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Translating Japanese Literature

What do you do when your professor tells you to find and translate a Japanese short story that hasn't already been translated into English?

Publishers

Copyright Information

Unless you know for sure that your text has no copyright restrictions (if you can find it in Aozora, for example) you should never attempt to publish your translation without receiving permission/rights to do the English translation. 

One of the best places to find out about the process is to read the text:

Practical Guide to Publishing in Japan

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