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


Nov 2, 2016

ATA57: Tool/Program Meeting Annoucement

To all translators who use and/or are interested in using various programs and tools in their work:

This is Paul Koehler, chair of the Japan Association of Translators (JAT) JATTOOLS SIG and a member of the American Translators Association. I am pleased to ‎invite members of the JLD to participate in this unique JATTOOLS event.  Please join us at the following date and time to see various tools in action:

Thursday, November 3 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Connections SF
424 Clay Street, Connections SF
San Francisco CA 94111
Cost: FREE
Capacity Limit: 16 people

This meeting will be held very close to the ATA conference held in San Francisco this year.

JATTOOLS has rented a conference room with WiFi access, and refreshments will be available. The main purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum where people can show their tools in action. If you have some deadlines to take care of, this is a good place to do so!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at paul.koehler@pjktrans.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Oct 24, 2016

Annual JLD Networking Dinner & Informal Newcomer Lunch

Just a quick update, the number of RSVP's for our annual dinner, is already over 65!

If you haven't yet, there is still a little time. Don't wait! RSVP at

Also, please consider the brown bag option (bringing your own) for the informal Newcomer's Lunch. Is there anyone willing to search for or suggest their favorite place for those willing to venture out? We'll keep the number at 6-7 per group. Let us (Nadine or Mochi) know.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email divisionJLD [at] atanet.org

Proposed agenda coming soon.

JLD Administrator &

Assistant Administrator, 

Sep 20, 2016

ATA57: JLD Sessions & Events

We are pleased to announce Prof. Jay Rubin will be our Division Guest Speaker this year. You can find his bio here. And here are some of the other JLD sessions at the conference.

The early bird deadline for the conference is this Friday, September 23. The standard registration period ends October 14. If you are planning to be there, don't wait