Nov 22, 2014
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
丸ビル別館(新大阪駅から徒歩2分) -

Kansai Event for Med/Pharma Writers and Translators

Registration for the event is no longer possible via Peatix. Registration by email is open until Wednesday, November 19 at 11:59 PM. To register, email Ben at [email protected]. Be sure to indicate what you are registering for (part 1 only, parts 1 and 2), tell me whether you need a bento, and indicate what you want your name tag to say (e.g. Jaat Taro, Translator).

Who: Japanese medical and pharmaceutical writers and translators

What: Improve your med/pharma translation and writing skills in this intensive afternoon and evening workshop led by four highly experienced J-E translator/writers.
Where: Marubiru Bekkan, near Shin-Osaka Station
When: Saturday Nov. 22, 2:00-8:00 PM
Why: To boost your career by providing value-added services to your customers

Afternoon (第1部(午後の部))

Welcome and introduction to the afternoon program
I. Daisuke Yanase PhD, (Sunflare, 医薬翻訳者・編集者)*1
“Five Things Translators Can Do to Make Editing Easier”
(in Japanese)
Networking session for all participants
II. Rie Moriguchi (author and translator) and Lee Seaman (translator and editor)*2
“Global English for Japanese Medical Writers and Translators”
(In Japanese and English)

Evening (第2部(夜の部))

Japanese box supper onsite, with more networking; order your 弁当 from the organizers in advance (1200円).
III. Ben Tompkins, MA (med/pharma translator)*3
“Workshop on PMDA Queries (照会事項) for Pharma Translators”
(In English)

Sponsored by: JATPHARMA Special Interest Group, Japan Association of Translators
Cost: Afternoon only
JAT member 3000円
Non-member 4500 円
Afternoon and evening (not including 弁当)
JAT member 4000円
Non-member 6000 円
弁当 to eat during evening networking 1200円 (pay when you register)

You may buy a ticket for the paper version of the JAT Pharma Handbook when you purchase your meeting ticket. Pick up your copy at the registration desk on 11/22. If you are a JAT member, you may not wish to purchase a paper copy because you can download an electronic copy for free on the JAT site.

Hope to see you there!

*1 “編集者を助ける一次翻訳五つの心得”
Five Things Translators Can Do to Make Editing Easier
Daisuke Yanase, SunFlare Co., Ltd.
Accurate translation across the vast linguistic differences between Japanese and English demands a careful adaptation of sentence construction and wording to the target language. If this conversion is incomplete, the resulting translation saddles the subsequent editing process with extra tasks such as major corrections and even retranslation. Editor-friendly translation benefits from the perspective of pragmatics, based on which I give my colleagues the following pieces of advice on biomedical Japanese-to-English translation: the judicious use of technical terms, the choice of effective verbs, thorough sentence recasting, the avoidance of obsession with word-for-word matching, and good communication among project members.
As a senior medical translator in SunFlare Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based translation company, Daisuke Yanase is making the most of his colorful career. Having studied plant physiology at Kyoto University Graduate School of Agriculture, he spent the first 15 years of his working career at the agrochemical research center of a chemical company. Then he was engaged in several agrochemical development projects, including pesticide registration in Europe, followed by a brief period in pharmaceutical quality control. In 2003, he decided to try his English writing skills in a pharmaceutical company, for which he worked for 10 years, translating documents for pharmacovigilance, clinical trials, and drug approval applications between Japanese and English. He has a PhD in plant physiology from Kyoto University.
*2 “Global English for Japanese Medical Writers and Translators”
Rie Moriguchi and Lee Seaman
Japanese medical and pharmaceutical documents have a global audience. However, for maximum impact those documents need to be clear, accurate, and understandable for readers around the world. If that sounds like what you are aiming for, then this two-hour workshop on Global English for an international audience is for you. Rie Moriguchi and Lee Seaman will introduce the principles of Global English, explain how they are useful for native English speakers as well as non-native speakers, show you how to apply those principles to typical Japanese passages, and provide specific tools to improve your translating and editing. The lecture will be in Japanese (Rie Moriguchi) and English (Lee Seaman). There will be ample time for feedback and discussion. Participants are encouraged to share questions and comments in Japanese or English.
森口理恵 略歴
Rie Moriguchi graduated from Kyoto Pharmaceutical University in 1987, and started her own medical/pharmaceutical translation business in 1992 as R&A Medical Translation Service. She has over twenty years of experience specializing in the translation of medical and pharmaceutical documents. In addition to her translation work, Moriguchi is active as a medical translation educator and author. She has written textbooks on medical translation for correspondence courses and published books for medical English learners, and is a popular speaker on medical translation topics. She is based in the Kansai area.
Lee Seaman has been translating pharmaceutical documents from Japanese to English for over 20 years, primarily for FDA filing and international submissions. She also translates medical books and articles for an international audience, edits English documents for Japanese native speakers, and provides workshops on Global English. Lee is credentialed for J-E translation by the American Translators Association and is a founding member of the JATPHARMA special interest group within the Japan Association of Translators. She is based in the USA, in Bellingham, Washington (north of Seattle), and travels to Japan regularly.
アメリカ翻訳者協会(ATA)認定日英翻訳者。ワシントン州ベリンガム(シアトルの北125 km)を拠点に日米両国で活発な活動を展開しており、2012年には日本翻訳者協会(JAT)の分科会であるJATPHARMAの立ち上げに携わった。
*3 “Workshop on PMDA Queries (照会事項) for Pharma Translators” (〔照会事項〕英訳に関するワークショップ)
Ben Tompkins
As part of its mission to ensure compliance with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and related regulations, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) submits queries to pharmaceutical companies in many stages of the drug development process. Pharmaceutical companies must address these queries to the satisfaction of the PMDA and often seek help from English-speaking parent or partner companies. That’s where the translator comes in.
Before and in this workshop, participants will (1) complete optional pre-workshop homework and study materials* in preparation for the workshop, (2) review language commonly seen in PMDA queries, (3) consider tips for effectively translating queries, and (4) discuss and practice techniques for improving pharma writing and translation skills.
*To be sent in early November to all workshop registrants. Since time is limited, please complete at least some of the homework so we can proceed quickly.
Ben Tompkins lives in beautiful Fukuoka, Japan, where he began translating professionally in 1994. Ben specializes in pharmaceutical and biomedical translation. He owns Tompkins Biomedical Communications, a provider of translation and other language services to pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, and universities. Ben serves as Vice President of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT) and has helped organize three IJET conferences in and outside Japan.