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SWET June Talk: Keeping in Character—From Concept to Product

SWET June Talk: Keeping in Character—From Concept to Product

With Wendy Uchimura


Date: June 21, 2017 (Wed.)
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 for visiting)
Place: Books on Japan (library), Jinbocho, Tokyo;
At the Jinbocho subway stop, go out the A2 exit; at street level, turn left, go 12 steps, and look for a doorway at the left side of the Megane Drug メガネ・ドラッグ store saying “Books on Japan”; take the stairs to the 2nd floor. http://www.booksonjapan.org/location/
Fee: Free of charge; feel free to bring a bento or snack to... more

Swet Columns

Word Wise: Baffling by Design

Word Wise: Baffling by Design

整備 Seibi

By Richard Medhurst


There’s a Japanese Wikipedia article on 整備文, a term devised by Canadian author Iain Arthy to refer to the obfuscatory language deployed by elites in his book Oeragata no Nihongojuku 『政・官・財(おえらがた)の日本語塾』(1996). It singles out words like 検討, 施設, and for sapping readers’ will to understand. But the word he chose to name this kind of language after was 整備.

As often with the words chosen for this... more

Articles

SWET Toolbox: Review of JMOOC Online Classes

SWET Toolbox: Review of JMOOC Online Classes

By Winifred A. Bird

MOOCs or “massive open online courses” are a new form of distance learning intended to bring university-level education to the far-flung masses by capitalizing on widespread Internet access. Typically, courses are free or low-cost and involve a combination of video lectures, reading material, online discussion forums, tests, and other assignments. Since the concept emerged in 2008, Stanford, Oxford, the University of Hamburg, and many other prestigious universities... 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

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.