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W. A. Lise

Kirameki's founder comes from a background in engineering and he himself has intensive experience in providing translation and interpreting for a wide spectrum of industrial and legal practice clients.

After his first encounter with Japan, he returned to the US, obtained a degree in electrical engineering, and joined what was then Western Electric, working in that company's millimeter waveguide and fiber optics laboratories. He subsequently joined a major manufacturer of electronic test and measuring instruments, and came to Japan to found its Japan branch and serve as its branch manager.

Shortly thereafter, he pivoted to translation as a full-time activity, and was a founding member and subsequent multi-term president of Japanese Association of Translators. He established the forerunner of Kirameki Translations, Inc., which has continued to provide Japanese intellectual property translation, industrial translation, and interpreting.

Lise is himself not only an accomplished Japanese patent translator, but also one of the few native English-speaking interpreters in Japan with both an engineering background and extensive litigation interpreting experience.

Exemplary Publications and Presentations

Chapter 5 of Morita, Y. ed. Japanese Patent Translation Handbook. Alexandria: American Translators Association, 1997. This work is currently out-of-print, but Kirameki Translations might make an enhanced version of the content sometime in the future. Chapter 5 Table of Contents


"Getting from Tier Two to Tier One in Japanese-English Translation" Thirtieth International Japanese/English Translation Conference (IJET-30) held in Cairns, Queensland, June 29-30, 2019. Japan Association of Translators.

"Japanese Deposition Interpreting" Interpret JAPAN 2013, held in Tokyo, November 23, 2013. Japan Association of Translators.

"J-E Patent Translation" Conference Proceedings, Nineteenth International Japanese/English Translation Conference (IJET-19) held in Okinawa, Japan, April 12-13, 2008. Japan Association of Translators.

"Japanese/English Deposition Interpreting" 19th International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-16), held in Chicago, June 4-5, 2005. Japan Association of Translators.

Translation Career Presentations at the behest of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) for participants in their JET Programme considering a career in translation.

Comments in a panel discussion (How Can a Translator Earn More Money) Proceedings of the Ninth International Japanese/English Translation Conference (IJET-9), held in Yokohama, Japan, May 23-24, 1998. Japan Association of Translators.

"Japanese-English Patent Translation for Filing in the US" Proceedings of the Ninth International Japanese/English Translation Conference (IJET-9), held in Yokohama, Japan, May 23-24, 1998. Japan Association of Translators.

"Symbols, Abbreviations and Layout Issues Facing the J-E Translator" Eighth International Conference on Japanese/English Translation and Interpreting (IJET-8) held in Sheffield, UK, June 19-21, 1997. Japan Association of Translators.

"Japanese-English Translation of Patent Documents for Filing in the US" Seventh International Japanese/English Translation Conference Proceedings (IJET-7) held in Yokohama, Japan, May 18-19, 1996. Japan Association of Translators.

"An Introduction to Japanese-English Deposition Interpreting" 6th International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-6) held in Vancouver, Canada May 26, 1995. Japan Association of Translators.

"An Investigation of Terminology and Syntax in Japanese and US Patents and the Implications for the Patent Translator" Proceedings of the Fifth International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-5) held in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, May 28-29, 1994. Japan Association of Translators.

"Industrial Manual J-E Translation Workshop" Proceedings of the Third International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET-3) held in Fuji-Yoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture Japan, May 21-24, 1992. Japan Association of Translators.

Numerous other translation articles since 1985 in the JAT Bulletin, the former official organ of the Japan Association of Translators.