Software Engineer, Frontend

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • September 30, 2022
Apply from Anywhere 👍
Relocation to Japan 👍
(Overseas visa sponsorship supported)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Business Level
Minimum Experience
Mid-level or above


SmartNews is a technology company driven by our mission of delivering the world's quality information to those who need it. Our leading mobile news app has tens of millions of monthly active users in Japan and the US. Our goal is to grow SmartNews into a top global product, delivering quality information that supports millions worldwide.

One step toward achieving that goal is to create a feature so that our websites and article pages load lighting-quick and are easy to read.


Our engineers come from a variety of backgrounds from large, well-established companies to small ventures. We believe that employees with diverse sets of skills working together make for strong, cohesive teams.

Visit our People page to see interviews of our engineering leaders!

Frontend Engineer Responsibilities

As a frontend engineer, you are responsible for delivering quality information in a format that renders it instantly accessible and easy to read for both mobile and desktop products for both our Japanese and global users.

This includes:

  • Rapid frontend development of hybrid apps to deliver information that meets users' real-time demand (e.g., Corona Virus Real-Time Updates, Olympics, etc.).
  • Collaborating with product managers and UX designers to provide web applications from formulating user stories, designing, implementing, and to production.
  • Collaborating with other engineering teams to develop frontend platforms, components, and APIs for global team members
  • Feature development (such as SmartView) to improve user experience.
  • Providing technical innovation to promote good usability, improve product reliability, and system resiliency
  • Standardizing web foundation to increase internal engineering productivity at scale.
  • Participating in the product development life cycle for features build using web technologies, including planning, design, implementation, and maintenance, focus on UI/UX design both for PC and mobile.



  • Strong proficiency of JavaScript / TypeScript, CSS, and HTML
  • Experience in building and scaling modern web applications
  • Experience with common frontend development tools (Babel, Webpack, Rollup, etc.)
  • Ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate in Japanese or English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with modern frontend frameworks (React, Vue, Svelte, etc.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mobile web development
  • Strong interest in new web specifications and standards
  • An eye for detail, a sense of aesthetics, and a love for user experience


Perks and Benefits at the SmartNews Tokyo Office

  • Support program for employees’ self-development and well-being.
  • Healthy lunches are prepared on-site daily in our SmartKitchen, located in our West Office building. You can even see the cooks at work!
  • Need a pick-me-up? Stop by ChikyuCoffee, our in-house coffee shop located in both the East and West Office buildings, and get a cup of gourmet coffee, espresso-based beverage, or other seasonal drink!
  • SmartNews provides all healthcare and social insurance benefits required by Japanese labor law.

Visa Sponsorship and Relocation Support

SmartNews can sponsor visas for candidates who meet eligibility requirements.

To support a smooth transition for candidates who are moving to Japan from overseas, SmartNews partners with a travel service provider.

Recently crowned Japan's latest tech unicorn, this company runs a wildly successful news service that’s powered by machine learning. It's an engineering-focused company (One of co-founders is an engineer) and they have offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Shanghai, Beijing that are apparently doing quite well too.

The mission of SmartNews is to discover and deliver quality stories to the world. Since its inception in 2012, the SmartNews app has been downloaded over 50 million downloads and maintained a monthly active user count of over 20 million.

In addition to being one of the most popular smartphone apps in Japan, SmartNews has worked hard on building their business in the US. They now have partnerships with over 300 major news publications in the US like CBS, Entertainment Weekly, Business Insider, National Geographic and more. They’ve had a great deal of success due to their ML-based sorting and recommendation systems.

SmartNews has a highly diverse development team with many world-class engineers and others working from their offices in Japan,China and the US. They maintain a very strict hiring bar for technical hires and an engineering-driven culture that makes them one of the strongest tech companies in Japan when it comes to technical skill level.

SmartNews is looking to hire the best people regardless of background, so they’re willing to hire people that don’t speak Japanese and (under normal circumstances) bring them to Japan from overseas if necessary. Everyone works together as one team regardless of location, and SmartNews provides everything their employees need to do their best work and maintains a Silicon Valley-inspired culture for engineers in Tokyo.

SmartNews's policies during COVID-19 are as follows:

  • All interviews are being conducted remotely
  • Employees are working remotely following the government’s instructions
  • They've given everyone some monetary incentive to support working from home
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