Job Description


Head of Japan (Representative Director) (0783)

  • Salary:
    From ¥19.5m
  • Location:
  • Contract Type:
  • Hours:
    Full Time or Part Time
  • Hours Details:
    Full time preferred, but would consider 4 days per week / 80%
  • Closing Date:
    24 June 2024
  • First Interview Dates:
    Starting from the 24th of June

About the role

English advert

ClientEarth is a group of international legal experts on climate, energy and the environment. We use the law in partnership with governments, the private sector and the public to address climate change, capture the opportunities of the low carbon transition and protect nature. 


We have built a global team of corporate and financial law experts specialising in climate risk and decarbonisation across eight offices in Europe, China and the United States – providing the legal framework and tools for the private sector to lead on climate action. We are helping to strengthen corporate climate governance and embed climate change in investment, regulatory and policy decisions around the world. 

ClientEarth has recently established a permanent presence in Japan. As Head of Japan, you will lead the Tokyo office and act as Representative Director of the Ippan Shadan Hojin ClientEarth. 

We are looking for an energetic and entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record in the legal, corporate, governmental or environmental fields with a strong motivation to support decarbonisation and protection of the environment. The ideal candidate will have good English fluency and a background in corporate, financial, litigation, energy and / or environmental law. There is no requirement for this position to have a law license and/or to have worked in the not-for-profit sector. 

You will work closely with an expanding team in our new Tokyo office as well as colleagues located in London, Brussels, Beijing and Southeast Asia.  

ClientEarth in Japan will be firmly embedded within Japan’s social, political, economic and cultural context and will use the law to support accelerated government and private sector leadership on climate change. The Tokyo office brings together Japanese qualified lawyers (bengoshi) with specialised backgrounds in corporate, financial, litigation, energy and / or environmental, as well as other professionals with backgrounds in climate change and communications. 

Main Duties 

  • Act as the Representative Director and represent the organisation in the media, press and at events, building and maintaining strong relationships with ClientEarth’s key partners. 
  • Refining the strategic programme priorities of ClientEarth in Japan 
  • Building a strong, cohesive and positive culture aligned to ClientEarth’s values within the Tokyo office 

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role. 

Role requirements 

  • Substantial strategic leadership and senior management experience 
  • Experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams 
  • Understanding of how the law can be used to deliver climate impact 
  • Fluency in Japanese and English (CEFR C2) 

Note to candidates: We know that long lists of criteria can be daunting and that some candidates will not apply for a role unless they feel they are 100% qualified. If you feel you meet at least some of the essential criteria above, we still encourage you to apply. 

Further Information 

Upon starting an application, we will share with you a more detailed information package about the position and our new office. 

Have another question about this job? Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more information. 

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds.  

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in Japan. 

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties. 

Japanese advert








  • 一般社団法人ClientEarthの代表理事を務め、メディア、報道、イベントにおいて組織を代表し、ClientEarthの主要なパートナーとの強い関係を構築し維持していただきます
  • 日本におけるClientEarthの戦略的な業務内容とその優先順位を緻密に確定していただきます
  • 東京オフィスにおいてClientEarthの価値観に沿った強固で結束力のあるポジティブな文化を構築していただきます



  • 相当な戦略的リーダーシップと上級管理職としての経験
  • 多様な専門性を持つチームの管理経験
  • 気候変動への影響をもたらすための法律の活用方法を理解している
  • 日本語と英語(CEFR C2)に堪能である

候補者への連絡事項 : 私たちは、採用条件が複数列挙されていることが気掛かりに感じられること、そして一部の候補者は自分が100%適格であると感じない限りその職務に応募しないことを承知しています。もし、あなたが上記の必須条件の少なくともいくつかを満たしていると思われるのであれば、ぜひ応募することをお勧めします。 







ClientEarth は、日本で働くための法的資格を有する方のみを採用することができますので、ご注意ください。 



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