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Localizing Japanese Video Games (Mel Ok of Ace Honyaku) | Japan Station 95

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On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Japanese to English translator/localizer Mel Ok tells about localizing Japanese video games and how he got into the translation/localization industry.

About Mel Ok

Mel Ok is a translator/localizer of Japanese video games and heads the translation/localization company Ace Honyaku.

Topics Discussed

  • The Japanese population in Hawaii
  • Studying Japanese linguistics
  • About doing play testing for video games
  • Doing the Japanese QA for Halo 2
  • On getting to Japan and trying to get into the JET Program
  • On transitioning into the translation & localization industry
  • On starting a translation company in Japan
  • On how the translation & localization process for video games works
  • On dealing with ambiguities in texts
  • On dealing with new IP
  • On translating The World Is Your Weapon
  • On how long it can take to translate a game
  • The difficulty of finding good translators
  • On translation tests
  • Advice for aspiring translators/localizers
  • About Tottori
  • And much more!

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Full Show Notes

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