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Thomas' Acupuncture Clinic

Welcome to my site.

I AM a freelance translator, but
I am NOT the best. 
Not the best translator on the web.
Not the best educated person around.
Not the most experienced in my field.
Not the best equipped specialist.
I make our living (with FOUR children) in Japan
(one of the most expensive countries in world)
on translation for over 30 years now.

I take pride in my work (German "Meister" spirit)

I have NEVER been late with ANY of my assignments.

Translation / interpretation service - also offered directly to potential clients

Apart from being an acupuncturist I have been working for over 30 years as a freelance translator. Translation used to be the basis of my families livelihood, whereas I consider acupuncture my "calling". Since I could make our living on translation, I was blessed with the possibility of pursuing acupuncture treatment policies I view as idealistic.
However, the growing influence of the internet now drains most work into countries, where people can afford to work for a fraction of the usual rates in Japan, thus driving my "ideal acupuncture treatment" into a struggle for existence.

* From now on I am offering my translation/interpretation services directly to clients
Close to 100% of the translation work I did in the past I received through translation agencies. Naturally, those agencies retain their share/margin of the money charged. On top of that, those agencies sometimes have VERY strange concepts relating to translation work.
For these reasons I have chosen to offer my translation/interpretation services from now on directly to clients.
Thus, if anybody has any
* documents related to medicine/pharmacology
* documents related to technical subjects
* patent specifications
* documents related to ORIENTAL MEDICINE (a field, where qualified personal is probably rather rare!)
please … feel free to give me a call.

Translations are done usually at home
Regarding you interpretation needs: please call me with the relevant condition (time, place, subject matter, transportation etc.). Hopefully we can work something out.
(in the past I have been called as an interpreter as far away as Kyushu!)

Looking forward to your call
Thomas Blasejewicz




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Also, I did set up two blogs for entries pertaining to translation: 

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a related facebook page:  

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a subject brought to the world's attention with painful urgency through the recent Japanese nuclear accident.a page from a dictionary showing a wrong entry
Everybody is looking for clear, accurate, timely and honest information. Yet neither the Japanese government nor TEPCO provides this information. That makes just about everybody on the planet mad.
The difference between the nuclear disaster and oriental medicine: there is no NEED to provide any such information pertaining to oriental medicine. Yet the lack thereof may nevertheless cause long-lasting damage. (I refrain from giving examples related to oriental medicine (and believe, I do not have to discuss the attitude of the Chinese towards information), but …)

A general example.
In Germany many (most) people are familiar with "Fujiyama" (Mt. Fuji), but nobody knows "Fujisan" (which is the proper way the Japanese call this mountain). One of THE representative Japanese-German dictionaries (see figure on the right) available lists also "Fujiyama".
(Even the American government has it:

A mistake introduced many decades ago by someone apparently not familiar with Japanese (characters). Again, the "san" in "Fujisan" stems from the character for mountain, but here again somebody with VERY incomplete knowledge of Japanese interpreted this as the Japanese lovingly calling the mountain "Mr. or Mrs.", which is also read "san" in Japanese.)

When even general information (which should maybe considered common sense (?)) is full of mistakes, misunderstandings etc., imagine the situation in a field as complex as oriental medicine.
If there is any chance, of making more Japanese material available in English, regardless of whether this would involve translation work for me or not, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can to locate/provide really valuable material/information from Japan.



More details on my activities as translator are listed below. You can also jump directly to a chapter of interest to you:


  1. Personal history

  2. Educational background

  3. Occupational background

  4. Fields of expertise

  5. Language solutions (problems) ---> newly added ....

  6. Fees / Charges

  7. General information and links

  8. A quick word

  9. Transalation samples and own books  <--

  10. Translation, Japanese and oriental medicine


NAME: Thomas Blasejewicz
BIRTHDAY: July 13, 1956
BORN IN:  Kiel, northern Germany
AGE: 64 (as of February 2021)
MARITAL STATUS:  Married to Japanese wife, 4 children
ADDRESS: 240-0116, Kanagawa-Ken, Miura-Gun, Hayama-Machi, Shimoyamaguchi 956-5, JAPAN
TEL/FAX:  +81-46-875-9946
EMAIL:  thomas-pe@s7.dion.ne.jp

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1974 Graduation from high school. Major subjects: chemistry, music.
1979 Relocation to Japan.
1984 Graduation from a Japanese vocational school for oriental, medicine, obtaining Japanese licenses for
acupuncture, oriental medicine

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1979-83 Teaching German and English; some translation work (chemistry).
1984-89 Employment at the NISSAN KOHSEIKAI TAMAGAWA HOSPITAL, TOKYO (research, oriental medicine); 

started translation during this period

1989- Freelance translation;  by now about 27 years experience
  Freelance, J/E, J/G, E-G.(G/J) 
Special fields: medicine, chemistry, engineering, translation into native language (German: medical texts, dissertations, manuals (engineering, equipment), public relations materials, brochures, etc..., confidential biochemical research materials.

samples -> 

Among other companies I have been working for:
bulletThe Japan Information Center of Science and Technology (JICST, government supported organ).
bulletMitsui & Co., Ltd.
bulletAbout 100 translation agencies in Japan.
bulletTranslation of manuals form all major Japanese companies like Victor TV, Sony, Fuji Film, Nikon etc...

