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W. A. Lise Profile

Our founder comes from a background in engineering and has broad and intensive experience in providing patent translations for a wide spectrum of clients. Born in the US, Lise first came to Japan in 1967 as a language specialist for the US Navy. After returning to the US and obtaining a degree in electrical engineering, he joined what was then Western Electric, and worked in millimeter microwave and fiber optics laboratories. He subsequently joined a major manufacturer of electronic test and measuring instruments, founded its Japan branch, and served as its first branch manager, starting in 1976. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to translation as a full-time activity, establishing the forerunner of Kirameki Translations, Inc., and has since been deeply involved in Japanese patent and other technical translation.

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

Founding member and past multiple-term president of Japanese Association of Translators.

Lise was accredited as a Japanese-to-English translator when he was a member of the American Translators Association.


More than 35 years of experience translating Japanese patents, for a wide variety of clients, this work including:

Litigation and Other Legal-Matter Interpreting