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... more

IJET-32: International Japan-English Translators Conference

Dates: May 25–26, 2024 Location: Toronto, Canada

IJET-32 will be held in Toronto, Canada, on May 25–26, 2024. The theme is “Who knit ’ya? Who are we in the age of Chat-GPT?” Goals are to strengthen the connections within our translation/interpreting community and explore the impact that AI, such as Chat-GPT, has on our industry. More details about the... more

Happy New Year: Our 2024 Album

SWET members are scattered around Japan and the globe, everywhere that Japan-related wordsmithing is part of their lives and work. We are pleased to mark the 44th year since our founding as a community for mutual networking and support. Through more than four decades, members have supported each other in the challenges of bridging cultural divides, learning new technologies, and... more

SWET’s Manga Special Interest Group Going Strong

By Emma Hanashiro

Among the members of SWET, the number of those working in the manga localization industry has steadily increased. With manga sales remaining high and increasing avenues for digital manga distribution, work opportunities and the number of people active in the industry will also likely grow. 

Given these circumstances and the specific working conditions and, at times, specialized knowledge needed to... more

Japan Writers Conference 2023 Upcoming October 13-14

More than 30 published English language writers will share professional insights on how to turn words into art and art into a career at the 17th annual Japan Writers Conference on October 14–15 at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Nagoya. Admission is free. Registration is recommended but not required. For more details, visit the JWC website.   

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SWET’s Much Awaited Website Enhancement

Visitors to the SWET website will now find it legible on a smartphone or other mobile device. SWET invested a healthy chunk of its savings in updating the site, thanks to the generous annual support of dues-paying members—a complete rebuild launched quietly on July 5 at 5:55 p.m., JST.

Unbeknownst to some, Google has moved towards mobile-first indexing, which means it predominantly... more