About Us


Hiroko Yoda

Hiroko Yoda

President of AltJapan.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Hiroko holds a Masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, D.C.

Her diverse experience includes interpretation for United Nations delegations; translation and localization of dialog for game software and comic books; and translation and proofreading of television scripts.

The former editor of the Japanese edition of CNNGo, she is the co-author of numerous books about Japanese folklore and an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in Photo You magazine, CNNGo, on National Geographic Television, and more. She was also certified as a language examiner for applicants and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Matthew Alt

Matt Alt

Vice President of AltJapan.

A native of Washington, D.C., Matthew has been working as a professional translator and freelance writer since the early 1990s.

His translation experience includes four years as an in-house technical Japanese translator for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

He is the co-author of numerous books about Japan, and a contributor to CNNGo, the Japan Times, the New Yorker, and many other publications.


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Corporate Overview

Company Name: AltJapan Co., Ltd.
Established: January 1, 2003
Capital: 10,000,000 yen
Main Bank: Mizuho Bank
President: Hiroko Yoda