October 16, 2010
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 14:00-17:00
Place: Forum 8, Shibuya (
Address: Dogenzaka 2-10-17, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3780-0008

Speaker: Ichiro Urushibara (aka Ken Tajima)
Presentation: A Life in Translation and Interpreting
Speaker Profile:
Ichiro Urushibara was born in London in 1930. He arrived in Japan with his family at the age of ten, unable to speak any Japanese. Nevertheless he managed to catch up and landed his first interpreting assignment at the age of 16, working for the Allied Occupation forces during school summer holidays. He began working full-time at 17, but despite never completing high school nor having any formal education in translation or interpretation, he subsequently went on to a wildly diverse career spanning seven decades. Some highlights from his resume include: working for Time-Life, Pioneer, and the United States Information Service; live simultaneous interpreting on TBS of the Apollo moon landing; visiting close to 50 countries as a simultaneous conference interpreter for the Japanese Diet delegations to the Inter-parliamentary Union; working as a bilingual radio announcer under the name Ken Tajima; being a motor racing announcer at the Suzuka and other circuits; and interpreting fo
r Jane Pauley’s interviews on NBC with the Presidents of Nissan Motors and Toyota Motors, which subsequently led to accompanying top Toyota executives from the Chariman down and senior engineers to North America to interpret at press conferences and technical automotive briefings. This distinguished career has made him a ring-side witness to post-war development in Japan, and afforded him a unique perspective on the translation and interpretation industry here. In this presentation Mr. Urushibara will talk about his life and work, introducing observations and highlights of particular interest to interpreters and translators, and reflect on the secrets of his own success.

Cost: JAT members free, Non-members 1,000 yen (advance registration not necessary)
Nijikai: from 5:15 Venue: The Aldgate British Pub ( )
Cost: About 2000 yen (Food only/cash bar. Anyone planning to attend the nijikai only, please contact TAC by 15/10)