I am one of the very few (native) Germans in Japan, who can translate directly from Japanese into German, in particular in the medical field and have NEVER been late with ANY of my assignments. My work, when checked by German engineers working at German branches of Japanese companies (Nikon, Fuji etc...) in Germany usually earns a very good reputation.

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bulletMedicine (see my acupuncture page).
bulletTechnical materials.
bullet(General materials).

⇒  "Trials" - I am always asked for "trials", but after +30 years in the business I am now tired of doing constantly unpaid work.

Unless a specific client wants to check the capabilities of a translator for a specific, large-volume job ... I prefer NOT to do trials any more.

But I have listed (and made some comments on) a number of trials etc. on the "sample" page. Please have a look there. 

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bulletI have been working as a freelance translator in Japan for over 30 years. During that time I noticed many inappropriate concepts among Japanese clients.
bulletOne of the worst and least welcome is the notion, that clients must always change the work of language professionals and thus create "Japanese" style language solutions.
bulletIn the beginning, I went along with the relevant requests, but over the years took more and more the liberty of adding a varying but considerable amount of "rewriting" to my work to achieve more intelligible results.
bulletMost translation agencies (over the years there have been more than 120 agencies in Japan, but many of these are no longer in business ...) pass my German translations on to the customer without any editing at all - yet, naturally charge their margins.
bulletThis would warrant direct contact (which I do not pursue myself, but would be delighted to respond to) to save possible client costs.
bulletI would love especially to work on whole books, in particular books o oriental medicine.
bulletFor requests, inquiries on particular jobs, quotations etc., send me an E-mail.

 Thank you.

Japanese Quality for the world



The article describes how traditional Japanese crafts serves the "workmen" in the field - to bring out the best of their skills.

I believe too, that it is the Japanese SKILLS maybe even more than their products, which appeal to the world.

 And in order to promote some of these skills = values, it is necessary, that the people (of the world) know about them. This is currently not exactly the case, since there is comparatively little information material in English or other languages. Japan continues to be a sort of "black box".

I am experiencing this in my native craft (acupuncture) for years and try to help people find "their way around".

Maybe I could be of help to people who want to promote their craft/skills in that I could help to translate information material.

After 30 years in the trade, I think I can do that - and NOT going through translation agencies could save the client also a substantial amount of money!

Call me, and we can discuss the matter.

Thomas Blasejewicz












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Vary with the complexity of the material, but the following list shows the basic rates Japanese companies have been paying me for over 15 years now. That means: in effect my rates have dropped over time..
Usually I do not do layout work. Japanese companies have their own staff for that.

 Japanese companies pay me the following rates:

bulletPrices per page Japanese / German translation:
between 3500 and 5000 Yen (for approx. 160 words target language) / or 10 Yen per source character (equals about 3,500 Yen/page).
bulletPrices per page Japanese / English:
between 3000 and 3500 Yen (for approx. 180 words target language) / or 9 Yen per source character.
bulletPrices per page English / German:
between 3000 and 4000 Yen for approx. 160 words target language).
bulletInterpretation: the "market price in Japan is approximately 50,000 Yen per 8-hour day
bullethttp://www.translator.jp/fee.html  -> on the site of the Japan Translators Federation is a list of common prices. 
bulletI am obviously not exceedingly expensive!! 


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Sites of Interest

At the end oft this page, I would like to add links to another translation site, where you may find useful information. 

Link Description
http--aquarius.net internet translation site
Japan Association of Translators  
ProZ.com internet translation site
http://www.TranslationDirectory.com Portal for freelancers: work from home, jobs for linguists, database of translation agencies, translation resources, localization, editing, typesetting, DTP and other freelance opportunities.
http://www.babylon.com/ Dictionary and Translation Software. One-click translation software with results from over 1,300 dictionary and translation sources in more than 75 languages.
http://www.swet.jp/    Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators; dealing with Japanese to English translation
www.gotranslators.com internet translation site
http://www.openoffice.org/   An alternative to the very expensive Microsoft Office. 
http://www.kwintessential.co.uk Quality language translations in all major world languages.
http://www.lingumarket.de Lingumarket -- The independent register for translators, interpreters, translating agencies, language trip operators, and language schools


Friends and colleagues handling languages / subjects that I do not

Japanese - Italian, technical, general; translation interpretation
http://mastersinesl.com/leading-sources/ resources regarding learing English as a second language (ESL)

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A quick word:

    The recession dominating the economy here in Japan and almost everywhere on the world "naturally" has also its consequences on the translation business. Yet, the budget cuts certainly do not always serve to improve things. A "patchwork" of a manual, comprising old parts and translations or edited passages that have been contributed by many different people, is certainly not something customers would like to read.

Books and other information: 

I am often wondering who in the world decides on "what is worth being translated". In the past I DID translate a whole book on shiatsu, but in my opinion the contents of that book is a shame for the 1,500-year tradition of this fine art. Then again, those books that might really deserve to be translated ... well, they are drowned by all the purely money-oriented schemes. It is a pity.

Thomas' Acupuncture Clinic

240-0112 Kanagawa-Ken, Miura-Gun, Hayama-Machi, Horiuchi 815

Tel/Fax: +81-46-876-3077