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PR Manager (Japanese)

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EN: business
JP: fluent
Employment Type
Full time

Job Description

We are a startup program based in Tokyo, Japan, focused on supporting early-stage tech companies in their growth and development. We are looking for a PR Manager with extensive connections in Japan's media scene. The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing media coverage and speaking engagements focused on the tech space, developing and executing media relations strategies, driving overall awareness of our program and portfolio companies, and managing social media channels.


  • Develop and execute media relations strategies for our program and portfolio companies, focusing on securing coverage in top-tier media outlets and speaking engagements in Japan
  • Build and maintain relationships with key journalists, influencers, and media outlets
  • Proactively identify and pitch media opportunities and speaking engagements to increase awareness of our program and portfolio companies
  • Manage and coordinate media requests and inquiries, ensuring timely and accurate responses
  • Develop press releases, pitches, and other materials to support media outreach efforts
  • Work closely with our portfolio companies to understand their business objectives and develop PR campaigns to support those goals
  • Monitor and report on media coverage, providing regular updates to the executive team
  • Manage our social media channels, including creating and curating content, scheduling posts, and engaging with our audience
  • Develop and execute content media projects to increase awareness of our program's activities and showcase our portfolio companies
  • Collaborate with our marketing team to ensure messaging consistency across all communications channels
  • Stay up-to-date on industry trends, competitor activities, and emerging media opportunities


  • Bilingual in Japanese (native) and English (business fluency) with excellent written and verbal communication skills in both languages
  • 5+ years of experience in PR, preferably in the tech industry
  • An extensive network of media contacts in Japan
  • Strong understanding of the media landscape in Japan
  • Experience managing social media channels for a company or organization
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong project management skills, with a proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience with media monitoring and reporting tools
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and their use in PR campaigns

About the Company

UP by Shibuya Startup Support is backed by Shibuya City and leading corporations in Japan to create a thriving global startup community. Since 2020, Shibuya City has provided resources to global startups. *UP will provide additional support, including PoC, partnerships, strategy consultation, hiring help, and PR. 

We look forward to meeting startups, especially in areas related to the aging of society, anime/game IPs, earthquakes/natural disasters, inbound tourism, culinary culture, and Shibuya's fashion and street culture.