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Althaus, Mary    

Location:Tokyo, Japan

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Ando, Susumu    

Location:Tokyo, Japan


Freelance technical translator for more than 25 years, currently specialized in patent.
Also a member of JAT.

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Apple, Matthew    

Occupation:Associate Professor

Location:Nara, Japan


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After working in Boston as a graphic designer (1997-1999), I headed to Nara, Japan, to become an Assistant Language Teacher in the JET Programme (Japan Exchange Teachers). After 3 years teaching in elementary, junior, and senior high schools in southern Nara Prefecture, I then taught (in succession) at a Kobe-based night cram school, on contract at Kansai-area universities, and finally full-time at a technical college. I moved on to Ritsumeikan University in April 2013, where I teach international communication skills and second language acquisition in the College of Letters. I’m a reviewer for several SLA/TESOL journals (OnCUE Journal, JALT Journal, Language Learning, Applied Linguistics), and recently published a co-edited book, “Language Learning Motivation in Japan” (October 2013).
Another edited volume (“L2 Selves and Motivations in Asian Contexts”) is in the works, and a separate independently-written/edited/produced book (“Taking Leave: An American on paternity leave in Japan”) is searching for a publisher. I have a couple other fiction writing projects on hold, which I intend to come back to whenever I can find time…



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Asakura, Kazuko    

Location:Tokyo, Japan

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Ashby, Janet    

Location:Tokyo, Japan

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Ayre, Stuart    

Location:Tokyo, Japan

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Baldwin, Frank    

Location:Florida, United States

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Baldwin, Frank    

Location:CA, United States

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Balistrieri, Emily Rose    

Occupation:Ja-En translator

Location:Tokyo, Japan




JLPT N1 certified. I have experience with light novels, children’s books, manga, subtitles, videogames, and more. Besides translating I often proof/edit. First Place winner in Manga Translation Battle 2013 for Saya Saya To. Published titles include Kugane Maryama’s Overlord, Carlo Zen’s The Saga of Tanya the Evil, and Ko Hiratori’s JK Haru is a Sex Worker in Another World.

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Beck, Adam    

Location:Hiroshima, Japan

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Beichman, Janine    

Occupation:writer, translator, speaker

Location:Ibaraki, Japan


Professor Emerita of Daito Bunka University, author of two biographies (Masaoka Shiki and Yosano Akiko) and translator of books by the poet Ooka Makoto as well as the novelist Setouchi Jakucho. I am now continuing work on biography of Yosano Akiko and also doing free-lance translation.

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Bilsland, Alex    

Occupation:Technical Writer

Location:Ontario, Canada

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As a technical writer, I have been solving documentation problems and delivering solutions. My work has been in manufacturing, telecommunications, software development, customer support, banking, insurance, government, aerospace, and automation. Common to all of these areas, I have worked with people to help them get the information that they needed, whether to support their use of a product, describe a process, provide a step-by-step procedure, write a proposal, or to explain how something works.

Through my involvement with SWET, I am looking for opportunities to help people. No problem is too big or too small. I am very interested in volunteer opportunities too.

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Bird, Winifred    

Occupation:Writer and translator

Location:Illinois, United States



I’m a freelance writer, translator and editor specializing in environmental topics and architecture. From 2004-2014 I lived in rural Japan, where I wrote about wildlife, forestry, agriculture, energy, design, and other subjects for publications in Japan and the United States. I returned to the United States in 2014, and continue to work as a freelance journalist. I also translate and edit for private clients and several academic translation companies. Gardening and cooking are my favorite pastimes when I’m away from my desk. Stop by my website for photos, news, and links to articles!

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Birnbaum, Phyllis    

Location:MA, United States

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Bourdaniotis, George    

Occupation:J-E translator, writer, editor, interpreter, narrator, local facilitator

Location:Hyogo, Japan

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Translation: Business, marketing, IT, movie and video subtitles/scripts, general
Interpreting: Whispered, escort interpreter, personal assistant, small-scale business meetings (Also, interpreting in casual and semi-formal situations Greek-Japanese-English)
Other: Editing, writing, event planning/organisation, narration

   On graduating with a major in Japanese language from university, I first became a high school Japanese teacher in Australia before coming to Japan, where I now live. I have been translating professionally since 1996. During this time, I worked as an in-house translator and translation coordinator for a Japanese software company for 6 years—localising software and its documentation, and translating press releases, promotional materials. I also gained a knowledge of HTML coding and web site maintenance. More recently, I am also involved in TV program and video production, script translation and subtitling, and video narration.
   With my fluent Japanese, I am often called on to interpret between English and Japanese in various situations. I have used my conversational Greek skills to help a visiting professor conduct research in Japan and help Greek business people in informal situations.
   I am also involved in event planning, promotion and touring with domestic and international musicians.




