Certified Japanese Translation Services:Does certified translation require a certified translator?

Certified Japanese translation, certified Japanese translator – Kind of make sense, doesn’t it?

However, the answer is not as clear cut as it may seem at first glance!

Different countries have different requirements for certified translation; thus, it depends on the country where you’re submitting your application. Let’s look at a few examples.

Japan does not have government sanctioned licensing or accreditations for official Japanese translators. Although some professional bodies offer membership to translators, such as the Japan Association of Translators (JAT), these are not official government sanctioned bodies. And in America, the American Translators Association (ATA) does offer accreditations for translators in some language pairs. However, in both these countries licensing is not a requirement to provide certified Japanese translation services

Then, even in the same country different official and governmental organizations may have different requirements, too. In Australia, for example, the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) states that “accreditation is the only credential officially accepted by employers”. However, many organizations in Australia accept certified translation by Japanese translation companies without NAATI accreditation, as long as the translated documents include a Statement of Certification issued by the translating company.

If this all sounds confusing, then take heart in this Golden Rule:

Understand the requirements at the organization level (in the country) where you’ll be submitting your translated & certified Japanese English documents.

In other words, before you contact a certified Japanese translator, arm yourself with the right information from the source! And, know that there are many excellent and accomplished professional translators capable of ensuring your translated documents are accepted, wherever you may submit them.

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