PROfessional Japanese-English Conferences on Translation (PROJECTs) are JAT’s one-day conferences that cover various aspects of translation and the translation business.

Introducing Online PROJECT 2020: an online conference spanning a 27-hour period in which JAT members, translators and students of translation from around the world are invited to learn and interact from the comfort of their own homes.

Online PROJECT 2020 will consist of eight sessions. The sessions on translation will cover the fields of literature, entertainment, law, patents, pharmaceuticals, and tools. Online PROJECT 2020 will also feature a session on interpreting and a panel discussion on the realities of translation and interpreting in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Speakers and moderators will be invited from the US, UK, Australia, and Japan.

Find time table here.

JAT members: Free (login required)
Non-JAT members: JPY 1000 / session
* Sign up from the Seminar details link for each session. Registration is essential; sign up early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
* See below for further details.

We look forward to seeing you online.


Session 1:
Time/date: Saturday, September 12, 2020  11:00-12:00 (JST)
Title: TBD
Speaker: Louise Heal Kawai (literary translator)
Seminar details: <Link coming soon>

Session 2:
Time/date: Saturday, September 12, 2020  14:00-15:40 (JST)
Title: Career Survival for Medical Translators — Six Years On
Panelists: Akiko Segawa, Henry Smith
Seminar details

Session 3:
Time/date: Saturday, September 12, 2020  17:00-18:00 (JST)
Title:  Telecommunication Technologies for Patent Translators
Speaker: Koichi Kikuchi (patent attorney; President, DEN IP Solutions Co., Ltd.)
Seminar details

Session 4:
Time/date: Saturday, September 12, 2020  20:00-21:00 (JST)
Title: Translating Litigation
Speaker: Gwen Clayton (legal translator, commercial law solicitor)
Seminar details

Session 5:
Time/date: Saturday, September 12, 2020  23:00-24:00 (JST)
Title: Work From Home (COVID-19) and Remote Simultaneous Interpreting
Speaker: Céline Sutherland Browning (conference interpreter & translator, ATA JLD Administrator)
Seminar details

Session 6:
Time/date: Sunday, September 13, 2020  8:00-10:00 (JST)
Title: CAT Tools: Nine Lives Not Required
Speakers: Paul Koehler, Charles Aschmann (tools)
Seminar details

Session 7:
Time/date: Sunday, September 13, 2020  11:00-12:00 (JST)
Title: “How Do I Get into Video Game Localization?” All Routes Lead to Games
Speaker: Jennifer O'Donnell (media & entertainment)
Seminar details

Session 8:
Time/date: Sunday, September 13, 2020  13:00-14:00 (JST)
Panel discussion: Coronavirus Crisis and the Translation Profession: The Reality on the Ground, Strategies for Success, and Future Outlook
Panelists: Alex Farrell, Allyson Sigman, Takeshi Miyahara
Seminar details


Please be certain to include your email account when registering. The seminar will be on Zoom (download Zoom Client for Meetings from here) and we will email a unique Zoom link and password to access each session on September 10. Please follow the instructions in the email and access Zoom on the scheduled date and time.

The deadline for registering for this seminar is 9 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9.

JAT wishes to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their ongoing support of JAT and IJET-31 in Fukuoka, postponed to a date beyond June 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.