Working Abroad 海外で翻訳家として働く
Thread poster: ihd (X)

ihd (X)
Local time: 04:49
Aug 11, 2010

Hello Proz users.

I was wondering whether it is possible to make a living as a J>E translator when you are not living in Japan and have 0 experience working as a translator in Japan.
A lot of people have told me that the beauty of working as a translator is that you can work anywhere in the world. However, I was wondering whether most JPN>ENG translators get their jobs from JPN agencies. I have made some bucks as a translator and would like to only work as a translator in the near future and quit my job.

Can anyone shed some light?

Thank you


JpBaugh  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:49
Member (2009)
Japanese to English
Working Abroad as a translator Sep 2, 2010

FWIW many translation bodies such as ITI, etc recommend that translators/interpreters have of course not only lived in the countries of their target/source languages, but further that they visit the country of their working languages annually. It may look impressive on a CV to have worked in the field in the country of the non-native language, however, in terms of versatility, I have heard it said that the target language is the most important, therefore living in the country of your native tongue can be advantageous for the translator.

Another consideration is that many government offices will only use translators that are nationals of the countries they govern, and here I mean not only defence related offices, but also social services departments, etc where the translator is required to hold and work with confidential documents.

In short, every kind of service is necessary to some extent somewhere.


ihd (X)
Local time: 04:49
Thank you Sep 13, 2010

Thank you for your reply! It was very interesting and informative.


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