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IJET-25 Pre-event in Tokyo


The Japan Association of Translators’ (JAT) annual conference on translation and interpreting, IJET (International Japanese-English Translation Conference), will take place in Tokyo for the first time ever on June 21--22, 2014.


JAT was founded in May 1985 as a means for individual translators and interpreters to exchange information and insights and this year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of IJET. As it has been more than 10 years since an IJET has taken place in the Kanto region and we are expecting many first-time participants, the Organizing Committee will host an event in collaboration with JAT’s Tokyo Activities Committee (TAC) in Tokyo on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, as the fourth and final part of a series of pre-events in the run up to the conference, which aim to help people understand more about IJET.


The Tokyo Pre-event will provide an opportunity for participants to network and find out more about JAT and IJET, and is divided into four parts: An ice-breaking game, a talk on Japanese writing by Gendai Kawatsuki, a mini-biblio battle, and an introduction to IJET-25.


JAT members and non-members, veteran translators/interpreters, those just starting out, and those with an interest in finding out more about IJET-25 are all welcome!


The Pre-event is followed by a Networking Dinner.

Participation in just the seminar or just the dinner is also welcome. However places are limited at both events.



Time: 14:00–17:00 Saturday, March 15, 2014 (Doors open: 13:30)

Venue: Forum 8, Meeting Room No. 663

Cost: FREE for both JAT members and non-members


However we request that ALL participants sign-up in advance via PeaTix so that the Committee can make arrangements and ensure that this Pre-event is FUN for all involved.



Part 1: Ice-breaking game: Signature Bingo Game


Part 2: Talk: Gendai Kawatsuki

From his perspective as an editor of translations into Japanese, Gendai will talk about the kind of sentences editors want to read, those that annoy the hell out of editors, and those leave them scratching their heads. Gendai’s talk will be based on published translations and will introduce the basics of Japanese writing and various techniques to help us improve our writing skills.


● Gendai Kawatsuki (Editor, Fukosha Co., Ltd.)

After graduating from university, Gendai was involved in system development for a software company, before working for a company that writes manuals, where he was responsible for producing manuals for major vendors and for editing books. At present Gendai is mainly involved in editing, DTP, and editorial design. 
Editor and Writer of “Indispensible Guide to Digital Text Editing [Basics]” published by Shoeisha in 2012 
Blog: Editech 


Part 3: Mini-Biblio Battle

Participants will be split into small groups and asked to introduce a book of their choice (please feel free to bring a book with you)


Part 4: Everything you need to know about IJET-25

What does IJET stand for? What happens at IJET? Who is giving the keynote speech? Who will be presenting? Who attends? Is it for me? What is the difference between IJET and JTF’s Honyakusai? What should I wear?

The Organizing Committee will answer all these questions, as well as the most frequently asked question–will IJET-25 be held in an exhibition hall!?--and give participants a glimpse into exactly what will happen on June 21--22, 2014.




Networking Dinner

Time: 17:15

Venue: Cafe La Boheme

Capacity: 80

Cost: 4,500 JPY (including food and drink)

Advance registration is necessary.


Register now!



1. A separate registration is required for each attendee. To register and purchase tickets for additional attendees, please re-enter this page from the [Back to event page] button at the bottom of the page.

2. Please pay using one of the following credit card, convenience store or bank transfer options.

The deadline for convenience store and bank transfer payments is March 12, 2014.

If using the convenience store and bank transfer payment options, you need to pay within three days of registering. If payment is not received within this period, your booking will expire automatically.



3. If you prefer your name to NOT be published on the smartphone app check “Show me as anonymous” on the registration page.

4. Registration will close when all places have been filled.

Cancellations for the Networking Dinner will be accepted up until March 8, 2014.

Please contact the Organizing Committee to cancel your ticket.

* Cancellations of tickets paid for using the convenience store and bank transfer options are subject to a cancellation fee of 500 JPY. Cancellations made after March 8, 2014 will not be refunded.

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