Japanese Financial Translation

Our Japanese financial translators all have extensive experience, the relevant qualifications and their own individual track records providing the highest quality Japanese financial translation service available.

As an agency, we are very well setup for financial translations:

  • we have a large client base of international financial services companies
  • we hold relevant quality certifications
  • we are a member of key industry bodies including the ATA and ITI
  • we have a large number of professional, qualified Japanese financial translators available immediately and already under binding non-disclosure agreements.

Accounting standards vary from country to country. It is very important that key terms are translated appropriately and not mere transcribed. Therefore it is critical that the work is translated by native Japanese people with the appropriate knowledge and experience.

We are able to translate annual reports and all kinds of financial statements, prospectuses and other materials from Japanese. Call us to find out more.

We have specialist teams of Japanese linguists in various fields and competences. They are experts in their industry, with relevant knowledge and experience, and we assign them to work according to their skills sets.

Although many of our Japanese linguists are located in Japan we also have a large number of mother tongue Japanese translators and interpreters dispersed all around the world. Our global Project Management presence and dispersed teams of Japanese translators means that we can offer you real advantages where you have tight turnaround requirements.

The language of Japan is an East Asian one that is spoken by somewhere around 125 million speakers, mainly in Japan, where it is the official national language. It is a part of and a member of the Japonic language family, which is linked to other language groups such as Korean and some think the Altaic language family although that is hotly debated.

Not much is known about the language’s early history, or even when it first appeared in Japan. Chinese documents from the third century did manage to record a few Japanese words, but nothing sizable appeared until the eighth century. During the Heian time-period from 794 to1185, Chinese had a noteworthy influence on the phonology and vocabulary of Old Japanese. The Late Middle Japanese that was used between 1185 and 1600 saw variations in some of its features when it began to edge closer to the type of language it is now, as well the arrival of European loanwords. The standard part of the dialect moved to the Edo region from the Kansai region in the Early Modern Japanese period in the early 17th century until the mid-19th century. At the end of Japan’s self-imposed isolation in 1853, loanwords from various European languages that came into Japanese increased markedly. English loanwords particularly became recurrent, and the amounts of Japanese words that have English roots have increased.

Japanese is commonly known as a mora-timed, agglutinative language with comparatively simple phonotactics, phonemic vowel and consonant length, a pure vowel system, and lexically, a noteworthy pitch-accent. Word order in the language is typically subject–object–verb with particles that mark the grammatical occupation of the words, and sentence construction is laid out in a topic–comment format. Sentence-final particles get used in an attempt to add emphatic or expressive impact, or to make questions. In the Japanese language nouns have no grammatical gender or number, and there are no articles. Verbs are conjugated (modified from its basic form), primarily for voice and tense, but not for person. The counterparts of adjectives are also conjugated. The language has a multifaceted system of honorifics with vocabulary and verb forms to designate the status of the speaker, the listener, and people mentioned.

The language has no type of ancestral relationship with Chinese, but it makes common use of its characters, or kanji in writing, and a large part of its terminology is copied from Chinese. Along with kanji, Japanese uses two types of syllabic, or moraic, scripts, katakana and hiragana. Latin script is used up until a point, in imported acronyms being one example, and in numeracy it is mostly Arabic numerals, alongside traditional Chinese ones. Japanese was not widely studied by non-Japanese until the Japanese economic bubble that started in the 1980s.

In the past, ordinary Japanese in writing, called: literary language, wasn’t the same as colloquial language. The two have divergent rules of grammar and some incongruity in vocabulary. Bungo was the main way of writing until around 1900; since then kōgo slowly stretched its influence and the two types were utilised in writing up until the 1940s. Bungo still holds some importance for literary scholars, historians, and lawyers (thanks to numerous laws that survived World War II that are still written in bungo, even though there are permanent efforts to make their language modern). Kōgo is the foremost method of both writing and talking Japanese in the present day, although bungo vocabulary and grammar are infrequently used for effect.

Universities across the globe do Japanese language courses, and secondary and many primary schools across the world offer courses as well. This is remarkable considering that before the Second World War, only 65 Americans that were not of Japanese descent were able to accomplish reading, writing as well as understanding Japanese.

For native talkers of English, Japanese language has continually been one of the trickiest languages to learn, largely due to its writing system.

Interest worldwide in the language dates back to the 19th century but has become progressively prevalent following economic growth as well as the global admiration of Japanese popular culture such as Pokemon and anime cartoons. Nearly four million people studied in Japanese globally in 2012: more than 1 million Chinese people, up to 872,000 Indonesians and around 840,000 South Koreans studied it in higher and lower educational institutes. Over the last three years China increased by 26.5% and Indonesia increased by 21.8%, but South Korea experienced a drop of 12.8%.

More than 90,000 foreign students went to Japanese language schools and Japanese universities, counting 15,000 South Koreans and 77,000 Chinese in 2003. Local governments and NPO groups deliver free Japanese language classes for people who are foreign residents, including Japanese Brazilians and people who are married to Japanese nationals. In the UK, studying of the language is sustained by the British Association for Japanese Studies.

The government provides tests to measure written and spoken comprehension of the language for second language learners; the most conspicuous is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which has five levels of exams, and they range from advanced to elementary. The JLPT is only offered two times a year. The Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) organizes the Japanese Business Proficiency Test which tests the ability to understand the language in a business setting. The foundation for Kanji Aptitude Testing, which usurped the the BJT from JETRO in 2009, announced in August 2010 that their test would not be continued in 2011 due to finance.


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