It is with great sadness that the JAT Board and the Organizing Committee for IJET-31 have decided to cancel the International Japanese-English Translation Conference planned for Fukuoka on June 5–7, 2020.
The JAT Board wishes to acknowledge the immense amount of work done by the IJET-31 Organizing Committee to smoothly put together what promised to be an outstanding conference...
The contest passage is from an article in Chuo Koron about developing a public opinion survey on issues related to hate speech in Japan and the results obtained. The passage was understandable, interesting, and topical. As the authors say, this topic arouses people’s passions. The contestants also seemed inspired by the material, producing almost lyrical prose. They did a good job....
Commentaries from the Judges （Japanese-to-English Division)
Ken Wagner (Part 2)
Suggestions for All Contestants
An effective translation should be accurate and complete, and should include usage that is as natural as possible, without compromising the other two attributes. One element of accuracy is the correct rendering of proper nouns. This...
The global spread of COVID-19 continues, despite significant international public health measures. Given that many IJET participants and speakers will be exposed to risk from international air travel, the JAT Board and IJET-31 Fukuoka organizing committee will jointly decide by March 31 if IJET must be cancelled. We ask that we are allowed time to make a sound and correct decision on the basis...
With the novel coronavirus COVID-19 much in the news lately, the JAT Board is keeping an eye on advice from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and has decided to continue with its planned program of events scheduled in March and beyond this year.
We encourage all potential participants to practice good hygiene to protect against infections, such as using a...
The winners of the Sixteenth Annual JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Japanese<>English Translators have been selected as follows:
Japanese to English Contest
Winner: E59 Quicoyia Chambers (USA)
Runner-up: E51 Monica Shingaki (USA)
Finalists: E05 David Fradette (仙台市)
E29 Megan Ling (USA)
E62 Sky Waite (South Korea)
English to Japanese Contest
１位 J51 Aya Kimura (新潟県)
The IJET-31 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open! Join us in Fukuoka for JAT’s International Japanese-English Translation (IJET) conference, the ultimate annual event for translators and interpreters! This year’s theme "Crossroads in Kyushu ― 世界から九州に、九州から世界へ" promises informative presentations and plenty of opportunities for networking with...
There were a record-high 62 entrants in the Japanese-to-English Division and 54 in the English-to-Japanese Division of the Sixteenth Annual JAT Contest for New and Aspiring Japanese/English Translators. The finalists have been decided as follows:
Japanese to English Division: E05 E29 E51 E59 E62
English to Japanese Division: J24 J40 J51 J67 J70
First- and second-place winners will be...
JAT is pleased to announce this year's anthology of insightful essays, Translator Perspectives 2019, is available on the website.
Translators and interpreters working between Japanese and English face myriad problems on a daily basis. Some of them have routine solutions. Many do not. While the internet is a treasure trove of information resources, we still have to understand how to find and...
The entry for the contest is now closed.
To the entrants (Nov. 15): If you have not received your ID number please contact [email protected]
This contest is open to anyone with less than three years’ experience as a professional translator including students. JAT membership not required. Previous entrants (except winners) are welcome to enter again.
Where will you be on June 5 to 7, 2020? If you’re a translator, interpreter, language-oriented company employee, or otherwise involved in the translation and interpreting professions, we hope you’ll join the Japan Association of Translators (JAT) to learn, network, build your skillset, and exchange ideas at the 31st International Japanese-English Translation (IJET) Conference in Fukuoka, Japan....
The JATPATENT Steering Committee invited Masako Ohta, Registered Trade Marks Attorney with Shelston IP in Sydney to discuss the state of IP and trademarks in Australia. Ms. Ohta not only gave us an overview of the Australian IP system, but a fascinating history of famous inventions that you may not have known were invented by Australians. The full text of the report is in Japanese. JAT members...
Seeking to encourage talented people to enter the translation field, JAT is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual Japanese <> English translation contest for new and aspiring translators. The actual passage to be translated is a real-life text—the sort of thing a working commercial translator might well be called upon to do.
Open to: Anyone with less than three years’ experience as a...
The Light at the End of the Tunnel: Do You See It Yet?
At our annual Christmas Party last year I received a card with the following message:
This may be the last time I attend your Christmas Party as the president of my own translation company. Of course, it may be the last Christmas Party you give as president of your own company.
Who says translators don't have a sense of...
In memory of Geraldine Harcourt, who passed away in New Zealand last month, we republish an interview with Geraldine from JAT Bulletin 182 of May 2000.
The Challenges of Translating a Best-selling Nonfiction Work
by Geraldine Harcourt
This month Geraldine Harcourt (winner of the 1990 Wheatland Translation Prize) has generously agreed to answer some questions about her latest project, the...
Motions and Documentation for 2019 Ordinary General Meeting
To: All Japan Association of Translators (JAT) Members
I would like to invite you to the Japan Association of Translators' Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) to be held on June 29, 2019 at Cairns Convention Centre.
Date and time of OGM: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Place of OGM: Room 2 CCC, Cairns Convention Centre, Cnr Wharf...
For the first time ever, IJET will feature its own mobile phone app! The IJET conference app is now available to download from the App Store or Google Play.
Standard registration for IJET-30 is about to end. Don't miss your chance to snap up a ticket while you can! Regular ticket sales end June 19th.