Abacus Technology is seeking a Japanese Area Specialist to support Foreign Military Sales (FMS) cases between the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the U.S. Air Force. This is a full-time position located in Tokyo.
Operate in Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) organic office environments (Air Staff Office and Japanese Joint Staff) and maintain responsibility for diverse Command and Control technical areas in support of existing and anticipated Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Cases. Areas of involvement include: Japan Air Defense Ground Environment enhancements, new weapon systems’ integration (F-35, E-2D, Global Hawk, and AEGIS Cruiser Upgrade), Central Command System and Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CETNRIXS) design enhancements/security controls, and Integrated Air and Missile Defense and Space Situational Awareness. Conduct bilingual discussions in support of the AFLCMC HNA Operating Location (OL) Program Manager (PM) in complex FMS negotiations. Interpret proposed technical taskings to ensure no misunderstandings by either party and coordinate appropriate technical responses. Support US-MoD planning, technical interchange, and staff meetings with Japan language capability when necessary. Function as an advisor on Japanese culture to ensure the OL US Government PM, visiting personnel, and Contractors are cognizant of interpersonal norms in bilateral interfaces and negotiations with the Japanese MoD and other Japanese agencies.
3+ years experience working as a Japanese interpreter or translator. Bachelor’s degree in a related field. Must be proficient in the Japanese language at the JLPT N-1 equivalency level. Must have an understanding of the Japanese military basic structure, missions, alignment, and ranks. Able to provide insight to OL personnel on Japanese military customs and courtesies. Knowledge of the geo-political restraints on the Japanese Military and efforts to expand their international role, to include multi-lateral and tri-lateral information sharing and mission support. Must be available to travel periodically from Japan and conduct occasional international teleconferences outside of normal business hours. Must be a US citizen and hold or be eligible to hold a Secret clearance.
Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.