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Transcending Borders as an Editor

Mizuho, Class of 2009, returned to Japan after college in the US to combine two of her passions - science and writing - as an editor for a publisher of scientific and academic journals!


Where are you living now? 
I'm living in Tokyo, Japan.

What kind of work are you doing?
I work in the editorial team at a major scientific publisher. My job is to manage a portfolio of scientific journals for academic societies based in Japan. I communicate with external society editors, our own production team, and others to ensure that the journals are published at a high quality and the authors have a smooth publishing experience.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy that I work alongside intelligent, curious people who care about helping researchers share their work. I'm part of a great team here in Tokyo, but I have colleagues all over the world who share our goal. I also get to help researchers put their work out into the world and help maximize its impact on the scientific community.

What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
This job is the first time I have had to communicate extensively in Japanese in a professional setting, so I have had to catch up on my Japanese very quickly.
Other than that, I would say that the major challenge of this job is to communicate the constantly evolving global standards of academic publishing to the Japanese academic societies I work with, who often have different standards of their own.

Did NIS help you prepare for your current position in any way?
Yes. My company is global, so all company-wide communication is in English, and I communicate in English with any colleagues abroad. 
NIS also prepared me to see myself as part of a community that transcends borders, and to work with people from different cultures and places than me.

Outside of your job, what’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or getting most excited about these days?
Right before the pandemic started, I joined a choir. Unfortunately, we have not rehearsed or performed in person for the past two years, but we have created some virtual choir videos. I'm looking forward to resuming in-person rehearsals, hopefully soon.

What is the one thing you miss about Nagoya?
I get to go back to Nagoya quite often, but I do miss living in a quiet neighborhood with lots of space!

And of course, we need to know, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Don't force yourself to be someone you're not.