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Benefits of JAT Membership

Weeknight Dinner

In February, we’re trying something different by holding TAC’s monthly activity on a weekday evening.
If you find going out in Shibuya among the weekend crowds too much hassle, please try attending this weekday event.
There is no special theme, but we hope to talk frankly and openly about your wishes for JAT and TAC and about translation.
Going forward we are also considering hosting activities during the daytime on weekdays and elsewhere in the Tokyo area.
If you have questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 19:00-21:00
Venue: Lunatique TokioPlage (http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/restaurants/lunatique-tokioplage#tab_panel_2)
Address: 1-1-4 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 150-0043
Phone: 050-5789-8865
Expenses: there is no extra charge, but please note that travel expenses and the cost of food & drink will be borne by the individual.
Registration is required: Limited to JAT members only, Please email tac@jat.org by Tuesday, February 16th (JST)
Inquiries: tac@jat.org

We look forward to seeing you there!


InterpretJAPAN 2016: Business Interpreting and Legal Interpreting

JATINT, JAT’s Interpreters Group, is proud to present “InterpretJAPAN 2016”

Organizer: JAT Interpreting Committee, Japan Association of Translators (http://jat.org)

Theme: Business Interpreting and Legal Interpreting

Venue: Rooms 122 and 121, 2nd Floor, Building 1, Seisen University

Admission Fee:  JAT Members 3,000 yen, Non-JAT Members 5,000 yen, Students 2,000 yen, Get Together 2,500 yen

Date and Time: Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016. 13:30 -17:45 p.m. (Get Together 18:00-19:30)

For: Interpreters, interpreting trainees, interpreting trainers and instructors, interpreting agency employees, interpreting coordinators, people who use interpreting services


More details will be announced later.


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Technical Translation by Bill Lise

Text of JAT presentation made by Bill Lise on Technical Translation in 1987: provides great  advice on common issues that come up in Japanese to English technical translation. Specific examples with suggested solutions and reasoning behind each problem make this an extremly valuable document.


PROJECT Kyoto 2015: 特許法とE->J特許翻訳、平林千春様のスライド

The slides from Ms Hirabayashi's session at PROJECT Kyoto.







Challenges for English into Japanese Machine Translation (MT)

Challenges for English into Japanese Machine Translation (MT): Can We Embrace MT for Language Teaching?

Takako Aikawa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Noon Lecture, University of Michigan, February 26, 2016


Takako Aikawa did give us permission to make her powerpoint slides available here. The outline is as follows:

1. A brief introduction of Machine Translation (MT)
Historical background of the development of MT
How does (Statistical) MT work?

2. Challenges for the English -> Japanese (EJ) MT
Open problems for MT in general
Differences between English and Japanese

3. What can we do to improve the quality of MT for EJ translations?
Controlled/Simplified English

4. Can MT be used for teaching Japanese?
Ban, or Embrace MT?


Caroline Pover on “Reaching Readers: From Idea to Market”

Creating and Selling

Getting your book done and getting it published: that was Caroline Pover’s subject when she spoke to JAT’s TIP (translator-initiated publishing) SIG meeting on December 9, 2013.

Pover herself has a solid record of achievement, starting with her 2001 Being A Broad In Japan and continuing thorough her 2009 Guide to International Schools in Japan, her 2010 Ask Caroline, and on to the latest, 2012’s Love with a Western Woman: A Guide for Japanese Men.

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Twelfth Annual JAT Contest Winners

The winners of the Twelfth Annual JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Japanese<>English Translators have been selected as follows:


Call for Spring 2016 J>E eJuku participants now closed


I am pleased to inform you that the eJuku team has received many excellent
applications for the Spring 2016 J>E eJuku session in the first five days of
its application period. I wish to inform everyone that the Call is now closed.

All the applicants will be notified of their screening results individually by 
private email in due course.

Shuichi Yamakawa
Spring 2016 J>E eJuku Coordinator


Announcing JAT Spring 2016 J>E eJuku

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our next eJuku session as indicated below with the full support of the Board of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT). For general information on eJuku visit our webpage.


Twelfth Annual JAT Contest Finalists

The winners will soon be announced!

There were 98  entrants in the English-to-Japanese Division and 33 in the Japanese-to-English Division of the Twelfth Annual JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Japanese/English Translators. The finalists have been decided as follows. The winners will soon be announced!


JAT Hike and Picnic in Kamakura (October 2015)

On October 24, 2015, JAT members got together for a TAC event with a difference: a healthy walk in the hills of Kamakura. It was the chance to get away from the computer screen and get to know each other better while enjoying a little exercise in some exceptionally fine autumn weather. As feedback was positive, TAC plans to arrange another walking event in 2016.

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