison with members of NGO, funding and Washington policymaking communities


• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in international relations or a related subject. Additional years of relevant work experience may be substituted for educational requirement on a one-for-one basis

• A minimum of 14 years relevant work experience in international development, community organizing, political campaigns, organizational development, legislative affairs

• Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of staff, U.S. and foreign government personnel, members of donor organizations, funders, and policy makers

• Extensive experience managing large programs and grants funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

• Superior verbal and written communication skills in formal writing, social media channels and presentations for multiple, varied audiences

• Exceptional competency in one or more areas of NDI’s functional programs, in addition to knowledge of the political and operational environment in the Asia region, including Afghanistan

• High degree of organization, initiative and attention to detail

• Exceptional skills for analyzing complex program and political issues and for developing relevant and innovative program responses in fluid situations

• Superior writing skills, clear and persuasive and experienced in editing of written materials

• Experienced management and leadership skills and capable of leading, inspiring and motivating staff

• Extensive experience in program design and strategic planning

• Seasoned project financial management skills

• Working knowledge of Google applications, PC-based word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, and e-mail technology

• Ability and willingness to travel (up to 20%) to regional locations based on program needs


Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. NDI does not provide sponsorship. NDI welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and NDI employees. NDI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at NDI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities and qualified individuals who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or medical related condition.


Spring 2020, Research Intern , Center for East Asia Policy


Thinking about a career in public policy? Committed to improving the world we live in? Think Brookings – one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

Interns spend approximately 10 weeks working alongside leading experts in government and academia from all over the world. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. The mission of the Internship Program is to provide students with a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to their field of study or career interest. Students engage in career exploration and development as well as learn new skills.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events. In addition, interns may participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

This external sponsorship/academic focused spring internship, beginning in January 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, or graduate students, with interests in grand strategy/world order and U.S.-China relations. The selected intern will work with staff in support of one or more Fellows, applying principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. The internship is offered on the basis of academic credit and/or external financial support. 

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 30 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.

To learn more about Brookings research programs, click here


Learning Objectives 

Interns will work with Fellows and staff in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) including, but not limitied, to the following:

  • Assisting with a scholar’s book project on China’s grand strategy;
  • Analyzing Mandarin language materials from mainland China;
  • Analyzing China’s efforts to shape global information and telecommunications networks;
  • Conducting various in-depth research tasks, for example compiling fact sheets, memos/readouts, resource lists, contact profiles, finding on-the-ground contacts for scholar’s field work, monitor weekly news or issues; and
  • Monitoring weekly news or issue areas; attending various events around town at other think tanks and summarizing findings.

Additional tasks may also include but not limited to the following:


  • Providing logistical support to both public and private events.


  • Copy-editing various China Strategy Initiative publications;
  • Printing and assembling research packages/binders; and
  • Updating and maintain multiple ongoing databases.



Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students working towards a degree in a relevant field (i.e. international relations, Asian studies, political science, etc). 

Qualified applicants will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing and tracking various databases; technical skills (data visualization, programming language) are highly desired but not necessary; ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlinesin managing and tracking various databases; excellent orientation to detail, organizational, and communication skills; professional level proficiency in Chinese, including in both traditional and simplified characters.


Additional Information:

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

To be eligible for this internship, applicants must receive either academic credit or financial sponsorship from their university or another external organization and, once selected, be able to provide proof of such receipt. 

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals. Please address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.

Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.  

Applications will be accepted until October 18, 2019. Applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline date will not be considered. Your application is considered complete when you receive an email confirming that your application was successfully submitted.

As you are applying, please be sure to click here to learn more about the Brookings Internship Program, deadlines, and directions on how to successfully submit your internship application(s).

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


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