Chris Ward M.A., AITI, (Director) –
Japanese, French to English Translator

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Chris comes from a French and English bilingual background. He studied many of the major European languages in his teens, but decided to challenge himself at university by studying Japanese at Sheffield University. It was living in Japan, studying at Yamaguchi University, and the experience gained from working at a number of Japanese companies in London, which gave him a real understanding of the language and its application in the business world. His Masters in specialised translation at Roehampton gave him a deeper insight into the translation industry and has stood him in good stead since setting out on this career path.

Chris has translated texts in the fields of medicine, transport and tourism as well as finance. He also has experience in subtitling documentaries and animated series in both Japanese and French. 

He holds the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and is an Associate of the ITI. 

In his spare time Chris is a keen martial artist, snowboarder, calligrapher and trekker.


Chris Norman - Japanese to English Translator
B.A. Hons. Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield, U.K.

Chris graduated from Sheffield University with a BA in Japanese Studies in 2005. The following year, he began working as a Japanese to English translator after passing the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. He later underwent further professional training in conference interpreting at Inter School in Fukuoka and in audiovisual translation and subtitling at the Japan Visualmedia Translation Academy in Tokyo.

As well as translation and interpreting, Chris's work experience also includes seven years working as a copy editor at a medical writing company in Fukuoka. The knowledge and experience he gained there allows him to also translate specialist medical texts such as academic papers and clinical trial documentation in fields, including oncology and psychotherapy.

Chris is based in Fukuoka, Japan, where he has lived for over ten years.