Staff Writer, Tokyo, Full-time

Chris Kirkland

Fast Train Media is looking for a full-time writer to join our team in Tokyo. The successful candidate will work primarily on Tokyo Cheapo and Japan Cheapo, creating and updating a wide range of content – everything from travel features to hotel reviews, tour listings and more.

Job overview

Type: Full-time
Location: Tokyo based, flexible remote work
Starting rate: ¥320,000 / month plus annual bonus (after 1 year)
Term: Initial 3 month trial, thereafter annual contract review and renewal
Start Date: August or later 2024

Note: This is a full-time, remote position, but the candidate is required to be based in or at least near Tokyo. The candidate must have a valid Japanese work visa, or be a holder of permanent residency or citizenship.


  • Create new content for both websites, working closely with the editor-in-chief
  • Update existing content with SEO best practices in mind
  • Working on commercial (advertiser) projects
  • Though not the primary focus of the role, some editing may be required
  • The role necessitates some travel

Job Requirements

  • Native-level English proficiency
  • 1-3 years of experience in a similar role
  • Strong writing and editing skills; we chase squeaky clean copy
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self motivated and organized
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously


  • Background in journalism or communications
  • Copywriting experience
  • Experience with affiliate integration and content development
  • Experience with sponsored content
  • Japanese-language ability (N2 or higher)
  • Experience with task management tools & team communication platforms like Asana and Slack
  • Basic knowledge of HTML

Job Benefits

  • Remote-first, flexible approach to work
  • Regular team meet-ups and events
  • Japanese social and labor insurance
  • Annual bonus after one year
  • Professional development allowance
  • Scope for career progression as an editor

How To Apply

Please fill out this application here. We aim to review and respond to applications by mid – late July.

About Us

Starting in 2012 with our first website, Tokyo Cheapo, our practical and friendly editorial style won over the hearts of travellers and local residents alike to earn us the title of most popular English-language website about Tokyo. Since then, we’ve launched three more websites – London Cheapo, Japan Cheapo, and Hong Kong Cheapo.

Each month, we record a combined 2-3 million page views across our websites. We reach another 2-3 million people via our social media channels.

Our team is based in a number of cities across the world. We’ve been a remote-first company from day one, as we believe our team should be able to work wherever and whenever they get their best work done. We’re all skilled at communicating and collaborating remotely – and we enjoy working this way.

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