Technical Translator - Japanese

Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan
Software and Services


Weekly Hours: 37.5
Role Number:200187129
At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The people here at Apple don’t just create products — they create the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Are you looking for a great opportunity to work on a dynamic team passionate about delivering world-class localized software on some of the world’s most creative consumer electronic products? Do you love the challenge of solving complex problems that can have a direct impact on the success of the company? Join the team responsible for the localization of Apple software and Siri! We are looking for experienced technical translators to localize software and related content into Japanese. Our localization team is looking for highly motivated individuals with the right mix of technical, creative, interpersonal and communication skills to provide technical translations and adaptations for our software. Fluency and translation experience in Japanese are essential. The environment is fast paced, requiring the ability to handle workload with ambitious delivery schedules. In addition to project work, other responsibilities include contributing to improving the tools to make software localization workflows more efficient; helping to investigate the root causes of international issues that are found in localized software; promoting best practices for localization friendly content; defining and driving improvements in our localized content. Superb communication and collaboration skills, attention to detail, and validated ability to manage priorities are important. This position is highly suited to technical translators with previous localization experience. It provides the chance to work within an exciting, supportive team, interact with other localization teams at Apple, as well as engineering and QA teams, and gain valuable insights into the development process at Apple. We invite you to join us on this journey and help us leave the world better than we found it!

Key Qualifications

  • Degree in Applied Linguistics, Translation and/or equivalent experience.
  • Native or accredited fluency in Japanese. Fluent in English.
  • Experience with CAT tools.
  • Experience in translation of UI for high-end software products.
  • Excellent overall writing skills.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Large vocabulary, literacy, and cross-cultural knowledge.
  • Current and direct exposure to your native language's culture over a sustained period of time.
  • Knowledgeable in, and sensitive to, multilingual and multicultural issues.
  • Experience in managing language specific style guides and glossaries.
  • Experience with localization and internationalization.
  • Experience localizing Apple product content.
  • Excellent knowledge of structural aspects of the language (syntax, semantics, phonology, phonetics).
  • Experience in natural language processing and computational linguistics.
  • Experience with a programming language.
  • Localization project management experience.
  • QA experience.


Translation of Apple products into Japanese. Utilizing internal tools to identify changes with localization impact. Bug monitoring, escalation, reporting and resolution. Working with multi-functional groups to ensure the process runs smoothly and on schedule. Ensuring terminology consistency across all Apple products and services for the Japanese market. Assisting with quick-turnaround translations. Identifying tools and process improvements. Using unreleased software to check localization. Maintaining style guides and language glossaries.

Education & Experience

Degree in Applied Linguistics, Translation and/or equivalent experience.

Additional Requirements

  • Apple is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity.