Nora Stevens Heath

Freelance Japanese-English translator


Education
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Graduated with honors May 1, 1999
  • Earned a BA in Japanese and in linguistics
  • Recipient of Class Honors
  • Member of Golden Key National Honor Society
Japanese skills
  • More than 25 years of language experience
  • Maintained a 4.0 in Japanese at the University of Michigan
  • Exchange student to Japan in July 1994; many further visits in subsequent years
  • Alumna of Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Hikone, Shiga, Japan (Winter 1998)
  • Recommended by linguistics professor to supervise the revision of a doctoral dissertation on Japanese linguistics
  • Has tutored Japanese and English
  • Provided interpreting services for General Motors
  • Certified at the highest level of Japanese language proficiency, December 2001
  • Member of JAT (Japan Association of Translators) since 2002; served on its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009 and as auditor from 2013 to 2017
Computer skills
  • Familiar with Apple, Windows, and Unix operating systems
  • Superlative Internet search skills
  • Performs PC hardware installation and provides support
  • Word processing/DTP: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher; OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice Writer; Corel WordPerfect; Adobe Acrobat
  • Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice Calc
  • Translation memory: Wordfast, Felix
  • Graphic design: Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady
  • Web page design and publishing: Adobe Dreamweaver
Further qualifications
  • Highly motivated; strong work ethic
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Eager to learn; follows directions well
  • Excellent time management skills; respects deadlines
  • Works well independently
Publications and Presentations
  • "How to Hire a Translator" (contributor, with Edward Lipsett), PMA Independent, June 2008
  • "Text-Based Adventure: The Art of Translating Video Games", presented at the Japan Association of Translators' 22nd Annual International Japanese-English Translation (IJET) Conference, April 25, 2010; presented at the Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network's 2011 Regional Conference on Interpreting and Translation, October 1, 2011
  • "Text-Based Adventure: The Art of Translating Video Games", ATA Chronicle, August 2010; Tsūyaku-Honyaku Journal, Autumn 2011
  • Featured in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, September 21, 2011 (Beikoku josei: "Kakō manabi, kioku kizamu" [American woman: "Study the past and etch it into memory"])
  • Interviewed for and featured in Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche (Perigee)
Relevant experience
November 2013 to present: FUNimation
April 2011 to present: Isaona
  • Translation of Japanese manga
February 2010 to present: Sirius, Ltd.
November 2003 to present: Kurodahan Press
August 2002 to present: Freelance translation and localization
  • Japanese-English translation
  • Proofreading of English and translated English documents
  • Projects include fiction, scientific articles, marketing presentations, nonprofit research reports, business proposals, songs, business and leisure Websites, cultural pamphlets, family registers, and much more
May 2002 to present: Freelance game localization
  • Translation of Japanese video games for English-speaking market
  • Translation of software/hardware manuals, guides, Japanese playtester comments for US-based game teams, game concept materials, marketing proposals, etc.
  • Special projects include translating Silent Hill 3 and Kingdom Hearts II songs and fitting the lyrics to music
  • Works alone or as part of a team
  • Praised by project director and fellow translators for style, accuracy, and attention to detail; "a model for others to follow"
October 2001 to August 2003: Nisshinbo Automotive Corporation, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Bilingual coordinator
  • Japanese-English translation and interpreting
  • Facilitated intercultural understanding
  • Provided cultural and lifestyle support for Japanese nationals
  • PC support technician; upgraded and built employee computers
  • Served as leading member of IT committee
  • Designed and maintained company Website
July 2001 to May 2002: Berlitz Language Center, Bingham Farms, MI
  • Japanese and English instructor
  • Part-time position
February 2000 to July 2001: AutoWeb Communications, Inc., Oak Park, MI
  • Received promotion to Web development
  • Japanese-English translation and interpreting
  • Responsible for internal and external Website design and front-end functionality
  • Maintained company-wide electronic document repository
  • Editor-in-chief of all extracompany communications
  • Graphics designer
  • Provided customer tech support
May 1999 to February 2000: AutoWeb Communications, Inc., Oak Park, MI
  • Assistant to president and vice-president
  • Japanese-English translation and interpreting
  • Editor-in-chief of company newsletter
  • Co-wrote customer surveys
  • Provided customer tech support
  • Tracked invoices, expenses, etc.
June 1997 to May 1999: The Localizers, Inc., Novi, MI
  • Performed computer bilingualization and on-site tech support
  • Installed hardware, software, and network systems; trained clients and provided troubleshooting services
  • All tasks performed in both Japanese and English

Please address all questions, comments, concerns to nora@fumizuki.com.

