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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:25 pm 
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...or...Translating a Book - Looking for Help

Any students of Japanese out there? Anyone do freelance tranlation services at an affordable rate? :wink:

I just bought a book off of Yahoo Aution Japan that I would eventually like to get translated. My wife tells me it is too difficult for her to do, so I thought I'd ask around and see if there were any suggestions from the audience. I know there are professional services, but I don't think I can afford them.

FYI - this is the book:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3245087082/" title="Toyopet Book by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3524/3245087082_cee46df067_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="Toyopet Book"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3245087670/" title="Index Page 1 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3518/3245087670_a3c41d8f42_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="Index Page 1"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3244260787/" title="Index Page 2 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/3244260787_6d3d7d1346_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="Index Page 2"></a>

With the help of another friend, here is what we were able to translate so far:

Title: FIRST GENERATION CROWN DEVELOPMENT STORY
Subtitle: Looking at Toyotas Car Manufacturing Production (?)
Author: Yoji Katsuragi
Chapter 1 - Crown development plan starts
Chapter 2 - What will the concept of the vehicle be?
Chapter 3 - Post war chaos and management crisis
Chapter 4 - Labor distputes and special procurement from the Korean War
Chapter 5 - Syling investigations using a metal model
Chapter 6 - First chief of vehicle development examination
Chapter 7 - Dometstic technology or technology partnerships?
Chapter 8 - Issues with the ride and frame
Chapter 9 - Suspension - An ambitious persuit
Chapter 10 - Engine mount and powertrain
Chapter 11 - Polishing the styling
Chapter 12 - The battle between Engine Performance and Cost
Chapter 13 - Completion of a Prototype and Test Drives
Chapter 14 - Development of Master RR Model
Chapter 15 - Kannon Crown completion
Chapter 16 - After Crown - Export
Chapter 17 - The great Chief Examiner and great Councilor

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I can try to translate it. PM me or whatever you want to do. I've taken 4 years of Japanese. It might take me a while, since I have a job now, but I can try.


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Thanks for the offer to help. I know this isn't the easiest of favors to ask, but it is something I would like to see done. I only wish I could do it myself. My wife is Japanese, from Japan, and although she can speak, read & write English, she says translating Japanese to English is hard for her (she says English to Japanese is much easier).

My reason for wanting to get this translated is there is so little written on the early Toyopet Crown in English. I know there isn't a big following for these cars in the western world, but there is a following and that's what matters. Last year I started up a Yahoo Group for the Toyopet Crown and I have begun a registry for the cars also. So far I have about 15 cars actually registered and in time I know I'll get more signed up.

Tomorrow I will snap some pictures of the first chapter. You are welcome to look them over and decide if you'd like to really try it or not. Then we can discuss it further... :wink:

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I can try to translate it. PM me or whatever you want to do. I've taken 4 years of Japanese. It might take me a while, since I have a job now, but I can try.


Well, I went and uploaded photos (quicker and easier than scans) of the first chapter to my flickr account. You can check them out HERE.
11 pages including a 2 page intro.

The samples below will take you there also... just click on them.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3254969998/" title="intro page 5 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3307/3254969998_91c41f5238_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="intro page 5"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3254970418/" title="intro page 6 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3258/3254970418_a5bc48074f_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="intro page 6"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toyotageek/3254970794/" title="chapter 1 page 7 by toyotageek, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3397/3254970794_20441b9dab_m.jpg" width="180" height="240" alt="chapter 1 page 7"></a>

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Hey,
I did some work on it today since I had some free time. I'm usually a pretty slow translator. My translation style is pretty literal, so feel free to critique and correct as you like. I wasn't sure if you wanted me to post this here or on flickr, but it's pretty long, so I guess I'll put it here for now. So far I've only done the first page.
Anyways, I'm glad I can help, it seems like a fun project.



Here's what I did today:

First Generation Crown Development Story
---Investigating the origins of Toyota’s car-making---

Introduction

The catchphrase, “At some point, it’s a Crown” leaves an impression of the Toyota Crown, the car that represents Japan. Domestic cars like the Celsior and Infiniti have a more luxurious appearance, but yet, only the Crown can claim to be Japan’s “Prestige Car.” The 9th generation Crown was announced on October 11, 1991, and with each period it has been refined; with an evolution that is amazing. The symbolic front grill has a moderate thickness, and with out destroying its traditional style, it is becoming the most important car in Japan’s domestic market.

The announcement of the first generation Crown was 36 years ago from now. From this first generation, the Crown has continually protected its reputation as the representative Japanese car; that major concept remains. Also, there are cars with history that rivals the Crown’s, but theirs doesn’t always have the some consistency. The ideology of the first generation has endlessly passed through the generations through today; an idea that exists nowhere else in Japan. Furthermore, even today, its status as the representative car of Japan’s representative car maker remains. It should be called the car that is the face of Toyota, a representation of the company that supports Japan’s prosperity. With the manufacture of a large number of cars, it exceeded cars like the popular Corolla and Mark II; without allowing any maker to follow in this class, it has continued to support Toyota’s profits.

