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  1.  

    Very informative, tried to include me in every aspect of the company as an intern.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kyodo News

    Pros

    I was able to go to briefings as as the State Department and interview some of the top organizations in D.C. Overall, a good environment to be in.

    Cons

    Some days were very slow...but that is the nature of the news world. Sometimes just sat around, ate and listened to CNN for 8 hours straight.

  2.  

    Normal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Correspondent
    Current Employee - Assistant Correspondent

    I have been working at Kyodo News

    Pros

    Great way to get your foot in the door, but the average time for this position is 3 years MAX. Usually 1-2.

    Cons

    There was no room for advancement for non-Japanese employees. It is a stepping stone job and a good way to get into the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bosses are very nice, and very accommodating. There is a lack of communication to the english employees, which is to be expected when you're one of 2 english people in the office.

  3.  

    Prestigious Japanese news wire, limited opportunities for non-Japanese

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Kyodo News

    Pros

    Headquarters has excellent location in media center in Shiodome, Tokyo. Modern office with views of Mt. Fuji in winter. Flexible hours and easygoing staff, low-pressure atmosphere and almost no work demands outside the expected workload. Supervisors very flexible with scheduling and time off. Staff outings to villas in the Japan Alps and Izu coast are always fun perks, and seasonal bonuses tend to be generous. All in all a good employer for steady news editorial jobs in Japan with a focus on international news and Japanese news sent to subscribers around the world. The firm name enjoys strong prestige domestically.

    Cons

    Only Japanese are offered lifetime employment status despite the many non-Japanese that work at Kyodo News. Some managers insist this is not the case but the only non-Japanese with this status (according to my knowledge) was one half-Japanese editor. The company is extremely slow to change in incorporating new media technologies and maintains an essentially lapdog reportorial posture toward the establishment, though some investigative and human rights reportage is conducted. Kyodo is very good at reporting breaking news about Japan (and occasionally the rest of Asia) to the rest of the world but quite poor at providing meaningful context to what news in Japan means to Japanese and the outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative with non-Japanese staff and reap the rewards of these talented employees.

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