Summary: Over 15 years experience as Japanese-English document translator for major Japanese corporations, law firms, and translation agencies
Experience: Freelance Agent 2002-present
Translation of legal documents (including birth certificates, confidentiality agreements, marriage licenses, nondisclosure agreements, service agreements), patent documents (fields including automation technology, chemical manufacturing, construction, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications), scientific research papers (fields including anesthesiology, biomedical research, pharmaceuticals), and business literature (including brochures, corporate policy and procedures, pamphlets). Provision of document review and translation for major Chicago law firms in patent litigation cases (including firms such as Kirkland & Ellis and Jenner & Block).
Yaskawa Electric America (YEA) 1997-2002
Buffalo Grove, IL
Technical Translator/Bi-Lingual Engineering Administrator
Hired to provide language support and improve operation of Engineering Department. Contributed to successful year 2000 new product launch by creating all English-language versions of Japanese technical documentation and facilitating communication between Japanese and American project teams.
• Document translation and interpretation for Quality Control/Quality Assurance Department
• Member of team responsible for effective company-wide SAP implementation in 2000
• Co-developed and managed new materials management database and its upgrades
• Oversaw creation of database training materials, and lead company-wide training sessions
• Internal ISO 9000 auditor
Andersen Consulting LLP - Contract Services Group 1996-1997
Supported staff of 9+ attorneys and paralegals with research and preliminary preparation for contracts with international scope. Managed contract tracking database and communicated with clients and consultants in the field.
Matsushita Electric Corporation / Panasonic 1995-1996
Franklin Park, IL
Provided administrative support for 10+ Japanese managers. Assisted accounting department in preparation of monthly reports, translated Japanese business and technical correspondence and facilitated communication between Japanese and American personnel.
• Participated in parts warehouse quality control audit
• U.S. orientation of newly-arrived Japanese personnel
Education: B.A.(East Asian Languages & Civilizations), 1995, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Foreign Study Program, 1994, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Additional Writing I, Columbia College, 2001, Chicago
SAP Navigation Training, 2000, Yaskawa Electric America (provided by Ernst & Young)
ISO Auditor Training, 1999, Yaskawa Electric America
Effective Project Management Course, 1998, Skillpath Seminars Series
Computers: MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; SAP Material Master
Languages: Fluent in Japanese and English
Volunteer Scrap Mettle SOUL 1996-present
Activities: Community Theater Troupe
Actor, volunteer usher, press release writer.
The University of Chicago Aikido Club 1994-present
Japanese Martial Arts Club
Student member (1994-1995), alumni member (1995-present), substitute instructor
Chicago Aikikai/Illinois Aikido Club 1995-2000
Japanese Martial Arts School
Membership Chair (1998-2000), Community Open House coordinator, newsletter contributor, press release writer, substitute instructor
Chicago Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) 1995-1997
Japanese Community Services Organization
Chapter Secretary (1996-1997), Annual Scholarship Luncheon coordinator, representative to the Asian American Coalition.
• Coordinated performance of Japanese performance artist Ogata Issey with Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago.
• Speaker at Annual Scholarship Luncheon.
Personal Freelance journalism, fiction writing, film criticism, Asian martial arts, acting
Awards: 3-Year Service Award, 2000, Yaskawa Electric America
President’s Special Award, 2000, Yaskawa Electric America (for SAP implementation)
Recognition of Support Award, Scrap Mettle SOUL, 2000
References: Available upon request