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11th Annual Japan Writers Conference

11th Annual Japan Writers Conference

This year, the 11th annual Japan Writers Conference will be held in Tokyo at Ekoda Campus of the Nihon University College of Art, October 8 & 9. (Please note that this is a Sunday and a Monday, with Monday being a national holiday.) The conference is free and open to all. Come hear published writers, translators, editors, agents, and publishers discuss writing, editing, publishing and/or marketing techniques. Please see the Japan Writers Conference website for a list of the presentations and... more

Swet Columns

Word Wise: Focusing on Translation

Word Wise: Focusing on Translation

を中心に

By Richard Medhurst

When choosing how to translate を中心に, there are two basic sets of options I regularly consider. If a product is described as 女性を中心に人気, this could be translated as “particularly popular with women,” “mainly popular,” “especially popular,” “primarily popular,” and so on. On the other hand, I may render研究課題を中心に, as “focused on research issues,” or “centred on research issues.”

Still, these boilerplate possibilities are... more

Articles

Workshop: Cultural Translation and the Information Gap

Workshop: Cultural Translation and the Information Gap

by Richard Medhurst

Japanese and English readers come from different cultural backgrounds. References that are familiar to the former, whether from tradition or popular culture, may baffle the latter. The SWET workshop I led on May 17, 2017 tackled cultural translation for the general reader, considering how to handle the “information gap” between the two kinds of readers with the aim of producing translations that are enticing and easy to follow.

Know Your Audience

The workshop began... more

Member Spotlight

Hugh Ashton: Technical Writer and Man of Mystery

Hugh Ashton: Technical Writer and Man of Mystery

A core member of SWET for more than two decades and resident of Japan for 28 years, Hugh Ashton recently announced his decision to move back to England, whence he came in 1988. As a speaker and leader of workshops, writer of articles, and behind-the-scenes technician and wordsmith, Ashton played an important role in SWET’s early initiation into advanced information technology, email communications, and software applications and its steps into the age of the Internet, and he still... more

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