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Talk by Michael Emmerich, July 12

Saturday, July 12
Talk by Michael Emmerich

Details to follow. (2-5PM)


Tokyo Summer Party, Akita Kawabata Isariya Sakaba, Shinbashi, 6-10pm

2014 Tokyo Summer Party,  August 30, 2014

We have booked last year's popular Summer Party venue, the Akita Kawabata Isariya Sakaba in Shinbashi, as the venue for this year's JAT Tokyo Summer Party.

We will provide more details in due course, but please save the date!
Date: Aug 31, 2013 (Sat)
Time: 18:00 to 22:00
Venue: Akita Kawabata Isariya Sakaba
6F Ginza Daisan Seiwa Bldg, 1-5-6 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3 mins walk from Shinbashi station's Ginza exit


Announcement: New regional group in Tohoku / first meeting

Announcing the birth of a new JAT regional committee: the Tohoku Organizing Committee (TOHC)! This past February, JAT held its first ever event in Sendai, a pre-event for the upcoming IJET 25 in Tokyo. The 44 participants showed us that the interest is there and have inspired us to keep the momentum going with more regular meetings.

Our first meeting on April 26 will be a panel presentation and discussion for sharing information on getting started in translation and interpretation, all based on the experiences of a panel of linguists with varied experience in translation and interpretation.

The session will feature each panelist describing his or her own start in the field and then taking questions from the moderator and audience. Bring your questions about starting out.

For access information and registration, see the Peatix post here 


IJET-25 Zenyasai

The Zenyasai will be held on Friday, June 20, the night before IJET-25 opens, at JEEKAHN’S in Shibuya from 6:30 pm.

Book early, because registration closes on Wednesday, June 11 or earlier if sold out.

*Those who do not plan to attend IJET-25, family members, and friends are also welcome. This event is for adults only.


Date: Friday, June 20, 2014


Time: 6:30-9:00 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

Cost: 5,000 JPY (includes a simple buffet dinner and drinks)

Register via the IJET-25 website


Translation and Interpreting from a Diplomatic Perspective


Mr. Kazuyuki Hirasawa, who has worked at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo since 1999, will give a talk entitled “Translation and Interpreting from a Diplomatic Perspective.”

This seminar will provide a rare opportunity for gaining an insight about translation and interpreting by a professional working inside an embassy in Tokyo. Tokyo Activities Committee looks forward to your participation. (This seminar will be held in Japanese.)

Speaker: Kazuyuki Hirasawa
Date: May 17, 2014
Time: 14:00-17:00
Doors open: 13:30
Venue: Forum 8, Shibuya
Address: Dogenzaka 2-10-7, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043 Phone: 03-3780-0008
Cost: JAT members 1,000 yen; non-members 3,000 yen (advance registration is not necessary)
*Please note new TAC fee structure
(Details: http://jat.org/news/show/change_in_tac_seminar_attendance_fees/)
Koryukai: From 17:15 (advance registration is not necessary, register and pay at seminar reception)
Venue: B.Y.G  http://www.byg.co.jp/access/index_access.html
Dogenzaka 2-19-14, Shibuya Phone: 03-3461-8574
Cost: 2,000 yen (Food only/cash bar)
Inquiries: tac@jat.org

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