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

EVENT REPORT: A Nostalgic and Productive 31st IJET

by Marian Kinoshita

On June 24 and 25, the Japan Association of Translators (JAT) hosted its first International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET) since 2019. The event was held at Tokyo Big Sight and welcomed some 230 translators and interpreters from all over the world. With nearly all sessions focused on the conference theme, “On Stage or Backstage—翻訳通訳の可視性,” participants discovered myriad ways... more

SWET Hanami Online

"Hanami" conjures possibly homogenous images, but is quite different depending on where you live along the length of Japan or whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere. The timing of "spring" differs as well. From where you are we invite you to add to the special “Hanami” album above. Be sure to click the arrows at the sides... more

IJET-31 (June 2023) in Tokyo

The International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET) is one of the largest international conferences dedicated to Japanese language specialists. This summer, join us in Tokyo on June 24 and 25, as we shine a light on the translation industry with IJET-31 “On Stage or Backstage—翻訳通訳の可視性”.

For more than thirty years, IJET, the flagship event of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT), has... more

Greetings in the New Year 2023

Every meeting with a fellow wordsmith—whether it be online, in person, or though the written word—opens a window on a different iteration and niche of our diverse profession. Our awareness expands, our network grows, our work gains meaning and context. This is the stuff of SWET. These encounters generate the pulse of our society, connect us to our past, and... more