With the expanding global economy, the number of translation companies is constantly growing to meet the demand for translated materials. Japanese translation companies are those which are equipped with the necessary people (translators) and tools (translation technology) to handle translation into Japanese. If you need Japanese translation services, take the time to learn about how your potential Japanese translation company is equipped in these areas.
While some Japanese translation companies maintain an in-house team of native Japanese speakers, some create a network of offsite translators who they employ on a per-project basis. Both models can result in successful translations, if the projects are coordinated and managed properly. In fact, drawing upon the skills of freelance Japanese translators can allow a Japanese translation company to match projects with translators who have specific relevant knowledge or experience.
Regardless of where the translators are located, the Japanese translation company who employs them should require them to meet the following qualifications:
- Education: At least a bachelor’s degree in their language
- Accreditation: Optional, available through the American Translators Association
- Professional Development: Generally, more experience means more advanced skills.
- Technical Skills: Translation memory tools, perhaps desktop publishing applications
Japanese Translation Technology
Japanese translation companies should incorporate translation memory (TM) tools (such as Trados, Déjà Vu, or Catalyst) into their Japanese translation workflow. Such tools assist translators in managing terminology and repurposing repeated text for added consistency and efficiency. Depending on the services they offer, your Japanese translation company should possess the latest versions of applications for creating and/or editing software, documentation, online Help, and websites.
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