General Information

Our sworn interpreters and translators for Japanese work for our customers throughout Germany. Do you need certified and stamped translations of documents, on-site interpreters or remote interpreters? We’ll support you in the planning and implementation of your project! Contact us today for a consultation!

Japanese is spoken by more than 120 million people, primarily in Japan. However, these are mostly native speakers and few people learn Japanese as a foreign language. Outside Japan, there are speaker groups mainly in the U.S. (especially Hawaii) and Brazil, which are the result of major waves of emigration in the past. Linguistic relations exist, if at all, only to Ainu and distantly to Korean, but otherwise there are no languages related to Japanese.

From boreal Hokkaido in the north to tropical Okinawa in the south, Japan is not only geographically diverse, but linguistically so as well. The two large dialect groups around the metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka are very present, particularly in the media. They are also comparatively similar to each other. However, the dialects differ more and more with increasing distance, similar to Scottish English and British English. In particular, dialects from remote mountain valleys are sometimes difficult to understand even for native speakers.

The Japanese script, which uses three writing systems simultaneously, is also quite unusual. Nouns are usually written with kanji. These are characters that were adopted from China thousands of years ago, and some of their contents still correspond to them today. The hiragana alphabet is used to write the grammatical part of nouns and verbs.

The Katakana alphabet is used to write loan words from other languages. For example, pan, the Japanese word for ‘bread’, comes from the Portuguese pão and has been used that way for over 400 years. Since Japanese uses a syllabic or mora script, German words with many consonants are sometimes quite difficult for native Japanese speakers. For example, ‘Stuttgart’ becomes Shututtogaruto, since vowels have to be inserted accordingly.

We offer the following services for Japanese:

Certified translation of Japanese documents

You grew up in Japan and now want to live and work in Germany or vice versa? For occasions such as marriage, naturalization, application for parental allowance, studies, pension and many others, the authorities request a certified translation of your documents.

We will help you with the translation!

  • Originals are usually not required for the issuance of a certified translation, but you must be able to present them to authorities upon request.
  • Translations of documents are provided including certification by a translator sworn-in by a court in Germany.
  • Our translations for Japanese are recognized by all German authorities and offices.
  • We will send your translation by mail to the address of your choice in Germany.
  • Commission us online to translate your Japanese documents and process your orders electronically.
  • We can provide you with a digital copy in advance upon request.

A Statement of Comparability is an official document issued by the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen – ZAB). It assesses international higher education qualifications and ascertains the professional and academic legitimacy of candidates. This is intended to facilitate access to the German labor market and enable students to continue their studies in Germany. It is a comparative classification, but not a recognition.

For further details on the process of recognizing equivalency and the evaluation of your diplomas, please visit the official website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen) of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz – KMK).

You can check the evaluation of your certificates and degrees in advance in the Anabin database.

You can also check the value of your foreign university qualification and research further information.

Information about degrees with university admission can also be found in Anabin. You can check under which conditions you can take up an undergraduate course of study in Germany with a foreign secondary qualification.

Depending on the federal state, other recognition and advisory offices are responsible for recognizing the equivalence of your degrees, certificates or diplomas from Japan. On Anabin you can find information not only about relevant authorities, but also about advisory bodies without direct recognition competence. They can provide you with information on numerous issues relating to recognition in Germany.

An apostille (Japanese: “アポスティーユ”) is an additional confirmation of authenticity of a foreign document. The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) is in effect between Germany and Japan. Here, an apostille confirms the authenticity of the signature and, if applicable, the seal of the signatory, as well as their authority to issue the document.

The authorities of the country in which the document was issued are responsible for issuing them, i.e. German authorities for German documents and Japanese authorities for Japanese documents. An apostille consists of a fixed text and is affixed to the document itself or to a sheet attached to it. The Hague Convention does not apply to documents issued by diplomatic or consular representatives, nor to documents relating directly to commercial transactions or customs procedures.

Generally, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for issuing apostilles in Japan. Further information on the respective offices can be found at the German Embassy. Further information on obtaining documents in Japan can also be found on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Our translators and interpreters for Japanese work for our customers on a daily basis throughout Germany. Whether you need an on-site interpreter or a certified translation of documents, we are here for you!

