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Job opportunities at GR Japan (Filled)

GR Japan is looking for a bilingual (Japanese and English) Public Affairs Media Specialist or Policy Communications Specialist to advise clients on relations with media as a policy stakeholder and to act as a media liaison for clients, and Policy Analyst / Manager with an interest in environmental issues, to support clients in a range of public policy-related issues, particularly marine sustainability. For details, please click the link below.


GR Japan President's article on Public Affairs in Japan in ACCJ Journal

An article on the public affairs in Japan by Jakob Edberg, GR Japan President & CEO, was published in the November issue of the ACCJ Journal.  Edberg, who is a vice-chair of the ACCJ's Globalization Committee, shares his insights and views on the current extra-ordinary Diet session and the discussion on TPP in it.  For the entire article, please click the link below.

Special Speaker Confirmed! Update on "Strategic Government Relations and Advocacy Seminar"

We are happy to announce that Mr. Hideto Aoki, Operating Officer and Public Affairs Division Head of Randstad K.K., will join us as a speaker for the upcoming "Strategic Government Relations and Advocacy Seminar". Mr. Aoki, who is also Vice Chair (Director) of Japan Production Skill Labor Association, will share his experience in reaching out to the Government of Japan in capacity of  advocacy. The updated program of the event is attached below.

A Current Look at Corporate Public Affairs in Japan

GR Japan contributed an article "A Current Look at Corporate Public Affairs in Japan" to the Public Affairs Council newsletter. Please see the article below which was published on 26 September 2016:

"A Current Look at Corporate Public Affairs in Japan"

by Jakob Edberg, Philip Howard and Mina Takahashi, GR Japan K.K.

DP Selects Renho as New Leader

The Democratic Party (DP), Japan's main opposition party, chose Renho as its new leader today.  Renho, who previously served as a deputy leader of the party and a third-term member at the House of Councillors, gained almost 60% of the votes and defeated other two candidates, Seiji Maehara, a former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (now the DP) and former minister of Foreign Affairs, and Yuichiro Tamaki, a member of the House of Representatives.

GR Japan Presentation - Post Upper-House Election Analysis and Prediction on DP Leader Election and the Extraordinary Diet Session

On 14 September,  GR Japan President & CEO Jakob Edberg shared the analysis on the result of the House of Councillors election and the updates at Nagatacho, including the prediction on the Democratic Party leadership election and the extraordinary Diet session, prior to IPF breakfast meeting with Yasutoshi Nishimura, Special Advisor to Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Shinzo Abe and Chief Deputy Secretary-General of LDP. Please check below Edberg's presentation. 

Extraordinary Diet Session to Open on 26 Sept.

Prime Minister Abe's office and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) agreed to open an extraordinary diet session on 26 September, according to the media. Considering the volume of the continuous issues, it was said that PM Abe wished the session to be convened by mid-September, mainly in order to introduce a bill to ratify TPP before the U.S. presidential election. However, they decided to push the date later due to the leadership election of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) scheduled on 15 September. For more details, please read an article on NIkkei Asian Review linked below.