Japanese Jobs 205

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JJ205 is a standalone course that will give you the confidence to provide value in your career, regardless of your Japanese language level. You’ll learn about different examples where “informal” interpreters and translators serve as necessary communicators between Japanese and English speakers, and will get equipped with ways to promote yourself in the job search or in your current role.

Note: the focus is on Japanese jobs in the US, but this can be applied to Japanese jobs in most other countries.


  • Fluency & the JLPT: dig deeper into these two somewhat sensitive topics
  • Professional vs. “informal” interpreting/translating: understand the differences and how you CAN support
  • Informal interpreting: support communication verbally
  • Informal translating: support communication in a written manner
  • Putting it all together: inc. localization, working with professionals, and AI tools
  • Utilization: take action!

Is It For You?

  • Japanese language level: zero and up
  • Japanese business knowledge: zero and up
  • Career level: 
    • high school/college student: if you want to understand how studying a language can be great for your career
    • entry-level: if you want to gain confidence in using the level of Japanese you already have at your first job
    • JET/MEXT returnee: apply your current level of nihongo and learn how valuable it can be – especially if you are willing to learn on the job
    • mid-career: if you want to brush up on the language skills learned in college or at a Japan program in a current or new career

Note to employers: This course is good for any new hire or current employee who has taken Japanese language classes in the past, and just needs the opportunity (from you!) to learn your industry-specific terminology and company’s ways. Give these kakehashi a chance 😉

How Long Is The Course?

Total instruction time: approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes of short videos.

You will receive supplemental information and optional exercises, as well.

The Instructor

Photo of Kasia from Ikigai Connections

Hi, I’m Kasia!

I am a trilingual American who spent 8 years in Japan, including high school, college, graduate school and my professional career. I earned my Bachelor’s from Boston University and Master’s from Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University. 

My career utilizing Japanese language and cultural skills began in 2003 with concert promotion, and later moved to interpreting/ translating, electronics and automotive. I was able to do this while living in Japan, Poland, Italy and the US. Learn more here.

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