There will be lots to enjoy at LocWorld36 Tokyo, taking place at the Hilton Tokyo Bay from April 3rd to the 5th. Lots of insightful and informative presentations and workshops. Lots of chances to meet old friends, make new friends, and be successful. But here we’d like to introduce you to a few things that might not have been on your radar.
You’ve killed it in your home market and sales are growing abroad. But it’s a little crazy out there—you want to drive growth in a controlled, systematic way.
Japanese website design is cluttered because that’s what the Japanese market calls for. It’s driven by the need to have information readily available up front; a need that’s hard-wired into the consumer culture of Japan. Or at least, that’s the argument I made in a previous article. Now, please join me as I attempt to sniff out some more insights[…]
A great product can take your brand global. But a great product doesn’t become a great global product without a lot of hard work. That’s why localization is critical for any company that believes there should be no such thing as a ‘foreign market’.
Dàjiā hǎo! (大家好; Hi everyone!) Microsoft’s AI language app “Microsoft Learn Chinese” helps you to, well, learn Chinese. Which is not to say it will interpret for you, translate for you, or communicate for you. What it does is listen to your attempts at speaking Chinese, use Artificial Intelligence to figure out what you’re trying to say, and point[…]
Anybody who visits Japanese websites will be struck by their loud banners, dense text, multiple columns, lots of tiny images, and an overall busy, crowded look. There are many articles explaining the reasons for this phenomenon, and I agree with them…but I also believe there is something deeper that continues to keep Japanese web design this way[…]
Being a (successful) Japanese person requires certain soft skills. The Japanese language, and Japanese society, are highly contextual, so you need to be sensitive to what’s being said as well as what’s not being said. It’s not uncommon for Japanese folks to go that extra mile without being asked to. Unfortunately, positive characteristics like[…]
Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Adaptive MT, Forward-Thinking, Advanced Leveraging, Zero Shot Translation…all these new technologies made me wonder what our translators are thinking. They are the ones who should be most concerned about tools that can impact their daily work. Are they using MT? If so, where and when? How is their productivity[…]
After reigning atop the World Competitiveness Rankings for half a decade between 1988 and 1992, Japan’s global ranking slipped—way down to 26th for 2017. It’s still the third largest economy in the world, but its economic engine seems to be stuck in idle. End of story? Hold on, let’s take a look at what Japan Inc. is doing to get un-stuck.
You’re doing business with Japan. You found a great partner there, the contracts are all signed, everything’s legit, and you're ready for success. But to avoid any unnecessary snags along the way, take that extra step to make sure all parties involved are speaking the same language, even if they're not.