Our interpreters regularly work at public authorities, schools, lawyers and doctors, including the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt (Main), Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Dortmund, Essen, Bremen, Dresden, Hanover, Nuremberg, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal, Bielefeld, Bonn, Münster, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Augsburg, Wiesbaden, Mönchengladbach, Gelsenkirchen, Braunschweig, Aachen, Kiel, Chemnitz, Halle (Saale), Magdeburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Krefeld, Mainz, Lübeck, Erfurt, Oberhausen, Rostock, Kassel, Hagen, Saarbrücken, Potsdam, Hamm, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Leverkusen, Heidelberg, Solingen, Darmstadt, Herne, Neuss, Regensburg, Paderborn, Ingolstadt, Offenbach am Main, Fürth, Würzburg, Ulm, Heilbronn, Pforzheim, Wolfsburg, Göttingen, Bottrop, Reutlingen, Koblenz, Bremerhaven, Erlangen, Bergisch Gladbach, Trier, Recklinghausen, Jena, Remscheid, Salzgitter, Moers, Siegen, Hildesheim, Gütersloh, Kaiserslautern, Cottbus, Witten, Hanau, Schwerin, Esslingen am Neckar, Ludwigsburg, Gera, Iserlohn, Tübingen, Düren, Flensburg, Zwickau, Gießen, Ratingen, Lünen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Konstanz, Marl, Worms, Velbert, Minden, Neumünster, Dessau-Roßlau, Norderstedt, Delmenhorst, Bamberg, Viersen, Marburg, Rheine, Wilhelmshaven, Lüneburg, Gladbeck, Troisdorf, Bayreuth, Dorsten, Detmold, Arnsberg, Landshut, Castrop-Rauxel, Lüdenscheid, Brandenburg an der Havel, Bocholt, Aschaffenburg, Celle, Kempten (Allgäu), Fulda, Aalen, Lippstadt, Dinslaken, Kerpen, Herford, Rüsselsheim am Main, Weimar, Sindelfingen, Neuwied, Plauen, Dormagen, Neubrandenburg, Grevenbroich, Rosenheim, Herten, Bergheim, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Garbsen, Friedrichshafen, Wesel, Offenburg, Hürth, Stralsund, Greifswald, Langenfeld (Rhineland), Neu-Ulm, Unna, Euskirchen, Göppingen, Frankfurt (Oder), Hameln, Eschweiler, Stolberg (Rhineland), Meerbusch, Görlitz, Sankt Augustin, Hilden, Waiblingen, Baden-Baden, Lingen (Ems), Langenhagen, Hattingen, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Bad Salzuflen, Pulheim, Nordhorn, Schweinfurt, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Wetzlar, Passau, Menden (Sauerland), Ahlen, Frechen, Kleve, Wolfenbüttel, Ibbenbüren, Bad Kreuznach, Gummersbach, Ravensburg, Speyer, Goslar, Willich, Böblingen, Erftstadt, Peine, Elmshorn, Rastatt, Emden, Heidenheim an der Brenz, Lörrach, Freising, Leonberg, Frankenthal (Pfalz), Bergkamen, Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Bad Oeynhausen, Bornheim, Gronau (Westphalia), Cuxhaven, Straubing, Dachau, Stade, Singen (Hohentwiel), Soest, Hennef (Sieg), Lahr/Black Forest, Alsdorf, Landau in der Pfalz, Dülmen, Melle, Oberursel (Taunus), Herzogenrath, Schwerte, Neunkirchen, Filderstadt, Hof, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Fellbach, Rodgau, Albstadt, Weinheim, Gotha, Bünde, Oranienburg, Bruchsal, Kaufbeuren, Neustadt am Rübenberge, Brühl, Memmingen, Lehrte, Falkensee, Erkrath, Rottenburg am Neckar, Pinneberg, Kaarst, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Erkelenz, Kamen, Wismar, Gifhorn, Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Borken, Nettetal, Eisenach, 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Saalfeld, Saale, Oelde, Landsberg am Lech, Schwandorf, Northeim, Güstrow, Kelkheim, Taunus, Springe, Unterschleißheim, Bad Zwischenahn, Rendsburg, Bühl, Höxter, Rösrath, Mühlheim am