Jul 19, 2017

Down But Not Out - Strategies to Remain Active While Work is Slow

By: JLD Member Paul Koehler

Those of us who have been working as freelancers for any length of time know that one of the most difficult things to deal with can be the uneven nature of the work. Whenever people ask me about my schedule, I always use the stock phrase "feast or famine" to describe what my work can be like. It's one thing to explain it to other people, but quite another thing to practice dealing with the ups and downs of the work on your own. What exactly can be done to deal with slow times even when you have a solid client base?

Jun 5, 2017

Session J-10: Readability Matters, Insist on Human Touch to Stay Competitive Presented by Naoko Uchida

Summarized by Rika Mitrik



By Rika Mitrik


Feb 14, 2017

IJET-28 Columbus, April 8 - 9, Early Bird ends today Feb. 14

IJET-28 in Columbus, Ohio, USA (April 8-9, 2017) 

Did you know? 

This year’s International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET) 
has been approved for seven (7) ATA continuing education points. IJET-28 Columbus will feature over 30 sessions on translation/interpreting, a Saturday evening banquet, Friday afternoon SIG meetings, and Friday evening Zenyasai

Be sure to register by the February 14 early-bird deadline today to save on admission. 

You can register and find out more here:


on behalf of the IJET-28 Organizing Committee

Jan 31, 2017

Words and 言葉 by Jim Davis

“Two Roads Diverged ...”:Making Good Choices in Japanese-into-English Translation(Part 4)

This is part four of a paper based on the standing-room-only presentation Jim gave at the 2015 ATA Conference in Miami entitled "Two Roads Diverged ...": Making Good Choices in Japanese-into-English Translation. 

You can find all blog posts in the Words and 言葉 series here.

Jan 19, 2017

Proposals for ATA58

The American Translators Association is now accepting presentation proposals for ATA's 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC (October 25-28, 2017). Proposals must be received by March 3, 2017.

Is there a session you would like to present at ATA58? Is there a workshop or issue you think would be of interest to members? The JLD Planning Committee is meeting to discuss the slate. Send your ideas to divisionJLD@atanet.org

You can see the Proposal for Conference Presentation on the ATA website.

Jan 18, 2017


Our sincerest thanks to members (and former members) who helped make 2016 a fantastic year. We could not have done any of this without you! 

·    JLD Website: Yoshiko Guy
·    Planning Committee: Hiroki Fukuyama, Jim Patrick, Andrew Fernando, Michiyo Weinstock, Terumi McAdams, Kazu Aoyama, Phil Soldini, Hiro Tsuchiya, Yoshiro Mochizuki
·    Editorial Committee: Connie Prener, Rika Mitrik, Hiroki Fukuyama, Jon Johanning, Paul Koehler, Jim Patrick
·    JLD Times Blog (ATA56 Summaries): Sarah Lindholm, Noriko Nevins, Paul Koehler, Tyler Miller, Patricia Pringle, Miyako Okamoto, Andrew Fernando; (ATA55 Summaries, not already mentioned) Yoko Usui, Rika Mitrik, Kazu Aoyama, Hiroaki Maeda, Kazumi Ohira
·    JLD Times Blog, Series Contributor: Prof. Jim Davis, Words and 言葉
·    Annual Dinner Venue Scout: Nicholas Sturtevant
·    ATA57 Member Presenters: Marceline Therrien; Akiko Sasaki-Summers; Connie Prener; David Newby; Izumi Suzuki; Miyako Okamoto; Miyo M. Tat; Satoko Nielsen; Sarah Lindholm; Philip Soldini; Naoko Uchida; Tonya Pound.

2017 is also an election year for the JLD -- look out for a communication from the Nominating Committee in the next few months. 


Nadine Edwards:
Division Administrator,
Editorial Committee Chairperson

Yoshihiro Mochizuki:
Assistant Administrator,
Planning Committee Chairperson

2017 Core Members:
Secretary:      Celine Browning
Website:         Yoshiko Guy
JLD Times:     Katrina Leonoudakis, (Assistant Editor)

**In the Works: Assistant Web Admin/Social Media Person