Monthly Series: Translator Tuesdays

Monthly Series: Translator Tuesdays

Join us online on Tuesday, June 4th, for the monthly installment of our casual meet-up series. In this one-hour meeting, we will focus on the language (verbal or written) and strategies we use as translators when communicating with clients/partners. Advanced registration required.

Japan Style Sheet: Further Reference Tools

Japan Style Sheet: Further Reference Tools

Did you know that SWET maintains a growing list of reference tools on the Japan Style Sheet website? Click the image above to access links to dictionaries, thesauruses, glossaries, and other references for wordsmiths. If you know of a resource that belongs on the list, please let us know!

A Community for Japan-Related Writing Professionals

Based in Tokyo, Japan, SWET comprises people engaged not only in the three professions of writing, editing, and translating, but also in teaching, research, rewriting, design and production, copywriting, and other areas related to the written word in Japan.

Japan Style Sheet

Japan Style Sheet

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The SWET Guide for Writers, Editors and Translators

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JTA Writing and Style Manual Updated March 2023

JTA Writing and Style Manual Updated March 2023

The output of the Japan Tourism Agency FY2023 “Promoting Multilingual Support for Sightseeing Destinations around Japan” Project is now available on the JTA website (text in Japanese). 

Among the links provided are the JTA's resources for local sites producing English text for sightseeing locations is the 2023 edition of the Writing and Style Manual, which is available in English and Japanese, and the JTA Sightseeing Database, which includes the 7,000-plus... more

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EVENT REPORT: Owning Your Personal Brand

EVENT REPORT: Owning Your Personal Brand

By Monique Bae

Tucked in the back of the bustling Book House Cafe in Jinbocho on March 29 were 10 people enjoying a two-hour workshop held by Ruth P. Stevens, a founding member of SWET and a globally recognized marketing professional and adjunct professor at NYU Stern. In “Building Your Personal Brand as a Freelance Professional,” Stevens provided tips on how to set ourselves apart and put a spotlight on the meaningful work we do.

1) She began by defining what a personal... more

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If, for J-E Translators

If, for J-E Translators

If you can render prose in real English idiom While all about you Cling rigidly to translation word-for-word; If you can stand by natural wording Though clients claim they know better, But respect their sensibilities as far as conscience can; If you can grapple with obscurantism And articulate it in clear expository style; Or, being left with ambiguity, not perpetuate ambiguity, Or, given insider codes, not let cryptic phrases win the day. And yet not fear small expedients, Nor over-rate the laws of English logic.

If you can empathize—but not let passion... more

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Entering into the World I Created: Interview with Karen Hill Anton, author of “A Thousand Graces”  

Entering into the World I Created: Interview with Karen Hill Anton, author of “A Thousand Graces”  

Karen Hill Anton is well known for her columns in the Japan Times, which she described in an article for SWET’s series on English-language newspaper columnists. Her memoir, The View From Breast Pocket Mountain, beloved by a wide readership, has earned three literary awards. She spoke to SWET about her memoir at length for a SWET Talk Shop in August 2021, available on YouTube, and again in October 2022 about the craft of memoir writing. Now... more

A Community for Japan-Related Writing Professionals

Based in Tokyo, Japan, SWET comprises people engaged not only in the three professions of writing, editing, and translating, but also in teaching, research, rewriting, design and production, copywriting, and other areas related to the written word in Japan.

Japan Style Sheet

Japan Style Sheet

A cross-professional guide

The SWET Guide for Writers, Editors and Translators

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