Koide Izumi Chronicles Heroine of Professional Japanese Librarianship

On July 23, NCC Japan, The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources published “Specialist Spotlight: Izumi Koide” recognizing the work of Koide-san, who is known for her long tenure as librarian at the International House of Japan and her involvement with librarianship development. In 2008, she contributed an article about pioneering Japanese librarian Fukuda Naomi to the SWET... more

Donald Keene Exhibition

"Donald Keene: 100th Anniversary Exhibition— A Lifelong Pursuit of Japanese Culture," Kanagawa Museum of Japanese Literature special exhibition, May 28–July 24, 2022 (in Japanese)

Starting with his accidental encounter with Arthur Waley’s translation of The Tale of Genji in 1940, just before the outbreak of the Pacific War, Donald Keene (1922–2019) pursued a career in the study of Japan and led the... more

JTA Writing and Style Manual 2022 Published

The output of the Japan Tourism Agency FY2022 “English 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 (includes a short version of SWET's “Six Simple Rules for No-Fail Texts and Signage”), and the latest... more

Editors Canada Conference 2022, online May 28–29

Editors Canada's 2022 conference is a virtual event that takes place online May 28–29, 2022. Hundreds of editors from a wide range of fields, as well as writers, communication professionals and small business owners will join us for this weekend of networking and fun, but what really makes the conference shine is the learning opportunities for all skill levels.

Some of... more

National Institutes for Cultural Heritage Style Manual for English Texts Published

The National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum, Kyushu National Museum, Tokyo Natonal Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Nara National Research Institute or Cultural Properties, and the International Research Center or Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region) has published a brand new Style Manual aimed and preparation of English texts for the... more

SWET Greetings in the New Year 2022

Each and every one of us looks out on different scenes, seeks different horizons, and works in different circumstances. And yet we are all here together in this heterogeneous society of wordsmiths sharing an orientation to the subject of Japan. Ours is a world of countless niches and unique job descriptions, yet we are linked by our professional endeavors... more