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Benefits of JAT Membership

When Eric Selland was asked by an American publisher to translate a novel by Takashi Hiraide, he said“yes”because Hiraide was an old friend. And besides, everyone assured Eric that it would be a cinch translating this light-hearted novel after having worked with Hiraide’s difficult prose poetry since Eric first met him over thirty years ago. As with many (or possibly most) translation projects, Eric’s assumptions proved wrong. Not only was it not so easy, but it also turned into a much bigger deal than expected.
(This presentation will be in English)

Speaker: Eric Selland
Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 14:00-17:00
Doors open: 13:30
Venue: Forum 8, Shibuya (http://www.forum-8.co.jp/access/index.html)
Address: Dogenzaka 2-10-7, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043
Tel: 03-3780-0008
Cost: JAT members 1,000 yen; non-members 3,000 yen (advance registration is not necessary)
*Please note TAC fee structure as of April
(Details: http://jat.org/news/show/change_in_tac_seminar_attendance_fees/)
Koryukai: From 17:15 (advance registration is not necessary)
Venue: B.Y.G http://www.byg.co.jp/access/index_access.html
Address: Dogenzaka 2-19-14, Shibuya
Tel: 03-3461-8574
Cost: 2,000 yen (food only/cash bar)
Inquiries: tac@jat.org


Source texts and Contest Guidelines are now available.


The JAT Tokyo 2014 Bonenkai will take place on December 13th from 18:00 at Andy's in Yurakucho.
More details coming soon...


Seeking to encourage talented people to enter the translation field, JAT is pleased to announce its eleventh annual Japanese<>English translation contest for new and aspiring translators. The actual passage to be translated is a real-life text—the sort of thing a working commercial translator might well be called upon to do.


  • Organized and funded by:NPO Japan Association of Translators (JAT)
  • Open to:Anyone with less than three years’ experience as a professional translator.JAT membership not required. Previous entrants (except winners) are welcome to enter again.
  • Divisions:Japanese-to-English, English-to-Japanese
  • Entry fee:Free

Diaries of a Bakumatsu Globe Trotter

In late 1866 Nakai Hiromu, a Satsuma samurai from the castle town of Kagoshima, set off on a long sea journey to Britain. This lecture will examine the challenges of translating Nakai Hiromu’s travel diary, which he originally published privately in 1868, and discuss the difficulties faced during what became a long process of detective-like work to discover the meanings of unfamiliar, old Japanese text.

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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.


Biomedical Translation (Version 2)

The following article was written by Jay Kilpatrick and originally published in the Proceedings of IJET-16 in 2005. Interest in the content of the article was rekindled at the August JATPHARMA meeting, and the author has made some minor corrections and deleted one section before re-publication. 


Bridging the Gap Between Language and Law

By Bryan Lewis

This is a brief review of "Bridging the gap between language and law" by Clara Ho-yan Chan in babel Vol 58 No 2 /2012 that was forwarded to me by Fred Uleman from materials received by JAT. Chan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong.


What should be included in a checklist for translators?

To find out the answer, I posted this question on the JAT Mailing List.

As usual, JAT members were most obliging in sharing their knowledge. Here is what they told me.


Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything,  by David Bellos

Book Review by Ann Hill

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End of Call for Participants for Fall 2014 JOTW

I am pleased to inform you that the eJuku team has secured enough participants for
Fall 2014 JOTW (the 7th J>E eJuku session). The Call has now been closed with all the
applicants individually notified of their screening results.


Call for Participants for Fall 2014 JOTW published

A Call for Participants for Fall 2014 JOTW (the 7th J>E eJuku session) has just
been published on JAT-List. If you are not on JAT-List but need a copy of the
Call, please contact the Coordinator directly. Note that, to participate in eJuku,
non-JAT members need to join JAT before the session starts.

Shuichi Yamakawa (call me Shu) shu@gol.com
2014 Fall JOTW (the 7th J>E eJuku) Checker & Coordinator


Announcing the Fall 2014 J>E eJuku session

The 9th (or 7th J>E) e-Juku Session is in the works and due to start very soon. Our e-Juku program, launched in 2009 (see below), has been a great
opportunity for novice translators to get hands-on training on the art of translation under the guidance of seasoned translators. Called the JAT Online Translation Workshop (JOTW), the Japanese-to-English side of eJuku has been a venue for peer-to-peer discussion among participants, using text-based interaction as well as videoconferencing, facilitated by the mentor-translators.


The third annual *Translator Perspectives* anthology

This year, we will issue the third annual *Translator Perspectives*anthology of insights and other wisdom from JAT members. We hope you will contribute. Among the many possible topics are: insights into the translation process, hints for clients wanting to get the best translation service, reminders to translation readers, comments on translation as a business, reflections on the year just past, and speculation on how the profession will evolve. (Note: in all of this, "translation" is assumed to include "interpretation.") Your essay does not need to be long -- and should be no longer than 1,200 words or 2,100 characters -- but it must be received by July 23, 2014, at latest. Please feel free to write in either Japanese or English. Participation is limited to JAT members, and all JAT members will get a complimentary copy, as will leading universities, translation-related companies, libraries, and more. An electronic version will also be published. Questions and, even better, essays should please be addressed to: anthology@jat.org (Last year’s anthology (Translator Perspectives 2013) can be downloaded from the following link: http://jat.org/news/show/translator_perspectives_2013)


2014 OGM Announcement

Documents Available for Ordinary General Meeting on June 22, 2014

To: All Members of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT)

I would like to invite all JAT members to the 2014 Ordinary General Meeting to be held on June 22 at Tokyo Big Sight, following the last session of IJET (17:30-18:15, Room 608).

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