Public Affairs Specialist, Japan

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique travel experiences around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 190 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity, and creativity through our product, brand, and, most importantly, our people.

The Public Affairs Communications team is responsible for telling the Airbnb story around the world. Whether it's speaking to media and bloggers, hosts and guests, industry commentators, thought leaders or the wider community, the Public Affairs Communications team is the voice of Airbnb in all regulatory and policy matters. We're a fast growing, high-energy team with a passion for people, places and great stories. If you'd like to be part of one of the world's greatest teams, come tell us your story.

This position will be based in Tokyo, Japan.  As a member of the Public Affairs Communications team, you will work closely with the PR Communications, policy and legal teams to help maintain and advance the company’s position with relevant stakeholders and to help tell our story to a wide range of journalists and community members on the many ways Airbnb makes cities better places to live, work and visit.

You must be comfortable and confident in working directly with journalists; managing media enquiries on deadline and helping design and deliver communications plans supporting policy and brand objectives. We’re looking for an effective and creative communicator who has the ability to explain complex ideas in simple ways.



  • Support public affairs communications in Japan.
  • Develop written materials - story pitches, messaging guidelines, Q&As, briefs, presentations, speeches, etc
  • Help prepare company spokespeople for public speaking engagements, media interviews, etc
  • Understand the media market and key players covering the company.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years PR/Public Affairs experience, either working in a PR agency or in-house 
  • Native Japanese and English proficiency is mandatory
  • Proven-track record working on communications initiatives involving policy matters
  • Experience working with consumer/travel brands a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multi-functional leads in a matrix organization
  • Excellent writing skills with samples to share
  • Passion for Airbnb and the mission of the company
  • Experience working on projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Maintaining enthusiasm and calm demeanor in stressful situations


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