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Bray, Richard    

Occupation:1) Clinical pharmacist/ pharmacologist. 2) Technical Director Event Production

Location:Kanagawa, Japan



From 1977, he held positions as staff, resident and chief hospital pharmacist, including a spell in nuclear medicine and membership of the pharmacy and therapeutics committees. His research interests were in adhesions/ fertility surgery and parenteral nutrition/ extemporaneous aseptic formulations. Spent one-year teaching medical and pharmaceutical communications in Japan before moving to the Japanese pharmaceutical industry in 1990 as an international product manager, and then as director of marketing services in one of the world’s largest companies.

Experience in all aspects of the industry from clinical trials and marketing to product launches, staff training and education; from the development and production of packaging and promotional materials to publications and national newsletters; from organising exhibitions and events to product planning and strategic management; in Japan, Asia and Central/ South America, as well as Europe and North America.

In 1999, he established his own company, im5, to produce interactive medical, marketing, management, multimedia and market research programmes in Japan and around the world. He provides digital publishing solutions, customized medical/ marketing databases and presentations, pharmaceutical product manuals, as well as strategic planning and product training. His current projects are in the specialities of cardiology, gastroenterology and neurology, though as a registered practicing pharmacist, he is familiar with all aspects of medicine.

In 2008, he was the co-author of a study on Helicobacter pylori eradication in 200 patients who had already received one course of therapy. The Quintuple therapy used achieved a 100% eradication rate. and was published in the Japanese peer-reviewed Journal Nihon Rinsho.

The event production side of im5 provides technical direction and production to large conferences, symposia, events, seminars, as well as gala dinners and concerts. Clients are mainly from healthcare, financial services and IT-related companies. His specialities are audience response systems, multiscreen/ widescreen video, audio, as well as LED lighting.

In 2015 he graduated from Manchester University, Manchester Business School, U.K., with a global MBA with Merit, specialising in global Marketing and Business Strategy, New Media Marketing and eHealth.

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Carpenter, Matthew Edwin    

Location:NY, United States

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Carpenter, Juliet    

Occupation:Literary translator

Location:Kyoto, Japan

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Carter, Jade Michael    

Occupation:Graphic Designer, Translator, and Art Director

Location:Burnaby, BC, Canada


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Presently based in Greater Vancouver, Canada, Jade Carter has been at the leading edge of new media design and planning since the early days of Japan’s Internet boom, heading up numerous multimedia projects for major Japanese corporations. With extensive business experience and an array of talents (translation, interpreting, bilingual narration) complementing his gift for stunning innovation as a designer, in recent years Jade has focused on producing multilingual promotional media content for Japanese musicians and artists. Creator of a number of web sites that have been chosen as Site of the Day at,, and, as well as winner of Best Web Film award at the Cannes Film Festival International Critics’ Week, Jade is the founder and driving force of Resourcecode Media Inc.

Jade has given lectures on Web design in Japan and Canada on numerous occasions, including a presentation during the opening week Japan’s first Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo, in December 2003.

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Cary, Beth D.    

Occupation:Translator, Interpreter, Editor

Location:CA, United States

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Cary, Ann B.    

Location:Osaka, Japan

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Christensen, Torkil    

Occupation:Teaching English and Editing of stuff

Location:Hokkaido, Japan


I digest matters on SWET-L in the SWET newsletter.

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Clancy, Judith    

Location:Kyoto, Japan

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Cole, John    


Location:Taipei City, Taiwan, Province of China


I am a British freelance translator resident in Taiwan, doing both Japanese-English and Chinese-English translation for agencies in Japan and Taiwan, along with a few direct clients. My main areas of expertise are legal and financial translation.

