“Learn the Basics of Interpreting” Work Style Reform

On November 19, Our Foreign Neighbors We Care will invite a specialist lecturer, Mr. Naoto Okamura from Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin, whose past seminars were highly appreciated, to conduct the 4th workshop on the basics of interpreting. This workshop will focus on “Work Style Reform”, a hot social and economic topic. The lecturer will give participants opportunities to learn practical skills through interpreting from English into Japanese and vice-versa with an emphasis on active listening. These training sessions are useful for effective interpreting and strengthening the skills according to each participant’s needs.

Not a day passes on TV or radio without us hearing about “Work Style Reform”, one of the most important policies, proclaimed by the Japanese Government. It is commonly believed that in Japan the birthrate is declining and that the population is rapidly aging. Thus, due to labor shortages, it is projected that the social security systems, such as pension and medical care, etc. will become increasingly difficult to maintain in future.

Mr. Okamura will highlight the problems of Japanese workers and what concrete countermeasures the Japanese Government will should concretely. Based on this theme, participants will practice active listening and interpreting skills during the workshop.

Lecturer: Naoto Okamura

Mr. Okamura graduated from a Waseda University graduate school with an M.A. in International Relations., and a B.A. in Intercultural Communication from Dokkyo University. He completed the Conference Interpreting Course at Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin in 1999. His work has covered translation, interpreting, interviewing, writing and editing English language articles at the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and the Nikkei Asian Review. He is now as a freelance translator and English-language writer and also teaches interpretation, translation and English writing.

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 19, 2019. 18:30-20:30

Venue: Tokyo Voluntary Action Center, Meeting Room

Access: Adjacent to Iidabashi on JR Sobu Line or Tozai Subway Line. 10th floor, Central Plaza.

Fee: 3,000 yen (1,500 yen if you are a registered member of Our Foreign Neighbors We Care or a student.)

How to apply: If you wish to participate in this workshop, please send an email to apply@wecare-ofn.org by noon on November 17th. Please submit your full name and contact email. (If you wish to apply for the student discount, please indicate so in your application.)

You are kindly requested to send us an email by noon on the actual day if you find you have to cancel. Please also notify us by email if you expect to arrive late.