Who is Arline Lyons?

I’m a Japanese to English translator/reviewer and localisation project manager with over 20 years’ experience identifying and resolving technical, linguistic, and cultural issues in translation and project management.

What do you do?

I turn Japanese into clear, effective English, in particular for life sciences and Japanese sake. I also help companies optimise their translation and localisation processes.

Who do you work with?

People who see localisation as an investment rather than a cost and value the expertise needed to analyse, plan, and carry out successful and efficient localisation projects. I ensure clients are involved as and when needed so that their requirements are always taken into account and the final product is fit for purpose.

Qualified Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI)

Member of J-Net, the Japanese language network of ITI

Committee Member of the ITI Medical and Pharmaceutical Network

Member of the Genetics Society

Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB)

Member of the Brewing Society of Japan

Education & Experience

2023 The Guardian Masterclasses: How to write a Long Read: Long-form journalism

2023 The Guardian Masterclasses: Journalism for Beginners

2023 Specialist tour interpreting (for Japanese sake)

2023 JSS Academy

2022 Member of the Brewing Society of Japan

2022 Sake Scholar

2021 Academy of Cheese Level 1 Associate

2020 Sake Education Council Advanced Sake Professional

2019 Sake Education Council Sake Professional

2018 Sake Service Institute International Kikisake-shi

2017 International Institute of Chocolate and Cocoa Tasting Level 1 and 2 Certificates

2017 UK Tea Academy Tea Champion

2017 SCAE Introduction to Coffee

2017 London School of Coffee Cupping and Sensory

2017 Member of the ITI Food & Drink Network

2017 WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

2017 Full Member of the Genetics Society of the UK

2017 Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology (AMRSB)

2016 Member of LS2 (Life Sciences Switzerland) (until 2020)

2016 BSc Open (Biology & health science), Open University

2016 Member of the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (2016-2022)

2015 Member of the Royal Society of Biology (Student)

2014 Member of the Genetics Society (Undergraduate)

2013 Qualified Member of ITI

2012 Certificate in Contemporary Science, Open University

2010 MA Advanced Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield

2009 Japanese to English editor at Nintendo of Europe

2008 Japanese to English translator at Nintendo of Europe

2007 Freelance Japanese to English translator

2005 JETRO Business Japanese Test Level J2

2004 Localisation project manager

2003 Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1

2002 Full-time language study in Japan

1999 New Product Development project office

1998 Assistant English Teacher, JET Programme

1996 Started Japanese study