Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshū, Hokkaidō, Kyūshū and Shikoku, together accounting for ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. The Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.
Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period. The first written mention of Japan is in Chinese history texts from the 1st century AD. Influence from other nations followed by long periods of isolation has characterized Japan's history. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries victory in the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I allowed Japan to expand its empire during a period of increasing militarism. The Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 expanded into part of World War II, which was brought to an end in 1945 by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since adopting its revised constitution in 1947, Japan has maintained a unitary constitutional monarchy with an emperor and an elected parliament called the Diet.
A major economic power, Japan has the world's third-largest economy by nominal GDP and fourth largest economy by purchasing power parity. It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter and fourth-largest importer. Although Japan has officially renounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military force in self-defense and peacekeeping roles. After Singapore, Japan has the lowest homicide rate (including attempted homicide) in the world. According to both UN and WHO estimates, Japan has the longest life expectancy of any country in the world. According to the UN, it has the third lowest infant mortality rate.
The English word for Japan came to the West via early trade routes. The early Mandarin or possibly Wu Chinese word for Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. In modern Shanghainese, a Wu dialect, the pronunciation of characters 'Japan' is Zeppen. The old Malay word for Japan, Jepang, was borrowed from a Chinese language Jih'pen'kuo, and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Malacca in the 16th century. Portuguese traders were the first to bring the word to Europe. It was first recorded in English in a 1565 letter, spelled Giapan.
- Number of Japanese nationals living in Indonesia: 11,263 people (as of October 2009)
- The number of Indonesian citizens living in Japan: 27,250 (as of December 2008)
"Indonesia-Japan Friendship Year" which is based on friendly relations and cooperation have become a tradition between the two countries and nurtured over the last half century, is an excellent opportunity to further develop these relations in half a century to come. Therefore, planned to host various events at each of the two countries, to expand exchanges between the peoples of the two countries and deepen mutual understanding across the generations. Expected exchange of messages that initiate and mark the "Year of Friendship", can become the driving momentum of business between the two countries succeed in "Year of Friendship" is, and also beneficial to increase the participation of people of both countries more broadly in the organization of the "Year of Friendship" is.
The Mission of Japan to ASEAN in Jakarta is recruiting 1 (one) local staff for position of “Secretary for the Ambassador”
b) Fluent in English (capable of communicating and writing documents in English)
c) College-educated or higher qualification holders
d) Capable of using computers (Word, Excel and PowerPoint etc.)
e) Has the experience of secretarial work for more than 5 years
f) Knowledge of Japanese Language is an additional asset
a) Working venue is the Mission of Japan to ASEAN, Jl. M.H. Thamrin, No. 24, Jakarta 10350
b) Basic working hours are from 08:15 to 16:00, Mon. – Fri. excluding the holidays of the Mission (Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:15)
c) Salary will be decided based on the certain standards in Jakarta and will be paid in IDR which will be exchanged from USD.
d) Can start working immediately after the contract is signed
Selection ProcessAfter receiving application documents by email, the Mission will select the candidates in the following procedures;
a) Those who pass the initial document screening will be invited to come to the Mission for a written test (document preparation in English) and an interview.
b) Considering the results of document screening and of the written test/interview, the Mission will select 1 (one) person who is considered to be appropriate for a local staff of the Mission
*Please note : the Mission of Japan will not accept applications that are sent by post or fax. Kindly send your application by email only.