The Work in Japan Program at the University of Toronto was established in 1991. This program is of interest to those seriously interested in Japan and the possibilities of a legal career involving the Pacific Rim. A one year editor position generally starts in June/July. Our program partner Nishimura & Asahi will consider students who have completed their second or final year of studies. Students who will return to complete their program of study are given a leave of absence for the year. Graduating students who are accepted have the responsibility to make inquiries, from the law society of the province where you intend to be called to the Bar, to determine the effect, if any, of delaying your admission to the bar.

Selected students will be interviewed for the position by the firm.


Nishimura & Asahi is one of Japan’s premier law firms located in Akasaka, Tokyo and accepts applications for the position of English-language legal editor in March, 2017.

This is a full-time position, with working days of Monday to Friday, 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  The successful candidate will be expected to make a minimum one year commitment to the firm.

Although editors are occasionally asked to assist with due diligence and research, the work involves mainly editing, rewriting and reviewing legal documents and correspondence.  The position requires the ability to convey ideas and information effectively and concisely, in clear and professional written English. Nevertheless, the position will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to experience what it is like to work at a major Japanese law firm and to work on high profile and complex legal matters.

A law degree is preferred, but consideration will also be given to students still completing their law studies (so long as they hold another degree). Preference will also be given to candidates with editing or legal experience and a desire for exposure to international law and business. The position will be offered to a native English speaker. No Japanese language ability is required.

The successful applicant will join a staff that includes over 450 Japanese attorneys, and several attorneys and editors from countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., NZ and Australia. Compensation will be commensurate with background and experience.

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