Japan Association of Conference Interpreters (JACI) has a website now — for more information / enquiries, go to:
If you are an interpreter working from/into Japanese, or training to be one, you may be interested to hear that a new organization to represent conference interpreters is being set up in Japan.
Japan Association of Conference Interpreters (JACI) aims to raise the profile of conference interpreting as a profession, provide a platform for networking and information-sharing, and provide a channel through which potential clients can connect with professional interpreters directly.
A notable feature of JACI is that it offers three classes of membership: Professional, General and Academic. Professional membership will be based on assessment and thus can serve as a qualification. The Association plans to create a database of professional members, which will allow potential clients to hire interpreters without having to go through an agency.
To kick off, JACI is organizing a seminar in Tokyo on 16 May on the topic of going freelance as an interpreter.
For more information, see:
JACI’s temporary website: http://blog.livedoor.jp/japaninterpreters/
Presentation: Introducing JACI: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80729y-cNz0eDlwUzBsUWZwazQ/view