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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner

JPY 7,233,749 to JPY 11,936,887 per annum. The starting salary will be the lowest amount of the salary range.

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Embassy of Canada in Japan.



Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, Japan

Closing date for applications:
24-01-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The successful candidate will be responsible for promoting Canadian commercial interests through the Canadian Embassy to Japan, focused on a number of key sectors including the e-commerce sector.

Responsibilities include:

• Supporting Canadian businesses including through: Identifying business opportunities and challenges for market entry; providing advice to Canadian businesses in the Japanese market; conducting market research; building network/partnerships; developing domestic outreach programs for incoming visits; and, providing support for operating in Japan (e.g. supplying relevant regulatory information).

• Demonstrating initiative and judgement: The position requires advanced analytical skills related to the identification of business opportunities/threats and the development of effective strategies for Canadian companies to succeed in the Japanese market. The incumbent will need to take initiative, demonstrate judgement and problem solving skills, as well as have the ability to work autonomously. Analytical and critical thinking skills are required, including when providing advice to senior Canadian officials in Japan and Canada.

• Teamwork and cooperation: The position requires the ability to operate as a member of a team, working closely with those responsible for trade, investment and innovation, and to work under pressure, resulting from quickly changing priorities and to meet tight deadlines as needed.

• Effective communication: The position requires effective written and oral communication skills in English and Japanese, with the ability to adapt style and tone based on the audience/client and the issues being addressed.

As a member of the Trade Commissioner Service, the incumbent is expected to have a client focus and meet all service standards. For further information on the services provided by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, please visit

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.


• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, preferably with a major in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g., commerce, marketing, business administration, public relations, international trade).


• Fluency in English and Japanese, both written and spoken.


• Experience in client acquisition, managing client and stakeholder relationships, in providing expert advice and client support to customers/clients, and in gathering and responding to customers/clients feedback;
• Experience in project management;
• Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on business issues; and
• Experience maintaining an existing network of business contacts in relevant -sectors such as the e-commerce sector in Canada and/or Japan.

The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.


• Knowledge of Japan’s business climate, especially as it relates to market access for foreign companies;
• Knowledge of current trends and business practices in the e-commerce sector, and
• Knowledge of event management and promotional techniques.


• Ability to communicate effectively in English and Japanese, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to build and sustain a network of contacts; and
• Ability to analyze business information and provide strategic and expert advice.

Personal suitability:

• Adaptability and Flexibility
• Client Focus
• Initiative
• Networking/Alliance Building
• Teamwork and Cooperation

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.

• Two (2) years of recent and direct experience in international business development and/or foreign direct investment promotion;
• The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing to travel within Japan and internationally; and
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).
• Working hours are 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with a one hour lunch break each day. Travel and overtime will be required from time to time.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate must:
• Have a valid “Reliability Status”, security check is required prior to appointment. The required level of security clearance must be maintained throughout the employment period.
• Have the ability to maintain a valid working authorization in Japan for the duration of the employment term. If applicable, proof of Visa is required.
• Health assessment may be requested at the discretion of the Head of Mission.

Area of selection:
Open to all qualified candidates meeting the essential requirements, including Embassy employees, spouses/dependants of Canada-based staff. Candidates must be eligible to work in Japan and must possess all required work permits and Visas. Please note that the Embassy of Canada in Japan does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:

• Applications must be submitted through this website by 23:59, 24 January 2021, Tokyo time

• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted.

• Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter (no more than four pages), in English or French which addresses each of the essential qualifications and any assets qualifications with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

• The candidate must provide concrete examples and time frames that illustrate how the requirements are met. Your covering letter must clearly demonstrate how you meet all the requirements. Candidates will be assessed against the Essential Qualifications for this position based on what they have included in the covering letter

• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.

• We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening.


• Employee is eligible for commuting assistance (up to Yen 18,300 per month.)

• Canadian citizens may be subject to deductions for employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Canadian Income Tax.

• Please note that the Government of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.

• Applicants who fail to confirm their attendance at our written exam and/or interview will be considered withdrawn from the process.

• Applicants are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language (English or French) in their application.

• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews, then please let us know at during the application process.

• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar positions with various linguistic requirements and/or profiles, and/or various tenures at the Embassy of Japan which might arise in the 24 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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