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Born to Japanese parents in Vienna, I developed a strong interest in languages and cultures at an early age. As a pupil, I spent many afternoons teaching myself new languages, pursuing a great sense of fulfillment I gained from being able to communicate with Italian icecream vendors and Parisian taxi drivers in their own language.
After graduating from high school in the USA and Austria, I obtained a first academic degree in Modern Japanese History and French at Freie Universität Berlin. A few years later and well into my professional career, I discovered a that I had a passion for translation. So I enrolled in a Masters in Translation Studies programme at the University of Portsmouth (UK) and completed it four years later whilst working full-time. At the same time, I obtained the professional Diploma in Translation of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK). I am currently a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (MCIL) and the German Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer (BDÜ).
As for my professional experience, I started out a trainee journalist at the Berlin bureau of the Japanese Kyodo New agency. This was followed by a ten-year stint as a country analyst with the Austrian Red Cross in Vienna, during which time I researched and translated texts relating to a large varietly of legal, political and medical issues in the migration field. Finally, in April 2018, after a few years of preparation, I decided to take the leap and become a freelance translator working from English, French and Japanese into German.
Types of texts I have translated so far include:
letter of attorney
description of facts of a case
Japanese family register
minutes of shareholders' meetings
notice to fund investors
human rights report
penal code provisions
legislation on marriage, divorce, child
adoption and inheritance