Blogging, Media, Translation

The new GV Japan Team, Japan Times article

05.13.09 | Permalink | Comment?

Wow, been behind in updating this blog, but quite a bit of news to report. The first thing (old news at this point, but important to mention anyway) is that as of April 1st I am no longer co-Japanese language editor at Global Voices. I’ve been replaced in that role by former Tokyo Art Beat editor (and Author/translator at GV up till now) Tomomi Sasaki, who has been doing a bang-up job with co-editor Scilla Alecci over the past month and a half covering the Japanese blogosphere. (Read more…)

Events, Media

NHK starts 24-hour English-language service

01.29.09 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Haven’t written much here lately, but this news is big: NHK announced on January 28th (at a press conference which I attended) that it will begin a 24-hour global English-language TV service starting on Monday. (Read more…)

Blogging, Media, Translation

Waiwai from the inside out

11.06.08 | Permalink | 1 Comment

A quick follow-up post to mention that Adam Richards from Mutant Frog Travelogue and I together translated an article posted in August at CNET Japan by Toshinao Sasaki about the now infamous WaiWai scandal. (Read more…)

Blogging, Media

The day Japan’s netizens turned news on its head

11.06.08 | Permalink | 2 Comments

Japan Inc. was nice enough to publish an article of mine about the use of net media in Japan in this month’s issue. The main thing I wrote about in the article was the live streaming of the Akihabara knife massacre on June 8th, a topic I’ve written about before for Global Voices and also for (Read more…)

Business, Media

Television industry in Japan faces huge losses

10.18.08 | Permalink | 3 Comments

Since I don’t see anyone writing about this anywhere else, I’m just going to jot down a few notes from this article in Japanese at about Japan’s TV industry, which is apparently facing massive losses. (Read more…)

Blogging, Events, Translation

iSummit 2008: Day 2

09.14.08 | Permalink | Comment?

This post comes much much too late, so I think rather than attempt to cover what happened on day 2 of the iSummit I’ll just point to a few places that have more details. To find out about our session, I strongly recommend having a look at the article written by (fellow Canadian) Wojciech Gryc of five minutes to midnight and posted at the Summit blog. (Read more…)


iSummit 2008: Day 1

07.30.08 | Permalink | Comment?

It’s been a long day and I’m exceptionally bad at liveblogging, so I won’t even attempt to cover all the talks and sessions that happened today at iSummit 2008, instead I’ll just give a few thoughts and impressions. (Read more…)

Events, Translation

Article on Translation and Open Content

07.27.08 | Permalink | Comment?

I finally got around to posting an article at that I had meant to publish a long time ago, about an apparent conflict (in my view) between the idea of “open” content (and particularly the “open culture” movement) and the essence of linguistic “difference” which underlies the act of translation. The article is partly intended as an introduction to a session called “Open Content, Open Translation” that I am involved in organizing for the Local Context, Global Commons track at the iSummit conference, which starts in a couple days. (Read more…)

Blogging, Media, Translation

Article in Translation Journal

06.19.08 | Permalink | Comment?

An article of mine about translation in Global Voices and Project Lingua, titled “Translation and Participatory Media: Experiences from Global Voices“, has been published online at Translation Journal. In the article I outline how translation and languages fit into the day-to-day operations of Global Voices, and also try to situate the function of translation in this context in relation to other types of translation. To my knowledge, this is the first academic paper on the crossover area between translation and participatory media, an area that I expect will become more and more important in the future. (Read more…)

Business, Media

Kanaloco: the power of participation

05.16.08 | Permalink | Comment?

I’m reading “Blog Journalism: Media for 3 million people” right now and stumbled on an interesting passage that I thought I would translate. The passage features the book’s three co-authors Yukawa Tsuruaki, Takada Masayuki and Fujishiro Hiroyuki discussing participatory journalism (Chapter 8, p. 129-130). (Read more…)

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