Assistant Manager, Public Policy



Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

About SmartNews

SmartNews is a leading global information and news discovery company dedicated to delivering quality information to the people who need it. Thanks to our unique machine-learning technology and relationships with more than 3,000 global publisher partners, we provide news that matters to millions of users.

Founded in 2012 in Tokyo, SmartNews also has offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. If you are someone who shares our vision and feels passionately about our mission, we encourage you to apply!

Roles and Responsibilities:

In the SmartNews business perspectives, you will build appropriate cooperative relationships with relevant ministries(including affiliated organizations), industry associations, and general incorporated associations (NPOs, etc.), and proactively acquire information and lobby from the following three perspectives.

  • Public Policy planning and implementation
    • Stay up-to-date on policy developments
    • Preparation of policy recommendations, reports, etc., and their explanation and negotiation with relevant parties
    • Planning and organizing liaison-related events
  • Obtain information on laws and regulations surrounding SmartNews' business and lobby governments (including legislators)
    • Major laws, regulations, etc. to be covered
      • Privacy Regulation/Personal Information Protection Regulation (Personal Information Protection Commission/Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
      • Anti-monopoly/platform regulation of advertising/news/application billing, etc. (Japan Fair Trade Commission/Cabinet Secretariat/Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
      • Fake news regulation (LDP/MIC)
      • IPO related (FInancial Service Agency)
      • Start-up Taxation (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, LDP Inner members)
  • Support for external relations activities of internal stakeholders, including CXO.
    • Support for preparation of materials for lectures by external experts
    • Information input as needed (in cooperation with PR, etc.)