50: Localization in Japan

Japan is often considered to be the toughest localization market in the world. And in many respects, it is. But as the world’s third-largest economy, Japan offers countless opportunities for companies—and LSPs—who take the time to understand how Japanese localization differs from standard practices in Europe, the Americas, and even other Asian countries. Join us for a guided tour of the Japanese localization market. 

Globally Speaking, sponsored by RWS and Nimdzi Insights.

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Tim is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, author, and educator who has started several companies since coming to Japan more than 25 years ago, and he’s deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder, and mentor. He’s CTO of TEPCO Ventures, teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and NYU, writes as a Forbes contributor, and he hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast which covers Japanese startups, innovation, and market entry.


Renato Beninatto

Renato Beninatto

CEO of Nimdzi Insights LLC

Renato Beninatto is the co-author of The General Theory of the Translation Company and leads Nimdzi Insights, a think-tank and consulting company that focuses on growth strategies for localization leaders. A former owner of an LSP, an executive in some of the leading companies in the industry and a linguist in his own right, this Brazilian-Italian-American citizen can’t shut up in Portuguese, English, Italian, French or Spanish.

Michael W. Stevens

Michael W. Stevens

Vice President Americas, CC of Translated

Michael has over 10 years of experience in the localization and IT industries. A well-networked entrepreneur, Michael’s main interest is in connecting and bringing people together. He not only enjoys learning about a company’s exciting ideas and developments, he also has a keen ability to add value—and fire—to new and innovative thinking.

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