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See you at IJET-25 Tokyo/英日・日英翻訳国際会議に行きます!

IJET-25 Tokyo

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基調講演には、なんとNHK連続テレビ小説「花子とアン」の下敷きになった「アンのゆりかご 村岡花子の生涯」の著者で、翻訳家・村岡花子のお孫さんである村岡恵理が登場ということで、話題性もたっぷり。東京開催、25周年記念ということで今年はセッションの数も例年より多く、興味あるテーマがたくさんあって選ぶのに迷ってしまいそうです。




So after much hesitating, I’ve finally — thanks in no small part to the subsidy offered by J-Net — registered to attend the 25th International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-25), to be held on 21-22 June at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan.

This gathering of translators and interpreters working between Japanese and English, held annually since 1990 and alternating between Japan and English-speaking countries, has (much to my surprise) never been held in Tokyo before, and it’s expected to be a big one.

It will kick off with a keynote speech by Eri Muraoka, granddaughter of the famous translator of “Anne of Green Gables” Hanako Muraoka and author of Hanako’s biography on which the new NHK drama “Hanako and Anne” is based. Following that will be over 50 individual sessions crammed into two days instead of the usual 30 – with a wide range of interesting topics on offer, it’s going to be a nightmare to choose which ones to attend.

Am I excited? Yes of course – the IJET is always a fantastic opportunity for networking and I’m looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with as many fellow translators as possible, but this time I’m also a woman on a mission; IJET is coming back to Europe next year, and I’m (allegedly) chairing the organising committee of IJET-26 York, UK. So I’ll also be busy reccying, shadowing the committee members and learning, as well as promoting next year’s sure-to-be amazing event!

So if you’ve also booked your place at IJET-25, see you in Tokyo! If you haven’t — why not? The early-bird discount ends at midnight (Japan time) on Thursday 10 April, so don’t miss out!

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