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Interesting stuff! The Crown name really has been around for a long time, but this writeup/translation is done so eloquently that it really makes the car seem special :)

Looking forward to the next installment!

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Larry,

Thanks so much for willing to help with this and thinking of it as a 'fun project'.

I already find it fascinating to read the first page of the introduction and look forward to reading and learning more. The Toyopet Crown has become a passion for me in more ways than one, and I think your efforts in translating however many pages of this book as possible, will help enlighten Crown enthusiasts throughout the world (even if there aren't really a whole lot of us).

I think it should be just fine if you post the translations here, it seems you already have Ben hooked. Eventually I'll put it all together and post it to my Toyopet Crown Yahoo Group.

Thanks again, and looking forward to the next entry. :D

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ok, so I finished the 2nd page. Let me know if any sentences seem awkward or the grammar is off. I might not have totally proofread everything. I pasted the page below:
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Driving a Crown, it’s ok to say that you are regarded as a successful person. Toyota is aware of this, and continues to develop it; the Crown also exists as a barometer for the Japanese to show splendor and luxury. Therefore, the Crown itself, as the epitome of the Japanese car, is the sole influence on the Japanese view of a cars. Furthermore, the making of the car comprises the essence of the way Toyota Motor Company should be, I suspect.
The first generation Crown wasn’t just a Crown, it was the beginning of all of Toyota’s cars extending through to today. That is to say, it is the origin of the Toyotas of today.
How was that first generation Crown developed? To explain it, it’s impossible not to intensively present Toyota’s history as well.
Looking to present this history as one half, I gradually put this book together after having continued collecting info for over a year. Of course, when I say “half,” I mean that I also have an interest in researching how the people from our father’s generation lived, what the cars of that time were like, and that possibly, I would find an interesting story. Therefore, the contents of this book may vary at times.
This story (?) starts from about 40 years ago. It was 6 years after the disastrous Pacific War had ended. It goes without saying, but life was poor beyond compare to today, and to a young person of today, that time was like something you might see in a monochrome movie. From people’s clothes, their lifestyle, and moreover, the development of cars was different from today.
However, Toyota has always kept the spirit of cars made in that era; one that still exists today.

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Holy crap, that is some good writing!

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:tu: Nice job Larry! :D

Translating this stuff from Japanese to English isn't easy, so even if there is any akward grammer I think we won't mind! :wink:

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Ok, I finished the next page! Here goes:

Chapter 1 – The Start of the Crown Development Plan

January 4th, 1952 (Showa 27) was the day that development of the Crown started. At the Toyota automotive plant in Koromo, Aichi Prefecture, people that came to work after New Year’s vacation are seen exchanging New Year’s greetings here and there. Nowadays, the name of this place has been changed to Toyota City, but before the war in ’38 (Showa 13) close to 490 acres were purchased and the factory built was none other than Toyota’s headquarters. During the war, the Toyota factory was bombed by American forces a day before the end of the war, but the damage was small, and the building and machinery were largely unscathed.
After the war, in order to tackle their revival with renewed vigor, the factory floor was redone, all new machines were bought and installed to increase production, and the layout of the inside of the factory was changed to be one section, while traces of the original building remained. At a site separated from the roads, the engineering building (Technical Center) was built 2 years later, but a full-blown test course was still not built. After that, all kinds of facilities and buildings were added. Today the feeling is a bit different, but that’s just from the flow of time.
However, to get through the chaos that accompanied losing the war, the factory was filled with energy. The lack of transportation was severe, with a high demand for trucks, while passenger car production was very limited, but the lack of materials gradually eased up, and a system to increase production was set up. Also, the American military, which had a great effect on the revival of the economy after the war, required a special procurement for the Korean War. With that, Toyota’s financial condition continued to greatly improve.

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:D SWEET! I love this stuff! :tu:

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Me too, it's a real page turner :)

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I' m glad you guys like it so far.
Sorry to have taken so long, but here's the next page. [edit: added some links]

In September of the previous year, a peace treaty was signed in San Francisco that came into effect on April 28 of this year, which decided that Japan would finally begin to advance as an independent country. On that previous year (Showa 26) only the NHK broadcast it on the radio, and it became the creation of the station as a private station with commercials; after that, NHK’s New Year’s Eve Kouhaku song battle started as an annual event. In America, the McCarthy whirlwind (the so-called red-baiting) was sweeping the country, and Japan also had a similar red purge, with the country entering a period of conservative politics after the war.

Street television [where large crowds would gather around tv’s on the street] gained popularity, and washing machines began to be sold. Obtaining such household appliances was everybody’s modest dream. “Luxury is the enemy” was said during the war, where everything was continually sacrificed. Beginning at the same time as the war came to an end, after finally being released from the battle with poverty and hunger, it was most people’s desire for life to improve.

