About South Paw Translation


melanieSouth Paw Translation is the trading name of NAATI Certified Japanese to English translator Melanie Taylor.

Melanie is:

Melanie has:

  • a Master of Interpreting & Translation Studies from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
  • current NAATI certification as Japanese to English translator.
  • passed Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
  • over ten years of experience as an in-house translator & publicist in Japan for Kitamaesen Co., Ltd., working at events in Japan and traveling worldwide on performance tours as a bilingual company manager for Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble.
  • over seventeen years of experience teaching English (as a Second/Foreign Language) to all ages & levels, predominantly in Japan as a lecturer at Ehime University and instructor at Japanese public schools, language schools, and companies. I currently offer private lessons via Skype.
  • a keen interest in performing arts, photography, travel, international exchange, education, medicine, and many other fields.

If you would like to inquire our services, please get in touch with us by email. We look forward to hearing from you.


Professional Affiliations

New Zealand Society of Translators & Interpreters (NZSTI) Member  

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) Member  

 Japan Association of Translators (JAT) Member


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