Following the worldwide response to the pandemic, many localization conferences, from LocWorld to the machine translation-specific AMTA, have temporarily shuttered their physical gatherings. The Japanese Association of Translators (JAT) decided to cancel its annual International Japanese English Translation (IJET) Conference in June. In March, JAT posted to its website, “It is with great sadness that the JAT Board and the Organizing Committee for IJET-31 have decided to cancel the International Japanese-English Translation Conference planned for Fukuoka on June 5–7, 2020.”

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