Member since Nov '10

Working languages:
Japanese to English

John Fry
Experienced technical translator, PhD

Eagle, Idaho, United States
Local time: 19:49 MDT (GMT-6)

Native in: English (Variant: US) Native in English
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Rock-solid business and technical translations delivered on time
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
Data security Created by Evelio Clavel-Rosales This person has a SecurePRO™ card. Because this person is not a Plus subscriber, to view his or her SecurePRO™ card you must be a Business member or Plus subscriber.
Services Translation, Website localization, Software localization
Specializes in:
IT (Information Technology)Internet, e-Commerce
Electronics / Elect EngComputers (general)
Computers: SoftwareComputers: Systems, Networks
Computers: Hardware

Japanese to English - Rates: 0.08 - 0.08 USD per character / 40 - 40 USD per hour
Payment methods accepted Wire transfer, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, Check, Money order
Translation education PhD - Stanford University
Experience Years of translation experience: 10. Registered at Jun 2009. Became a member: Nov 2010. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials Japanese to English (Linguistics PhD, Stanford University)
Memberships ATA, JAT
Software Adobe Acrobat, MemSource Cloud, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Linux, Powerpoint, SDL TRADOS
Training sessions attended Attended 10 training sessions

Professional practices John Fry endorses's Professional Guidelines.

John Fry, Fry Translation Inc.

I've been working full-time as a professional Japanese-English translator since 2009. I translate mainly technical and business documents, including websites, reports, presentations, press releases, technical manuals, and scientific papers, from Japanese into English. My long experience allows me to translate Japanese documents into natural, idiomatic English, while retaining the precision, nuance, and persuasiveness of the original. I typically work through language service providers (translation agencies), but I'm sometimes available for individual projects for direct clients, or I can recommend other translators for these projects.

I am a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) and the Japan Association of Translators (JAT). 


I earned a BA in Linguistics and Computer Science from UCLA, followed by a Ph.D. in Linguistics, with a minor in Computer Science, from Stanford University. After earning my Ph.D., I worked as a computational linguist (at PARC, SRI, and elsewhere) and taught courses in linguistics and language technology at San Jose State University and Boise State University. I also spent several years living in Japan, working at Koei (in Tokyo) and NAIST (in Tsukuba). Although I enjoyed my time in the corporate, academic, and research arenas, I'm happiest being a self-employed translator because the work is challenging and fascinating, I can choose my own hours and workplace, and there are no meetings!

Document Security Policies

My clients include international law firms and some of Japan's largest multinational corporations. I am committed to protecting their documents and files through security best practices, including:

  • Strictly obeying the terms of signed NDAs.
  • Never storing client files on portable USB storage devices.
  • Never posting to blogs or social media.
  • Never outsourcing translation work to other translators.
  • Backing up daily to a secure, private remote server (not "the cloud").
  • Destroying all materials (source, target, reference, and backup) upon completion of a project.
  • Keeping computers free of malware and file-sharing programs.
  • Using high-strength encryption, MAC and port filtering, and email over SSL/TLS.


  • What I wanted to say was understood properly. The quality of English sentences was also very good.
  • Excellent translation. Keep up the great work!
  • Provides high quality work with quick turnaround times.
  • As always your quality levels are excellent; the changes made by the client are all minor and are well within our SLA thresholds, so I’m a happy Quality Manager :-)
  • とてもわかりにくい和文を、すっきりとした英文にしてくださりありがとうござ いました。
  • Fryさんにいい翻訳を上げてもらい助かりました。

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Profile last updated
Oct 19

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