So then, placed in the one corner on the west side of the courtyard of the Koromo factory, having a roof shaped like a saw-tooth, was the car body factory with the stereotypical factory image. Inside the high-ceilinged factory, very large body construction machines and press molds are the first things you see, then there are many lathes and small machines installed, raw materials like iron plates are placed here and there. Since management is attentive, there isn’t a disorderly vibe, but to a person not used to seeing it, it looks like the machines play the main role, while all the people working around them do nothing more than play the supporting roles. However, naturally, the machines, no matter how big they are, are at the service of the people working here.

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Man, you can do all that after four years? Amazing....

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Awesome. I look forward to every new translation!

Larry - no need to apologize for anything. Take as long as you want between pages. :tu: :wink:

btw - the links are a neat addition.

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Ok, I finished the next page.
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In a room partitioned off from this factory’s central path, was the desk of this factory’s assistant director, NAKAMURA Kenya. 14 years after entering the company, Nakamura finally achieved his leadership role at the body factory. His main job was, in order to increase production capabilities, think about what kind of work should be done on which type of machine, and also how the employees could work the most efficiently. Nakamura, an engineer at heart, loved to make things from when he was a child. He improved the welding machine and had a burning desire to make presses and press molds

Nakamura, seen as an “eccentric,” did not like things like New Year’s greetings and formal events. If people said “Happy New Year” [this phrase is difficult to translate, literally says “今年もよろしくお願いします”] and bowed their head, he would awkwardly say something like “Oh… thanks,” giving a meaningless response you’d understand. He would examine machines, face the drawing board, and discuss how the company should continue in the future with his friends; it was like Nakamura to just be an ordinary guy. Amidst busy engineers wearing neat neckties under their work clothes, Nakamura always appeared to be casually working. Except for the occasions that ceremonial events couldn’t be avoided, you would seldom see him wearing a tie. Nakamura had blue eyes, rare for a Japanese, and with those looks, it was said that he looked like the allied commander of WWII Pacific Defenses, and who then became president, Eisenhower and Hollywood actor Yul Brynner known from movies like “The King and I.” He had short hair, spoke in a big voice, and had a big boned, large frame; no matter where he was in the factory, he always stood out. As a worker in the organization, he was known for his unique existence, moving at his own pace, and having with a strong self-assertion without thoughtlessly agreeing with other people.

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Now it's getting interesting :shock:

What will Nakamura do...? :lol:

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toyotageek wrote:
Now it's getting interesting :shock:

What will Nakamura do...? :lol:


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Sorry to keep you wondering about Nakamura :)
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On this day, after finishing lunch, when Nakamura returned to his seat, he found a memo left there telling him to come to the site director’s office. Separating the factory and two paths, the director and others had their offices in the business department on the opposite side, but Eiji TOYODA and Shoichi SAITO [not sure on his first name, it may be different], the two executive directors who controlled the engineering department, were in a little wooden building a small distance away, where there were many site directors' offices. The positively-acting Nakamura, who had much contact with the director’s colleagues, came and went often to the engineering director’s desk in the site director’s office. Because of that, he was thinking that this time also would just be a small business meeting, probably a talk about the status of the body factory this year, as he opened the door. Eiji and Saito were waiting with sullen faces.

Toyota, as you know, is the Toyoda family’s company. The original president was Rizaburo TOYODA, the adopted son-in-law of Sakichi TOYODA, called Japan’s king of invention, who built his fortune with automatic looms. But, the one who essentially made Toyota was the 2nd president, Sakichi’s oldest son Kiichiro TOYODA. Eiji was his cousin. Eiji, born in 1913 (Taisho 2), was 38 at this time, 18 years younger than Kiichiro. Kiichiro’s oldest boy, who later succeeded Eiji as president, Shoichiro, also entered into the company. With this kind of relationship between everyone, Toyota family members were just called Eiji-san and Shoichiro-san. After Eiji graduated form Tokyo University’s [called Todai for short] Mechanical Engineering department, he soon entered Toyota Motors; in 1945 (Showa 20), at the young age of 32, he succeeded Kiichiro as company director and became the one essentially in charge of the engineering section.

Saito, who helped Eiji, graduated from Tohoku University after studying metallurgy and continued research, but he also entered Toyota, pulled in by Kiichiro. Following Kiichiro Toyoda’s retirement in 1950 (Showa 25), Ishida Taizou, who assumed the title of president, left everything from the engineering department, from automotive design/development to manufacturing, completely to the discretion of Eiji and Saito.



Inside the site director’s office, are the desks of Eiji and Saito. Also inside, there is a long table with benches facing each other placed on either side. Far from a sofa you’d find in the reception rooms of today’s businesses and director’s offices where you receive guests, it’s a plain wooden bench. Nakamura sat down on this seat facing Eiji and Saito. What Eiji said next wasn’t what Nakamura expected.

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