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Happy New Year from SWET!

Happy New Year from SWET!


We are editors, translators, copyeditors, copywriters, proofreaders, teachers, journalists, curriculum developers, and other kinds of writers and interpreters between languages working in Japan or with Japan-related clients. Many of us are self-employed, with all the freedoms and risks involved. SWET helps us to build professional expertise, solve problems that arise in our work, and share what we have learned with colleagues.

In 2018, SWET held eleven events, three of them in Kansai.... more

Swet Columns

Word Wise: Population Phrases

Word Wise: Population Phrases

By Richard Medhurst

Japan’s declining birth rate and aging population affect its society in countless ways. The country is considering such issues as how to maintain enough workers to support its industries and social security expenses, while many of its smaller communities face potential extinction. Typically the changes Japan is going through are summed up in the phrase 少子高齢化, which may pop up in all kinds of texts.

少子高齢化 strictly means a decreasing proportion of... more

Articles

Juliet Winters Carpenter—Reflections on the Translation of Ryōma!

Juliet Winters Carpenter—Reflections on the Translation of Ryōma!

By Susan E. Jones

In October, 17 SWET members and interested others eagerly gathered at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto to hear illustrious translator Juliet Winters Carpenter talk about her latest work, a joint translation project with two other translators of Ryōma! The Life of Sakamoto Ryōma:  Japanese Swordsman and Visionary by historical novelist Shiba Ryōtarō. The Japanese title is Ryōma ga yuku. Originally published as a newspaper serial 1963-66, it is a... more

Member Spotlight

Simon Rowe: An Independent Author’s Journey

Simon Rowe: An Independent Author’s Journey

Simon Rowe is an independent writer who currently resides in the city of Himeji, situated in western Honshu and known for its splendidly preserved Edo-period castle. After 20 years of roving the world as a travel writer, he has turned to penning short fiction and screenplays. He has recently self-published a collection of short stories, Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere. (Amazon.com link) SWET interviewed Rowe about his writing and self-publishing philosophy.

What was... 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.