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Japanese Linguist (Interpreter) 

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About the Organization MultiLingual Solutions, Inc. (MLS) is a comprehensive foreign language services firm that provides full-spectrum linguistic, analytical, and training support to U.S. Government and private sector customers. With services in over 100 languages and resources in more than 60 countries, MLS specializes in mobilizing the linguistic, technical, and management personnel needed to meet critical communications and operational objectives.

Since our founding in 2001, MLS has become the partner of choice for government and business leaders seeking high quality, innovative solutions. Our global network of linguistic and technical professionals bring extensive subject matter expertise in an array of fields such as military and security, science and technology, cyber, health, law, marketing and advertising, HR, education, manufacturing, and finance.

MLS services include:

• Placement of Professional Linguists, Analysts, and Instructors Across the US and Overseas
• Document Translation and Audio Transcription
• Onsite and Remote Interpretation
• Customized Foreign Language and Cultural Instruction
• Curriculum and Materials Development
• Website Localization
• Multilingual Software and Web-based Products
• Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing
• Voiceovers and Subtitling
• Language Needs Assessment and Cultural Consulting
Category Linguistics  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location OCONUS  
Open Date 5/15/2020  
Reports to Program Manager  

MLS is seeking Top Secret-cleared, full-time Japanese linguists to support a US Federal agency in Tokyo, Japan.  

Position Requirements
  • Have at least an associate’s degree or 2 years of college.
  • Have experience working in or with the military.
  • Fluently read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • Score at least a 3/3/3 (Listening, Reading, and Speaking) in Japanese as measured by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).
  • Obtain a score of at least 3/3/3 (Listening, Reading, and Speaking) in English as measured by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) or the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).
  • Native proficiency in the Designated Target Language is preferred.
  • Be able to provide comprehensive linguist support.
  • Be able to interact unobtrusively with the local populace.
  • Function effectively during a level of heightened state of threat, and during extended periods of high pressure and stress.
  • Function as an integral number of a team of highly-trained professionals, engaging with host nation personnel, foreign national personnel, and members of the local populace outside the confines of any U.S. or Allied facility/base.
  • Conduct consecutive, accurate translation and summarizations of material, while maintaining their integrity and meaning.

Additional Qualifications:


  • Responsible for knowing and adhering to the SOFA governing their assigned area.
  • Provide direct translation services in support of liaison operations, intelligence collection, interrogations, and other force projection operations.
  • Independently coordinate, receive, triage, prioritize, screen, translate, transcribe, interpret, report, disseminate, store, and archive captured, seized, or otherwise acquired hardcopy or electronic documents and media.
  • Must be able and willing to review raw, unfiltered media.
  • Provide the cultural and ethnic context of conversational engagements, and provide information to the supported officers regarding the cultural and ethnic significance of statements, conversations, situations, documents, etc.
  • Provide effective and accurate real-time interpretation between English and Japanese, including colloquial, military, and slang words/phrases that may alter meaning.
  • Attend meetings and provide real-time interpretation support to the government officers engaging with various foreign nationals, and to participate in relevant pre-mission planning and post-mission analysis/debriefings.
  • Provide cultural familiarization and intercultural awareness advisory support.
  • Understand all styles/forms of speech in the target language and English and have a strong sensitivity to sociolinguistic and cultural references.
  • Conduct consecutive interpretations during in-person and telephonic engagements.
  • Write effectively in most formal and informal exchanges.
  • Quickly visually scan and process a large amount of material for critical and essential elements.
  • Understand speech in a standard dialect, including inferences and emotional overtones, while rarely having to ask for paraphrasing or explanation.
  • Facilitate tailored language to fit an audience to counsel, persuade, negotiate, and/or represent a point of view based on Government guidance.
Clearance Level Top Secret Clearance Required  

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