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Source text - English Siemens to Dissolve L&A and Spin Off Division
Siemens has announced that the Logistics and Assembly Systems Group (L&A) will be dissolved as of October 1, 2005.
The Distribution and Industry Division (DI) – which had slipped into the red – and its associated products and customer service will be spun off into a separate company – Dematic GmbH. The new unit, with around 5,000 employees, will be launched on January 1, 2006.
The successful Postal Automation and Airport Logistics Divisions will be allocated to the Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S). The Electronic Assembly Systems Division, which is also successful and produces pick & place machines for the electronics industry, will become part of the Automation and Drives Group (A&D).
Translation - Japanese シーメンスがロジスティクス＆アセンブリシステムズ部門を解体
赤字を出したDI (流通・産業)部門は、関連する製品／顧客サービスとともに独立させ、デマティック(Dematic GmbH)という別会社にする。来年1月１日に設立される新会社は、約5000名の社員を抱える予定。業績を順調に伸ばしている郵便オートメーション・空港物流部門は、I&S (Industrial Solutions and Services )グループに所属させる。エレクトロニクス業界むけにピック／プレース･マシンを生産しているエレクトロニクス・アセンブリシステム部門も同じく業績順調だが、こちらはA&D (Automation and Drives )グループに所属させる。
English to Japanese: Newflash text (textbook for English teacher in Japan)
Source text - English Chapter 2
Ten Percent of Japan’s Population Foreign-born
At the annual Seven-Five-Three Festival celebrated yesterday throughout Japan, thousands of children in colorful kimonos gathered at local shrines. And this year an important milestone was reached. In a survey at Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo, for the first time, over half of the children were found to be non-Japanese. This result highlights a recent announcement from Japan’s Immigration Bureau that 10 percent of Japan’s population is now foreign-born. This huge increase in the number of foreigners in Japan is having a dramatic impact on society here. Now some neighborhoods in Tokyo and Osaka are “ethnic ghettos” where shop names and signboards are written in a variety of languages, such as Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Hindi. Some Japanese complain that when they enter shops in these areas, they find the salespeople do not speak Japanese.
Among OECD (highly developed) countries, Japan is exceptional in having so few immigrants. For example, in the United States, in 2006, 11 percent of the population was foreign-born. More than a million new immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year, one-quarter of whom are illegal. In Canada, there is an even greater percentage of immigrants, with 17 percent of the population being foreign-born. In contrast, just 1.5 percent of Japan’s population is “foreign,” and most of the people making up this statistic are ethnic Koreans and Chinese who were born in Japan. This difference between Japan and North America reflects the countries’ differing immigration policies. Naturally, each country’s policy has been shaped by its own history, culture, and geography.
Japan has a policy of allowing those with Japanese blood to immigrate much more easily than those who do not. This means that if you were born outside of Japan but have a Japanese parent, grandparent, or even great-grandparent, you can immigrate to Japan without going through lengthy bureaucratic procedures. This policy is sometimes called the law of blood. On the other hand, if you have no Japanese blood, it is much more difficult to immigrate to Japan. In the United States and many other Western countries, immigration rules are much more open. For example, in Canada, over 300,000 new immigrants (about 1 percent of the population) arrive each year. While some of these people are family members of Canadian citizens, most of them are skilled workers. One city in Canada, Toronto, has more foreign-born residents than all of Japan.
Canada’s system allows young people with a high level of education and certain skills to immigrate. Canada also allows people to immigrate if they have the means to invest in or start a new business. In this way, Canada benefits from their talent and wealth. Many Western countries, such as the United States and Australia, have similar immigration systems. Because Japan does not have such a system, it fails to attract talented and affluent foreigners who could benefit the Japanese economy.
In 2006, Japan’s population began to decline. If the trend of few babies (1.25 per woman) and low immigration continues, Japan’s population will fall from 127 million to 100 million by the year 2050, and to 67 million by 2100. One prediction holds that by the year 3000, there will be only 27 people left in all of Japan. It is estimated that in order to maintain a stable population, Japan will soon need to admit 600,000 immigrants each year. In the meantime, Asian countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, and India have populations which are growing fast. Japanese leaders need to decide quickly whether they want to participate in the global competition for young talent and wealth. If they do ease immigration restrictions, we may eventually see a situation like the one described in the newsflash above.
Despite the current immigration policy, Japan’s foreign population is growing, as shown in the chart below. Recent trends shows that the next big ethnic boom could come from the Philippines when the new law allowing foreign nurses goes into effect.
Translation - Japanese 第２章
English to Japanese (Japan Translation Federation Incorporated)
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint
Fluent in Japanese, Experienced in technical translation for telecommunication (cable, modem systems), semiconductor and other computer components, music in English/Japanese, Japanese/English for 7 years.