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Japanese Translation and Interpreting

At Translate UK we provide a professional Japanese translation service, as well as Japanese interpreters for all dialects. As one of the most spoken languages in the world, Japanese is important for reaching a large number of people.

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Japanese Language History

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken predominantly in Japan. The origins of Japanese and its relation to other languages are highly debated, though some scholars believe the Japonic languages were brought to Japan from the Korean peninsula around 500 BC.

Old Japanese dates to at least the seventh century, as there are records of the language written using Chinese characters. Some Japanese are also recoded on even older Chinese documents from the third century.

The Japanese language has gone through five distinct stages, Old Japanese, Early Middle Japanese, Late Middle, Early Modern and Modern. During the Old Japanese and Early Middle Japanese periods, Chinese had a notable influence on the language.

The Early Modern Japanese period represents the languages translation into its modern form, with one of the most significant events of this period being the shift in popularity from the Kansai dialect to the Edo dialect. This occurred when the government moved to the Edo region, where modern day Tokyo is located changing the language forever.

Modern Japanese has included the introduction of European loanwords, including words form Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English.

Japanese Around the World

Most Japanese speakers live in Japan, however there are some Japanese speakers abroad. In Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines and parts of China, Japanese speakers can be found particularly among the older generations.

In addition to this Japanese emigrant communities can be found in Peru, Argentina, Canada, Australia, and the Philippines. The largest Japanese community abroad can be found in Brazil, with 1.5 million people. The United States also has an estimated 1.2 million Japanese speakers, with a significant Japanese community in Hawaii, where approximately 12% of the state’s population speaks Japanese.

In the United Kingdom there are very few Japanese speakers, though study of it as a foreign language is increasing. There are currently an estimated 27,764 people in England and Wales who speak Japanese as their primary language. We can provide Japanese translations and Japanese interpreters for almost any location across the United Kingdom, contact us today to learn more.

High Quality Japanese Translations

At Translate UK we can provide Japanese translators or interpreters for a range of dialects. We can also provide additional support for certain sectors by providing them with linguists who have specialised in a specific field. Our linguists are required to keep up to date with specific industry terminology and requirements. This allows us to provide a more customised and supportive service. To learn more about our specialist sectors select one from below.

Japanese Translation Service

We can provide translations to and from Japanese for any document, no matter how large or small. We have been providing document translations for fifteen years, from letters and reports to patient records and certificates, there isn’t much our experienced team haven’t seen. All of our translators are qualified and vetted by us, and many are DPSI qualified or registered with the ITI or CIOL.

Japanese Legal Document Translation

We can provide Japanese translations for any document which is to be used in a legal setting. We have an in-house legal expert with almost 20 years’ experience as a solicitor and are acutely aware of the importance of accuracy and reliability when it comes to the translation of legal documents.

On top of this, each of our legal translators has a specialist focus in law, having worked in or completed training specific to the legal sector. We ensure that all of our legal translators are up to date with the current terminology both in the UK and in their native language to guarantee a quality translation with no mistakes.

Japanese Technical Document Translation

We can provide Japanese translations for technical or scientific documents. This includes journal literature, operation manuals, safety instructions, patents and technical drawings. We know how important it is to have precise, accurate and consistent translations of technical documents, so all our translations are done by experts in the field.

We ensure all of our linguists to stay up to date on the specialised terminology used in their field and for ongoing projects we’ll try to assign the same translator where possible so that they can become familiar with your company terminology and vocabulary.

Secure and Confidential

At Translate UK confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us and we are careful to act in complete compliance with GDPR regulations. Each of our linguists signs a confidentiality agreement before undertaking any work for us and we only ever send documents via secure email.

Japanese Interpreting Service

In addition to our Japanese translation service we can also provide Japanese speaking interpreters. All our interpreters are qualified experienced professionals with relevant post-graduate qualifications and membership of professional linguistic associations. We are well equipped to provide interpreters at short notice and we have even provided linguists for the same day.

Face to Face Japanese Interpreters

Our face to face Japanese interpreters work to facilitate communication between individuals who speak Japanese and those who speak English, in order to provide them with equal access to all of the services they might need.  We recommend face to face interpreting where a conversation is necessary, including complex and sensitive situations where information is best delivered in person.

Remote Japanese Interpreters

We understand that it is not always possible to use a face to face interpreter, so we also provide a remote interpreting service. Our Japanese speaking remote interpreters can be contacted through a variety of platforms according to your business needs. This include over-the-phone and a complimentary conference call service. They can also be contacted through video call platforms including Zoom and Skype. 

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