RIKEN is Japan’s largest and most comprehensive research organization for basic and applied science. RIKEN scientists are on the leading edge in a variety of scientific fields. For example, in 2015 a research group led by RIKEN was recognized as the discoverers of nihonium, a new element on the periodic table, and in 2014 RIKEN scientists began the first human study using pluripotent iPS cells. In 2016, a new center was established within RIKEN focusing on artificial intelligence research. Working as a translator in RIKEN means providing support to outstanding researchers from around the world who come here to do leading-edge research that is contributing to a better world. Come and join our team!
Q1. What do you do at RIKEN?
My main work is translating administrative documents into English for non-Japanese researchers at RIKEN. We receive a variety of translation jobs from different administrative sections. In addition to translation work, I am also involved in creating a monthly English staff newsletter.
Q2. Why did you choose RIKEN?
Being bilingual and bicultural, I have always wanted to work at a place where I could support people from overseas. I had heard of RIKEN before and I was impressed with the research they produced and wanted to be part of an organization working to benefit society.
Q3. What is the best part about your work?
I feel that I am doing a useful job, as I help Japanese staff work with non-Japanese and help the non-Japanese researchers settle into Japan and RIKEN. It is also nice that we are an internal team, so we don’t have to worry about negotiating prices.
Q4. Tell me about your work environment?
Our section has a very friendly atmosphere where it is easy to settle into. Staff can communicate in both English and Japanese and our meetings are conducted in English. Working in a team, you always have other translators you can consult with.
Q5. What is attractive about working at RIKEN?
With almost 700 foreign researchers, RIKEN has a very international atmosphere. There are various support systems and the many recreational events create a warm and supportive environment. In addition, there are lots of interesting scientists doing fascinating work, so there is always something fun to learn about.
Q6. Can you give a message to the readers?
RIKEN is a great place to work is you enjoy working with a team of other translators and want to be part of an organization that is doing fascinating research working for the future of our society.