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2002:
  • Monster Rancher Advance 2 (Tecmo, GBA)
2003:
  • Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Tecmo, Xbox)
  • Dark Cloud 2 (SCEA, PS2)
  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits (SCEA, PS2)
  • Silent Hill 3 (Konami, PS2)
2004:
  • AirForce Delta Strike (Konami, PS2)
  • Hot Shots Golf Fore! (SCEA, PS2)
  • Spy Fiction (Sammy, PS2)
2005:
  • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (SCEA, PSP)
  • RPG Maker XP (Enterbrain, PC)
  • RPG Maker 3 (Agetech, PS2)
  • Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (SCEA, PS2)
  • S.L.A.I.: Steel Lancer Arena International (Konami, PS2)
  • Lost in Blue 3 (Konami, DS)
  • Mario Cart DS (Nintendo, DS)
  • Dogz (Ubisoft, GBA)
  • Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (Natsume, PS2)
2006:
  • Ape Escape 3 (SCEA, PS2)
  • Catz (Ubisoft, GBA)
  • Kingdom Hearts II (Square Enix, PS2)
  • Monster Rancher EVO (Tecmo, PS2)
  • Dr Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo, DS)
  • Xenosaga: Episode III - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Bandai Namco, PS2)
  • Contact (Atlus, DS)
  • Dogz DS (Ubisoft, DS)
  • Hamsterz Life (Ubisoft, DS)
2007:
  • The Eye of Judgment (SCEA, PS3)
  • Rogue Galaxy (SCEA, PS2)
  • Spectrobes (Buena Vista Games, DS)
  • Mega Man Star Force series (Capcom, DS)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (Square Enix, PSP)
  • Imagine Master Chef (Ubisoft, DS)
2008:
  • Imagine Figure Skater (Ubisoft, DS)
  • The Dog Island (Ubisoft, Wii)
  • Petz Dogz Fashion (Ubisoft, DS)
  • Quick Yoga Training (Ubisoft, DS)
  • Time Hollow (Konami, DS)
  • Cooking Mama: World Kitchen (Majesco, Wii)
  • Pit Crew Panic! (Hudson, WiiWare)
  • Shin Megami Tensei Online: Imagine (Atlus, PC)
2009:
  • Elebits: The Adventures of Kai & Zero (Konami, DS)
  • Cooking Mama (Majesco, iPhone/iPod)
  • Pop 'Em Drop 'Em Samegame (Hudson, WiiWare)
  • Gold's Gym: Cardio Workout (Ubisoft, Wii)
  • Gardening Mama (Majesco, DS)
  • Party Fun Pirate (Tomy, WiiWare)
  • Help Wanted: 50 Wacky Jobs (Hudson, Wii)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 (Konami, DS)
  • Grappling Action: Moon Dancer (Hudson, iPhone/iPod)
  • SimEarth: The Living Planet (Hudson, Wii Virtual Console)
  • Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop (Majesco, Wii)
  • Tekken 6 (Namco, multiple)
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja 5 (Bandai Namco, PS2)
2010:
  • Shepherd's Crossing 2 (Success, DS)
  • Shadow of Destiny (Konami, PSP)
  • Yakuza 3 (Sega, PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Konami, PSP)
  • Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip (SCEA, PSP)
  • DanceMasters (Konami, Xbox 360)
2011:
  • Yakuza 4 (Sega, PS3)
  • The 3rd Birthday (Square Enix, PSP)
2012:
  • Chaos Rings II (Square Enix, iOS/Android)
  • Symphonica (Square Enix, iOS)
  • Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade (DeNA, iOS/Android)
2013:
  • Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable (D3 Publisher, Xbox 360)
  • Gardening Mama (Majesco, 3DS)
2014:
  • Disney Magical World (Bandai Namco, 3DS)
  • Dungeon Flicker (GREE, Inc., iOS/Android)
2015:
  • Final Fantasy Explorers (Square Enix, 3DS)
2016:
  • Disney Magical World 2 (Bandai Namco, 3DS)
 
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  • "Sacrifice", Lairs of the Hidden Gods series, Volume 1: Night Voices, Night Journeys
  • "She Flows", Lairs of the Hidden Gods series, Volume 3: Straight to Darkness
  • "The Big Drawer", Speculative Japan Volume 2
  • "The Finish Line", Speculative Japan Volume 3
 
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  • Cyber Coil with Jim Hubbert (28 episodes)
 
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  • Give My Regards to Black Jack (13 volumes)
  • Torio-san
 
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  • Inari Kon Kon
  • No-Rin
  • Dragonar Academy
  • Kingdom 2
  • Absolute Duo
  • Assassination Classroom
  • Dance with Devils
  • First Love Monster
  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON
  • Koro Sensei Quest
  • Your Name. (additional translation)
  • Assassination Classroom: 365 Days' Time
  • Assorted series credits
 
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