General Program Manager
Emily Johnson joined the Japan-American Society of Washington DC as Japan Bowl and Program Assistant in August 2022 and was promoted to General Program Manager in September 2023. In her current role, she manages coordination of the US-Japan Capital Gala & the logistical side of the Japan Bowl. She assists with management of Individual & Corporate Member events, as well as overseeing and coordinating a number of general Society programs and events throughout the year.
Emily’s background with Japan started locally, in Maryland, where she first began studying the Japanese language at Towson University. In 2009, she spent a semester living with a Japanese host family and studying abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. After graduating, she worked for 3 years as an English teacher in Nagoya, Japan, then worked in the Japan travel and events industry for a year in Boulder, Colorado before pursuing a Master’s in Japanese Studies with a focus on translation and linguistics at SOAS University of London in 2016.
From 2016 to 2018 she worked in translation and media localization as Japanese subtitle editor and translator for a number of localization companies in Los Angeles, California, including Square Enix where she worked in translation and operations for their mobile games department. Since 2018 she has worked as a freelance translator and subtitle editor, as well as working on her personal projects of translating and publishing a number of Japanese folklore and short stories.
Her passions when it comes to Japan are Japanese literature, dialect and folklore. She also loves to read classical and modern philosophy, and she even lived and studied for a short period in Japan at a Zen Buddhist temple. When she has spare time, she loves reading novels, playing video games and traveling.