Main, Schwelm, Idar-Oberstein, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Geislingen an der Steige, Rödermark, Meißen, Winnenden, Grimma, Wegberg, Henstedt-Ulzburg, Kevelaer, Königsbrunn, Leichlingen, Rheinland, Olching, Emmendingen, Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Baunatal, Hattersheim am Main, Sundern (Sauerland), Mechernich, Verden (Aller), Zeitz, Reinbek, Griesheim, Geilenkirchen, Wetter (Ruhr), Arnstadt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Overath, Baesweiler, Weinstadt, Leimen, Aschersleben, Rheinbach, Lohne (Oldenburg), Wangen im Allgäu, Teltow, Schloß Holte-Stukenbrock, Hamminkeln, Strausberg, Ludwigsfelde, Wiesloch, Remseck am Neckar, Neckarsulm, Lauf an der Pegnitz, Butzbach, Werder (Havel), Heiligenhaus, Hennigsdorf, Ehingen, Hohen Neuendorf, Nordenham, Mühlacker, Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Weiterstadt, Heppenheim (Bergstrasse), Sangerhausen, Selm, Bingen am Rhein, Kulmbach, Bad Honnef, St. Wendel, Helmstedt, Achern, Köthen (Anhalt), Zirndorf, Lübbecke, Lindau (Bodensee), Groß-Gerau, Brilon, Geretsried, Rinteln, Schleswig, Friedrichsdorf, Verl, Lennestadt, Unterhaching, Roth, Plettenberg, Pfungstadt, Rottweil, Harsewinkel, Wiehl, Weingarten, Petershagen, Zittau, Horb am Neckar, Idstein, Salzkotten, Rudolstadt, Obertshausen, Staßfurt, Norden, Ditzingen, Schmallenberg, Delitzsch, Lüdinghausen, Meckenheim, Meiningen, Stutensee, Espelkamp, Markkleeberg, Sprockhövel, Bad Oldesloe, Öhringen, Warstein, Olpe, Ellwangen (Jagst), Vaterstetten, Ronnenberg, Isernhagen, Syke, Attendorn, Rathenow, Waldshut-Tiengen, Übach-Palenberg, Varel, Senftenberg, Limbach-Oberfrohna, Bad Mergentheim, Haren (Ems), Eisenhüttenstadt, Riedstadt, Quedlinburg, Bedburg, Freudenstadt, Hann, Münden, Döbeln, Calw, Moormerland, Alfter, Sonneberg, Korbach, Mosbach, Starnberg, Salzwedel, Waldkraiburg, Sehnde, Herzogenaurach, Jüchen, Dillenburg, Gelnhausen, Husum, Wandlitz, Netphen, Warburg, Wallenhorst, Walsrode, Lutherstadt, Eisleben, Westerstede, Leutkirch im Allgäu, Bad Soden am Taunus, Wertheim, Herdecke, Rastede, Vreden, Lengerich, Weilheim in Oberbayern, Nagold, Senden, Überlingen, Edewech, Gersthofen, Bad Kissingen, Laupheim, Friesoythe, Karben, Neusäß, Stadthagen, Gardelegen, Glauchau, Apolda, Donaueschingen, Kaltenkirchen, Büdingen, Metzingen, Spremberg, Rotenburg (Wümme), Kitzingen, Bad Harzburg, Radevormwald, Heide, Waldkirch, Karlsfeld, Elsdorf, Eppingen, Ilsede, Eckernförde, Hockenheim, Ottobrunn, Flörsheim am Main, Schwetzingen, Stadtallendorf, Sonthofen, Xanten, Versmold, Eschborn, Halle (Westphalia), Osterode am Harz, Bad Rappenau, Büren, Haar, Zerbst, Anhalt, Aichach, Geseke, Puchheim, Quickborn, Lindlar, Sondershausen, Groß-Umstadt, Soltau, Neu Wulmstorf, Seligenstadt, Westoverledingen, Schramberg, Eislingen/Fils, Rees, Waren (Müritz), Günzburg, Wipperfürth, Wülfrath, Waghäusel, Traunreut, Germersheim, Mühldorf am Inn, Gauting, Fröndenberg/Ruhr, Coswig, Werdau, Steinhagen, Traunstein, Panketal, Luckenwalde, Herborn, Nidderau, Nördlingen, Enger, Reichenbach im Vogtland, Wachtberg, Bruchköbel, Blieskastel, Mössingen, Schwanewede, Schifferstadt, Senden, Greiz, Schortens, Bad Krozingen, Kleinmachnow, Meinerzhagen, Duderstadt, Aue-Bad, Schlema, Hörstel, Zülpich, Wittmund, Stadtlohn, Uetze, Burgwedel, Haßloch, Rheinstetten, Neufahrn bei Freising, Bad Waldsee, Lichtenfels, Wildeshausen, Neustrelitz, Leinefelde-Worbis, Bad Salzungen Wilnsdorf, Bad Schwartau, Oberkirch, Gröbenzell.

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