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Cone, Libby    

Occupation:author,physician, editor

Location:PA, United States




I have been visiting Japan for over 20 years.
I have edited many English-language medical articles by Japanese authors for publication. My novel about the German occupation of the Channel Islands, War on the Margins, is published by Duckworth.

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Conrad, Richard    

Occupation:Media and communications manager

Location:Hyogo, Japan



Arrived in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, last year (2015) with my significantly better other and our two darling children. We’ve set up home and settled in. 
Book editing contracts and other work that’s come my way is keeping me busy, but room remains in my schedule for editing and writing projects.
I could be tempted by all sorts of offers, large and small.
Please contact me if you think I could be of service.

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Copeland, Rebecca    


Location:MO, United States

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Crosse, James    

Occupation:Technical Writer

Location:Doha, Qatar


I am a Philosophy Graduate from the UK but currently works as an Aeronautical Technical Writer in Doha, Qatar. I have been interested in Japan since I was very young as my father often traveled back and forth for business.

I was able to visit Japan for the first time in 2013, where I stayed in Hokkaido for 3 months on work Exchange.

Most of my work consists of proof reading and rewriting documentation using STE and Plain English standards for non-native speakers. I am also involved with document creation and publication.

I am currently seeking opportunities to live and work in Japan, while also offering and expanding my knowledge and experience of technical communication.

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Curran, Beverley    

Location:Aichi, Japan

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Delisle, Hank    

Location:Saitama, Japan

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DeWolf, Charles M.    

Location:Chiba, Japan

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Donovan, Richard    

Location:Kyoto, Japan

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Donovan, David Geoffrey    

Location:Miyagi, Japan

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Eaton, S. Patrick    

Occupation:Technical writer/translator, analyst



When he is not insanely busy with his regular job, freelance tasks, or his family, Eaton enjoys learning about emerging technologies.

All of Eaton’s contributions to this site are made available under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

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Evans, Judy    

Location:Whitianga, New Zealand

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Flash, Margaret H.    

Location:Kyoto, Japan

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Forby, Felice    

Occupation:Translator and Web Developer

Location:Nagano, Japan

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Foster, Mary    

Location:Tokyo, Japan

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Freeman, Robert    

Occupation:Editor of scientific, medical, and technical manuscripts written in English

Location:Western Australia, Australia


I am an editor (英文校正/英文校閲) and not a translator or a writer.
However, I am functionally literate in scientific/technical Japanese, and in my work as an editor I deal daily with Japanese-to-English translations.
I edit scientific, technical, and medical documents that Japanese researchers have written in English for publication in English-language journals.
I focus mainly on manuscripts destined for peer-reviewed academic journals.
I specialize in
-clinical drug trials
I have experience in a very broad range of scientific, technical, and medical fields including
-energy, alternative energy
-drug discovery
-oncology/cancer, anticancer drugs
-rheumatology, including rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
-life sciences in general

I have been working entirely as a scientific editor since 1995.
Prior to that I spent several years in a pharmaceutical laboratory in Kobe. (The laboratory was destroyed in the earthquake and relocated to Fukuoka.)
I have been a certified member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences since 2004.

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Freire, Carl    


Location:Tokyo, Japan



I have worked as a translator, journalist, and editor in a variety of capacities since 1991. As a translator, I have worked on materials ranging from a political science book about Prime Minister Koizumi (Routledge, 2009) to a corporate history for Hitachi; from urban planning documents for various municipalities in the Kansai region to quality control materials for an automobile manufacturer; and from a catalogue of electric lighting products for Matsushita to a manual explaining how to operate vaccuum transfer robots used in manufacturing silicon wafers.

My journalism experience includes four years at a trade magazine covering the amusement machine business, one year at a Japanese newspaper, and two-and-a-half years as a general news reporter for the Associated Press. I have written about everything from video games and stock market crashes to Japanese election campaigns and people who restore old houses. I also edited a political science and international affairs journal for five years, and just to round out the picture am also completing a dissertation in modern Japanese history for the University of California, Berkeley.

For fun, I’ve been writing songs for two decades and have been playing guitar even longer than that.  I also like to explore Tokyo by bicycle and investigate new cookbooks.

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