Dwight Sora

Freelance Japanese Translator & Article Writer

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
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.

Additional responsibilities:
• 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
Chicago, IL
Administrative Assistant

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
Office Manager

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.

Additional responsibilities:
• 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.

Additional responsibilities:
• 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