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Freelance English to Japanese Translator


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At Doist, our mission is to inspire the workplace of the future by creating simple yet powerful productivity tools that promote a more fulfilling way to work and live.

We're a multidisciplinary, fully remote team that’s passionate about creating products, like Todoist and Twist, that improve people’s lives. We thrive on innovating new solutions to old productivity challenges and we seek to rethink how productivity tools are made.

Our Core Values

They are few, but they are mighty. From creating processes to decision-making and recruiting, we build our five core values into nearly every single thing we do.

  • Independence. Others can trust that you’ll deliver on time and your teammates don’t need to worry about you keeping your word.

  • Mastery. You love what you do and care deeply about the quality of your work, down to the smallest details. You’re continuously learning and pushing yourself to the limits of your ability. You're never satisfied with the status quo.

  • Communication. Your communication is clear, concise, and engaging whether you're explaining a complex idea or providing feedback to a teammate.

  • Ambition & Balance. You aspire to put a dent in the universe. To do this, you set high standards for yourself and those around you. The time you spend on work isn’t measured by quantity, but by quality.

  • Impact. You're able to take a bird's eye view to pinpoint and then solve issues that have a high impact on our customers, our team, and our company. You're committed to the health and success of both your teammates and Doist as a company.

Your Role

We’re looking for a native Japanese speaker who has a demonstrated passion and experience for translation. In this part-time role, you will deliver excellent translation services, delighting our customers with localized marketing content. You’ll collaborate closely with localization project managers and another Japanese translator to develop specific terminology for new features which will shape the Doist voice for your local market/region. You will also be responsible for identifying and addressing linguistic issues and maintaining language references such as a glossary and style guide.

About You

It's important to us that the person we hire can thrive in this role. Here's a snapshot of what that looks like:

  • Native-level fluency in English and Japanese.

  • At least 2 years of translation experience, preferably for a tech company.

  • Demonstrated passion for localization quality and consistency.

  • Extremely proactive work style with the ability to deliver on a tight schedule.

  • Perfect English skills and very high attention to detail.

  • The ability to work autonomously and stay self-motivated.

  • Bonus: An understanding of translation management tools, glossary, translation memory.


A complete application includes:

  • A resume or manually entered experience (you can choose your preference).

  • Thoughtful, thorough responses to all the application questions. No cover letter needed!

After passing an initial candidate profile review, the process will be as follows:

  1. We'll ask you to complete a take-home translation test.

  2. Interview in English with Daniel G. (Localization Manager) from Spain.

  3. Interview in Japanese with Keitaro I. (English-to-Japanese Translator) from Japan.

  4. Interview in English with Andrew G. (People Operations Generalist) from Minnesota.


Doist is a diverse, remote-first team that’s committed to building a sustainable company that will continue to grow for decades to come.

Some benefits include:

  • Flexible schedule and location. This is a fully remote position, so you can work from wherever you please and on a schedule that works best for you.

  • Diverse team. We have a dynamic, international team that spans 30+ countries.

  • Free Doist product subscriptions.


All information collected through this application is stored in Workable, Doist’s Applicant Tracking System, where it will be used for recruitment purposes only. For more information on how we handle candidate data at Doist, we invite you to review our recruitment privacy notice. For questions, please contact us at [email protected] to reach a member of our People Operations team.

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At Doist, we specialize in productivity software. We create tools that simplify and organize the workday. It's a modest goal, but an important one. When software tames the chaos and streamlines the lit...
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