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I specialize in technical trans­lations, but will consider texts in any field. Although I normally only translate from Japan­ese into English, small jobs like busi­ness cards are no problem.


I can produce print-ready PDF layouts of any kind, including rest­aurant menus and martial arts cert­ificates. (Note: I have stopped using Adobe software, but can still handle most jobs.)

Business Cards

I can translate business cards into Japanese. For best results, send me your existing layout as a PDF file and I will translate your details in situ.


So far this section only contains my dictionary of English names in Japanese. I hope to have more dictionaries available here soon.


This is where I post examples of the work I've been doing, and information that you might find useful if you’re a translator or interested in translation.


I can be contacted through this website, or by various other means. This page has all the details.

About me

Philip Ronan

I’ve been working as a freelance Japanese–English translator since 1996. Previously I obtained a degree in engineering from Cambridge University (1986–89), and I passed the Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験) in 1994 after spending a few years living and working in Japan.

Web design

In addition to the translation work, I’m also an award-winning web designer with a growing number of websites in my portfolio. If you need someone to design a website, then feel free to get in touch.


Header image: Maple leaves and bamboo stems in autumn at Tenryū-ji garden (天龍寺庭園) in Kyoto. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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