And, more importantly, when do you require it?
A certified Japanese translation -also know as Official Translation and Sworn Translation- is a translation that is certified by a professional translation company with a Statement of Certification (also known as a “Certificate of Accuracy”) attesting to the accuracy of the translation.
It’s important to keep in mind that even when the translation is done by an entity other than a certified Japanese translation services company, such as a freelance translator, the Statement of Certification is still required.
When is certified translation Japanese English required?
Certified translation is required by official and governmental organizations. For example, if you apply for a travel visa to Australia, you will need certified translation of personal legal documents to complete your application. Another example is when you apply for a bank loan in your home country, you’ll need your financial records in Japanese translated into English and certified.
All these organizations want to ensure that foreign language documents translated into English have been done by a professional Japanese translation company.
A Certified Translation is NOT a Notarized Translation, although you can have both a certified AND a notarized translation at the same time. Indeed, there are cases where you may be required to notarize a certified translation.
If you’ve followed the explanation above, you’re up to speed on certified Japanese English translation. What about notarized translation? A translation is notarized by a Public Notary, who simply verifies that the company seal (stamp) or company representative’s signature was affixed to the Statement of Certification in his or her presence.
(There is a general misconception that the Public Notary verifies the accuracy of the actual translation. This is not true since the Public Notary is not a linguist, let alone a professional translator.)
Still got certified translation questions? Contact certified Japanese translators in Japan, Tokyo and ensure your application is accepted first time round, anywhere!