1st Edition

Japanese–English Translation An Advanced Guide

By Judy Wakabayashi Copyright 2021
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume is a textbook for aspiring translators of Japanese into English, as well as a reference work for professional Japanese–English translators and for translator educators. Underpinned by sound theoretical principles, it provides a solid foundation in the practice of Japanese–English translation, then extends this to more advanced levels. Features include:

    • 13 thematic chapters, with subsections that explore common pitfalls and challenges facing Japanese–English translators and the pros and cons of different procedures
    • exercises after many of these subsections
    • abundant examples drawn from a variety of text types and genres and translated by many different translators

    This is an essential resource for postgraduate students of Japanese–English translation and Japanese language, professional Japanese–English translators and translator educators. It will also be of use and interest to advanced undergraduates studying Japanese.


    1 Words

    2 Word Groups and Figurative Language

    3 Names

    4 Numbers

    5 Technicalities

    6 Recurring Grammatical Issues

    7 Rhetorical Hedging and Indirectness

    8 Register, Tone, Emphasis, Repetition and Parallelism

    9 The Spoken Word

    10 Non-standard Varieties of Language

    11 Languages Interacting

    12 Translators at Play

    13 Discourse-level Issues


    Judy Wakabayashi is Professor of Japanese Translation at Kent State University, Ohio. With experience as an in-house and freelance translator, she has taught Japanese–English translation to postgraduate students in Australia and the United States for over three decades. She has co-edited four books on translation—Asian Translation Traditions (2005), Decentering Translation Studies: India and Beyond (2009), Translation and Translation Studies in the Japanese Context (2012) and Translating and Interpreting in Korean Contexts: Engaging with Asian and Western Others (2019)—and translated seven books.