Software Translation Terminology

These terms are used when discussing the creation of international software applications and Websites.

IT Resources

This section contains Information Technology resources. All items are provided under a GNU licence – which means that you are free to use them for both personal and commercial purposes, and you are also free to alter them in any way you like.

Business Setup

Foreign companies usually enter the Japanese market using one of the following 3 corporate structures:

  • Representative Office
  • Branch Office
  • Corporation (Kabushiki Kaisha or K.K.)

Apple Store Japan

I thought I was an obsesive Apple fan – until I saw this video of the openning day que for their new shop in Tokyo. There are hundreds (thousands?) of people lined up around Ginza, waiting in the rain for the shop to open

The Influence of Web Translation

Translating between English and Japanese, there are many words which aren’t in any dictionary, especially if we are translating something about brands, social trends or new technology. When this happens, translators often use Google, and other search engines, to look up how others have translated the word.

After you’ve done this a few times, you realise that any translation you do for the Web will have an effect on what becomes a standard translation. If you create your own translation for a new word, others will pick up on it and start using it – if you use somebody else’s translation you are reinforcing it, giving it a better chance of becoming the standard.

This process has been going on for centuries with printed translations, but the Internet has accelerated it to an incredible degree. How will this affect translation and language?


Cortext Japan Guide has now been noticed by search engines, and what a difference it makes!

Form Elements

Many form pages use the same elements – such as TitleGenderCountry. By re-using these elements from form to form, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort – and by using the elements available on this page, you can save yourself a lot of translation work.

The Naughties

After the swinginging Sixties came the Seventies, the Seventies gave way to the eighties, then came the nineties, now the nineties have been replaced by the….?

Once this decade is over and we are all looking back on it nostalgically, what are we going to call it? How will those pair of naughts be refered to?

I’m sticking with my friend Matt’s idea, ladies and gentelmen, may I introduce you to:

The Naughties

Which I hope will catch on, it’ll certainly spice up a few biographies I’m sure!

Cortext Japan Guide

Lately I’ve been working hard on a new section of this Website, the Cortext Japan Guide….

It’s a general guide to Japan, including lots of Japan related info, extensive links, and live news from around the Web. The unusual thing about this Guide though, is that it is designed so that users can leave comments and questions on each page – and even better – users can also easily add their own pages or edit existing content…it’s a new concept called “Collaborative Books”.

This means that readers will shape the development of the Guide through their questions, and by adding their own knowledge and experience. Take a look, let me know what you think….


Japanese Business Websites

Access to Japan

Provides company information for some industries and details of procurement policies and promotion of foreign trade.




Telephone: 110

Call 110 to report a robberycrime or traffic accident. You can also go to a local police box (koban), or police station if there is one nearby.


Hours Of Business In Japan


09.00 – 15.00

Monday to Friday.

Weights & Measures In Japan

Japan uses the metric system. All product containers and bottles, for wholesale and retail, must indicate on the label the weight or volume of the contents in metric weights or measures only. The authorities do not approve of dual marking, e.g. grammes and ounces.

Japanese Currency

The Yen is the currency of Japan.


Main Cities In Japan


The capital of Japan and it’s largest city, Tokyo is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Previously known as Edo, the city was renamed to Tokyo, meaning “Eastern Capital”, when it replaced Kyoto as Japan’s capital in 1868.

Japan’s Geography

Location of Japan

Japan is situated on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean and east of the Eurasian continent. It’s nearest neighbours are Korea, China and Russia.

Japanese Religion

Spiritual life in Japan has been historically dominated by the Shinto and Buddhist religions. The two religions have coexisted and influenced one another since Buddhism was introduced in the 6th century, with many Shinto beliefs being incorporated into Japanese Buddhist practices.

Japanese Language


Japanese is quite easy for Westerners to pronounce as most of the sounds it uses are also found in European languages, and unlike other Asian languages, changes in tone do not change the meaning of words.

Japanese Food

Food is one of the highlights of any visit to Japan. Japanese cuisine is both extremely healthy and tasty, and offers a large variety of dishes and regional specialities.

Eating Places Japan

Most Japanese restaurants specialise in one type of cuisine, although some types such as izakaya, famiresu and provide a wider range of dishes.