JATPHARMA Workshop “Writing for the Reader” with Thomas A. Lang and Lee Seaman

Please note: Registration for this workshop is now closed.


JAT TIP Meeting Dec 10, 2012

After you find something you want to translate enough that you decide to do it on your own, you need to get permissions from the copyright holders.


TAC Participant’s report: From Globalization to Glocalization

A report by Hideaki Maruoka on the TAC seminar in Japanese

JAT members can view the video and download slides from here.


TIP Dec 10, 2012

The translator-initiated publishing group will hear from a copyright lawyer on December 10 (Mon.).


Face-to-Face Board Meeting Minutes, Oct. 2012

09:30-18:00 Friday, October 19, 2012
TKP Shibuya Conference Center


Sixth eJuku Session

Our eJuku program, launched in 2009, gives participants an opportunity to hone their translation skills under the guidance of seasoned translators. Since Spring 2012 an updated format, called the JAT Online Translation Workshop (JOTW), has been adopted to encourage greater peer-to-peer discussion among participants, using text-based interaction as well as videoconferencing facilitated by the mentor-translators.


Translator Perspectives 2012

Translator Perspectives 2012

This is a collection of very short essays on translation by professional translators, all of whom are members of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT). The contributions represent the distilled wisdom of translators of all ages, nationalities, fields and levels of experience. Some are in English, some in Japanese, all embody opinions and observations based on experience, and all are guaranteed to be thought-provoking—and hopefully enlightening—regarding any of the numerous aspects of the job of translation.


August 25, 2012 JATPHARMA Workshop: Materials

Slides and other materials from the August 25 JATPHARMA workshop


Writing Skills in Translation (Turning a Rough Draft into Effective English) Presentation Download

Materials used in Ms. Lynne E. Rigg’s presentation Writing Skills in
Translation (Turning a Rough Draft into Effective English) made at the
September 2012 Tokyo meeting are available for download from the following

A Translation Editor’s Checklist







TAC Participant’s report: Writing Skills in Translation

By Wendy Uchimura, a Japanese-to-English translator and proofreader specializing in Intellectual Property and NGO-based work

It is rather daunting to give a report on the event Writing Skills in Translation by the esteemed Lynne Riggs. As I write this, I recall all the useful information we learnt during the workshop and I wonder am I using the proper syntax; is a sentence too wobbly; have I repeated a word too often; or have I not trimmed enough phatic? We shall see... (Read more)

There is also a report by Kaori Yamamoto on this seminar in Japanese.


Robin Britle on "Ebooks and the Opportunities for Translators" Download

The handout from the Robin Britle presentation on "Ebooks and the Opportunites for Translators" made at the July 2012 Tokyo meeting is available to download from this link:

Ebooks and the Opportunites for Translators Handout

A report on the meeting by Robin can be view here: Social Media by Accident

Members can watch the video of this seminar: Ebooks and the Opportunities for Translators

There is also a participant's report by Eric Selland in English and a report by Matoko Tsutamura in Japanese.


August 25, 2012 JATPHARMA Workshop Homework

Participants can download the "homework" for the workshop from the link below. We encourage you to think about possible translations for the highlighted sentences, and we will discuss these at the workshop itself.

JATPHARMA Workshop Homework


Your Thoughts on Translation

Your Thoughts on Translation

Call for (very) Short Essays
There is such a wealth of experience and good sense among JAT members that the JAT Board would like to commemorate International Translation Day (September 30) by publishing an anthology of short essays written by all of you.


TAC Participant’s report: e-Books and the Opportunity for Translators

By Eric Selland, legal, financial, and literary translator, poet and editor of an anthology of Japanese modernist and avant-garde poetry

Robin Birtle gave a very detailed presentation covering the history of e-books and the devices used for reading them, as well as the current condition of the e-book markets in the U.S. and Japan. Most of the presentation dealt with the ins and outs of the e-book market as well as various technical issues, then in the last section Birtle suggested a model by which translators might take advantage of new opportunities presented by e-books... (Read more)

There is also a report by Matoko Tsutamura on this seminar in Japanese.


JAT Live Broadcast

A members only page for live broadcasting has been created on the JAT website:


The first broadcast will be on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 14:00 to 17:00 JST.



Board Meeting Minutes, June 2012

Board Minutes: Face-to-Face Meeting Minutes 14:00-17:00, Friday, June 1, 2012
International Conference Center Hiroshima (IJET-23)


2012 AGM Absentee Ballot Available Online

The 2012 AGM absentee ballot is now available for those wanting vote but not able to attend the AGM.

The AGM will be held on June 3 at 17:30 in Hiroshima (at IJET-23).


Presentation slides on "Does Translation Pay the Bills?"

The slides from Masashi Ishikawa's and George Tokikuni's presentation on "Does Translation Pay the Bills" at the May, 2012 Tokyo meeting, can be downloaded.


TAC Participant’s report: Does Translation Pay the Bills? II

Reports in Japanese by Tomoko Furukawa and Mayumi Toyota on the TAC meeting in May 2012.

There is also a report by Joji Matsuo on this seminar in English.


TAC Participant’s report: Does Translation Pay the Bills? I

By Joji Matsuo, Japanese to English translator, consecutive interpreter, and active JAT speaker

“Translation is no longer a viable profession if you expect to support a family.” This could very well have been the message that translators would take home from the first 90 minutes of the JAT’s May Meeting in Tokyo. Fortunately, the second half provided some valuable survival tips that will help translators improve their situation in the current market.... (Read more)

There are also reports by Tomoko Furukawa and Mayumi Toyota on this seminar in Japanese.