Fast, affordable & scalable professional Japanese translation
Gengo offers on-demand and high-quality Japanese translation services at affordable rates. Thousands of companies—both large and small—trust Gengo to fuel their global growth.
Working with Gengo gives you access to thousands of certified translators who have years of translation and localization experience, as well as our intuitive platform and embedded quality tools. Our expert team can help you manage projects of any size to find a flexible, efficient and economical solution for your translation needs.
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Choose between two different levels of quality and pricing to match your needs. All translators have been pre-tested for each level ensuring high quality translations.
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English to Japanese Translation
The vast differences between the Japanese and English languages can make translating between the two a challenge. Whereas the process of translating between two Indo-European languages usually involves just two steps (semantic analysis and syntactic transformation), breaking down the various nuances and translating between English and Japanese can involve five or more steps; making the whole process far more complex and time-consuming. Only highly skilled and experienced translators can be trusted with the task of ensuring your content is as accurate and impactful as possible.
While traditional English to Japanese translation services calculate their fees by page or per hour, Gengo has a simple and easy to calculate per word pricing system. This way, our customers can be sure of the price they will pay before any work has even begun. Professional translation pricing made simple.
Japanese translation tips
Know your audience
It’s extremely important to define your target audience in Japan. Unlike English, the Japanese language has many levels of politeness depending on who the audience is in relation to the speaker. Japanese makes extensive use of honorifics, which involve adding suffixes to words in order to show various degrees of respect.
In particular, English business writing tends to be much less formal than Japanese. Therefore, word-for-word translation from English into Japanese may read as rude. Therefore, it’s important to work with native Japanese translators with intimate knowledge and experience with the Japanese language, culture, as well as different levels of formality.
Avoid machine translation
So far, no machine translator does a good job at translating whole sentences into native-sounding Japanese. More often than not, machine translation from English to Japanese or Japanese to English is unnatural or incomprehensible. While machine translation is useful for translating words, phrases or getting the gist of a short text, it’s far from business-ready.
Japanese language facts
Japanese is part of the Japonic language family. Although Japanese has no genetic relationship to Chinese, Chinese characters, or Kanji, make up one of the three alphabets used in written Japanese, along with Katakana and Hiragana. Despite close geographic proximity, the Japanese language shares very little with Korean and makes only limited use of Latin script, which is typically reserved for imported acronyms and the like.
- Japanese is the official and main language spoken by roughly 127 million people in Japan.
- Unlike English, which is closely tied to Romance and Germanic languages, Japanese is not closely related to any other major language.
- The Japanese written language is considered one of the world’s most difficult to learn, with 4 distinct systems of writing: kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji.
- Japanese is the 9th most-spoken language worldwide, but it’s the third-largest language on the Internet, behind English and Spanish.
Japanese regions and sub-dialects
Japanese is spoken almost exclusively in Japan itself, across each of the country’s four main islands: Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa. At different points in history, however, the Japanese language has also been spoken across Taiwan and Korea, as well as in certain parts of China and the Philippines.
Within Japanese there are many different sub-dialects which are largely mutually intelligible. The two most distinct of these are the Tokyo-type dialect and the Kyoto-Osaka-type dialect, which differ in terms of cadence, intonation and vocabulary. Although many Japanese speakers consider Ryukyuan, the native language of the Okinawan archipelago, to be a dialect of Japanese, most linguists consider it to constitute a language unto itself.
Japanese is also spoken in emigrant communities worldwide. The largest Japanese emigrant communities exist in Brazil, the United States (especially in Hawaii, where around 12 percent of the population are Japanese speakers), the Philippines, China and Canada.
Japanese translation services
Gengo is the leading provider in professional English to Japanese translation. With thousands of professional English to Japanese translators worldwide, no other translation company can provide fast and high quality Japanese translation at a more competitive rate.
Gengo is dedicated to producing accurate translations that suit the style and intent of your original text. Each and every one of our translators are qualified native speakers with deep experience translating to and from Japanese.
Choose between two different levels of quality to match your needs. Enjoy simple, per-word pricing with no contracts, no upfront fees, and no negotiation. Learn more about our pricing.
Reach the world’s 125 million Japanese speakers in just hours with Gengo. With millions of words translated to and from Japanese just last month, Japanese is one of our most popular languages.
Gengo has extensive experience translating from English to Japanese in a wide range of document and content types, including:
- Japanese website localization
- Japanese mobile app localization
- Japanese game localization
- Japanese product description translation
- Customer support translation
- Translate marketing copy, ads and social media
- Translate news articles and entertainment
- Translate travel listings and guides
- Japanese document translation
- Translate emails, letters and more
Gengo’s Japanese translators are experts in their field with years of professional translation experience under their belts. This is why Gengo is trusted by global companies like YouTube, Airbnb and Sony to translate content at high quality and lightning speed. Our innovative translation platform and global network of translators means that no matter the size or complexity of your Japanese translation project, we are able to deliver on time, every time, with quality assured.
If you are looking to translate your English content not only to Japanese, here are some more available languages:
- Chinese translator, see Chinese translation
- Spanish translator, see Spanish translation
- German translator, see German translation
- Portuguese translator, see Portuguese translation
- Dutch translator, see Dutch translation
- Italian translator, see Italian translation
- French translator, see French translation
- Arabic translator, see Arabic translation